Tailgate Talk - September 2018

August 22, 2018 02:16 PM
What A Day: Up in Flames

What A Day: Up in Flames

There are all kinds of challenges that can cause harvest to come to a screeching halt. Two days after this farmer made his final payment, his combine caught fire. Combine shopping wasn’t on his to-do list.

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email images to whataday@farmjournal.com or hashtag #FJWhatADay on Twitter and Instagram.

Stat Rack

Meat consumption is climbing worldwide, but will alternative meat complement or substitute real-meat products?

222.2 lb.
Amount of beef, pork and poultry consumed per person in 2018; nearly half of which is poultry products

5 oz. to 6.5 oz.
Recommended daily protein consumption for adults; most eat 10 oz.

18 gal.
Average consumption of milk per person per year; that number was closer to 30 gal. in 1970

$3.3 billion
The sale of all plant-based foods in the U.S. between June 2017 and June 2018

Increase in plant-based creamers between June 2017 and June 2018

Representation of plant-based “milk” in the total milk market

Buy Milk: Help Dairy Farmers and Local Community

In an effort to help move milk off store shelves and provide food for families in need, Ty Higgins, a Wisconsin farm broadcaster, started the “10 Gallon Challenge.”

“Dairy farmers right now are in the worst position they’ve been in years,” Higgins told We Are Green Bay, a Wisconsin TV station, “and so I thought, ‘How can I help them?’”

“I think everybody would like to be able to serve milk in their pantries,” said Monica Clare, executive director for St. Joseph’s Food Program. “We serve about 600 or 700 clients on a weekly basis, and they all can use milk.”

Dairy farmers are also jumping on board with this trend, hoping to help drive up the milk price while also making a difference in their community.

“There’s a lot of milk out there, and it drives the price down, so I don’t think there’s a dairy farmer anywhere around that’s making a lot of money right now,” said Mark Petersen, a local dairy farmer, in an interview with We Are Green Bay. “We have to get rid of some of this milk that’s on the market.”

Doing just that, the social media challenge is growing in popularity. Consumers are sharing their donation stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #10GallonChallenge.

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