Happy Ag Day 2015–so God made a Farmer

It has been an extremely busy day on the farm and at the plant but I didn’t want #AgDay2015 to pass without a mention from me. (It’s 11 06 pm so I am cutting it close).

In this terrible California drought and in a day and age that consumers are so very removed from the farm and knowing where their food comes from. I think that there is no better reminder than the words of Paul Harvey. It is my greatest hope that when people go to the grocery store they realize that it all begins with water, seeds, dirt and yep…a farmer. Happy Ag Day 2015

Paul Harvey ‘So God Made a Farmer Speech’ to the FFA delivered November 1978, Kansas City, MO   (Click here for audio of the original speech)

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker”

–so God made a Farmer

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board”

— so God made a Farmer.

“I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild; somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies, then tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon — and mean it”

— so God made a Farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt, and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year.’ I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps; who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, and then pain’n from tractor back,’ put in another seventy-two hours”

— so God made a Farmer.

God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds, and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place.

— so God made a Farmer.

God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark.”

It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners; somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week’s work with a five-mile drive to church; somebody who would bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says that he wants to spend his life “doing what dad does”

— so God made a Farmer.

A Year In The Life Of Dairy Goddess

Wow…here we are February 2015. I can not believe that my last post was on 4/29/14. I am so sorry that I have been away from my blog for so long. As I have said before, I love blogging. I believe that blogging gave me the confidence to start Dairy Goddess Farmstead Cheese and Milk. I never would believe that it would continue to grow and become what it has today. I am still running the dairy and Dairy Goddess. I am spread very thin and so the time for blogging has been difficult. 2014 was a great and exciting year. So many wonderful changes have blessed our life. I will break down the past year to get you up to speed.

January 2014 – After 2 months of marriage, my daughter Tara, also my right hand in running the daily business of Dairy Goddess found out that she and her husband Shane would be having a baby. My first grand child. I can not tell you the joy this brought to all of us. I was craving a new baby to bless us and the start of the 5th generation on our farm.

.Tara announces pregnancy

February 2014- We began making our California Style Curds in Plain and Seasoned. They are great as a snack and they melt beautifully and make a great addition to your favorite “cheesy” recipes.

March 2014- We began raising free range chickens! What started out as a hobby for Tony, he LOVES little chicks, actually any baby critter steals his heart. He kept bring home little chicks and we all know what happens…they grow up…. Dairy Goddess Farmstead Eggs was born…”We love’m like our Cows”

eggs in carton

April 2014- Tony and I celebrated our 31st Wedding Anniversary. We also found out the our 1st grandchild was going to be a GIRL!

Tara Baby Cake announcement


May 2014- We got our 3rd Refrigeration van, or as I like to call it…Chariot for Dairy Goddess to transport her goodness!

DG Van 3

June 2014- A.J. finds out that he was accepted as a transfer student for Veterinarian Medicine at Oklahoma State University. We were all so thrilled that he would be closer to home.  We knew at that moment that we would be able to go and visit which we did in October for OSU’s homecoming. What a blast that was and we were so lucky to get to go with my cousins, the Walton’s. Their son Brandon is completing his undergrad there.

OKC AJ OSU homecoming 2014

July 2014- Dairy Goddess Farmstead Cheese wins 1st place in the flavored-fresh cheese category  for our “Valley” (Peaches, Almonds, & Honey) Fromage Blanc, at the American Cheese Society Awards in Sacramento, CA. What an honor! To win among the many other great entries made us so very proud.

ACS Cheese Awards

August 2014- Dairy Goddess celebrated it’s 4th year in business.

September 2014- It was all hustle and bustle for Dairy Goddess as we prepared for Tara and Shane’s baby to arrive. Tara does so much for DG so we needed our ducks in a row. We were all getting so excited to meet Baby Girl Rodrigues!

October 2014- Finally on the 8th of October, God blessed us with our newest Little Goddess, Delilah Dolores Rodrigues. She was perfect. She completely stole our hearts and is the very center of our life.

Barbara and Delilah Hospital

November 2014- It was only a month after Delilah joined our clan but we had prepared and completed a 3rd Party Audit for Dairy Goddess Farmstead Cheese and Milk. It was a two day inspection to make sure we are doing everything possible to bring our customers the best quality products produced in compliance of the state and major store chains. We also decided to upgrade our website and invite you to take a look at it. We are very proud of how it turned out.

