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Wednesday, October 23 • 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Farm Tour: A Path to Viability for Dairy Farms: Farmer Profit Circles and Grazing Apprenticeships

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Kimberly and Casey O'Reilly are members of Organic Valley Family of Farms, the largest organic farmer-owned cooperative in North America. Roger and Michelle Benrud's dairy is a host for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program. Participants on this tour will visit the O'Reilly Organic Dairy and hear from Wade Miller, Farm Development Manager at Organic Valley, on how the co-op is helping its dairy farmers remain viable in these challenging years of low milk prices. We'll learn about Organic Valley's Farmer Profit Circles, which help farmers implement peer groups to evaluate and improve their farm management. We will also visit the Benruds' farm to understand how the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program has impacted their business.


Kimberly & Casey O'Reilly

O'Reilly Organic Dairy

Roger & Michelle Benrud

Benrud Family Farm

Bonnie Haugen

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, Minnesota Education Coordinator, Ms.

Wade Miller

Farm Development Manager, Organic Valley
Wade began his career as a farm lender in 1987. After 26 years in lending, he joined CROPP Cooperative where he works as Farm Development Manager. He and his staff provide various technical support to CROPP members and management.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
O’Reilly Organic Dairy