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This year’s annual member meeting in Cincinnati/Mason, Ohio was a big success. I want to thank everyone involved, especially the state of Ohio, commodity staff members and the national board of directors who made it all possible. And, a heartfelt thank you to members who contributed their time on committees, and donated state baskets for the Institute for Rural America auction. The most difficult part of our convention centered around the same challenges we face on our farms every day. General farm prices, market access and continuing consolidation impacts us all. Of course, we also have the ongoing problem of producing more than the market can consume, which holds prices down. In dairy, we have discussed our supply management proposal with many, however, it has not gained traction among other dairy farmer cooperatives or the industry. Of course, our proposal is a guideline from which we are willing to begin serious discussions about the course of the industry. We must gain more economic stability for America’s farms. The current system is not sustainable, and places us on the same track that independent hog producers followed 25 years ago, and the broiler industry 45 years ago. Words and phrases such as greed, control, vertical integration and power come to mind. During the time when rural America was strong, the nation had 50 cow dairies dotting the landscape. Today, however, many 1,000-cow operations and larger have replaced the smaller operators, to the detriment of small towns across the U.S. What is increasingly evident is that mega-dairies and giant grain farms are owned by investors other than the operators of those farms. In many cases, investors can minimize their tax burdens through those dairy and grain farm operations. Words such as level and fair do not seem to apply to those who work sun-up to sun-down growing the food we all consume. It seems the majority of what we read in ag journals focuses on management techniques, becoming more efficient and strategies to produce more. Of course the proverbial question that comes to mind is what and for whom? Meaning that, combined we have too much supply than the market can handle, so prices are slumping. I have always believed the family farm is the most efficient unit, but others in the industry who purchase our conventional and organic commodities seem to think differently. We will continue to work to find like-minded producers and consumers who prefer to think as we do. Because our business at National Farmers is truly your business, and first and foremost you must be profitable.

CINCINNAT I Minnesota Ag Financial Pro Tells Members Top Ten To-Do’s at Convene ’18 In Cincinnati, Ohio Know where you are, know where you’re going and do just a little better across the board, when it comes to the money matters on your farm. Those good tips come from a Minnesota ag financial pro who gave producers a top ten financial to-do list at National Farmers annual convention in Mason, Ohio. “The difference between high-profit farms and low-profit farms, it seems the high-profit farms do just a little bit better in everything that they do,” said Dale Nordquist, associate director, University of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management. “They seem to get a little bit better yields. They get a Dale Nordquist little bit better prices. They have a little lower costs, and that little difference makes a big difference in the bottom line.” A Texas A&M professor came up with the idea that more profitable operations do five percent better in all the farm categories than their neighbors, Nordquist said. This is not farm-size related. “Small changes make a lot of difference,” he said. Nordquist listed the top financial to-do list priorities for farm operations today.

1. Know Where You Are 2. Know Where You’re Going 3. Use Your Accounting Records for “The difference between high-profit farms and low-profit farms, it seems Something More Than Taxes the high-profit farms do just a little 4. Understand Volume and Margin bit better in everything that they 5. Manage Working Capital do.” — Dale Nordquist 6. Control Costs 7. Do 5 Percent Better 8. Don’t Refinance Unless You Plug the Leaks 9. Think Countercyclical 10. Don’t Go It Alone Nordquist advised producers consider what three major things they want to accomplish on their farm and do them, regardless of the aspect of the operation. He also said every single major decision needs to move farmers toward their long-range goals.

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Nordquist also pointed out that showing yields. They get a little bit better as low a net farm income on the Schedule F prices. They have a little lower costs, and that little difference makes a tax form as possible is good tax managebig difference in the bottom line.” ment. However, when it is time to receive — Dale Nordquist approval for a loan, it can work against producers. The Schedule F form is a poor indicator of farm performance, but lenders know it’s the only information source they can get from many operations. “It just doesn’t provide as much financial information for performance of the business,” he said. Further, the best accounting system for a producer is the one the individual can understand. UMN’s Center for Farm Financial Management is home to FINBIN, a major source of farm financial and production benchmark information. FINBIN provides detailed reports on whole farm, crop, and livestock financials. Go to finbin.umn.edu to discover what you can use.


