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D.C. AG Policy 360

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In the late 1920s, the federal government understood healthy farm economies make our country stronger. The agricultural parity concept was created to ensure farmers received fair prices for their back-breaking work. The Great Depression caused farmers to go broke, because their purchasing power declined year after year. The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 contained legislation to restore farm prices back to 1910-14 levels, a period of great prosperity for farmers. In 1941, the federal government took a step further, creating additional ag parity with its War Powers Act. The Steagall Amendment guaranteed crop prices at a 90 percent level of average farm commodity prices that occurred between 1910 and 1914. Inflation was computed into the calculations. Because of World War II, many parts of the globe were in food crisis. The U.S. put into place commodity price supports to ensure America and our allies would not go hungry. Because of that rational decision, U.S. farmers became profitable so they could remain on the land, ensuring we had enough food to win the war. The Steagall Amendment was written to expire just two years after World War II. The idea of parity lasted until the Truman administration. Once parity was largely removed from the nation’s agricultural policy, farmers have increasingly felt economic market pressure. What parity really boils down to, is paying producers what the true value of their commodities are, incorporating inflation costs to keep farmers profitable. If we look at historical inflation rates, $1 in 1910 was worth $22.95 in 2010. That same year, a bushel of wheat was worth $1.00. That means the 2010 value of a bushel of wheat should have been $22.95. Unfortunately, in January 2010, the price of wheat was only $5.69. That was a far cry from the rate of inflation. We can also look at farmers’ income through the lens of income per acre, adjusted for inflation. Even when you use production per acre, it still does not add up for farmers. In 1910, farmers harvested 12.4 bushels per acre; in 2010 it was 45 bushels per acre. If you take the acre value, in 1910 one acre produced $12.40. The price for wheat in Kansas was $4.40. This equals $198 per acre. Using inflation, that $12.40 per acre should have been $284.62 in 2010. This demonstrates how the American farmer is falling behind the rest of society economically. I am not even going to bring up the rising input costs. To put it simply, farmers are being left behind with our current system of industrial agriculture. Family farms are being squeezed out of business and corporate farms are taking their place. Producers must come together and spotlight dwindling rural economic conditions to our government leaders. And emphasize the truth of what is going on within our food system. If the U.S. wants to continue to have high-quality and reliable food supplies, then we must make family farms profitable.

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USDA PAUSES CATTLE TRACKING PROPOSAL

Only nine months after a USDA proposal to transition away from metal and plastic identification ear tags, USDA reversed course. They can now be used indefinitely on dairy cattle, cattle that cross state borders and on cattle exhibited at fairs. In case of an outbreak of dangerous diseases, APHIS was signaling radio frequency identification tags would be the only approved tag. In a recent statment, USDA said it would not finalize its July 2020 phase down proposal and “all current APHIS-approved methods of identification may be used… until further notice.” Cattlemen believe they would be responsible for additional costs for the bookkeeping required, along with potential liability if blamed for diseased animals.

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FEEDD PROVIDES FLEX HAYING AND GRAZING

USDA PUSHES CARBON FOCUS FOR AG INCOME

Specifically, the FEEDD bill would: • Create an emergency waiver authority for the Secretary of Agriculture to allow for haying, grazing or chopping of a cover crop on prevented plant acres before November 1 in the event of a feed shortage because of excessive moisture, flood or drought. Under this waiver, producers would not see a reduction of their crop insurance indemnity. It would direct the Secretary to establish regional haying and grazing dates for each crop year. The current date, November 1, would be set on a nationwide basis and puts producers in the upper Midwest at a disadvantage. The bill would provide flexibility for the Secretary to move up the haying and grazing date for states in the northern part of the country. It would also maintain crop insurance program integrity and will have no impact on a producers’ Actual Production History.

