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Industry Updates for the Modern Dairy Family
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S2E19: I Kinda Knew this is Where I'd End Up
In addition to our weekly market update with Tiffany LaMendola, today we are joined by Santa Rosa Dairy Producer Jennifer Beretta who shares about her farm, the exciting and innovative projects their working on to reduce methane and increase soil health, and how their family dairy shares the story of agriculture to groups in their community and beyond. 
25:04
May 15, 2021
S2E18: How do you Ag-Vocate?
This week we bring listeners a dairy market update with our Contract Economist of Blimling, Tiffany LaMendola. In preparation for all of the "Ag-vocating" we're going to be doing during Dairy month in June, we re-share an interview with Tyler Ribeiro of Rib-Arrow Dairy (and WUD Board Member) and Jennifer Giambroni of CMAB talking about the importance of dairy producers presence on Social Media, and we wrap with Darby sharing a story about an important field tour that WUD gave this week with a special guest! For more information on CMAB's programs: https://www.realcaliforniamilk.com
36:40
May 8, 2021
S2E17: Don’t Swing at Bad Pitches
Today’s episode is all about the updates! Tiffany LaMendola joins us with a market update, CEO Anja Raudabaugh shares what WUD’s Leg Affairs Team has been tackling in Sacramento, and Rashell Echesveste brings us some news from Lecheros Unidos de California.
33:20
May 1, 2021
S2E16: It's all about Communication
Happy Earth Week! This week's episode features a re-run of the podcast we did with Dr. Frank Mitloehner last July with a message about all of the climate benefits cattle can and do provide. In addition, we have Tiffany LaMendola with the market update and WUD President Devin Gioletti joins us for a little Earth Day message from our board.  For More information on Dr. Mitloehner' s work: https://clear.sf.ucdavis.edu/ 
47:37
April 24, 2021
S2E15: We’re Human Beings. We have Families. We have Feelings. We have Children.
This week we kick off with our market update,  a re-run of our Virtual Kitchen Table Market Update with Tiffany LaMendola, our contract economist with Blimling and Associates and Paul Sousa joins us to follow that up with an environmental update, which focuses in on issues happening in the Central Valley Regional Water Board.  Following those updates we are joined by dairy producer Jolynn McClelland of Petaluma to share her experiences as a dairy farmer in the Point Reyes National Seashore, and why the last few years have been especially challenging for her and her five fellow producers who call the PRNS home.
01:14:48
April 17, 2021
S2E14: Sustainibeef
This week Tiffany LaMendola delivers our weekly market update date and Darby sits down with Tony Lopes of Sustainibeef to discuss his growing business and what it’s like to be a dairy producer in 2021. For more info check out https://sustainibeef.com/
31:46
April 10, 2021
S2E13: The Devil you Know
Today we skip the full market update, but share some quick info about upcoming DMC payments. Rashell Escheveste brings us an update about LUC, Melissa and Darby sit down with Cesar Vargas, of Raimondo and Associates newly launched WUD Partnership, Western United Human Resource Services and we wrap with a re-run of Anja's weekly Virtual Kitchen Table Meeting: Water Rending and the Recall.  Have a Blessed Easter!
52:08
April 3, 2021
S2E12: Short, Sweet Spring Updates
This week's episode is chock full of updates for our CA dairy producers as we roll into spring! We kick off with Tiffany LaMendola's market update, Paul Sousa joins us for a fill-in on the NRCS front as well as a briefing on the Tri-colored blackbird situation, and we wrap the episode with Kevin Piercy of Raimondo and Associates as he updates members on the newest COVID-19 regulations that employers need to follow. 
22:05
March 27, 2021
S2E11: It's not Pie in the Sky
Week 11 kicks off with our market update, presented by Katie Burgess of Blimling, sitting in for Tiffany LaMendola this week. We follow that up with a sit-down between Anja Raudabaugh, Paul Sousa and our industry partner, Tyler Bennett of Bennett Environmental who shares about their company's work in the methane digester space and how they address methane digestion hand in hand with water quality concerns. 