Federal Budget & Ag Policy

Big Ag Cuts in Budget Proposal, Farm Countr y Fallout Feared

The White House released the 2019 federal budget Feb. 12, and it includes deep cuts for agriculture. Farming and ranching in rural America would be impacted by the $1.8 trillion cuts from mandatory spending programs over the next 10 years. In fact, the White House proposal means a 16 percent decrease in funding from 2017 levels, and amounts to nearly $47 billion in cuts over the next decade. “National Farmers, along with other farm groups, have expressed concern and opposition to President Trump’s budget,” said National Farmers Ag Policy Analyst Gene Paul. Crop insurance and other farm programs were harshly reduced, including federal crop insurance subsidies, conservation programs and foreign food aid. The proposal also cuts about $17 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The American Soybean Association voiced its opposition to the Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal. ASA President John Heisdorffer, a farmer from Keota, Iowa, said the farm economy continues to struggle and that producers cannot afford the back-breaking cuts. He said he understands that the White House budget is considered by many to be dead on arrival in Congress. He is concerned congressional representatives who would like to see farm and consumer Gene Paul programs significantly reduced or entirely eliminated “As this budget process moves may gain traction for their approach. along, we request members of According to the Center for Rural Affairs, President Trump’s budget Congress to give consideration to our reduces working lands conservation programs by proposing the elimination concerns, and financially support of the Conservation Stewardship Program. “The Conservation Stewardship programs that support the family Program gives farmers and ranchers an incredibly important opportunity to farm structure.” —Gene Paul plant cover crops, practice soil conservation tillage and improve pasture land,” said Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Anna Johnson. “As this budget process moves along, we request members of Congress to give consideration to our concerns, and financially support programs that support the family farm structure,” Paul said.

Members Approve Ag Policy At Convene ’18

At National Farmers’ annual convention in Mason, Ohio, Jan. 30, members approved policies focusing on crop insurance, a workable dairy program for family farmers, Conservation Reserve Program marginal land enrollment and the Farm Bill. “National Farmers supports Convene‘18 Jan. 29-31 current funding levels for affordable crop insurance, because of its effectiveness in protecting farm incomes and importance in Board Members Review Ag Policy securing operating loans,” said National Farmers Ag Policy Coordinator Gene Paul. For organic grains, the organization supports premium rates commensurate with payments available for losses incurred. National Farmers supports a strong safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers. This includes the following: •Simplifying the Margin Protection Program for family-operated dairy farms •Allowing grain producers to enroll marginal land into CRP for just one to three years •Creating growth management programs for milk and grain producers •Retaining farm and nutrition programs in one package •Supporting the Soil Health and Income Protection Program as proposed by U.S. Senator John Thune “National Farmers member policy discussions included Reinstatement of Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling,” said Paul. Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling must be included in all trade agreements so U.S. producers can compete against the growing tide of undifferentiated products imported into their domestic market, Paul said. Member organic grain producers were apprised of concerns about fraudulent organic grain imports that have depressed U.S. producer prices. “We would like to see an investigation by the Senate and House Agriculture Committees regarding oversight failure for organic grain imports,” said Paul.

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Milk Supply, Management, 2017 Livestock Growth National Farmers President Paul Olson at National Farmers National Convention, Jan. 30, in Mason, Ohio, during his presidential address, emphasized farmers’ interests come first for him. Addressing farm policy concerns, Olson said supply and demand struggles are paramount in the dairy industry, with producSupply & Demand ers facing worries “...supply and demand struggles are about markets for their paramount in the dairy industry, with milk. Olson cited a guest producers facing worries about column in Hoard’s markets for their milk.” Dairyman Dec. 27. An Oregon dairy producer -National Farmers President asked where to start Paul Olson the conversation about control over the market, and brought up the topic of supply management. National Farmers has proposed and supported supply management during the last several years.