Though specifics of the plan haven't yet emerged, the concept is a novel one: With scores of major corporations having made grand promises about achieving carbon-neutrality, USDA would help offer a chance to buy credits to offset their pollution by supporting farmers who plant an extra batch of crops such as cereal rye and clover or make other on-farm changes to help absorb carbon dioxide into the soil. Such agricultural techniques would bring about a net reduction in greenhouse gases. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the focus on climate offers a tremendous opportunity for farmers to earn additional income in the creation of a viable carbon market for actions taken by farmers to sequester carbon. “Agriculture is poised to be a leader in this effort,” he says. A recent executive order seeks input from stakeholders including farmers on how best to create a new carbon market.

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VILSACK SAYS $12 BILLION MORE COVID RELIEF NOW

BILL FOR COMPETITION ANTI-TRUST ENFORCEMENT

CATTLE MARKET TRANSPARENCY ACT SUPPORT GROWS

USDA pandemic assistance for producers will now reach a wider swath of farmers than in previous COVID-19 support programs. USDA is pledging a minimum $6 billion toward the new programs, and will start disseminating $4.5 billion to crop producers and $1.1 billion to cattlemen. For cattle, USDA will increase the CFAP 1 payment rates, based on the number of cattle in inventory between April 16, 2020, and May 14, 2020. About 410,000 producers will be eligible and the total level of support could equal roughly $1.1 billion. The payments will be sent automatically, so there will be no need for producers who were already enrolled to reapply. Only producers who previously applied for CFAP 1 are eligible to receive this additional payment. Additional CFAP assistance of $20 per acre for producers of eligible crops identified as CFAP 2 flat-rate or price-trigger crops began in April.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, introduced sweeping new legislation Feb. 4 to reinvigorate America’s antitrust laws and restore competition to American markets. 1. Increase Enforcement Resources 2. Strengthen Prohibitions Against Anticompetitive Mergers — Update the legal standard for permissible mergers — Shift the burden to the merging parties to prove their merger will not violate the law. 3. Prevent Harmful Dominant Firm Conduct 4. The legislation would establish a new, independent Federal Trade Commision division to conduct market studies and merger retrospectives. 5. Implement Additional Reforms to Enhance Antitrust Enforcement

Droves of U.S. cattle producers believe the Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2021,introduced into Congress by U.S. Senators Deb Fischer, R-Neb, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on March 2, is a very good thing. This piece of legislation aims to advance vigorus cattle markets by providing market transparency and establishing a regionally-based cash-negotiated trade. It requires USDA to maintain a certain minimum amount of cattle be sold on a negotiated cash basis. The specific minimum amount of cattle to be sold this way will differ by region. Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced a bill to require each U.S. meat processing facility that slaughters more than 125,000 head of cattle yearly to purchase 50 percent of their weekly volume of beef slaughter on the open or spot market. The senators say without a mandated amount of cash trade, producers will continue to be residual suppliers and will lack the price leverage.

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On March 26, National Farmers Organization sent a letter to USDA’s Dairy Program Deputy Administrator Dana Coale, requesting she consider changing a Federal Milk Marketing Order rule. Presently, when a policy vote comes up for consideration, a hearing process can then lead to a producer vote. Curent procedures in place mandate when a rule change comes up for a producer vote, if the policy is rejected, the entire Federal Order is terminated. The American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union and National Farmers Organization sent a letter to I N S S U U R R A A N N C C E E stingN clarification about the order termination rule. rganizations requested that Coale rescind the Policy and make it known to the ry that USDA will no longer consider a no vote on a Federal Milk Marketing Order as a vote to terminate the Order. In its place, the three groups recommended a hich a farmer no vote on a proposed change be considered as a desire by the eturnand to theNFO previously established Federal Milk Marketing ices Crop Insurance market andOrder rules, that is, and NFO Crop Insurance to to market and lsceFarmers marketing services before the referendum. elp you protect your financial future. smart and protect your financial future. prket you protect your financial future. arm organization presidents said the industry has changed dramatically in the NSURANCE PRODUCTS OFFERED RANCE PRODUCTS OFFERED es since the no-vote-terminates-the-Order policy was established. They believe GRP GRIP - HRO GRP GRIP - HRO Group Risk Protection Risk Income Group Risk Protectionthis policy and allowing everyone Group Risk Income y would beGroup better served today by eliminating (GRP) is a county-based Protection with Harvest (GRP) is a county-based Protection with Harvest insurance Federal product thatMilk Marketing Order under Revenue Option is a heir ideas without insurancethe product that Revenue Option is afear of eliminating pays the producer in the county-based revenue pays the producer in the county-based revenue event the county yield insurance product that on. insurance event the county yield product that falls below the trigger pays the producer in the pays the producer in the event the county average event the county average per-acre revenue falls per-acre revenue falls below the trigger below the trigger revenue level. GRIPrevenue level. GRIPHRO offers the producer HRO offers the producer

