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Read comments from Progressive Dairyman editor Karen Lee, ranging from the origin of specific magazine articles to thoughts about industry trends.

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I realize we just delivered our largest issue of the year to you as you are about to enter your busy fall harvest season. It’s going to be hard finding time to read, and you may not get through it all before the next issue comes in October, but I promise this one is worth taking the time to read, whether it is now or later.

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Once again, it is time for our annual state of the industry issue. In the centre of this issue, we bring you the industry’s annual metric report to see how each province and the country as a whole has been performing over the past year.

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I find it ironic the main themes for this issue – feed, forages and nutrition; dry and transition cows; and equipment, tools and implements – are coinciding with my life this week.

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On June 1 – World Milk Day – attention is drawn to arguably the world’s most perfect food. Over the last few years, I’ve seen my social media feeds filled with posts about the holiday. Most of these come from dairy groups and dairy producers.

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In March, Dairy Farmers of Ontario Chairman Ralph Dietrich and Vice Chairman Murray Sherk traveled to Wisconsin at the invitation of Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden. The Wisconsin group set up a handful of meetings across the state as a forum for farmers to gather and learn more about Canada’s supply management system from producers with firsthand experience.

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That’s right, I’m a quitter. I always thought I’d be ashamed to admit that because I firmly believe in following through on commitments and finishing what I start, but I am actually pretty excited about being a quitter.

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