Dairy Girls in the News

Here we showcase #dairygirls in the news!

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Article and accompanying video about Rosario Ibarra’s journey from Mexico to Wisconsin and now her management on one of the largest dairies in Manitowoc County, WI. (courtesy of WBAY):

Michigan Dairy Farmer Addresses the Next Farm Bill

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Article highlighting DGN member Ashley Kennedy testifying at the Senate Agriculture Committee’s first hearing committed to the upcoming Farm Bill. (courtesy of Dairy Herd Management):

Michigan Dairy Farmer Addresses the Next Farm Bill

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Article highlighting DGN Board Member, Mary Knigge, and her experience in YDLI and the dairy industry. (courtesy of Hoard’s Dairyman):

Mary Knigge Recognized as 2022 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader

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Interview piece highlighting Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation member, Sydney Endres. (courtesy of Agri-View):

Love for cows sets future path

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Video interview about the John-De Farm that was started in 1912, and Mikayla McGee is the first woman to become the general manager. She talks about community and Exchange by Dairy Girl Network is featured. (courtesy of KARE 11):

Meet the first female shot-caller on a fifth generation Wisconsin dairy farm

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Short radio interview with Sarah Lenkaitis about the challenges and opportunities of operating a dairy farm surrounded by housing developments. (courtesy of WGN Radio 720):

Kane County dairy farm works at being a good neighbor

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Interview piece with Krista Dolan, a Wisconsin dairywoman, and her farm focus, history and involvement with Farm Bureau. (courtesy of Agri-View):

Farming’s hard work sets life path

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Podcast highlighting #dairygirl Kendra Kissane, why she enjoys her job as environmental stewardship manager, how she got there, how farmers can recognize and promote the sustainable efforts they make every day, and more. (courtesy of Michigan Grown):

Kendra Kissane, Environmental stewardship manager, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

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Results Broadcasting’s Family of Radio Stations announced the 37th Annual Farm Woman of the Year on Friday, March 26th at studios in Shawano, Wisconsin. The 2021 Farm Woman of the Year winner is Heather Jauquet of Pulaski, Wisconsin. (courtesy of The Mid-West Farm Report):

Heather Jauquet named 37th Annual Farm Woman of the Year

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Feature article highlighting Laura Raatz, a young dairywoman in Wisconsin and her role on her farm, along with her views of the industry and getting involved in dairy. (courtesy of WTAQ):

Women In Agriculture: Laura Raatz

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Listen to Amy Penterman, Heidi Fischer and Jamie Witcpalek talk about the value of leadership, advice they had for other women to get involved and about their challenges over the years and seizing the leadership opportunity when it arises. (courtesy of Dairy Stream):

Dairy Stream podcast: Dairy women in leadership roles

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Where Your Food Comes From” is the premise behind the latest episode of Land O’ Lakes’ Something Greater podcast featuring California dairy farmer Lauren Evangelo (courtesy of Land O’ Lakes):

Something Greater podcast: Without farmers and producers, there are no cookies for Santa

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An article written by DGN Board Member Rebecca Shaw on her experience helping us pivot the 2020 conference, how she was involved and what she learned about going virtual (courtesy of Bader Rutter):

If you’re planning a virtual event, read this first.

The 3-point pivot to nailing your virtual event.

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An article featuring DGN President and Founder, Laura Daniels, focusing on when the Wisconsin governor visited her farm and plans to improve the future of WI dairy (courtesy of WKOW):

State helping farmers cope with stress of tough industry

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A podcast featuring DGN President and Founder, Laura Daniels, on the DGN mission, growth and what’s next for the organization (courtesy of the Mid-West Farm Report):

Dairy Girl Network Continues to Shine

The Dairy Girl Network started out with the simple mission of connecting and empowering women within the industry. Years later, the network continues to do just that and so much more. Josh Scramlin sat down with Laura Daniels, founder of the Dairy Girl Network, to speak about the organization’s success.

