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August 9, 2017

The Dairy Farmers of Washington awarded $1,000 community achievement scholarships to two high schools seniors. Travis Lenssen and Loryn Casey each received awards for their involvement in 4-H or FFA dairy programs and commitment to the dairy community. This scholarship program began this year with a goal to recognize graduating seniors who exhibit excellence in academics, leadership, passion for the dairy community and community service. 

Travis Lenssen

August 2, 2017

Aug 10 & 11- DFW Board Meeting 

August 22- Biofiltro Ribbon Cutting at 10 a.m.

August 1, 2017

For a state with a usually mild and comfortable climate, Washington is welcoming August with the complete opposite- an extreme heat wave. Temperatures like this can cause added stress for the people, but also other important residents…dairy cows.

Washington is home to more than 275,000 dairy cows who are most content and productive in temperatures ranging from 40-70° Fahrenheit (F), which on a normal day makes the Pacific Northwest the perfect place for them to live.  But, warm days cause the cows to feel lethargic and downright uncomfortable.

July 21, 2017

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.

July 21, 2017

To say that there are a lot of myths about lactose intolerance would be a serious understatement. You’ve been hearing it all over the news, the media, and from your friends and family members ‘I’m gluten-free,’ ‘I think I have celiacs,’ ‘I’m cutting carbs and dairy,’ ‘I’m lactose-free,’ or our personal favorite ‘I’m lactose,’ as if you can just become a dairy sugar.  

July 18, 2017

Welcome to our blog series, Dairying: Through a Woman’s Eyes. This series will highlight women who are actively owning or operating dairy farms around our great state of Washington.

July 10, 2017

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! 

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