December 2014- I had made the tough decision to leave my Board of Director seat for the California Milk Advisory Board I loved serving the dairy farmers in California. It was important to me to be a voice for my fellow dairymen and to do my best to direct that our milk marketing dollars were being spent thoughtfully and assuring their hard earned money was being put to good use to market the milk that they produce. As Dairy Goddess has grown I realized that I would not be able to give 100 percent to that seat’s responsibility. We had a beautiful dinner and so many kind words were said and I truly felt appreciated for the 6 years that I had served.

CMAB apprecation certificate

January 2015- We started 2015 with a bang! We baptized our sweet Delilah and then were off to San Francisco for the Winter Fancy Food Show this is the largest food and beverage show on the West Coast. It was amazing and felt very successful. We could not believe how many fabulous products from around the world that were there and how large the show itself was. We were proud to be a part of it.

Fancy food show 2015

One of my New Years Resolutions is to blog more…I promise to work on that. I love sharing our life with you. I appreciate you taking the time to visit this blog and my website. I would love for you to like my Facebook Page too. That is a quick way to stay in touch with our latest shenanigans!

One last thought. We are still in a terrible drought here in California. We have had a bit of rain and hoping for a wet February. We ask for you to keep us in your thoughts and prayers as all of Agriculture in California is suffering and if we do not get rain and also reform for water in this state it will affect us all. This drought is truly a crisis.

Cows and Babies...a couple of my favorite things!

Cows and Babies…a couple of my favorite things!

Our Littlest Goddess!

Our Littlest Goddess!







Holy Cow, Finally! Stand Up And Fight For Agriculture

I came across this video this morning and I say AMEN! Finally…it’s said! A voice for us.

I am continually saddened by people who disparage or dismiss the importance of Agriculture. I am saddened by those who are so easily swayed by radical agenda. What saddens me most is that because there are so many removed from Agriculture they just believe the misinformation they are throwing out there.  Earlier this year, an article featured on Yahoo! Education listed three agriculture-degrees in a list naming the top five worthless degrees. Just imagine where we would be without these degrees. These students make it pretty clear!

Farmers Fight is a student-led initiative to reconnect American society to the world of agriculture. Beginning with university students, Farmers Fight encourages consumers to ask where their food comes from, and give students, faculty, public officials, and farmers and ranchers an opportunity to become “agvocates” for the agriculture community. This is a must see!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yFoGib8AfZo

Let’s make this viral….Let’s Stand Up and Fight

Thank you for making this video! Thank you!

Dairy, Milk and Cows: Myths and Facts

Hello everyone! I thought that I would post a Myth vs Fact about milk and dairy farms. Primarily myths regarding Progressive dairy farms (aka Conventional)

Especially as there is a shortage of “Organic” milk availability.  I have stated before and will again that I support my fellow organic dairy farmers. They do a terrific job with the method of farming that they chose. I just want it to be understood among all of the media mumbo jumbo regarding progressive farming.

As a progressive farmer I choose this method of farming primarily because as an organic dairy I am unable to use antibiotics to treat my seriously ill animals. These antibiotics are the same medicines that I took when I had a breast infection while I was best feeding. Or the same medicine I gave my children when they had infections that became serious. Morally, I have an issue with not being able to treat my cows as I would myself or my children and risk the loss of an animal when there are methods in which to save them.


Myth: All milk contains antibiotics, except organic.

Fact: All milk is carefully tested for antibiotics. Any milk that tests positive is disposed of immediately, and does not enter into the food supply.

  • Sometimes it’s necessary for farmers to treat cows with antibiotics when they are ill, just as humans sometimes need medication when they are sick.
  • All milk is strictly tested for antibiotics on the farm and processing plant. Any milk that tests positive is disposed of immediately and does not get into the food supply.
  • The U.S. dairy industry conducts more than 3.3 million tests each year on all milk entering dairy plants to ensure that antibiotics are kept out of the milk supply. According to the most recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data, less than one tanker in 3,000 tests positive for any animal drug residues, including antibiotics. In those rare cases, any milk that tests positive is disposed of immediately and does not get into the food supply.
  • The milk testing system provides dairy farmers strong incentives to keep their milk free of antibiotics. Any milk that tests positive for antibiotics is immediately dumped. In such cases, the farmer responsible for the milk is required to pay for the full tanker of milk.
  • Milk and dairy products are among the most stringently regulated foods in this country.