35:55
March 20, 2021
S2E10: The Dairy Download
Today's episode features a re-run of The Dairy Download, a podcast from our partner organizations Blimling and IDFA. This episode (S2E3), Trucking Along: A Focus on Freight tackles the important issue of supply chain logistics and the role they play in moving product; featuring a perspective on global dairy from DairyAmerica CEO Patti Smith, a analysis from Bob Costello, Senior VP and Economist with the American Trucking Association, and a market report from Blimling's Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley, hosts.  We also hear a brief LUC update from Rashell.  We hope you enjoy this episode and a new podcast to tune into! We'll see you next week with a return to our regular programing.
33:09
March 13, 2021
S2E9: Democracy is not a Spectator Sport
Today's episode features a market update with Tiffany LaMendola, our contract economist of Blimling. We visit with Devin Gioletti, WUD's Board President about the QIP referendum that started this week, and we hear from Anja via our weekly Virtual Kitchen Table Meeting about all of the fun and exciting legislation on the table in Sacremento this year and how it's shaping WUD's policy directions.  For more information on the QIP referendum: https://www.dairyfamilies.org/referendum-information
38:07
March 6, 2021
S2E8: The early bird gets the winter forage crop
In this week's episode we share a market update from our contract economist, Tiffany LaMendola of Blimling, Anja brings us an update/important information on the QIP referendum that kicks off next week, and we re-play this week's member meeting, hosted by Paul Sousa, about the Tri-colored Blackbird issue, including a late-breaking update on the status of payments for crop losses.  For further information on the Quota Sunset Referendum:  https://westernuniteddairies.com/quota/ https://www.dairyfamilies.org/
36:12
February 27, 2021
S2E7: Take...two...?
This week we try again! After a market update with Tiffany LaMendola, our contract economist of Blimling, and a LUC update with Rashell Echeveste we re-run the February 4th webinar of our Cattle Council/WUD round-table. We had some major editing issues two weeks ago, and we hope the message comes through in a much clearer way this go-around. Let us know if you have questions! mlema@wudairies.com darby@wudairies.com
01:28:08
February 20, 2021
S2E6: Milk Drinkers Make Better Lovers
Happy Valentines Week! Today we hear a market update from Tiffany LaMendola, our contract economist of Blimling. Darby sits down with Darryl Maas of Maas Energy Works to talk about the exciting projects they're undertaking our dairy partners, and we re-run this weeks Virtual Kitchen Table Meeting with Ashley Rosales, RDN and Program Director for Nutrition with the Dairy Council of CA who shared about the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and what that means for the dairy industry. We wrap the show with some farm security reminders from our partners in Law Enforcement.  To check out links we mentioned: https://westernuniteddairies.com/world-ag-expo-2021/ https://www.healthyeating.org/
01:00:53
February 13, 2021
S2E5: Kickstart my Heart
Today we bring you a market update with our contract economist, Tiffany LaMendola of Blimling and we re-broadcast this week's Virtual Kitchen Table meeting where California Cattle Council executive director Justin Oldfield and Board Members Jennifer Beretta, Cody Nicholson Stratton and Tyler Rebiero join WUD CEO Anja Raudabaugh and Director of Leg. Affairs, Jason Bryant, to discuss a recent partnership between CCC and WUD.  For more information about the California Cattle Council: https://calcattlecouncil.org/
01:22:15
February 9, 2021
S2E4: It's still January..?
Today we share Tiffany LaMendola's Market Update from this week's Virtual Kitchen Table Meeting; Tiffany takes an in-depth look at the markets, where they have been and where they may be headed, as well as what options are out there for producer price supports in 2021. Tiffany's update is followed by a short producer Q&A. Our Market update is followed by a visit from Anja Raudabaugh and Devin Gioletti, who share an update from some work we did in Sacramento this week.  We wrap today's episode with an election reminder. For questions about elections or to nominate someone in your district, email: info@wudairies.com  For more information on the CA Cattle Council: https://calcattlecouncil.org/
54:50
January 30, 2021
S2E3: Make Every Bite Count
This week, as per usual, we kick off with Tiffany LaMendola, WUD's contract economist with Blimling, as she brings us a bit more volatile market update than we'd like to see in the early part of the year. Join us next week on Thursday for Tiffany's Virtual Kitchen Table Meeting Market Update.  Following Tiffany, Darby and Melissa chat with Ashley Rosales, RDN and Program Director of Nutrition Science with the Dairy Council of California. Ashely shares information on the newly released 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, what they mean for dairy, and how producers can engage with Dairy Council and other groups to encourage healthy eating patterns that include milk and other dairy products.  For more information on how to get involved with the good work Dairy Council of California is doing, visit: https://www.healthyeating.org/our-cause/join-the-movement Anja Raudabaugh, WUD CEO joins us to share the news about WUD's newest member service, Western United Human Resource Services (WUHRS), a partnership with Raimondo and Associates which will rolls out this week. Visit our website to learn more about how to sign up.  We round out the episode with and update from our LUC program with Rashelle Segura and some quick tid-bits about the new round of PPP loans, and what CFAP 3.0 might look like. 
