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A Great Day at the Dairy Farm

Collaborative conversations and a shared purpose were highlights of my visit  For me, there is something truly wonderful about the opportunity to visit a working dairy farm. I am so grateful for a chance to experience the sense of common purpose, boundless energy and rugged perseverance that makes a dairy farm like no other place… Read More »

Activists for Ag

What really matters about being a woman in agriculture? Here’s what I recently shared with a group of female FFA members. I spent many years of my early life looking up to role models. I admired my father for his strong patriotic beliefs, which grew from serving his country in the Navy. I admired my… Read More »

When the City Meets the Country

A governor, lieutenant governor, a farmer and the Western Dairy Association CEO walk into a party … Governor Hickenlooper was having a truly enjoyable evening, and he didn’t want to go home. Neither did his fellow singer Keith Bath, and he was home. Keith was hosting 300 city and agricultural friends at his beautiful Fort… Read More »

Hunger in America – How We Are Helping

“My stomach hurts.” That was how my student would greet me in class every morning. Back then, I was teaching and coaching at Akron K-12 School in Akron, Colorado. Our school had its fair share of students who were living in poverty, and this little girl, I knew, had a family going through some tough… Read More »

Dairy’s Role in the School Health and Wellness Battleground

Below is the 9th in a 10-week thought leadership series by Western Dairy Association’s President and CEO Cindy Haren, discussing the challenges facing the dairy industry and how the dairy checkoff is working to remain a leader in developing solutions and creating innovation.  The school environment continues to be the battleground for defining childhood health… Read More »

In Remembrance: Colorado Dairyman Donald L. Chapin

On behalf of the Western Dairy Association Board of Directors, staff and the Colorado dairy community, we mourn the loss of longtime dairyman Donald L. Chapin. Don, 80, passed away peacefully on September 11, 2013. He was the sixth child born to Myrtle Irene Snow and Foy Percy Chapin in Elba, CO on April 2,… Read More »

Checkoff Works to Reflect Values of Local Dairy Farm Families

Below is the 8th in a 10-week thought leadership series by Western Dairy Association’s President and CEO Cindy Haren, discussing the challenges facing the dairy industry and how the dairy checkoff is working to remain a leader in developing solutions and creating innovation.  Dairy farm families have an unwavering commitment to consumers that goes well… Read More »