Myth: Today’s dairy cow is treated like nothing more than a milk machine.

Fact: Dairy cows must be healthy and well cared for in order to produce pure, wholesome milk.

  • Farmers employ professional nutritionists to develop a scientifically formulated, balanced and nutritious diet for their cows. Diets include hay, grains, protein sources, and vitamins and minerals.
  • Dairy cows receive regular veterinary care, including periodic check-ups, preventative vaccinations and prompt treatment of illness.
  • The dairy industry has in place a number of initiatives that demonstrate commitment to animal well-being. The National Dairy FARM Program™ is a nationwide, verifiable program that addresses animal well-being. Third-party verification ensures the validity and the integrity of the program to our customers and consumers.
  • Dairy farmers depend on healthy cows for their livelihood.

Myth: The reason the price of milk is going up in the grocery store is so dairy farmers can get rich.

  • Dairy farmers only receive about 30 cents of every dollar.
  • Market forces, like demand, impact the price of milk at the grocery store,
  • Farmers are seeing a lot of cost increases in producing milk, including feed and transportation. These cost increases have left slim margins for dairy farmers in recent years.

Fact: Price increases for dairy, and all foods, beverages and other goods, are tied to dramatic increases in energy/fuel, distribution, transportation, feed, and supply costs.

Myth: Modern dairy farmers don’t practice sustainable agriculture.

Fact: Dairy farmers depend on land, air and water as part of their livelihood.

  • Dairy farms must meet standards for manure storage, handling and recycling per guidelines from state and federal agencies. Once dried, manure is reused as comfortable animal bedding, composted for local garden centers and nurseries, or spread on fields to grow healthy crops, thereby reducing the need for commercial fertilizers.
  • Dairy farms must follow strict state and local water quality regulations. Dairy farmers use water responsibly in their milking parlors, in water storage and in recycling.
  • Constant innovation on dairy farms has led to widespread adoption of best management practices, and U.S. dairy farms are more efficient today than ever before. According to Cornell University, the dairy industry has reduced the carbon footprint of its products by 63 percent over the past 60 years, thanks to improvements in animal genetics, feeding rations, animal health programs, cow comfort and overall farm management practices. In fact, more milk is produced today with only 9 million cows than with 26 million cows in 1944.
  • Dairy is one of the most regulated and inspected industries in agriculture. Dairy farms must abide by federal, state and local clean water laws that regulate manure application on cropland, and government agencies regularly inspect the water on dairy farms. Further, state agencies have rigorous processes for granting permits to new and expanding dairy farms.
  • Dairy farmers live and work on their farms, so they understand the importance of protecting our natural resources, so that it will be there for future generations.
Please visit http://www.dairyfarmingtoday.org/Learn-More/MythsvsFacts/Pages/MythvsFact.aspx for even more in depth fact sheets

Modern Dairy Farming Is Anything But Conventional – Truly We Are PROGRESSIVE!

As a modern farmer, we are called conventional.

This is what the dictionary says about conventional.

con·ven·tion·al (kn-vnsh-nl)


1. Based on or in accordance with general agreement, use, or practice; customary: conventional symbols; a conventional form of address.
2. Conforming to established practice or accepted standards; traditional: a conventional church wedding.

a. Devoted to or bound by conventions to the point of artificiality; ceremonious.
b. Unimaginative; conformist
Look at that description….we are anything BUT conventional. We are always looking for ways to improve. Become more efficient more sustainable. We look for new ways to comfort our animals. We are open to new things and all of benefits that technology can bring. We do not always agree on all advancements but we are open-minded and look at all sides and benefits…….. We are “PROGRESSIVE”!





favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are.

making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods, etc.: a progressive community.

