adam davidson

A great recent piece in the New York Times speaks to just a few of the ever-mounting challenges facing America’s dairy farms. As they are exposed to the inherent fluctuations in milk and feed markets, it’s become exceedingly challenging to predict profit margins with any reasonable amount of accuracy. That leaves many dairy farmers at best among the working poor, if not completely out of business. Fulper Farms, a New Jersey dairy farm examined in the piece, illustrates how value-added products and new business models are becoming more than nice to have. Making artisan cheese, for instance, isn’t just a way to build the farm’s brand; it could be the key to its very survival. And starting a...