41:56
January 23, 2021
S2E2: Always put Cheese on your Hamburger
It's the second week of January  and we're back with another update-heavy episode! Tiffany LaMendola, our contract economist with Blimling joins us for a market update, Tom Barcellos, past WUD Board Member  discusses his new role as the California Beef Council chair and Beef Council's priorities for 2021, Anja Raudabaugh, WUD CEO brings us the latest on the California Quota program, and we share Paul Sousa's Kitchen Table Webinar this week for an update on everything California Dairymen should know about their truck fleet, truck reporting and upcoming changes to CARB's Truck Rule. Finally, Darby and Melissa bring you some updates about what the latest Federal relief package means for dairy farmers.  To learn more about the CA Beef Council: https://www.calbeef.org/ To learn more about Federal Coronavirus Relief: https://hoards.com/article-29413-what-does-the-latest-relief-package-hold-for-dairy
50:23
January 16, 2021
S2E1: We're Baaaackkk!
Happy 2021 listeners! We're so glad to be back with an action-packed episode to kick off the new year. Today we cover a TON of housekeeping/updates that run the gambit of topics...We kick off with our contract economist, Tiffany LaMendola, serving up this weeks market update, we hear from WUD Board President Devin Gioletti with some news about the Associations direction for the year, Paul Sousa brings us an update on the CV Salts ongoing roll-out, and Kevin Piercy, attorney at Raimondo and Associates gives us the latest lo-down on COVID-19 regulations. We wrap with Rashell's update from LUC and a few reminders as you think about your first Payroll of 2021.  To reach out with questions about today's labor update, please email: kbp@raimondoassociates.com
34:22
January 9, 2021
Episode 37: It's beginning to look a lot like we all need a vacation!
This week's episode, our last of 2020 features a market update with Tiffany LaMendola, our contract economist of Blimling. Anja Raudabaugh joins us to share the exciting rollout of a recent project WUD partnered on with the California Cattle Council and California Cattlemen's, and we are joined by Anthony Raimondo and his associate, Kevin Piercy, of Raimondo and Associates to remind and update dairy employers about all things COVID-19 that should be occurring on and around the work site.  We wish all of our listeners, supporters and advertisers a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy 2021!
57:34
December 19, 2020
Episode 36: Snafu’s abound
This week's abridged episode features a market update with WUD's consulting economist, Tiffany LaMendola of Blimling, a Truck Rule update with Paul Sousa and a re-run of WUD's Virtual Kitchen Table Meeting this week, which featured DMI/US Center for Dairy Innovation Staff briefing producers on the Net Zero Initiative. Please note: There was a brief hiccup in recording and the first 6-7 min of DMI's presentation was cut off. You will hear Paul's introduction and then the recording cuts to the beginning of Jim Wallace's talking points. The material missed was an introduction of the topics we do hear discussed in the remainder of the recording. 
01:03:33
December 12, 2020
Episode 35: Standards and Practices
We hear a market update from Tiffany LaMendola, WUD’s contact economist with Blimling, an update on LUC from Rashell Echeveste and we re-run this weeks’ Virtual Kitchen Table Meeting, which featured Kevin Piercy, an an attorney with Raimondo & Associates, who provides an update on all things COVID-19 that employers should know.
01:04:46
December 5, 2020
Episode 34: With Gratitude
Happy Thanksgiving from Western United Dairies
12:33
November 26, 2020
Episode 33: We've Taken a lot of Solace in Ice Cream
This week's abridged episode features our market update with Blimling Contract Economist, Tiffany LaMendola, an environmental update with Paul Sousa, WUD's Director of Environmental Affairs, and the much-anticipated reveal of the CMAB/VentureFuel Snackcelerator Winner with CMAB Director of Communications, Jennifer Giambroni, after last night's exciting final round!