Paul Olson

National Farmers Vice President Paul Riniker, Greeley, Iowa, in his address Jan. 29, pointed out that he is a former dairy producer, and he underscored the concern about milk transported from the Northeast to the Mideast and Midwest dairy regions, and being processed below its value. Riniker said National Farmers continues to work to find new milk markets. “There is hope when producers work

together,” he said. “There is hope Olson lauded National Farmers when producers Livestock Division staff and their work together.” expertise and dedication to help cattle-National Farmers men. In 2017, National Farmers livestock Vice President marketing climbed double-digits in percent. Paul Riniker Riniker said he earns up to $45 per hundredweight more for his cattle than his local livestock auction paid, or $25 per cwt. live. That means about $7,000 -$8,000 for every load of cattle a producer markets through National Farmers, he said.

Open Markets Institute Policy Analyst Addresses Dairy Farmer Impacts of Industry Consolidation Leah Douglas, reporter and policy analyst, Open Markets Institute, talked agriculture and consolidation at Convene ’18. She said consolidation got started in the 1980s, during the Reagan Administration, and that era changed the way the U.S. approaches consolidation. The view of concentration moved from a holistic approach, which considers impacts on all sides of an industry, to one measuring if consolidation is mostly beneficial to consumers. She cited the dairy industry, where a lot of fluid milk is processed through the cooperative system. However, a Leah Douglas few co-ops have become so powerful that they warp prices farmers receive and drive them lower, and take on characteristics of mega-corporations, she said.

The concentration of power in fewer companies has had a direct impact on farmers. She stressed there is a difference between being the biggest in a market with a 12 percent share, when a close competitor has nine percent. Compared to today’s situation where a company can have a 90 percent share of a given market. There is a huge difference in competition where only four companies control a market, compared to, in the 1960s, when there were 30 or 40 companies competing to buy farmers’ production. She added that ripple effects in the supply chain from consolidation have created a lot of challenges for farmers. Douglas covers corporate consolidation and the political economy of food for the Open Markets Institute.

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sʼ Initiatives, Farmer Concerns NFU DC Farm Policy Authority Updates Producers About Farm Bill Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for National Farmers Union Rob Larew, spoke to member producers about the Farm Bill in Cincinnati, Ohio Jan. 30. “What is the Farm Bill going to look like?” asked Larew. “Nobody knows.” He said there is a great deal of focus in Washington about the size of our federal budget and the national debt. But anyone who suggests that the Farm Bill is contributing in any meaningful way to either of these things is mistaken, Larew said. Another thing to note about the tax bill, Larew said, is it adds $1.4 trillion of debt. No one talked about balancing that when the tax package went through. But now the debate is back on for cutting spending and getting our fiscal house in order. And that includes the Farm Bill. There has already been a lot of work on writing the language for the bill, in both the House and the Senate. He said key representatives report that without funds set aside for dairy and cotton, moving the Farm Bill legislation through Congress will be very difficult. NFU constantly tries to explain what is happening in farm country and the economic stressors farmers face every day, Larew said. “We cannot be looking to cut the farm bill now, but make sure it’s sustainable for the future,” he added. 