characterized by such progress, or by continuous improvement.
I had this conversation a long time ago with my friend and fellow blogger Dino Giacomazzi. It has stayed with me. I feel that if we must change the labels that are put upon us.
I bring this up as I had a customer at farmers market who asked me, “Do you take care of your land”? My first reaction was hurt. Real hurt. I took a moment and a breath. I realized that she has heard some things that would lead her to believe that dairy farmers do not take care of our land or are not sustainable. I looked at her and calmly said…”It is the place where I live. I drink its water. Eat from its bounty. I am the third generation to do so and hope to have it for the fourth to do the same. I hope to see my grandchildren drink  and eat from it”. Why would I not take care of my life, my future”?
She looked at me and said “I never thought of it that way…of course”.
That was enough for me to know that, even though in the smallest of scales, I must continue to reach out and help to teach those that do not understand. We need to educate and be proactive and explain to those that do not know that we are “progressive” and we are here to feed them, and the world.
I urge all of the agriculture communities to get out there and share your stories…it can make a huge difference!

Spring, Harvest, Calves And Cheese: A Few Of Dairy Goddesses Favorite Things

Calves are our future!

Spring is in full swing. We have been busy harvesting our wheat. Spring cleaning around the dairy and of course busy making cheese. 

This week we celebrate Earth Day I thought about how EVERYDAY is Earth Day for farmers. The “Earth” is our livelihood! As we chop our wheat we begin to think out our next crop. The crops that we grow to feed our cows.

We test our water, ground and harvest to make sure that everything is in sync. Good care of our ground and water and our feed is our way of securing our future.

I am glad we have Earth Day to remind those that have never had the blessing of experiencing life on a farm. It does surprise me though, that some of those that celebrate Earth Day do not realize that us farmers, are living Earth Day…everyday. Many are completely unaware of our connection.

Taking the joy out of our time of celebration is the realization that evil lives among us in this world. My husband and I saw a video taken at a calf ranch in Texas that showed abuse to the animals that were put in their care. We have a hard time believing that there are people who could do this.

We have been asked at farmers markets if we treated our animals well. We are always taken back that someone would think that we wouldn’t treat our animals well.

Seeing these images myself allows me to understand why people might ask us this question. They don’t know! I remind people that we all have seen terrible images of abuse to children, spouses, and fellow-man.  Common sense tell us that this is not the norm. We shake our head at the thought and are sickened.

 It is the same with animal abuse. We have responsiblity to care for our animals not only for productivity but morality. THIS is the norm.

Those that film those images are obviously able to do so to fulfill their vegan agenda. That agenda must be so powerful that they can witness the abuse over and over again without stopping it. I could not manage watching it for a moment little alone over and over again without calling the authorities. To me that is an accomplice to that crime. Both the abuser and the witness should be prosecuted to the full extent.

 I pray for justice to prevail and that we are not judged because of a few sick individuals.

 So in closing…let us celebrate Spring! Let us celebrate our Earth and all of it’s bounties let us forever be grateful of those gifts!

I bring you this post to wish you a very Happy Easter!

May God bless each and every one of you!

Dairy Goddesses Promise! “Our Milk Is Safe”

Fresh & Safe Milk In My Vat!

Another Sunday evening  in my cheese plant making a fresh batch of cheese.

I love this time in my cheese plant. It is quiet and I like to try to multi-task as I wait patiently for the milk to heat to the pasteurization temperature of 145 degrees and keep it there for a half an hour. I then cool it, add cultures. The process is about three and half hours. Then up a couple of times in the night to check and add rennet.

With this time I decided to blog about the following reports, 

“Earlier this week, in milk sample tests from Washington, California and Arizona, the government found extremely low levels of radiation. The levels are more than 5,000 times lower than the thresholds set by the FDA, and far below levels that would cause any concern for public health. 

 According to the EPA’s statement, milk, water and other select products were tested for radiation. These very low amounts were anticipated, and will likely continue to appear over the next few days of testing. Federal and state government officials, and medical experts from around the country continue to underscore that miniscule levels of radiation detected do not pose a health concern to the U.S. food system, including U.S. dairy products.”

I don’t like to add unnecessary hype to this story, but I thought it was important to reassure you that our milk is safe. Our nation milk quality standards are unsurpassed. Our milk in continually tested and monitored.

We are drinking our milk and making cheese.

