Sunday, February 27, 2011

Milk--Made in America

It caught my attention when the ABC news reporter announced an upcoming report on what products are made in America. With our country in such an economic turmoil, it will be interesting to see what is reported. I think a lot about the economic condition of our country and how it affects all Americans, my family and our dairy farm. No matter what is reported this week, you can feel confident in the food that is produced in our country. American farmers are still providing the safest,most available and affordable food for our nation and the world.

Here are Made in America Dairy Facts:

  • Dairy farmers are present in all fifty states

  • The top five producing states are: California,Wisconsin,New York,Pennsylvania,Idaho

  • The number of milk cow operations has declined

  • Milk production and cow numbers have risen on larger operations

  • Ninety nine percent of dairy farms are family owned

  • Dairy farmers are committed to animal care,land care and producing high quality milk

Proudly reporting from the dairy farm: Made in America--Milk!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Snackpacks for Kids

During Food Check-Out Week when we are recognizing farmers for producing safe,abundant and affordable food, we also see the needs of many families in our community during these tough economic times.

On behalf of the Benton County Farm Bureau Women's Comittee, I presented a check this week to Shannon Green, Food Marketing Coordinator of the Samaritan House for a donation to the Snackpacks for Kids program. The Snackpack program is just one of the many programs of the Samaritan House that helps to feed and clothe families in our community.

Snackpacks for Kids provides weekend snacks to children who are most at risk for hunger on the weekends. This program reaches children in Benton,Carroll,Madison and Washington Counties. During the current school year 3300 children in sixty four elementary schools,Head Starts, and Early Childhood Centers receive a snackpack each Friday. Each pack contains eight to ten healthy weekend snacks. Food products that are routinely packed are: animal crackers,beef jerky,cereal, cheese crackers,fruit bars,fruit juice boxes,fruit snacks/roll-ups,pretzels,pudding cups and Vienna sausage. Volunteers meet weekly to prepare boxes for each school and deliver them for distribution. When they reach the school, the counselor will put designated snacks into the children's backpacks to take home for the weekend to make sure they will have food until they come back to school on Monday.

If you are interested in donating to this program you can call the Samaritan House at 479-636-4198 or reach Shannon by email I can't think of a better way to celebrate Food Check-Out Week than by helping others in our community!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful today for all the women working in and for agriculture from production on the farm to promoting and marketing of the safe,affordable and abundant food supply that American farmers produce. Can you imagine a world without dedicated women?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Food Check-Out Week 2011

Food Check-Out Week, February 20-26, brings attention to the fact that the American farmer is providing the safest,most abundant and affordable food supply in the world! Across America this week, Farm Bureau volunteers will be celebrating Food Check-Out Week in their communities by making donations to local food banks,setting up displays and sharing the message with shoppers at supermarkets and other locations. I appreciate the variety of dedicated farmers we have in America to produce our food.

As I am thinking about how to make my family food dollar go further and still choose nutritious food during these tough economic times, Food Check-Out Week is also a good time to revisit strategies to provide better nutrition with less money such as:

  • knowing your food budget

  • planning balanced meals,

  • making a list and sticking to it

  • read food labels

  • take time to compare prices for different brands and sizes

  • shopping at competitively priced grocery stores with high quality produce

If you are needing more information about nutrition and food choices, I suggest visiting You can also find helpful information about dairy nutrition,shopping tips and the added value of dairy to your diet at and

It's a great week to Thank a Farmer!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Family Farm Tradition

I keep thinking of the phrase "it's a family tradition" in the Hank Williams song as we begin a new part to our family farming operation. Ryan's parents and grandparents produced and sold beef and pork to local consumers from 1921 when the farm was established until the early 1960's. We made the decision to market Anglin Beef as a way to diversify our family farming operation and continue the tradition. I invite you to check out our website at Our day to day activites on the farm are the same because we have been dairy and beef farming at the same time since before we were married. Ryan and I are still learning about how to add this new marketing and selling activity to our daily to do list! Ninety eight percent of all farms are family farms just like ours. Family farm traditions bring strength to our nation and provide food security that many countries envy. It's a family tradition and a great honor to be an American farmer!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful for warmer weather,melting snow and my insulated mud boots that kept my feet warm in minus twenty degree temps last week and help give me traction walking in the mud and snow that is still hanging around!