26:17
November 21, 2020
Episode 31: As the Winter Months Come on...
This week's podcast update features a market report with our contract economist, Tiffany LaMendola of Blimling and a labor update with our esteemed labor attorney Anthony Raimondo of Raimondo & Associates. Full episodes will resume in January!
29:05
November 14, 2020
Episode 31: We Were Expecting a Busy Week and that's Certainly What We Got!
This week kicks off our "abridged" version of the podcast, which will provide basic updates through the holidays. This week we our economist, Tiffany LaMendola shares what's up and what's not in dairy markets, Rashell Segura gives us a rundown from LUC and Anja Raudabaugh brings us an update on the 2020 elections*.  *Results mentioned are from Thursday, 11/5, when about 72% of the California ballots had been reported and thus are subject to change upon the airing of this episode. 
40:27
November 7, 2020
Episode 30: In order to dairy farm you have to be a little crazy...
We kick off week 30 with a little news about our podcast plans for the end of 2020, including a slightly abridged weekly offering through the end of December.  Next up is a market update from our amazing Blimling economist Tiffany LaMenodola, followed by some news from the environmental desk with Paul Sousa.  Our special guest this week is Carrie Mess, or Dairy Carrie, Wisconsin Dairy Farmer and Ag-vocate who shares with us a bit about her journey as a dairy farmer, social media influencer and all around awesome human and community member.  For a list of AMMP grant awards, visit the CDFA/OEFI page: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/ammp/docs/2020-AMMP_ProjectsAwarded.pdf For a list of Digester grant awards, visit the CDFA/OEFI page: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/ddrdp/docs/2020-DDRDP_ProjectsAwarded.pdf You can visit Dairy Carrie's website/blog here
37:10
October 31, 2020
Episode 29: We are looking at a very deep shade of blue
We are pleased to kick off this week's episode by welcoming WUD's new contract economist, Tiffany LaMendola of Blimling! Tiffany brings us this week's market update, noting that for another consecutive week, cheese is running the show in dairy markets.   We follow Tiffany's market news with a political check-in with WUD's CEO Anja Raudabaugh, who covers early voting, the situation with Prop 15, and a provides a quick round-up of state races that will influence WUD's political strategy going forward. Darby rounds out the episode with WUD member Jared Fernandes, who shares about the process of building a digester on their family dairy and shares about the many benefits of the project to their farm. 
36:29
October 24, 2020
Episode 28: Merci et Adieu
This week we bid farewell to our economist and friend, Annie AcMoody, who will be leaving WUD after 10 years of service to CA dairy producers. We send Annie off with one last Market update plus messages and well wishes from producers and friends. To round out the week, Paul Sousa joins Melissa for a little update/reminder about fall water quality preparations, and Darby brings us some good news about the SBA's PPP loan/loan forgiveness process! For further information, please visit the links below: Small Business Administration PPP Loans: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources CDQAP Documents: http://cdrf.org/home/checkoff-investments/cdqap/
29:11
October 17, 2020
Episode 26: It was a busy week, it was a big week!
This week we hear from Economist Annie AcMoody with our weekly market update, which is once again headed in a positive direction.  CEO Anja Raudabaugh, joins us for an update on WUD and the changes we're tackling this fall, Rashell Segura brings us a roundup from the world of LUC, and Darby and Melissa sit down for a lighthearted conversation with 4th generation dairyman and Cal Poly lecturer Rich Silacci, where we discuss everything from teaching during a global pandemic, to industry support for the next generation of dairy leaders, and maybe a few student-employee antics along the way!
