For over 50 years World Dairy Expo has been the esteemed dairy event of the year. Held from October 3-7, in Madison, Wisconsin over 70,000 dairy farmers, organization leaders, and dairy enthusiasts gathered to learn about the newest innovations in the industry and watch top dairy cattle from across the continent compete in the distinguished breed shows.
September 1-24- Washington State Fair
Be sure to stop by the Milking Parlor to see DFW’s new exhibit. Get free milk samples, meet our dairy ambassadors, and get a picture in our peek board!
September 27- Washington State Dairy Council Annual Meeting
Seed to Cheese is the motto at Ferndale Farmstead, an artisan cheese shop in Whatcom County, and for good reason. Ferndale Farmstead is a vertically integrated farm and cheesemaker, meaning the farm grows the grass which is fed to the cows they raise, and those cows produce the milk they need to make their handmade artisan cheese. It all follows a European model known as ‘zero kilometers’ where the finished product is within walking distance, or zero kilometers of the farm it was grown/raised on.
It’s the best time of year here in Washington—fair season! The Washington State Fair runs through Sunday, September 24th in Puyallup, and this year the Dairy Farmers of Washington (DFW) are making quite the splash--milk splash that is!
For the first year, DFW is the proud sponsor of the newly renovated Milking Parlor on the south side of the Showplex.
Aug 10 & 11- DFW Board Meeting
August 22- Biofiltro Ribbon Cutting at 10 a.m.
Jim Werkhoven of Monroe, WA and Lana Smaciarz of Raymond, WA were recently elected to serve on the Dairy Farmers of Washington (DFW) board.
Werkhoven, with his brother, milks 1,300 cows on their farm which is about 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Werkhoven’s participation on various dairy organization boards such as, Darigold, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, and National Milk Producers Federation have given him a wealth of knowledge and understanding of many aspects of dairy. With that experience, his first order of business on the DFW Board is simple—to listen.
Recently, McDonald’s team members made the drive 50 miles north of Seattle to Natural Milk Dairy in Stanwood, Washington. McDonalds employees were eager to see the farm in action, but were most interested in seeing where their milk and Frappe mix comes from!
Edaleen Dairy in northern Whatcom County has been cranking out quality dairy products for their community since 1975. While products and techniques have changed on the farm, the hard work ethic and diligence of the Brandsma Family behind the dairy has stayed the same.
July 9-12- School Nutrition Annual Meeting
The School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference will be held July 9-12, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. This dynamic conference will draw more than 6,000 attendees from school nutrition, industry and allied organizations. Over 100 workshops will be offered along with an exhibit hall which will display cutting edge food, beverage, supply, equipment and service solutions.
When it comes to jobs in Washington, you may automatically think of Amazon or Microsoft. Given Washington’s technological reputation, there’s a natural tendency to think about the urban “tech jobs” of Redmond and Seattle. What you may not think about right away is the economic importance of agriculture to the state. We’re not just talking apples, milk is the second leading commodity in the state and is doing wonders for the economy.