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AMERICAN JOBS PLAN BENEFITING RURAL AG

RFS TO GET BACK ON TRACK SAYS EPA HEAD

The proposal outlines a $2.25 trillion investment over eight years to repair roads, bridges, and dams; modernize public transit and airports; expand broadband access; ensure safe drinking water in all communities; upgrade housing, businesses, schools, hospitals, and other buildings; and build resilience to climate change. To offset the cost, the plan would also amend the corporate tax code. Though strengthening rural infrastructure has long been a priority for National Farmers Union, the issue has become a particular concern as the pandemic and climate change-related events have further stressed systems and revealed deficiencies. President Joe Biden says the effort will create millions of good jobs, rebuild the country’s infrastructure, and position the United States to out-compete China.

In a radio interview with the Brownfield Network, new Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan said his agency is working hard in an attempt to get the Renewable Fuel Standard back on track. “More transparency, more certainty in the decisions that we make. And looking at fuel volumes and things like that,” Regan said. During a March 24 segment on the Agri-Pulse Ag and Food Policy Summit, Regan said EPA will look at new emission standards for passenger cars and trucks. “(Electric vehicles) are very important, but we’re going to need a suite. A suite of options for our transportation agenda, and biofuels, especially advanced biofuels, are part of that agenda,” Regan told Brownfield. Regan did not talk about the EPA announcement to extend the compliance deadline for refiners.

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Decisions For Components, Demand Al and Ann Middendorf, Long Prairie, Minnesota, start their farm work days together, milking 82 Holsteins. “We work well together,” Ann said. “We put our ideas together to solve any day-to-day issues.” Ann wasn’t raised on a farm. “I’ve got a good wife,” Al said. “I snowballed her and told her this would be a lot of fun.” However, in almost three decades of marriage, Ann’s loved the career aspect of her life, along with her guy. “I enjoy farming. It is a rewarding lifestyle. I enjoy working with the animals and working outside and being able to take in the fresh country air. I’m glad we had the privilege of raising our family on the farm,” Ann said. Al and Ann have four adult children, Ryan, Mitchell, Jacob and Jenna. “They still enjoy helping on the farm when they get the chance,” she said. On their farm, they are experimenting with and transitioning to a Holstein-Flekvieh cross. “I just wanted to put a little color in the pasture,” Al said jokingly. Al said he didn’t hear people who have Flekviehs say anything bad about the breed and that was noticeable to him. “They seem pretty happy with them,” Al said. “Other crosses, you can tell, they’re not always happy with them.” So, Al and Ann bought four Flekvieh cows to see how it would work. During grazing, production didn’t drop as badly as with Holsteins and during hot summer days, they would still graze. “Holsteins would look for a shade tree or a mud puddle or something,” Al said. “So, this year, I bred all our cows to the Flekvieh.” Because the production seems almost as good as Holsteins’, they last longer, are hardier and milk components are better. Al and Ann said they’ll likely move to the Flekvieh breed for good. “They say Flekvieh will have the highest protein of any breed out there,” Al said. “The butterfat is good, too. Not like a Jersey, but good.” Al and Ann also have chosen to use A2A2 bulls, because there may be a wider market for that in the future. A2 milk may be easier on the digestive tract for some people.