Hope you have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Environmental Stewardship

As I walked to the calf hutches across the soggy yard this morning in shirt sleeve weather, it was hard to believe that just a week ago we were twenty four inches deep in snow and minus twenty degrees on the dairy farm. This week as the weather has improved and conditions have allowed, we have been working to move the liquid and dry cow manure that was stored during our snow event last week. Cow manure is a nutrient with added value for our farming operation but must be handled responsibly everyday to protect the environment. Our dairy farm has been permitted since 1985 by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. This permit allowed us to build a facility with areas that store liquid and dry manure nutrient and to follow a farm plan designed for land application of the cow manure for fertilization of our pastures and croplands. These farm plans are also called nutrient management plans. Cow manure adds needed nutrients to the soil,decreases the need to use as much commercial fertilizer and increases the ability of the soil to hold water. Utilizing cow manure is a picture of sustainability in my view! As we were preparing for the winter storm last week, we removed as much manure as possible from the dry and liquid storage areas knowing that manure removal would not be possible during a snow storm. During the worst of the weather, manure was stored in the designated areas until it could be applied to the land. Protecting the environment is an everyday job on our dairy farm whether it's before,during or after winter storm events.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine Dairy Delight

Valentine's Day is a great day to surprise my family with a new sweet treat. Preparing this should fit into my schedule for an already busy Monday on the dairy farm.

Frozen German Sweet Chocolate Pie

1 pkg (4oz.) Baker's German Sweet Chocolate

1/3 cup milk,divided

4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz pkg) Philadelphia Cream Cheese,softened

2 Tbsp. sugar

2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

1 Honey Maid Graham Pie Crust (6oz)

Microwave chocolate and 2 Tbsp. milk in large microwaveable bowl on High 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted,stirring after each minute. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add cream cheese,sugar and remaining milk; beat with whisk until well blended. Refrigerate 10 minutes.

Stir in COOL WHIP until well blended,spoon into crust.

Freeze 4 hours or until firm. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving to soften slightly before cutting to serve.

Happy Valentine's Day from Anglin Dairy!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Snow Cows

Twenty degrees below zero and twenty four inches of snow are not the winter time norm for Northwest Arkansas. After we fed baby calves this morning, I decided to check on the pregnant cows located next to our house. We normally go into the field on a 4-wheeler or truck, but because the snow was so deep, I decided to walk in the tracks made by the tractor from yesterday's hay feeding. These soon to be mamas were giving me the eye as I approached them. I was greatly relieved to find no new babies on this frigid morning. The cows were enjoying the sunshine and some of them were resting on the hay that we had unrolled for them to lay on. They had plenty of silage hay in the feeders in the field and their water supply was not frozen. We will check on these cows several times a day because they are scheduled to calve within the next two weeks. At the end of each day if we find a cow that we suspect might calve in the night, we will walk her to our maternity barn so that if she gives birth, her calf will be in a more protected environment from the extreme weather conditions. As I was standing in the middle of the field looking at each cow with all that snow around me, the beauty of the moment was incredible. I find that even when conditions are tough, life on the family farm has its own set of blessings!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Today's winter storm brought a record twenty four inches of snow for Northwest Arkansas. I'm thankful for my family and our employees that are working so hard to make sure that all of our animals are fed,watered and milked during this huge winter storm. Like the candy Valentine Conversation Heart says: You Rock!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Arkansas Farm Bureau's Grassroots

Every year the first full week of February is designated as Arkansas Farm Bureau Membership Drive Kickoff. Until I married a farmer, I thought Farm Bureau was an insurance company. Insurance is one of the great member services, but Farm Bureau is a member organization with a much larger mission. Arkansas Farm Bureau began in 1935 with the focus on dealing with issues of concern to agriculture. It was started by farmers that had specific concerns such as the need for rural electrification and reducing freight rates on feed brought in for livestock in drought areas.

The uniqueness of Farm Bureau is that we are a grassroots organization. That means that our organizational policy is set by the members, not by organizational management. Our issues come from problems that we experience on our farms, our communities,and in our state. Our policy is what we use to solve problems through the legislative process at the state or national level.

When you really believe in something and feel passionate about it, it is easy to talk about it. As members of the Benton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, that is what Dan Douglas,James Simpson and I did today as we talked about the importance of agriculture and Farm Bureau on KURM radio with Col. Kermit Womack. You can find more information about the benefits of membership at

Today the mission statement of Arkansas Farm Bureau is:
  • advocate the interests of agriculture in the public arena

  • disseminate information concerning the value and importance of agriculture

  • provide products and services which improve the quality of life for our members

Remember, not everyone can be a farmer, but everyone can be a Farm Bureau Member!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Gen YOUth Foundation

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program that empowers youth to improve nutrition and physical activity in their school and for their own health. Dairy farmer promotion dollars have been used to launch programs in 70,000 schools to reach 36.6 million students in 2010. This program has been a partnership with the National Football League and the USDA to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity. To take this a step further, the Gen YOUth Foundation has been formed to create a movement that will inspire youth to change their behavior. Partners in this foundation are the National Football League, USDA, U.S. Departmen of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Education, and National Dairy Council. Our children are our future and as a dairy farmer, a mother , and a nurse, I'm proud to be a part of making sure that we work together to insure the health of our nation. I hope you will visit the website of the new Gen YOUth Foundation at It gives great explanation about the mission, the partners, and the historic agreement bringing together this private-public partnership committed to child health and wellness.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Americans enjoy the safest,most affordable and available food supply because farmers are working hard every day-even with the challenges of winter weather! I'm thankful for farmers!