In this episode of the Progressive Dairy podcast, host Kimmi Devaney visits with Washington dairy farmer Krista Stauffer about her journey in sharing her story online, the challenges of starting a dairy farm in 2009, how advocacy impacts mental health, what she’s learned about managing employees, how Washington’s agriculture overtime law has affected their farm and more.

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Season 4, Episode 26

Here is a breakdown of the episode:

  • About her farm [~1:12]
  • What it was like starting a dairy in 2009 [~1:40]
  • What inspired her husband to start dairy farming and why they chose their current location [~3:15]
  • Progression of the first decade of dairy farming [~4:55]
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Stauffers in the Pacific Northwest [~7:05]
  • Kids’ roles on the farm [~8:30]
  • How and why Krista started sharing her story online [~9:30]
  • Consumer feedback to her social media pages [~13:10]
  • How she’s dealt with trolls and others with negative intentions against dairy farming [~14:10]
  • Resources and mentors [~15:10]
  • Mental health related to advocacy [~17:55]
  • Krista’s advice for others sharing their farm stories online [~23:15]
  • Krista shares about running a local boutique [~24:15]
  • What she’s learned about work-life balance [~27:10]
  • The most important things she’s learned about managing people to build a good work environment [~28:45]
  • How Washington’s agriculture overtime law has affected their farm [~30:35]
  • What should dairy producers living in states without state agriculture overtime laws know about how this law may affect them? [~33:15]
  • Rapid fire questions [~33:55]

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