53:47
October 10, 2020
Episode 26: None of it is Right, None of it Makes Sense
Episode 26 brings us a positive market report from all-star economist Annie AcMoody complete with a round-up of this week's CDFA hearing. We get a drop-in from Tony Raimondo with a COVID-19 labor update, and we round out the episode with our friend and member, Tessa Hall, who candidly shares about the legal battle her family dairy has been in with the city of Corcoran for the past 5 years. For resources mentioned in the episode, please use and share the links below:  Cal-OSHA Consultation Services:  https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/consultation.html Farmer Mental Health Resources: http://cdrf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Crisis_Info_CA_by_county.pdf
01:11:41
October 3, 2020
Episode 25: Fresh Air is Out There
Episode 25 is full of late-summer updates for producers to absorb while they put in tractor hours harvesting, fertilizing and planting this weekend. Annie brings us a robust market update, complete with some quota/CDFA hearing news, we chat with Cody Nicholson-Stratton, WUD board member and California Cattle Council (CCC) Vice-Chair, to update listeners on what CCC has been up to this summer, and we re-run Paul Sousa's weekly "WUD Kitchen Table Webinar" which discusses the important information about the CV Salts process. We round out the episode with a short Q&A with Annie on the USDA's CFAP 2.0 funding round.  To access Dave Daley's testimonial, which was mentioned in this week's podcast, please visit our partners at the California Cattlemen's Association: https://calcattlemen.org/2020/09/23/legacy/ To submit testimony to CDFA for next week's quota hearing, you may send to the following:  Written Statement by US Mail: CDFA 1220 N St; Suite 315 Sacramento, CA 95814 Written Statement by Email: cdfa.legaloffice@cdfa.ca.gov You may also testify under oath via teleconference  during the hearing. 
43:15
September 26, 2020
Episode 24: California is on Fire and D.C. is Making it Rain
This week we start, as is tradition, with a market update from the amazing Annie AcMoody, who also brings us a last minuet, very exciting announcement from USDA regarding the renewal of the CFAP program. Annie's good news is followed by a quick roundup from this week's board meeting with WUD Board President Devin Gioletti, special guest Dr. Michael Payne from UC Davis/CDQAP joins us with some some valuable information about employee/livestock safety in light of the smokey skies, and information and  resources on how to prepare for wildfire and PSPS season on California dairies. We round out the episode with an update from Rashell Segura at LUC and a few tips from the Field Staff regarding animal activist activities.  Links to Dr. Payne's information and the new CFAP details are below: CFAP Details: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/dairy Wildfire/Emergency Preparedness Resources:  CDQAP Wildfire Advisory Wildfire Preparedness Tips from a Firefighter, Veterinarian, and Ranch Owner Preventing and Controlling Hay Fires on Dairies Dairies and Emergency Power
53:21
September 19, 2020
Episode 23: When Mother Nature says "hold my beer, watch this..."
An episode jam-packed with information for producers. Today we're joined by co-host extraordinaire, Annie AcMoody. In addition to helping carry the torch this week, Annie brings us an update from Chrurchill Downs and the dairy markets, Paul Sousa provides info on lagoon issues in Merced County, Anja gives us the 4-1-1 on Prop 15 and WUD's involvement in the issue, and Dairyman/Volunteer Firefighter Rick Nicholson brings us some tips and tricks for dairies to prepare for unexpected emergencies.  Extra Resources to check out:  https://noonprop15.org/   https://www.wifss.ucdavis.edu/wildfire-preparedness-tips-firefighter-veterinarian/
42:16
September 12, 2020
Episode 22: Be careful what you wish for
WUD economist Annie AcMoody brings us this weeks' Market Update, Jason Bryant, director of Legislative Affairs, fills us in on the end of the 2020 legislative session, Rashell Segura gives us the run-down on what's up with LUC. We round out this week's episode with WUD member John Bucher of Healdsburg, CA who has been in the red zone of California's wildfire situation for the past 4 fire seasons. 
01:12:15
September 5, 2020
Episode 21: PG&E (Sponsored Episode)
We kick of Episode 21 with a PRB update and market report from Annie AcMoody, Paul Sousa shares a special alert for producers who are dealing with repercussions of last weeks' heat wave, and this week we switch up our content a bit with special guests Christine Forster and Chris DiGiovanni of PG&E for  a long-form discussion on the many programs PG&E offers to their agriculture customers, specifically dairy producers. We cover safety,  Bio-Methane partnerships, how dairies can prepare for unexpected power losses, and what resources are available to producers from their power provider. For more information on what you heard today, you can check out the below resources:  Biomethane:  www.pge.com/biomethane& biomethane@pge.com  Rates & TOU (time of use) Transitions www.pge.com/tou For Energy Efficiency & Ways to Save www.pge.com select Save Energy & Money Agricultural Customer Service Center 877-311-3276 Solar Customer Service Center 877-743-4112 Christine.Forster@pge.com
01:07:41
August 29, 2020
Episode 20: It's Some Kinda Week
This week's episode features our industry partner and friend Denise Mullinax with an update from CDRF and CDQAP, Annie joins us for the latest on the markets and California's quota system, and Melissa and Darby talk farmer mental health amid one of the most stressful weeks California Dairymen have faced in 2020 (and that's saying something!). 