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Daily Dairy Routine Matters For Quality Randy and Nancy Middendorf launched their dairy farming life together in 1998, when they got married. Randy had started farming right out of high school. Today, Randy and Nancy, Sauk Centre, Minnesota, have seven children, age 22 down to three years old. “All the kids have helped on the farm. Right now, the 17-year-old helps every day with milking, feeding or field work. The 15-year-old helps with gopher management, for example,” Randy said. Through the years, their kids have helped in a variety of ways. “We’re together on a daily basis. We’re busy, but we’re still together. Teamwork,” Randy said. Randy and Nancy like farming organically. “We love how we know the prices. We like the quality of what we’re producing,” Nancy said. “We have so much fun in the spring when we let the cows go to the paddock. It’s so much fun seeing them graze from day to day. They’re so content.” Randy said he doesn’t know of just one trick that stands out for them for herd health. They feed the herd hay and silage, adding minerals to the feed, and they supplement with probiotics. Their vet chuckles about the fact that she doesn’t see them very often. “When we started feeding kelp, we noticed a big herd health improvement,” Randy said. “There are a lot of trace minerals and vitamins in it.” The Middendorfs’ National Farmers field representative Dan Connor said he appreciated how seriously they took suggestions for taking their milk quality even higher. Nancy shared practices she follows in the milking routine. Making sure units are always clean before they start and after they drop off. Washing the cows. Putting the units on only dry udders. If there’s inking on gaskets, changing them out as soon as possible. Keeping an eye on the water temperature. “Every couple degrees of water, bacteria can creep up,” Nancy emphasized. As far as the bulk tank, they make sure the cooler isn’t getting above 45 degrees and during washing they get the temperature high enough. Watch for these things when counts go up, Nancy suggested. Your routine every day matters, she said.


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HOLSTEIN CROSS AND HOLSTEIN FEEDERS

USDA PAUSES CATTLE TRACKING PROPOSAL

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BILL FOR COMPETITION VILSACK SAYS $12 BILLION Two Price Risk Factors Mean ANTI-TRUST ENFORCEMENT MORE COVID RELIEF NOW Producers Need To Talk With Us USDA pandemic assistance for producers will now U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., the lead

