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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