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Raw milk advocates Michael Schmidt and Scott Trautman shift attention to quality, safety in Wisconsin workshop
Jim Massey, writing, January 26th, 2011, for “The Country Today”:
STOUGHTON – Scott Trautman said he believes raw milk opponents are waiting for someone to get sick from drinking the milk so they can use the illness to thwart the movement to legalize it.
That’s why he says he’s doing what he can to prevent that from happening. Trautman hosted a “raw milk safety seminar” Jan. 20 at his farm to explain to farmers and some of his farm-store consumers the importance of producing safe, high-quality products. Continue reading
Scott Trautman and Michael Schmidt made a presentation at the Trautman Farm exploring individual raw milk safety and quality concepts.
“Why should we care about raw milk producers abiding by some set of quality and safety standards?
A number of people raised that question when I reported a few weeks ago that an ad hoc group of raw milk producers and consumers, headed by Tim Wightman of the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation, were involved in drafting quality and safety standards. The worry that seemed most prominent in the many comments was that any independent group or organization involved in setting and enforcing standards could very well be co-opted by government agencies.
I think the events out of California’s Humboldt County over the last few days can safely put those fears to rest. No government agency that I can think of would want to be associated with raw milk standards, now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which funds so many state public health and agriculture agencies, has sought to put the kabosh on standards. Continue reading
“My name is Bill Anderson. I am 25 years old. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and have lived here for my entire life. Though I grew up in the suburbs of Milwaukee, I just completed the entire Wisconsin cheese maker licensing program, and passed the final exam yesterday. I should also mention that my mother grew up on a diversified family-run dairy farm in central Wisconsin. Continue reading
American cooperatives side with big dairy, give farmers an ultimatum, stop selling raw milk or stop selling to us
From this latest update on the American raw milk scene from David E. Gumpert of the Complete Patient blog, it’s evident that even farmer cooperatives are emulating big dairy in their push to squelch the growing competition from raw milk’ market ascendancy. But will their fears turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy as they give farmers currently selling a little raw milk on the side an ultimatum to “get big or get out”. I suspect that will lead to a lot of farmers choosing to expand their raw milk operation to where it sustains the farm, rather than to kowtow to companies pushing a product that fewer and fewer consumers want to buy. And now, that excerpt from The Complete Patient: Continue reading
The latest reflections from America’s foremost raw milk journalist David E. Gumpert, from his The Complete Patient blog:
“….One thing that struck me, which was a little different than what impressed Kim Hartke, was how non-political Scott was in giving his one-hour or so farm tour. There was no belly-aching, as one might have expected, given that Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has come down so hard on him. No pot shots that would have been easy–“Here is the milk parlor DATCP has such problems with. Does it look like a problem to you?” (For Scott’s description of his political challenges, see his blog.) Continue reading