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Order Droves of U.S. cattle producers believeIssue the By Brad Rach Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2021,introreach a wider swath of farmers than in previousBy Matt Brandyberry Democrat on the The past has duced into Congress by U.S. Senators Deb year Fischer, COVID-19 support programs. USDA is pledging a The first of four Judiciary Subcomquarterly stocks and acres brought enormous R-Neb, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on March 2, is a minimum $6 billion reports prepared by on theAntitrust, USDA put acres for both mittee challenges for our very good thing. corn and soybeans below expectations of even toward the new Competition Policy organization and This piece of legislation aims to advance vigorus some of the more historical bulls out there. Very programs, and will and Consumer for each of our rarely does this happen and it could result in cattle markets by providing market transparency start disseminating farmer members. Rights,the introduced higher prices down road as trends trackand establishing a regionally-based cash-negoti$4.5 billion to crop I’ve recently had a sweeping new legislation Feb.remain 4 to reinvigorate ing 50- and 100-day moving averages ated trade. wonderful reminder producers and $1.1 antitrust laws and restore competition to up. Buy signalsAmerica’s have been flashing indicators It requires USDA to maintainthat a certain we are not alone billion to cattlemen. For cattle, USDA will checked by ourAmerican markets. grain staff on a daily basis. minimum amount of cattle be sold on athose chalin facing increase the CFAP 1 payment rates, based on the As the planting seasonEnforcement shifts into Resources full gear, 1. Increase negotiated cash basis. The specific minimum lenges. That’s some number cattleparts in inventory between Grain April 16,Marketing 2020, thereof are comprising Plus 2.that need your attention as Anticompeti- good news for Dairy Month! Strengthen Prohibitions Against amount of cattle to be sold this way will differ by andthe Mayproducer. 14, 2020. Acres, yields, weekly export inspections, commitment of traders I haveregion. written before about how we must get rid of tive Mergers (specifications / non-commercials), About 410,000 producers will be eligible and theand GMP’s guiding principles all matter. One bloc voting if we have any for meanSens. Jonwant Tester,toD-Mont., andchance Chuck Grassley, — Update the legal standard for permissible feature of the could program is that$1.1 it earns total level of support equal roughly billion.you time value. Just like your trusted tracingful reform in our Federal Milk Marketing R-Iowa, introduced a bill to require each Orders. U.S. mergers your will marketing needs some maintenance. We are here to implement a plan Thetor, payments be sent automatically, so there will No one cooperative should bethat able to cast hundreds, meat processing facility slaughters more — Shift the burden to the merging parties to can with.who were already enrolled to even thousands, of votes in an Order referendum. be you no need forlive producers than 125,000 head of cattle yearly to purchase A hope is for prices to remain up and for the weather be favorable across prove theirto merger will not violate the law. Even without bloc voting, however, other obstacles reapply. Only producers who previously applied for 50 percent of their weekly volume of beef the U.S. through the end of the year. Even so, beating theHarmful marketDominant is goingFirm to be 3. Prevent Conduct stand in the way of effective Order reform. One of CFAP 1 are eligible to receive this additional slaughter on thepolicy open orthat spotcounts market.a no vote on a real challenge with the temptation to the biggest is a USDA 4. The legislation would establish a new, payment. The senators say without a mandated amount hold out too long or the desire to sell independent Federal Trade Commision division to a referendum as a vote to get rid of the Order altoAdditional CFAP assistance $20One per acre the lot in one grand of sale. riskforto of cash trade, producers will continue to be conduct market studies and merger retrospectives. gether. How can anyone feel good about suggesting producers of eligible CFAP 2 is if favorable corncrops andidentified soybeanasprices residual suppliers and will lack the price a change in an Order when the future of the whole Implement AdditionaltoReforms to Enhance flat-rate or price-trigger crops began in April. farmers are influenced to plant even more acres 5.than are intended be planted. Order hangs in the balance? leverage. Enforcement A second price risk would be if exports, whichAntitrust have been raised by nearly 1 Farm Progress National Farmers Union Farm and Ranch Guideand American Farm Bureau billion bushels since the middle of the trade war, slow down. Related risks are Federation agree completely with us on this issue. world ending stocks increasing because of slowed trade, larger U.S. production, In fact, one of the best explanations of why we need or in the fall, a big supply or large new-crop production estimates out of South to change this policy can be found on Farm Bureau’s America. A third price risk would be if traders exit sizable long positions held for web site. https://www.fb.org/issues/farm-policy/feda half year or more by now. eral-milk-marketing-order-reform/ The stage is set for a potential shortage of soybeans and for corn ending We are working to move our general agreement stocks to shrink year over year. That has lifted prices down the crop board on the issue into joint action to get it changed. The through the later contract months. As more of us get vaccinated,The a hybrid organizations sent a letter proposalmodel outlines a $2.25presidents trillion of all three In a radio interview withhave the Brownfield will be used to conduct progressively more business in-person. Of course, we together to USDA explaining our objections and investment over eight years to repair Network, new Environmental Protection need to schedule a date and time with you, and with planting going full-speed saying what policy we would rather have. The nation’s roads, bridges, and dams; modernize Agencyorganizations Administrator Michael said three largest farmer are onRegan the same this may be a challenge. Historically, this has been one of the slower travel time public transit and airports; expand his agency is working hard in an attempt Onin March National Farmersmarketing Organizationspecialist. sent a letter to page, working together to make life better for all of periods my 26, time as a grain broadband access; ensure safeour member farmers. to get the Renewable Fuelgood Standard back USDA’market s Dairy Program Deputy Dana Coale, How’s that for news? A bull like the one Administrator we are in needs fed regularly and after that some I hope you areonastrack. happy as I am to see things requesting she considerThis changing a Federal Milkgoing. Marketing rationing is permitted. keeps pricing drinking water in all communities; moving in this direction. Even more, weinare So,Order giverule. me a call at 765.490.2864. Let’s take action and plan ahead using businesses, schools, upgradebyhousing, “More transparency, moreI hope certainty all looking for ways to build new partnerships that GMP. Thank you all afor planting theup vital crops used ain abundance for feed, fuel, Presently, when policy vote comes for consideration, hospitals, and other buildings; and the decisions that we make. And looking strengthen us for times ahead. oils and meals, and human consumables. hearing process canother then lead to a producer vote. Curent

