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.”
“So, here's the barn then,” Cory said as we turned the corner. The sight was impressive. Only a few of the steel trusses were left standing over the length of about two football fields. The stalls sat empty like gaping wounds.
“I wouldn’t be so into biking if it wasn’t for the community. I’ve played an instrument from 5th grade to today, but if it wasn’t for the community I wouldn’t keep getting more and more involved in it - in music…
“…not only does she know how to heal the body through the proper movement of muscles, tendons, bones, and ligaments, but she has this wisdom in tending to deeper, unseen wounds through the proper movement of truth, kindness, and faith.”
“Coming out of film, you're always realizing that there's this motion going on and how do you keep motion going? You just get dropped in and it's go, go, go. It's like a little ride.” He spoke with an air of satisfaction. “You get such a natural high off of seeking out a challenge like that and making it happen.”