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On a beautiful sunny day recently in south Lancaster County, Pa., farmer Abner Stolztfus and seven of his eight children were inside, bottling yogurt in a room next to the barn. "The younger one is only 2 months old, so she's not working out here yet," he said, laughing.

Stolztfus and his family own Cedar Dream dairy farm in the town of Peach Bottom in southeast Pennsylvania. He and his kids milk 50 cows twice a day — at 5 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon. His family has been farming for generations.

"I learned milking cows before I started going to school," he said.

Nicole Erwin | Ohio Valley ReSource

The milk crisis at Dean Foods is forcing dairy farmers out of business and will eliminate more than 60 jobs at a Kentucky plant.

Stu Johnson, WEKU

A pilot program in the Bluegrass is working to get a Kentucky dietary staples in the hands of those who need it most.  It’s happening with the help of a $30,000 grant from the Dairy Alliance.

Prairie Farms Dairy, Facebook

  Prairie Farms fluid milk processing plant in Fulton, Kentucky will close by June 30th. General Manager David Atchley notified the Kentucky Division of Workforce and Employment Services Tuesday that the plant closure will result in 52 eliminated positions.

Nicole Erwin

Last year, more than a thousand Ohio Valley farmers used a complicated federal visa program to hire some 8,000 foreign workers for seasonal jobs. Farmers say the visa program is too bureaucratic, and a bill before Congress promises to cut red tape. But labor advocates say the bill would strip guest workers of many protections in an industry where wage theft is already a problem.

On a clear, cold winter evening, the sun begins to set at Lost Lake Farm near Jewell, Iowa, and Kevin Dietzel calls his 15 dairy cows to come home.

"Come on!" he hollers in a singsong voice. "Come on!"

Brown Swiss cows and black Normandy cows trot across the frozen field and, in groups of four, are ushered into the small milking parlor.

In Weathersfield, Vt., a town once dotted with small milking farms, about 60 cows peacefully chew hay at their home on Fuller Farm. They are the last remaining dairy herd in Weathersfield, and they'll be auctioned off this week. This is a growing trend in the changing dairy industry — in the state and beyond.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture took a largely symbolic step to help struggling dairy farmers this week. It announced that it will buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it away to food banks. The USDA is doing this, it says, to help "reduce a cheese surplus that is at a 30-year high."

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As we head into the autumn months our minds may go to all of the delicious food associated with the holidays. While many focus on heart health, it's also important to give your brain the things you need to be as healthy as possible. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Lisa Raum, registered dietician and Nutrition Affairs Program Manager of the Southeast Dairy Association, about ways to defend yourself over the cold months with healthy tips to "feed your brain." 

LeCows Dairy, Facebook

LeCows Dairy in Paducah is the last dairy farm in McCracken County. Passed down over generations, the family farm is now a women-owned business, with co-ownership between Ellie Gore Waggoner and her mother Lesa Elliott Clark. Ellie will be among the farmers in the Q&A session after the screening of the documentary "Farmland" at Maiden Alley Cinema on Friday, July 31, hosted by The Kentucky Soybean Board and CommonGround of Kentucky. The latter is an organization of Kentucky women offering conversations between women who grow food and women who buy it. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Waggoner about her experience in farming and the upcoming film.

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