Skip to Content

Data for Dairies: Supporting Farms’ Financial Success

Dairy farm

Trade tensions and tariffs, following years of low crop, milk, and beef prices, have been taking their toll on Minnesota farms—and for many farmers, preparing for the spring means taking on still more debt.

A researcher at the University of Minnesota aims to help dairy farms survive and thrive through current financial pressures. Joleen Hadrich, Ph.D., U of M Extension specialist and associated professor in applied economics with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, is combining animal health, production, and farm financial data for the first time to help dairy farms become more profitable and sustainable.

Hadrich, who grew up on a dairy farm, said bringing together data sets that have traditionally been kept separate will give farmers the comprehensive information they need to make better management decisions.

“My research is looking at a more whole-systems approach to studying decisions on dairy farms,” she said. “One of the outcomes of this project is to develop a tool or methodology that’s going to help the farmers, in particular dairy producers, use their data in a more efficient manner without requiring them to take more time.”

The project is funded through the Agricultural Research, Education, and Extension Tech Transfer program (AGREETT), which aims to tackle the most important challenges facing agriculture. AGREETT was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2015 and includes a multi-year, $5 million state investment through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in agricultural research, Extension, and teaching at the U of M. The program focuses on areas like crop and livestock productivity, soil fertility and water quality, and technologies for managing pest resistance and climate change.

Watch the video to learn more:

AGREETT Spotlight: Tackling dairy farm profitability

Kevin Coss

Kevin Coss

Kevin is a communications specialist with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

coss@umn.edu

Latest Blog Posts

Garments in the Wearable Technology Lab

The World’s Most Innovative Universities ranks the institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and power new industries.

Read More
Categories:
MnDRIVE logo over regents seal photo

For over five years, MnDRIVE has aligned U research strengths with vital and emerging state industries to help foster a more prosperous and equitable future.

Read More
Categories:
Woman showing fear, anxiety

Anxiety disorders can make the cues that trigger fear overly broad, causing people to change their day-to-day behavior even when there's no imminent threat.

Read More
Close-up view of earthworms in a chunk of soil

Research suggests conservation efforts that neglect earthworms, which help regulate water and nutrient flows at the base of ecosystems, could backfire.

Read More