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Seed to Cheese

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.

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DFW Makes a Splash at the State Fair Milking Parlor

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.

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Dairy Farmers of Washington Welcome Two New Board Members

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.

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Upcoming Events- July

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.

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Washington Dairy Community has Positive Effect on Jobs and Economy

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.  

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National Holstein Convention Brings Cows to Bellevue

Cows are coming to Bellevue June 26 – July 1.  You won’t see them at Nordstrom or Kate Spade but – you may see them lounging at the Hyatt – host site for the 2017 National Holstein Convention.

The Washington State Holstein Association, an association of Washington State Holstein Breeders, is eager to host Holstein enthusiasts from around the US. The state association has plans for formal activities for both adults and juniors including Dairy Knowledge exams for Junior attendees and a cow sale on the evening of June 30th.

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