Save A Dairy Farm One Glass At A Time

Save A Dairy Farm One Glass At A Time

Drink a glass of milk each day, to keep the auction barn at bay

No farmers, no food.

Honestly, it really is that simple. Without farmers to plant the seeds, harvest the crops, feed the cattle, or milk the cows, the world would be in heap of hurt. Think about it, without the farmers who love the work they do from dawn until dusk for three hundred and sixty-five days a year, where would your food come from? The grocery store? That's completely wrong. The answer is simple, from the farm that is either family owned and operated (like the one I have had the privilege to grow up on) or a large corporate farm.

But, with the current state of the dairy industry, family owned and operated farms are becoming a thing of the past. This problem is effecting all small, family farmers whether they specialize in grain, dairy, poultry, or beef to name a few. However, most recently, small, family owned dairy farms have taken the hardest hit. Things have reached a new low and don't show signs of looking up any time soon.

In 2016, the dairy industry plummeted. A dairy farmer is paid a set amount based on how many one hundred pounds of milk they produce. For example, on average, throughout all of 2016, so far, farmers were paid approximately $12 for every one hundred pounds of milk the herd produced. (One hundred pounds is equivalent to 12.5 gallons of milk). However, since the beginning of 2016 the price of milk has continued to decline at a steady rate that shows no sign of stopping any time soon.

To really understand the severity of the situation, small, family-owned dairy farms, it is important to know that the $12 farmers are being paid for every one hundred pounds of milk produced is at an all-time record low! Furthermore, this price is barely enough money for the farmers to break even let alone make a profit.

Here's the economics of the current milk price:

1. Farmers are paid approximately $12 per 100 lbs. (This can vary slightly based on the milk company the farmer is supplying).

2. 100 lbs. of milk is close to 12.5 gallons

3. So, if paid $12 for 12.5 gallons that means each gallon is worth $0.96. (That is what the farmer is paid per gallon).

4. In the grocery store, one gallon of milk costs around $3.97.

5. From the base price a farmer is paid in comparison to the price in the grocery store there is a difference of $3.01! The farmers are not the ones who make this money, this extra profit goes to the milk company and the grocery stores. Is it really fair that the people who have no part of the production of the milk should make more than half of profit?

Now, some people will say that this isn't a huge deal, but it is. See, when the price of milk is compared to what it was in 2014, the seriousness of the situation may finally be understood.

In 2014, the price per hundred pounds of milk was around $22, and the price is the store was no where near $4 a gallon. And so, within two years time, the price of milk declined by almost 50%, and has had disastrous effects on the dairy industry.

Due to the low price of milk, many farmers have been forced to sell their family farm that they have owned for generations. Farmers can't afford to purchase the seeds, feed their cattle, or pay the milk companies to come pick up the milk. To make a bad situation even worse, the majority of U.S. farmers are over sixty years old. These hard-working men have worked in the dairy industry milking cows for their entire life. This is the only life that they have ever known. It is "udder" heartbreak, that these men who have sacrificed so much have no option but to sell their farm that has been in their family for generations. In fact, many of the farmers, whether they are young or old, who have had to sell out, feel as though they have nothing else to live for and resort to suicide as their only option.

If that isn't enough reason to make people stop and think about the current state of the dairy industry, then maybe this statistic will. In the United States in 2012, there were approximately 2.1 million farms. That number continually decreases as each year passes. Actually, every day, four farmers will sell out and leave the dairy industry. Or, because the farmers are all in their mid-to-late sixties, with no one in the younger generation there to take over the farms, small, family owned farms are going by the wayside. If this trend continues, not only will the agriculture industry cease to exist, the way people have always known it to but consumers will also feel the pinch and begin to cry over spilled milk.

It's time to really start appreciating where the food we eat comes from and the people who work tirelessly to produce it. But, most importantly, it is time to realize that the dairy industry is in trouble, farmers are in trouble, and they need the help of the public to fix the economic downturn that the dairy market has taken. Because even if you don't want to admit it, without farmers there would be no food. And, I don't know about you but I don't want to live in a world where I can't enjoy a cheeseburger, side of fries, and a chocolate milkshake.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

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5 Tips on Rushing a Sorority

How to get through Recruitment at a huge University


Coming into a huge public university and enduring the stress of Sorority Recruitment was an extremely daunting and stressful experience. But now being on each side of the spectrum there are a lot of tips and tricks I found that may ease the nerves of women who want to rush. The idea of talking to tons of women for days on end is for sure very pressuring but is not how the experience should be. These tips were made to show that the process is a two-way street and not as scary as it may seem.

1. Present yourself in an authentic way

There are a lot of stereotypes when it comes to being in a sorority and one of the main ones is that sorority girls are fake. I find this to be quite the opposite. A huge part about being in a sorority is their philanthropy and how it brings all the girls together. The last thing an organization needs is a woman who is not passionate about what they devote so much time to and pretends to be someone they are not. Being yourself and being vulnerable is a very admirable quality and will make you stand out.

  2. They are just as nervous as you.

Going through Recruitment for the first time can be extremely daunting and overwhelming. A group of girls greet you screaming chants with huge smiles on their face can be intimidating but being on the other side is just as scary. As a member of a sorority it is part of your duty to recruit members that will make a positive and impactful addition to the huge group of girls. You want every girl that comes through your room to feel at home and welcomed and like they can open up and share who they are. As a Potential New Member but also as a Member the pressure is on so you're not alone.

3. Dress comfortably

As much time as I spent stressing about what I was wearing when I went through Recruitment I suggest avoiding making this your main focus. Presentation and how you appear is important but does not hold a candle to your character and how you present yourself facially. If you are wearing 5-inch stilettos and your feet are killing you it can definitely distract your attention away from the women you are speaking to and onto your discomfort. Sorority Rush is also a very lengthy process where you will be standing for hours on end and want to be dressed for that.

 4. It’s a conversation not an interview

One of the fears I had going into rush was being able to answer the questions thrown at me. But as I actually went through the process I found this to be very much not the case. The point of this experience is to have conversations with the women you meet to gauge if you would get along with women of their caliber. Not to say all the women are the same but value-based conversations can flow very well if the values of the sorority that the women emulate, and your own, match. The interaction should be natural and feel easy, don't rush or try to talk too much or too little.

  5. Your choice should be based on you

It was very stressed that your decision about which sorority you join should be based off of your experience throughout the rush experience with each sorority. You should not consult other women rushing about your decision because it is strictly a choice that will impact you. At the end of the day, I made my choice based on where I saw myself fitting in the best. I set aside any biased I had about which sorority seemed, "the best," because it was simply about choosing a home where I could be myself.

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