The efforts of Steve and Cheryl Schlangen have earned an Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability award from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. The Stearns County farm is one of four farms to be honored nationally as part of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards.
Quaal Dairy in Otter Tail County sold off most of its herd in April. Vernon Quaal says the 2021 drought drastically cut into its feed supply and the rising prices for feed made maintaining the 300 cow herd unstainable. Quaal says many dairies are suffering. But he is determined to build back up, with a crop of bred heifers ready to calve in September.
Dairy groups across the United States are currently working on proposals to overhaul the Federal Milk Marketing Orders. For years, the orders have put Midwestern dairy producers at a significant pricing disadvantage to their counterparts in other areas of the country.
“This historic win will help eliminate unjustified trade restrictions on American dairy products, and will ensure that the U.S. dairy industry and its workers get the full benefit of the USMCA to market and sell U.S. products to Canadian consumers,” U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in a statement Tuesday.