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Famo Feeds Inc., of Freeport, Minnesota, is an unusual livestock feed maker for Minnesota because an independent, family-owned manufacturer has its own brand of feed. The company’s colorful logo is a curiosity for the thousands of motorists and customers traveling along Interstate 94, en route to and from the Twin Cities.
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.
Zweber Family Farms of Elko, Minnesota, and Buck Dairy Farm of Goodhue, Minnesota, have been with Organic Valley since the start of a boom for the entire organic industry.
Mike and Joan Gilles, who milk about 110 cows and have 100 acres of open ground for pasture grass with another 150 acres of land they rent for growing forages, hosted a pasture walk on June 15 sponsored by the Sustainable Farming Association and the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship.

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In celebration of its 100th anniversary and a two-year major expansion project of the milk processing facility in Litchfield, the First District Association sponsored a community project involving nonprofit organizations painting life-size statues of cows and calves that are now located outdoors at public and business venues. The Downtown Cowtown project culminates Aug. 26 when the statues will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the nonprofit organizations.
Retired dairy farmer and musician Fred Walter writes song lyrics from poems written by his father on the walls of the family's barn.
Car collector John Larson and his wife, Sharon, of Moorhead, Minn., are new owners of 1939 International dairy delivery truck they acquired in 2017. The truck was likely used for delivering in Duluth, Minn. It is decorated with logos from Arkulary's Grocery of Duluth, Minn., a family that was important in the city's retail food business.
A recap of the fluid (drinking) milk history of the U.S., even as dairy product consumption and production rise. Focuses on the demise of delivery trucks like the one that John and Sharon Larson of Moorhead, Minn., in companion story.
Stephen Arkulary of Duluth, Minn., describes how his family grocery business changed from western Wisconsin in 1936, to Duluth in the 1950s, until it was forced out due to wholesaler competition in the 2000s. He advertised his last business with the truck that John Larson owns as a collector.
“You’ve got South Dakota now, who wasn’t even in the top 20 dairy states in the country, and now we’ve become one of the hottest spots," South Dakota dairy producer Lynn Boadwine said.

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The Gatewood family farm in rural Kandiyohi County is like an old-fashioned farm from the last century, with everything from dairy cows to sheep to chickens to a pair of peacocks. But the third-generation farm's diversification and creativity that brings consumers closer to the roots of agriculture, is preparing for the fourth generation of farmers.
The growing popularity of plant-based milk has reduced sales of traditional cow's milk, although not to a major degree, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report concludes.
CannonBelles Cheese, owned by Deeann Lufkin, Jackie Ohmann and Kathy Hupf, is an artisan cheese company based out of Cannon Falls, Minn., where it recently broke ground on its own cheese plant. For nearly eight years the three female owners were making cheese in different locations.

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