Tailgate Talk, Wilmer award winner

May 15, 2009 11:01 AM

Carrying on a Legacy
The founder of Farm Journal, Wilmer Atkinson, started our magazine for farmers within a day's ride of Philadelphia by horse. Our readers stretch across the country now, but the spirit of the magazine Atkinson created is much the same. He launched a principled, practical publication "to separate the cream from the skim milk.” Today we call it service journalism, and each year we present a Wilmer Award to the staff member who best carries on our founder's legacy. Our latest recipient is Katie Humphreys. As managing editor, Katie works tirelessly to produce a magazine packed with practical information. Her strong farm roots woven with her passion for serving readers would certainly make Wilmer proud!


Memorial Day finds flags on the fence posts of Larry Moffett's Polled Hereford farm near Decatur, Ill. He also displays the flags on the Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day.

What A Day!
Sink, Sank, Sunk

Maybe this tractor needed to cool down after a strenuous day of work. Or maybe the driver lost control. Who knows? It's safe to say, though, this tractor found itself creating work instead of being helpful.

Stat Rack
U.S. dairy industry
by the numbers:

Number of licensed dairy operations in 2008

9.3 million

Number of dairy cows
in March 2009

190 billion

Total milk production in pounds in 2008

Average number of dairy cows per operation in 2008


Average milk production in pounds per cow in 2008

Average milk production in pounds per cow in 2008 in Arizona, the state with the highest milk per cow

Market share of California, the largest dairy state

$15 to $16

Estimated average cost
of production per cwt.

March 2009 U.S. All-Milk price per cwt.

Estimated per cwt. payment from USDA Milk Income Loss Contract in March 2009

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