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The podcast listening community continues to grow. Dairy Stream engages listeners on topics such as policy, sustainability, market trends, new technology, processor updates, business partner news and farmer involvement.Our host is Mike Austin who has 40 years of farm broadcasting experience.  This podcast is co-produced by the  Dairy Business Association and  Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative , sister organizations that fight for effective dairy policy in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.  .

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July 29, 2020 | COVID-19 has impacted the dairy customer of the future and normalized online grocery shopping. Dairy continues to be in the cart. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, about their marketing strategy towards customers, restaurants and grocery stores, advice for the dairy community to engage with the customer of the future and how to get involved. Thanks to Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin for sponsoring this podcast.  This podcast is co-produced by the Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, sister organizations that fight for effective dairy policy in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

July 23, 2020 | 
Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talked with Mark Stephenson, who is the director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about the Federal Milk Marketing Order, Producer Price Differentials (PPDs) and what they are and how they are calculated, what causes a negative PPD, the fluctuations in milk prices and the future outlook for milk checks. Stephenson also co-wrote this document to help make sense of your milk price during COVID-19. Thanks to Agri-King for sponsoring this podcast. 

July 8, 2020 | Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Rachel Rushmann, Producer-led Program manager at Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; Steve Richter, director of agriculture strategies at The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin; and Lauren Brey, director of strategic partnerships and sustainability for the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance, who together created the Producer-led Group Roadmap: Finding Success in Farmer-Led Watershed Organizations, a new resource to guide farmers in their efforts. Thanks to GLC Minerals for sponsoring this podcast. 

June 17, 2020 | Fewer lawmakers today have a farming background even though agriculture remains an all-important part of our communities and country. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Wisconsin state Senator Howard Marklein and state Representative Dave Considine about their experiences on the farm and now at the Capitol. They encourage farmers to make their voices heard and they offer advice for farmers interested in running for office.

June 11, 2020 | Like other owners of essential businesses, dairy farmers are taking extra precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure their employees are healthy and safe. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Wisconsin dairy farmer Amy Penterman and dairy consultant Elsie Gonzalez about on-farm communication, safety and resources to help navigate this unusual situation. Thanks to Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin for sponsoring this podcast.

May 28, 2020 | As executive director of the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency, Sandy Chalmers is in the thick of helping farmers apply for direct payments through the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Chalmers talks with Dairy Stream host Mike Austin about dairy farm eligibility requirements, how livestock and crops figure into the formulas, and the role of local FSA offices.

May 27, 2020 | Global markets have played an increasingly important role in the price our dairy farmers are paid for their milk. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, about the work of his organization, the importance of trade relationships and how dairy exports have fared during the global health crisis. Thanks to ST Genetics for sponsoring this podcast.

May 21, 2020 | The Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin, one of the nation’s premiere dairy research centers, plays an integral role in keeping the dairy economy healthy and dairy customers happy. This work hasn’t stopped during COVID-19. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with the center’s director, John Lucey, about the latest innovations and the future. Thanks to Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin for sponsoring this podcast.

May 7, 2020 | COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on farmers and the food supply chain that keep our country fed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been working to make sure no farmers are left behind in this crisis and families are able to put food on their tables. Host Mike Austin talks with Greg Ibach, USDA’s Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, who describes the steps the agency has taken so far and what farmers can expect going forward.

May 6, 2020 | Studies show that environmentally friendly products are important to American consumers when they shop, and one in three consumers say they will pay more for products that promote conservation. Rosy-Lane Holsteins in Watertown, Wis., one of the latest winners of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award, approaches sustainability in a wide variety of ways, from genetics and employee training to energy efficiency and innovative field work. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin hears from two of Rosy-Lane’s owners, Lloyd Holterman and Jordan Matthews, about how it all works together. Thanks to Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin for sponsoring this podcast.

April 23, 2020 | Dairy farmers are reeling from the devastating effects of the pandemic. Federal help is on the way but it’s complicated. Host Mike Austin talks with Aaron Stauffacher, associate director of government affairs for Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, who tries to simplify the USDA’s assistance programs, and Executive Director Tim Trotter explains Edge’s role.

April 16, 2020 | Katie Burgess, director of risk management at Blimling and Associates, walks Dairy Stream host Mike Austin through the dynamics of lost dairy markets, the forecast for May and June milk checks, what might lie ahead for exports, and market risk tools for farmers.

April 2, 2020 | Farmers and dairy processors are navigating unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin interviews John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. John explains the impact on the supply chain, including milk disposal, and the need of federal support.

March 26, 2020 | The dairy supply chain is feeling the effects of the unprecedented COVID-19 public health emergency. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin interviews University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mark Stephenson, an expert on dairy markets and policy. Mark explains the impact on milk price, world markets, buying trends, risk management, borrowing and more. Thanks to Zoetis for sponsoring this podcast.

March 4, 2020 | Understanding dairy markets and diving into risk management can be intimidating. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin dissects this topic with Mike North of Vault Ag. North shares the necessary farmer mindset, what to look for in an adviser and the future of risk management strategies. Looking forward, North sees some of the key issues from 2019 lingering into 2020. Weather, trade deals and much more will affect the market. Thanks to FeedTyme for sponsoring this podcast.

February 12, 2020 | With the recent signing of the law to implement USMCA, the spotlight on trade is hotter than ever. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin chats with Washington, D.C.-based consultant Michael Torrey of Michael Torrey Associates about the agricultural impact of the agreement, key trading partners and bilateral opportunities in Africa, Asia and the European Union. The two also discuss the fall election, how we might have even fewer lawmakers who understand agriculture and the importance of connecting with your representatives. Thanks to ST Genetics for sponsoring this podcast.

February 7, 2020 | Dairy brings joy to our life through delicious dairy products, farmer interactions and community impact. Over 40-year farm broadcaster veteran Mike Austin will promise you quality and fresh content focused on dairy markets, sustainability and policy trends impacting the dairy community. Dairy lovers, connoisseurs and enthusiast will crave this content. Get a taste of Dairy Stream!

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