The Dairy Download

Sharp Market and Policy Insights from IDFA and Blimling and Associates

Where did that gallon of milk come from? And why are there so many ice cream flavors? In the season two premiere of “The Dairy Download,” we hear from two writers working to connect American consumers with the stories behind their favorite dairy products.

First up is Donna Berry, whose “Berry on Dairy” blog has become a staple for those keeping a pulse on breakthroughs in dairy innovation. Berry discusses topics ranging from packaging trends to regenerative agriculture. And she gives her opinion on why “fat-free” and “cheese” don’t belong in the same sentence.

Next is speaker, advocate and blogger Carrie Mess. Better known as “Dairy Carrie,” she offers a farmer’s perspective from a 100-cow operation in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. From diversity to social media’s role in agriculture, Mess discusses the changing dairy landscape. She also talks about her own shift from a “city girl” to a “dairy famous” farm life.

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Witty, fast-moving and stacked with dynamic guests, The Dairy Download offers sharp insights in a neat, 25-minute package. Blimling’s Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley host each episode, leading listeners through a rundown of action in the CME markets and things to watch, while going in depth with guests on consumer, market and policy trends shaping dairy.

Wonks, nerds, data hounds and tech evangelists are welcome. Listeners get the perspectives of various industry experts who can unpack challenging issues in fun and interesting ways.

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