37:29
August 22, 2020
Episode 19: We Really Are Lucky to be Able to Live the Life We Do
We have a full episode to round out this HOT week in California! Annie checks in with a market update and some PPD news, Anja brings us some good news out of Sacramento this week with the advance of AB 890, the defeat of AB 2959, and gives us the latest update on the chess game that is California Quota, we hear from member and delegate Zach Cahill of Cahill Dairy in Ferndale, and we round out the episode with some very special guests, John Talbot and Jennifer Giambroni of the CMAB, to roll out the exciting new opportunity CMAB is hosting (visit https://www.venturefuel.net/snackcelerator for more information!), plus hear about the work their organization has put in to keep milk on the shelves in this tumultuous year that has been 2020. 
01:01:49
August 15, 2020
Episode 18: Talking Sh**
A little bit of a light week for a change! Annie AcMoody brings us up to date on all the pieces of the Quota puzzle, plus delivers a bit more of a relaxed market update this week. Paul Sousa joins Melissa for a reminder on fall preparation best management practices, and Rashell has an update from LUC. We wrap this week with a common labor question we’ve been getting.
39:58
August 8, 2020
Episode 17: Lite on the weather report, heavy on the climate talk!
We're pleased to welcome Dr. Frank Mitloehner, the GHG Guru, to the show. Paul and Melissa chat with Dr. Mitloehner about his past, current and future work and how dairymen can engage with him on the important climate research that he and the UC Davis CLEAR Center are working on.  Links to Dr. Mitloehner's work are below.  Before we chat with Dr. Mitloehner, we get an update from Annie on all of the moving parts in the Quota discussion, a market update, and a chat with our Director of Legislative Affairs, Jason Bryant about AB 2959 and all things Sacramento. Noted links for the show are listed below: Links mentioned by Dr. Mitloehner: https://clear.ucdavis.edu/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOPrF8oyDYw&t=15s https://twitter.com/GHGGuru Link to Annie's PPD Discussion: https://youtu.be/E1EBgBr_lCM 
55:41
August 1, 2020
Bonus: What is happening with the PPD?
Our economist, Annie AcMoody, offers a webinar-based briefing on the June PPD & answers member questions as to how the California FMMO works. The presentation was accompanied by a power point via webinar; if listeners need access to the power point or have questions we welcome inquiries to annie@wudairies.com. 
38:47
July 29, 2020
Episode 16: There's nobody on our board that owns a banjo...
As you've come to expect, Melissa and Darby cover the weather for the North Coast and Central valley in depth this week.  We follow that up with Annie's weekly market update, a little sunnier than the Ferndale coast this week! Anja brings us an update on Burger King's ill-fated foray into the GHG discussion, we introduce listeners to Dayna Ghiridelli, California Milk Advisory Board's new director of producer relations (dghirardelli@cmab.net), Board Members Gerrit DeRaadt joins us, and we wrap this week with some reminders about our recent member outreach, and how you can access those recorded events. 
50:03
July 25, 2020
Bonus: COVID-19 Labor Q&A with Anthony Raimondo
We bring you this recording of WUD’s July 20th webinar with Anthony Raimondo of Raimondo & Associates. Tony gives a brief update of information for employers pertaining to COVID-19, then spends an hour answering members questions related to employee management during the current pandemic.