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Cattlemen Say Nexus Contracts, Feeding Programs Mean Rewards Cattleman to cattleman and farmer to farmer, four Ohio members talked cattle raising, contracts and risk management for the Livestock Producer Panel at Convene ’18 in Cincinnati’s suburb, Mason, Ohio, Jan. 31. Giving a sketch of Puthoff Family Farms, Jeff Puthoff, Ft. Loramie, Ohio, the sixth generation “We sold some on his home farm, started feeding steers in 1999, after his family exited the dairy business. For facilities, in the dairy barn, they tore out the free stalls, put curtains on the building and cattle two weeks proceeded to feed Holsteins. ago. If we hadnʼt Today, Puthoffs ship 650 head annually, buying calves at one day old. An Amish family raises had them contractthem to 13 weeks, then they move them to the Puthoffs’. ed, it would have “Everything is contracted early in the animal’s life to protect basis,” Puthoff said. His teenage cost us $14,000 sons are interested in farming someday. “Holstein steers may be one way to do that,” he said. Near St. Henry, Ohio, the Stachler livestock enterprise, now transitioned from Bill to his son, per load.” - Ohio Cattleman Ryan, feeds 850 head of cattle continually. Bill recalled a marketing mistake from several years Bill Stachler ago when he could have sold cattle at $1.19, but sold them cash at 83 cents, costing him $60,000. His banker poked him in the chest and told him not to do it again. They haven’t repeated the mistake, and they’re still with that banker, and marketing cattle through Nexus Ag Marketing. “We sold some cattle two weeks ago. If we hadn’t had them contracted, it would have cost us $14,000 per load,” Bill said. “You do that twice a month and you’re not going to be in business long.” What’s the secret sauce? “We call Pat Lampert with Nexus and he assures us if he can get cattle contracted before we buy them,” he said. Emphasis on before they buy the calves. Puthoff agreed. It’s not just a basis contract he wants. They price their cattle a year out on contract, too. Jake Bornhorst and Andy Bornhost, raised on a farrow-to-finish hog operation, started raising a handful of Holsteins (really, like three or four of them) in about 2004. It had started with Jake’s FFA project. Then in 2009, their dad and uncle sold the hogs, and they started converting hog buildings, Jake explained. They feed 200-250 head yearly now. Andy spoke to a Nexus strength. “Whatever the cattle, they’ll find a spot for them, and that says a lot for the marketing centers,” he said.

Cook Says Farm Prices Not Pacing with Costs Randy Cook, head of the National Organization for Raw Materials spoke to members at national convention Jan. 30. He spoke about farm price parity and noted the steady fall in agricultural prices compared to what producers pay for their inputs. Regarding costs, since 2000, an acre of Iowa land has increased in price by four times. And for the average corn producer, the cost of an acre’s worth of seeds has nearly quadrupled in the past 20 years, while fertilizer has more than doubled. However, corn prices have only increased by about 30 percent. Cook noted that farmers have seen a steady fall in real prices they receive going all the way back to 1952, having lost trillions of dollars.

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Take a Look at 2019 Grain Futures By Lynn Miller I don’t know about the rest of the grain farming community, but the negativity of the grain markets the past three or four years (especially corn) is wearing on me. Banks want answers, or maybe miracles, and you as producers want to make some money. So we, as the caretakers of Grain Marketing Plus, have decided it’s time to look at the opportunities in the market and quit looking backward. Where is the opportunity you might ask? This is a question with an ever-changing answer. In soybeans, you might think that we saw great opportunity the week of Feb 19, for example. And we did see the weather markets created by drought in Argentina driving the bean market higher. Did you take advantage of those price levels? You have if you are using GMP. Have you looked beyond today? November 2018 beans have been to $10.20 and higher. Heck, maybe it’s time to look at 2019, at $10.00 futures. Don’t put off making sales that make you money. In the corn market, cash prices are stagnant and they have been for so long we tend to get depressed looking at the bottom line. Again, have you looked into the future? Corn futures for 2018 are having trouble getting out of the $3 range with extreme resistance at $3.97. Compare that to prices you received at harvest, and, this is still a good sale. Sales of futures only also provide us market opportunity in their own right with binned bushels. Looking even farther forward to 2019, brings what we see is an opportunity with futures levels around $4.10. What if we make these sales today and the U.S. finds itself at the center of a weather-driven rally? Not to fret, we can always back the sale with a call option to keep you in the market even though you have lost ownership. See, there is always opportunity. We just have to look for it. Call me at 605.881.0053, or get in touch with your personal grain representative.