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Another feature piece about DGN advisory member, Leah Ziemba, and her role as an advisor to DGN, her journey from New York back to Wisconsin, and how important it is for her family to stay in dairy  (courtesy of Agri-View):

Adviser combines love of cows, law

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An article about Xiurong Meng, one of Honneur Company’s first employees and milk replacer specialists in China, along with her journey of improving calf-care country wide (courtesy of Hoard’s Dairyman):

She’s the “Calf Mother of China” (PDF)

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Another feature piece about DGN staff member, Brenda Gilbertson, and her role as a mother, within the network and with implementing the DGN Family Lounges (courtesy of Agri-View):

Timing everything for ‘dairy girl’

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A feature piece about DGN Board of Directors member, Kristy Pagel, and her role is the dairy industry helping farmers and industry members focus in the people part of the business. (courtesy of Agri-View):

Dairy leader says people are greatest farm asset

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A feature piece about DGN Board of Directors member, Michelle Philibeck, and her role on the board and within the organization. (courtesy of Agri-View):

Attention to detail benefits dairy network

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A video feature of Laura Daniels and the Dairy Girl Network as an episode of the Growing the Next Stories web series. (courtesy of Corteva Agriscience):

US: The Dairy Girl Network (video)

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A feature piece about DGN Educational Resources Lead, Andrea Brossard, and how she helps build community with the network while helping run her family’s dairy. (courtesy of Agri-View):

Sense of community inspires dairy leader

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A feature piece about DGN Interactive Media Lead, Amanda Borkowski, and how she got started in ag communications. There are also descriptions and mentions of DGN programming. (courtesy of Agri-View):

Detour leads to ag communications

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A piece about DGN President and Founder, Laura Daniels, and how the dairy industry will recover and how women are playing a bigger role more now than ever. This is the first piece in a series highlighting DGN Board members and staff. (courtesy of Kenosha News):

Dairy leader encourages peers to ‘lean in’

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Article about a high school student’s journey from hanging banners promoting the school’s sports teams and milk to a full-blown farm tour after her class was made to watch Food, Inc. (courtesy of Hoard’s Dairyman):

She took promotion to new heights

Fuming from the propaganda-laden movie Food Inc., Chelsie Fuller countered with a field trip to her family’s dairy farm that opened the door to a role as a dairy princess.

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Feature on DGN from 2019 Connect event in Indiana featuring quotes about mission, vision and program areas from DGN Board of Directors Kristy Pagel and LuAnn Troxel (courtesy of Agrinews):

Dairy Girl Network helps women achieve goals

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Interview with Megan Gertken and Shelby Dressel of the Dairy Daughters musical duo about how their dairy girl roots keep them grounded as they live out their dream of performing (courtesy of Progressive Dairyman):

Up-and-coming country music duo ‘Dairy Daughters’ shares farm roots

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A press release reflecting on Dairy Girl Network’s 2018 and what is to come in 2019 (courtesy of Hoard’s Dairyman):

Dairy Girl Network Continues to Grow into 2019

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An article highlighting the 4 recipients of DGN’s first Forward Under 40 award (courtesy of Farm and Dairy):

Dairy Girl Network honors four under 40

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Blog post highlighting experiences from the second annual Forward TogetHER National Conference, including quotes from other guests (courtesy of Hoard’s Dairyman):

Seeing life through a new lens

Dairy Girl Network National Conference inspires, connects and achieves.

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A fantastic video highlighting Marilyn Hershey, fellow #dairygirl, for International Day of Rural Women (courtesy of Corteva):

This is my story- United States: Episode 1

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Article and video highlighting DGN Board of Director Michelle Schilter’s family farm and how they plan to continue moving forward and having their eldest son become involved (courtesy of Q13 Fox):

Dairy industry struggling in Washington, but proud legacy drives Chehalis family farm

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An amazing music video featuring Dairy Girl Network members to the tune of Old MacDonald, beautifully rewritten to highlight women in ag (courtesy of Land O’ Lakes blog):

The most famous song about farming just got rewritten. Here’s why.

Land O’ Lakes teamed up with singer Maggie Rose and songwriter Liz Rose to spotlight women in agriculture.

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Video post and short article detailing the hardships dairy farmers are going through, as told through a fellow dairywoman. This heartfelt vlog will pull at your emotions but also show you that you are never alone (courtesy of Hoard’s Dairyman):

Dear struggling farmer

I see you; I hear you; I feel you.