01:16:09
July 21, 2020
Episode 15: Things are Heating Up
Welcome to our 15th episode! This week Annie joins us for another positive market update,  thanks to the record breaking cheese markets.  The focus of our episode is a Q&A with our favorite labor attorney, Anthony Raimondo of Raimondo & Associates. Tony brings us a plethora of information on how dairy employers should be handling all things COVID-19 on their facilities. Tony mentions several resources in the episode and they can be found at the below links.  Finally, we wrap up today's episode with a LUC update from the wonderful Rashell and a quick reminder about our upcoming online events.  As always, visit our website for more information: www.westernuniteddairies.com.  https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/checklist-agriculture.pdf https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/#chart https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/Health-Care-General-Industry.html
41:19
July 17, 2020
Episode 14: Setting the Record Straight
This week's action packed episode covers a variety of topics, starting with another powerhouse week on the dairy market fronts. Annie brings us an upbeat market report as well as an update from Stan Erwine and Paul Ziemnisky of DMI about how checkoff dollars are being put to work, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We follow the DMI discussion with a Q&A about recent OSHA visits on Merced County Dairies with WUD CEO Anja Raudabaugh, and we close this week's episode visiting with Devin Gioletti, WUD Board President about a recent mis-information campaign against Western United Dairies; please check out this week's update (https://files.constantcontact.com/7233ce19301/b2d43062-29ea-4666-a4a4-4156cb81d614.pdf) for further information. 
54:43
July 10, 2020
Episode 13: There will be fireworks!
Happy 4th of July listeners! Today we’re joined by special guest co-host Annie AcMoody as we bring you several updates for the long weekend! Annie shares continued good market news, with a notice about what your June Check may look like, Anja updates listeners on the saga that is the California Quota system, Rashell joins us with a reminder about LUC services, and Paul Sousa shares everything we need to know about the CARB Truck Rules. We wish all of our members and listeners a happy, safe and fun 4th of July!
36:55
July 3, 2020
Episode 12: Continuing to Defy Gravity
This week we are graced by another positive market update from Annie AcMoody, WUD economist.  Dr. Deanne Meyer of UC Davis brings us an update on all things nutrient management related and a reminder about CDQAP short courses and Darby checks in with WUD's Board President, Devin Gioletti.  Finally, we wrap the episode with yet another COVID-19 Q&A for employers.  For resources and further information, visit our website: www.westernuniteddairies.com. 
42:03
June 26, 2020
Episode 11: And I'm just getting started!
This is the week of updates! Annie AcMoody brings us another upbeat look at the dairy markets, Jason Bryant shares whats been brewing in Sacramento, Paul reminds us of some important deadlines in the Central Valley, and Darby has a chance to sit down with Darlene Idsinga, WUD Board member to chat about her experience as a dairy farmer. Darby and Melissa wrap things up this week with a PPP Q&A and an update on our LUC program.  Email us questions, comments and content requests at wud.pod@gmail.com. 
36:39
June 19, 2020
Episode 10: Your Honor, I'll take a super burrito...with chicken.
Annie AcMoody, WUD Economist is back for another week of good market news, plus a brief re-cap of the Ch. 3.5 hearing held at CDFA this week. Melissa chats with Justin Oldfield, Executive Director at the California Cattle Council about the newly formed entity and how dairymen can be proactive in how their dollars are spent. To wrap things up, Darby reminds us how to be proactive with our employees as the state opens up and we see an up-tick in COVID-19 cases.  For more information on anything you heard here visit westernuniteddairies.com. More info about the California Cattle Council can be found at calcattlecouncil.org. As always, send questions, comments and content requests to wud.pod@gmail.com. 
37:33
June 13, 2020
Episode 9: Be Proud of Who You Are
We kick off Episode 9 with an introduction to WUD Board member Trevor Nutcher of Gustine. WUD economist Annie AcMoody brings us a very positive market update, Paul Sousa and Darby chat about new enforcement parameters in Water Board Region 5,  we chat with Cody Nicholson-Stratton, WUD Board member and Humboldt County Dairyman about what it's like to be part of a non-traditional dairy family, and finally, Darby and I tackle a member question on a hot industry topic. Feedback, content requests and questions can be submitted to wud.pod@gmail.com.
45:37
June 6, 2020
Episode 8: We’re on the hunt for 90's Hair and Denim!
An update on all of your burning CFAP questions with Annie AcMoody, a long-form discussion with dairy producer Tyler Ribeiro and CMAB's Director of Communications, Jennifer Giambroni, to chat about Ag-vocating on Social Media, a reminder on how to engage with our LUC program, and a fun round of June Dairy Month Trivia to round out this fun and informational episode of Seen & Herd!
39:32
May 29, 2020
Episode 7: It’s a long weekend, and we’re here for it!