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Puthoff, Bornhorst Families Earn Awards At National Farmers Convene ’18 in Cincinnati, Ohio in January, the Livestock Division presented two producer awards. Jake and Andy Bornhorst are fifth generation farmers of the Bornhorst Family Farm in Fort Loramie, Ohio. The cattle operation began with five head that Jake raised when he was in high school, in an empty barn at their grandfathers's farm. In 2003, Andy returned home from college and the two brothers began raising groups of Holstein steers, from 300 pounds to finish weights. Today, Jake, along with his wife, Amber, and Andy, along with his wife, Megan, and daughters Drew and Ryann, continue to raise 220 Holstein steers annually at three locations, using renovated hog barns. In 2013, Jake and Andy were able to purchase their grandfather's farm. Along with their father and uncle, they continue to raise crops together producing corn, soybeans and wheat in rotation. The second award was presented to the Puthoff Family Farm, also located in in Fort Loramie, Ohio. First cleared and settled in the early 1800s, Jeff and Becky Puthoff are sixth generation owners/operators. Jeff grew up on the farm, which, at that time, was a Holstein dairy operation. The dairy herd was sold in 1998, and Jeff and Becky took over the grain operation from his father in 1999, including 260 acres of Shelby County land. The Puthoff family now operates the dairy beef and grain farm with the help of their sons, 16-year-old Justin and 14-year-old Jake, as well as Jeff’s father, Paul Puthoff. Together, the Puthoff family now plants and harvests 900-acres of wheat, corn, and soybeans, and markets 650 head of Holstein steers each year. The cattle operation buys day-old calves and feeds them to finish. They raise the cattle across several other farms in Shelby and Darke Counties, to help spread the workload and better use Holstein manure on other acres.

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Outstanding Young Producer Livestock Awards presented at Convene ’18. (l to r) Tony & Joyce Bornhorst; Becky Puthoff, and sons Jake and Justin, and their father, Jeff Puthoff. Amber and Jake Bornhorst, and Jake’s brother, Andy Bornhorst.

Prices Received Index Down 6 Percent In January Commodity & Unit

Cotton, per lb. Wheat, per bu. Corn, per bu. Barley, per bu. Grain Sorghum, per cwt. Soybeans, per bu. Oats, per bu. Dry edible beans, per cwt. Milk (all), per cwt. Beef cattle (all), per cwt. Calves, per cwt. Hogs, per cwt.

Price Received 0.687 4.69 3.29 4.45 5.77 9.30 3.29 28.20 16.10 120.00 174.00 52.50

100 % Parity Parity Received In cents lb. 2.00 34 0.68 17.60 27 7.81 13.20 25 05.8 14.90 30 9.27 22.30 26 5.77 32.60 29 15.5 8.57 38 10.2 96.00 29 28.20 52.20 31 16.1 335.00 36 120.0 484.00 36 174.0 166.00 32 52.50


Producers, co-ops need Joint supply management system

Contracting Cattle is Definitely the Place to be

Markets, Buyers and Prices Emphasized By Dairy Division By Brad Rach At convention in Cincinnati/Mason, Ohio, Jan. 31, the Dairy Division presented about the current state of the dairy industry, and plans for the future. I opened the presentation with an industry overview, focusing on markets, buyers and pricing. The lack of market access coupled with low prices, has resulted in disposal of milk in many areas. But National Farmers goes above and beyond to ensure that the milk our members work hard to produce is not discarded. Our staff goes the extra mile to place member’s milk in processors’ hands. I also discussed the National Farmers supply management program proposal that would balance milk supply with demand. The program would ensure smaller farms see better prices for milk and new growth would be managed. I pointed out how vital family farms are to rural communities, as they support local businesses, schools and churches. Tom Crosby, Wisconsin national director and dairy farmer, shared his thoughts about the struggles dairy farmers face. Three years ago, Crosby said he took notice of changes in the Northeast as farmers started to lose their markets. And, as things moved closer to home, he realized the magnitude of the problem. Crosby made it very clear that he believes looking to the government is not the answer. He said producers and co-ops need to come together to develop a supply management program that guarantees better prices for all farmers. He emphasized that he knows a lot of dairy farmers from a cross-section of co-ops who are ready to do something together to address the oversupply problem. Rachel Riesgraf, a dairy marketing representative, spoke about the need to connect with consumers and processors on a deeper level, and bring awareness to the importance of family farms. The new program, Always Family Farms, shares stories, pictures and videos that revolve around our family farmers. She said the millennial generation has now surpassed the baby boomer generation as the largest consumer group in America. Riesgraf underscored that young millennial consumers are more health-aware and environmentally-conscious, and they want to know where their food originates. Family farms produce just the product millenials desire. During the President‘s Dessert Reception Jan. 30, we also presented young producer awards to Michigan’s Trevor and Samantha Wawiernia, and Brian and Cindy Horstman, Ohio. About 12 years ago, Trevor purchased milk cows, and started farming alongside Samantha’s father on her parent’s dairy farm. A registered nurse, Samantha is growing her career at an adult foster care home. Trevor and Samantha have 6-year-old twin boys, Trapper and Sawyer, who enjoy spending as much time outdoors as their parents. The Horstmans are fourth generation farmers on the original family farm that was acquired in 1934. In 2012, Brian started farming full-time on his family farm, and today the farm is owned by Brian, as well as his father and uncle. They are at capacity with 150 cows. Brian and Cindy have four children who deeply enjoy the farm life and talk about someday becoming farmers themselves.