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Short news video covering the 2018 Wisconsin Growing TogetHER Field Day held in Luxemburg. Hear from Laura Daniels, Carrie Mess and other dairywomen at the event on why this program is so important (courtesy of WFRV):

Dairy Girl Network Wisconsin Growing TogetHER Field Day

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A piece discussing the potential rise of interest rates on agriculture bank loans and comments from federal programs, as well as an interview with dairywoman Laura Daniels (courtesy of St. Louis Post-Dispatch):

The latest blow to struggling family farms: rising interest rates

dgn page dividerAn article highlighting a talk given by DGN President and Founder, Laura Daniels, at the recent Women in Ag conference in Ohio, Laura discusses her background and also how important and resilient dairywomen are to the industry (courtesy of Sentinel-Tribune):

Women in Ag conference draws FFA students to senior farm women

dgn page dividerA piece highlighting Syndey Endres, and active Dairy Girl Network member and the co-chair of our Empower event at World Dairy Expo, as she embarks in the journey to become the next Wisconsin Alice in Dairyland (courtesy of Lodi Enterprise):

Lodi Woman Alice in Dairyland Finalist

dgn page dividerA great article describing the changing climate of gender stereotypes within the dairy industry, with great insight from a few great MI dairywomen (courtesy of MiBiz):

Farming’s female future? West Michigan women buck stereotypes with ag industry careers

dgn page dividerA short article highlighting changes to the farm bill, as well as DGN, our events in Michigan and fellow dairy-woman and Connect chairwoman Kristi Keilen (courtesy of The Farmer’s Exchange):

Congress OKs New Safety Net for Dairy

dgn page dividerA video from a Wisconsin news station demonstrating the hardships the dairy industry is going through right now, but showing faith in a rise in milk prices. Features DGN Board of Director and blogger Carrie Mess (courtesy of WKOW):

Digging Deeper: Wisconsin dairy farmers struggle with low milk prices, tight labor

dgn page dividerAn article highlighting DGN and all of our programming with sprecial highlights from PA DGN staff member Renee Norman-Kenny and Board of Directors member Tami Smith (courtesy of Lancaster Farming):

Forward TogetHER

Dairy Girl Network Is Creating Connections

dgn page dividerA great blog post about fellow dairywoman Leaine Souza and her achievements and life working with Land O’ Lakes in California (courtesy of Land O’ Lakes blog):

California (dairy) girl

An undaunted talent defying boundaries in the ag industry, from quality roles to leadership positions

dgn page dividerCheck out an awesome story on staff member Renee Norman-Kenny and how her family was awarded the 2017 Young Jersey Breeder’s Award (courtesy of Farm and Dairy):

The Jersey life

Lawrence County, Pa., dairy farmers win Young Jersey Breeders of the Year

dgn page dividerA great story highlighting #dairygirl Melissa Greenbacker-Dziurgot, her farm and her everyday life of managing her family’s dairy farm (courtesy of the New Haven Register):

Connecticut farming family has been working land since the 1720s

Greenbackers, whose original land was deeded to them by King George of Great Britain, have raised dairy cows since 1720s

dgn page dividerA US News article touching on the Grassland milk market and featuring DGN board of directors member Carrie Mess (courtesy of  US News): 

Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Face Spoiling Market, Tight Deadline

A handful of Wisconsin dairy farmers whose Canada market evaporated in a trade dispute were weighing offers from new buyers on Tuesday, but others were running out of time before an expiring contract risked putting them out of business.

dgn page dividerSpotlight article featuring comments from Donald Trump and other Wisconsin government officials focusing on Canadian trade and the Grassland crisis, as well as comments from Laura Daniels (courtesy of The Wisconsin Journal): 

Donald Trump says he’ll work to solve trade dispute with Canada impacting state dairy farmers

Speaking in Kenosha on Tuesday, President Donald Trump pledged to stand up for dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other states, saying he will work to solve a trade dispute with Canada that has left some farmers without a buyer for their milk.

dgn page dividerLocal station covers Grassland crisis and also interviews fellow affected #dairygirls, including DGN staff member Andrea Brossard (courtesy of WKOW): 

Grassland Dairy cuts down on dozens of farmers supply of milk