Let us not forget the real victims of this great tragedy. So many have lost everything. I include them in my prayers daily. I encourage you to also do the same and be grateful for all of the good, safe and abundant food supply we are blessed with.

Dairy Goddess Loves To Talk To Consumers! Holy Cow…Many Are Confused!

"I love talking with consumers"

Below is a great blog post that brings to light a study in the UK regarding the difference between organic and “progressive” farming.

Many of you know that I work Farmers Markets in coastal communities. Many people in those areas are removed from farming practices. They are however, in my opinion, often confused about practices of farming. They hear reports of organic foods/dairy in the media. There are many that  will not consume anything else but organic because they believe that is better in health and environment practices. They believe that is the only style of farming that cares responsibly for their animals, land, and water. I  love to share with them our practices. I love to see their faces when they hear that we choose to farm progressively but our greatest responsibility is the same. We get the most benefit by treating our land and animals with the greatest of responsibility, love and care. They ARE our livelihood.

I do not mind that people support organic methods. I think that is great to support that “style” of farming. I just think that consumers should know ALL of the facts. The true and honest reality. They should base that on the science and not on the hype and trend or what they hear. The money they spend should be done so because they believe in the style of the farming and NOT on guilt.

I answer many questions every time I work a market. I do so with honesty and desire to inform. I am often asked “Does your cheese have hormones”? I explain that all mammals have hormones but I do not use “R-bst” (what I believe they are asking).  I do not take sides (even though I am a “progressive” farmer) . I think there is a huge problem with mislabeling and misleading advertising. How do we fix this? It’s up to us…the consumer to look for the science to back up the claims. We need to demand the studies and proof of their claims.

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Is ‘organic’ milk different or better?

A recent Journal of Dairy Science research study by Mrs. Gillian Butler and coworkers from Newcastle University in the UK has received a great deal of press coverage in the UK and elsewhere. The results indicated that milk produced under UK organic standards had significantly higher levels of fat, but that there were also significant differences in the type of fat in the milk. The fats thought to be ‘beneficial’ were found to be higher in ‘organic milk.’

This result was based on milk purchased in grocery stores located in the UK, and the result is likely due to the unique ways that cows are raised/fed in the UK. Full results at http://bit.ly/f7xTgN, just click on the PDF tab. There were also significant differences in milk fat composition for season and year in this UK study.

The US data is different, however. While there is a small, though statistically different, difference in some fatty acids, analysis of milk from cows raised by organic standards, rbST-free certified or conventional methods demonstrate “…that there were no meaningful differences that would affect public health and that all milks were similar in nutritional quality and wholesomeness.” The abstract is at http://bit.ly/bg4yGs, but the PDF is not available for this article without a J Dairy Science subscription.

Similarly, milk composition from various regions and seasons in the US was found to be “… remarkably consistent across geographic regions and seasons from the perspective of human dietary intake of milk fat.” Again, the abstract is at http://bit.ly/exfCcU, while the PDF is not available for this article without a J Dairy Science subscription.

Dairy cattle in the US tend to be fed in a more seasonally consistent manner and are fed feeds that would tend to not amplify the results observed in the UK.

There is much misinformation regarding these studies currently in the press and on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook.

You’ve got to read the primary research before you can reach conclusions. Hope that helps.


Dairy Goddess Loves Her “Eco-Friendly Garbage Disposals”

Our New Recyclers!

Hello everyone! I am starting to feel the pinch of the reality of a new business. Making cheese, selling cheese along with the dairy work and my commitments to serving the industry as well as trying to blog and social media. I sit here on this Sunday evening and remind myself that I can only do what I can do…..

So this will be a short (but I think very sweet) post.

As I was loading up the van with cheese on Thursday to sell, Tony gave me a surprise…Three little piggies! We hated the fact that we were not using the whey from my cheese making to its greatest potential. We could not feed it to the calves easy (some eat too much and get tummy aches). Transporting it to the heifers was a big chore and inconsistent. So Tony built a pen with easy access and we now house the three little pigs! 🙂 Whey has a great source of protein and they love it!

Jack, Brie, and Cheddar! They LOVE the Whey!

