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Don & Anne's Story: “There’s so few of us left”

Don & Anne's Story: “There’s so few of us left”

The heart of the dairy crisis: Farmers receive, today, what farmers were paid in 1985, but that same amount of money held a lot more purchase power 34 years ago. Back then minimum wage was $3.35.

“Absolute breakeven is about $19 a hundredweight, now,” Anne explained. “When we took over they were saying $12 or $13 was breakeven. Now, it's $19. That doesn't include paying our bills; that's just to produce the milk.”

Greta's Story: Where Sled Dogs, Trader Joe's, and a Covertly Unique Life Intersect

Greta's Story: Where Sled Dogs, Trader Joe's, and a Covertly Unique Life Intersect

I've worked a lot of non typical, "tough," and physically demanding jobs and usually to obsession. And, despite the tough work I've had in my life being a mom requires way more hours and hard work than any other job I've had. Plus, I'm the only person I know who prefers Keystone Light to most other beers. And, I'm not afraid to admit it!