The Brian & Cynthia Horstman family

Trevor & Samantha Wawiernia

World Wealth to Grow, Beef Consumption Too By Pat Lampert Not only has the cattle industry changed during the last ten years but the world in relationship to beef has also experienced transition. I was reminded of that during Dr. Francis Fluharty’s presentation in Cincinnati, Ohio, at convention. Numerous countries are becoming wealthier, and their people’s eating habits are changing. Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Canada, Hong Kong and the Middle East are currently our top importers of U.S. beef. And four of the top six are in the Pacific Rim and Pacific Basin. If you look at projections of population growth over the next 25-30 years, that's precisely who is growing the most. In 1950, there were only two megacities in the world— defined as 10 million or more people— Paris and New York. Today there are 18. By 2050, analysts project there will be more than 400 cities in that mega-category. Ninety percent of the growth is expected to be in Asia and Africa. What all that data means is simple. Way more mouths to feed. National Farmers Organization pioneered cattle and hog contracting 35 years ago. Fast forward to today, and the cattle division continues to innovate to meet industry and world-wide demand. Today’s consumers don't cook at home as frequently as they did 30-50 years ago. And during that time, cuts of beef, packaging and eating habits have changed along with those consumer habits. In the mid-1950s, about 15 percent of American income was spent on food prepard at home. About 3.5 percent of income was spent on food outside the home. Today, the split between eating at home and elsewhere is dead even. And that’s because of more spendable income in the U.S. Now, as other countries go through a population and increasing wealth cycle, total mouths to feed will soar. We will continue working with cattle feeder members here in the U.S. to continue raising the highest quality beef in the world. Make sure your risk management plan is in place so you can stay ahead of the curve. Stay in touch with us.

Thank You for Your Generous State Pride Donations and Auction Purchases at Convene ’18 in Cincinnati/Mason, Ohio.


Former Longtime Dairy Staffer, Paris Passes Away later, became National Operations and Procurement Director until April1997. The son of Rev. Luther J. Paris and Doris M. (Beatie) Paris, he was born March 11, 1948, in Springfield, Missouri. Joe was a longtime consultant to the dairy industry and loved his job immensely. He traveled across the United States during his career and made life long friends in every state. Joe bravely fought cancer four times over two decades. He loved his family and his church, and never missed an opportunity to share what the power of prayer can accomplish in someone’s life. Joe is preceded in death by his parents and survived by his wife, Jacqueline; daughter, Jennifer Paris; daughter and son-inlaw, Laurie and Dennis Carvalho; grandchildren, Kimberly, Nicholas, Samantha and Katie Carvalho; sisters, Sandy Raper and Joye Bunselmeyer; brothers, David, Mark and Rusty Paris; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. The family encourages donations in his name be made to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.com.

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A well-known figure in the dairy industry, and former National Farmers dairy leader, Joseph Edward Paris, passed away in Turlock, Calif., Jan. 25. He was 69. Joe graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1972, with a degree in Dairy Science. He joined the National Farmers dairy staff in 1972, working as a fieldman in South Dakota and Nebraska. Two years later, he became the area director for Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. He was promoted to Michigan director from 1977-1981, and then Ohio, until 1986. He was then named Northeast Regional Director for the large area of New York, New Jersey, & Pennsylvania. In 1988, Joe became the Eastern Operations Director, managing the dairy staff from Wisconsin to Maine. In 1991, he established a new dairy bargaining program for California, and

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