An episode chock-full of updates and info to see you through the three-day weekend! Annie AcMoody brings us some good milk pricing news, Paul Sousa briefs us on the CV Salts program, Jason Bryant shares the low-down on WUD’s Sacramento Strategy, we hear from Mark Krebsbach of Western Milling about the commodity markets and Darby and Melissa answer all of your burning CFAP questions. Happy listening and Happy Memorial Day!
53:33
May 23, 2020
BONUS: USDA releases details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Annie AcMoody brings us a much-anticipated update on USDA’s CFAP program, including details on payments, signup dates, how to engage with FSA, and what to expect next week.
11:57
May 19, 2020
Episode 6: Chopping, Chit-Chat and Million Dollar Rain
We get an upbeat market update from Annie, some new information about CDFA’s recently announced hearing, a peek into supply chain issues and how they’re being resolved with two intriguing sit downs; first with Bill Schiek of the Dairy Institute as well as Bob Carroll of CMAB. Rashell brings information from the labor pool , and we wrap with an update for members about the USDA’s recent webinar.
44:48
May 16, 2020
Episode 5: Sacramento Food Fights and Pabst Blue Ribbon?
A week chock full of updates! Darby checks in with WUD Treasurer Travis Visser, Annie fills is in on the markets and this weeks PRB meeting, Anja shares how our Sacramento policy work has been shaping up, and Melissa and Darby answer member questions. Plus an unexpected announcement on Friday afternoon.
37:53
May 9, 2020
Episode 4: I still have my hair!
This week kicks off with a quick and more positive market update from Annie AcMoody, a visit with WUD Board’s Secretary Lucas Deniz, and a super informative interview with Merced County Sheriff, Vern Warnke. For listeners who may be interested in accessing the extra content we mentioned please check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/wudairies as well as healthy eating.org/virtual-field-trip
34:44
May 2, 2020
Episode 3: Looking for the brighter side
Special guest co-host Annie AcMoody and joins Melissa as we navigate through this week’s Market Update, some neutral news on the producer price support front, and have a chance to meet our WUD Second Vice President, Dave Koolhaas. The feature of this week’s episode is our very own Paul Sousa joined by John Cardoza from Sustainable Conservation giving us a little good news on the environmental front to celebrate Earth Week. Thanks for listening, don't forget to send questions, comments and content requests to wud.pod@gmail.com
45:00
April 25, 2020
BONUS: USDA Announces Producer Support Program
Annie and Melissa have a brief chat about the good, the bad, and the questions we still have when it comes to USDA’s producer support program, which was announced this past Friday. More updates will come through the week. For further questions or feedback, send us an email: wud.pod@gmail.com or info@wudairies.com
06:47
April 20, 2020
Episode 2: Ripping off the Band-Aid
This week's episode introduces us to WUD Board's First Vice President, Louie Borba and brings us briefings from Economist Annie AcMoody and Director of Environmental Affairs Paul Sousa. WUD CEO Anja Radabaugh brings us important updates on our legislative activities, efforts to move and donate dairy products, and an important reminder about navigating an activist attack. We round out the episode with a serious discussion about the mental well being of producers and what signs to look for in family members or neighbors that are likely experiencing extra stress in today's dairy environment.   If you or a dairy producer you know is experiencing  significant distress, and are unsure what to do,  please visit the following website, http://cdrf.org/home/checkoff-investments/cdqap/dairy-mental-health-webinar/ provided by the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program; of specific interest is the webinar located at the top of the page prepared by Dr. Robert Fetsch, PhD of Colorado State University Cooperative Extension.  In extreme cases where you or someone you know may be considering suicide, please immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline:       1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-784-2433.  For a complete list of resources, including some county based services, click here. 
29:06
April 18, 2020
BONUS: All the Tools in the Toolbox
WUD Economist, Annie AcMoody fills us in on everything dairy producers should know in regards to Federal Price Support Program efforts.
11:02
April 14, 2020
Episode 1: Welcome to Seen & Herd!
We hope you enjoy our inaugural episode of “Seen & Herd: Industry updates for the Modern Dairy Family”. Our first episode introduces you to our staff, with updates on current dairy industry issues, a welcome from our President and how to get your hands on all the info you need to navigate our globe’s “new normal” if you’re a diary producer. Please send content requests to wud.pod@gmail.com for information on sponsorships please email info@wudairies.com.
27:37
April 11, 2020