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procedures in place mandate when a rule change comes up for a producer vote, if the policy is rejected, the entire Federal Order is terminated. The American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union and National Farmers Organization sent a letter to sting clarification about the order termination rule. rganizations requested that Coale rescind the Policy and make it known to the ry that USDA will no longer consider a no vote on a Federal Milk Marketing Order as a vote to terminate the Order. In its place, the three groups recommended a ich a farmer no vote on a proposed change be considered as a desire by the eturn to the previously established Federal Milk Marketing Order rules, that is, ce before the referendum. arm organization presidents said the industry has changed dramatically in the s since the no-vote-terminates-the-Order policy was established. They believe would be better served today by eliminating this policy and allowing everyone heir ideas without fear of eliminating the Federal Milk Marketing Order under n.

build resilience to climate change. To at fuel volumes and things like that,” offset the cost, the plan would also Regan said. amend the corporate tax code. During a March 24 segment on the Though strengthening rural Agri-Pulse Ag and Food Policy Summit, infrastructure has long been a priority Regan said EPA will look at new emission for National Farmers Union, the issue standards for passenger cars and trucks. has become a particular concern as “(Electric vehicles) are very important, the pandemic and climate change-rebut we’re going to need a suite. A suite of lated events have further stressed options for our transportation agenda, systems and revealed deficiencies. and biofuels, especially advanced biofuels, President Joe Biden says the effort part of that agenda, ” Regan toldRisk Manageare Your Milk Price will create millions of good jobs, Call 515.231.5500 Brownfield. Today! rebuild the country’s infrastructure, Regan did not talk about the EPA and position the United States to announcement to extend the compliance out-compete China. deadline for refiners.

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Biasini, Field Rep for Vermont, New Hampshire Steeped in Dairy Shelby Biasini earned her dairy bona fides growing up on her family’s dairy farm in Morrisville, Vermont where they currently milk 40 head of registered Brown Swiss and Holsteins. “In 2009, we started Mt. Mansfield Creamery where we make a number of raw milk European style cheeses which are aged a minimum of 60 days in our underground cheese caves,” Biasini said. Her family’s cheeses are marketed throughout New England, New York City and various wholesale avenues. During her formative years, Biasini was a member of the Green Mountain Moovers 4-H dairy club for 11 years where she earned a spot on the Vermont Dairy Quiz Bowl team and went on to compete at nationals. “I am the only 4-H member to win Senior Fitting and Showmanship three years back to back at the Eastern States Exposition 4-H show,” she said. She and her family competed with their Brown Swiss at state, regional and national levels across the country, while also being longstanding members of the New England and National Brown Swiss Associations. In 2017, at World Dairy Expo, she showed the first place Brown Swiss spring calf, claiming first in Open, Junior and Best Bred and

Owned. That led her to her family’s first Unanimous All-American. “One of my greatest achievements thus far has been to claim Junior Champion of the Junior Show in 2006, and also in 2018, which was my last year as a junior,” she said. Biasini attended the University of New Hampshire, Thompson School Of Applied Science and earned an associate’s degree in Dairy Management and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. “During my college career, I was fortunate enough to intern at Breitenmoser Family Farm in Merrill, Wisconsin, and after graduation I worked as a field scout for CaroVail Fertilizer in Salem, New York,” Biasini said. Today, she is National Farmers dairy field representative for Vermont and New Hamphsire, which includes work as a Certified Milk Inspector for Eastern New York. “I would like to say one of my biggest goals with National Farmers is focusing on having the best milk quality on all farms and to grow the number of farms in New England, and we are doing just that and more,” Biasini said. She still finds time to help with chores and crop work at her family farm.

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