My cousin Diane called it perfectly and posted on Facebook that they are the best… ” eco-friendly garbage disposal” and she is so correct. Really though, that is was dairy and  farming is all about…recycling. We reuse and make the most of what we have. I know to many it seems like a trendy thing…but really farmers have been doing this for generations.

I look forward to sharing their progress!

Know A California Farmer! Dairy, Rice, Corn, Veggies or Fruit We Feed You!

Rice Farmer in California

Most of you know that the reason that I started my blog was to help put a “face” back on the farmer. I have always wanted to help build a bridge and unite ALL farming. Not just dairy or corn and wheat like we do on our farm, but rice, wine, nuts, fruit, vegetables and flowers. We farmers in California play an important part of our states economy and providing food to our state, nation, and world.

As our population has grown, so have many of the communities, pushing out farms to more rural surroundings. That put farms farther away from the urban areas and a majority of the population out of touch with their food sources. Many people have never seen a farm or had a chance to visit one. Much of our population only view idyllic images of farms that no longer exist or feasible, but if that is all the see then that is what they think it is/should be.

A new website was just launched this week “Know A California Farmer”  http://www.knowacaliforniafarmer.com/index.php 

This website does just that. Please visit and sign up for their email news updates. Share this link with those that are removed from the farming communities. We have to reintroduce and educate people on what we do and how important we are and how valuable it is to be able to have the best quality food available to them from here in California. We have the highest regulations and dedication to the land, water, quality and safety. Importing our food from outside the country can not give you than insurance! 

Congratulations on this launch and thank you!

Is China Considered Orgin For CA Organic? Really…This Dairy Farmer Doesn’t Think So! I Guess Whole Foods Does!

China...Is that Organic?


As a farmer I get so upset at the “branding” and “creative” labeling on packages. I have blogged about it before. I have linked a video below showing how Whole Foods Markets gets “creative” with the labeling! 

This trend is becoming more blatant.  Whole Foods, which takes it’s often “elitist” food stance. Selling food to the rich and famous while making those on a budget often feel guilty that they are not providing “Organic” food for their families! 

Whole Foods sells a “California Organic” product that is “certified” yet it is from China! This labeling is taking advantage of the consumers trust and hard earned dollar.  

 US organic market is highly regulated. California producers invest in that type of farming for consumers who wish to purchase it. 

 In China, they do not have the same standards. They can produce these products cheaper because the do not have the same “rules”.  So to improve their profits they use the right words on the packaging but fail to provide the consumer what they innocently believe they are paying for. That is just WRONG! 

See for yourself    

Cows Love Alfalfa! Innovation Can Provide Benifits to Dairy Farmers, Consumers, & Environment


Alfalfa Field

Thank you! 

Docket Number: APHIS-2007-0044

Regulatory Analysis and Development

USDA PPD APHIS Station 3A-03.8

4700 River Road, Unit 118

Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

Docket Number: APHIS-2007-0044

The draft Environmental Impact Study states:

“USDA asserts that all methods of agricultural production (conventional, organic, and the use of genetically engineered varieties) can provide benefits to environment, consumers, and farm income, and they could and should “coexist”. (pg xiii)

This study, based on sound science, says it all, in a nutshell.

Ceasing the use of biotechnology because of “political” bulling that confuses and instills unfounded fears is wrong and immoral.

My husband and I own Tony Martin Dairy in Lemoore California. We are both third generation dairy farmers. We grow our own feed for our animals. We appreciate the innovations that have brought better health and comfort to our animals. We appreciate the innovation of having tools that enable us to feed our precious animals good quality, safe food that provides benefits to the environment.

We have an obligation to feed the people of this world. By halting innovation such as “Round Up Ready Alfalfa” is the beginning of the end. Where do we stop? What other “innovations” will be next? This is especially wrong as their has not been a study to warrant it harmful. We are in America, if we continue to allow those that have private agendas/ideals take over we will only go backward and our momentum to move forward and continued innovations and progress can be squashed. For those that have issues with the “business” part of it…well that should not be dealt with in this manner. It does not “punish” the company as much as ability to improve, grow, and provide.




Barbara Martin

Tony Martin Dairy

6240 21st Ave

Lemoore CA 93245




My comments to the USDA ban on Round Up Ready Alfalfa. Below is a link to do so online. It takes only a couple of minutes. I urge you to do so.