Category: Dairy Farm

Congratulations to Our 1000th Subscriber!

1000subscriberforblogDrumroll please…Nelson-Jameson has our 1000th e-newsletter subscriber!

Paula Tofil of Welcome Farms, LLC in East Aurora, New York, is the proud winner of a “swag bag” filled with Nelson-Jameson-branded items. Paula said that she signed up for our newsletter because Welcome Farms is “a very young goat farm that is looking to become a farmstead creamery”.

After retiring from a career in international business five years ago, she and her husband bought a 150-acre farm so that she could pursue her “passion for goat cheese”. They spent the first few years developing a herd of dairy goats to meet their ideals in regards of butterfat and temperament, and now have a herd of “approximately 50 purebred Nubian, Lamancha and Oberhasli girls working with (them) to provide delicious milk”.

Paula has spent her precious little down time studying cheesemaking. In nearly every case, Nelson-Jameson was recommended by her instructors as “THE place to get the supplies (she) would require once (she) makes the jump to cheesemaking on a commercial level”. She says that she has yet to place her first order but she can see from our catalog and website that most of her commercial plant needs will be filled by Nelson-Jameson, and is looking forward to a “long and mutually beneficial relationship with (us)”.

If you’re like Paula and want to learn more about supply chain happenings, food industry news and product promotions, sign up for Nelson-Jameson’s newsletter here.

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Process Expo Preview

PE-Logo-Reversed-(CMYK-OT)In just less than two weeks, Chicago will be filled with food and beverage industry professionals from around the world when Process Expo 2015 gets under way. McCormick Place will host not only Process Expo, but also InterBev Process, and the International Dairy Show September 15-18.

Several of our staff will be on hand to show you our wide-line offering of products, including:

  • New data loggers from Madgetech, allergen test kits, 3M Petrifilm™, Ohaus meters, Atago refractometers, and our 926 Chloride Analyzer from our Laboratory Products Department.
  • Our Process Systems  Department will be showcasing their sanitary hose assemblies, Delavan Spray Dry Nozzles, new MagTraps™ separators, Lafferty foamers, spray balls, hose nozzles, valves and more!
  • On display from our MRO Department, there will be new safety products, our color-coded products, color-coded metal detectable, and metal detectable products.  We will also have one of the popular models of Nilfisk vacuums on display.

You don’t want to miss this show – be sure to visit us at Booth 6520. Register for a free exhibit pass here.


Healthy People, Healthy Products, Healthy Planet

earth-day-foodToday is Earth Day, and our blog usually focuses around Nelson-Jameson’s social and environmental sustainability practices. This year, however, we’re taking a “big picture” approach, and exploring the overall food industry’s sustainability outlook. We’ll take a closer look at the ways in which food manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and retailers are taking steps to increase sustainability and reduce waste in the supply chain.

So, what is sustainability? Well, in this context it means that a business’s industrial practices and strategies create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony while permitting the fulfillment of social and economic needs of present and future generations. For the food industry, sustainability is a major strategic issue for the entire food supply chain—agriculture, manufacturing, packing and distribution.  With an expected 60% increase in global food demand by the year 2050, the food industry is facing increasing pressure regarding raw materials, ingredient sourcing and food production in a competitive environment of constant supply chain optimization and control. Given the circumstances, achieving sustainable practices seems pretty daunting. So, what can be done?

One of the largest and most popular initiatives involves focusing on food waste. Food waste is food that is discarded or unusable, and it occurs at all levels of the supply chain. An estimated 40% of all food produced in the United States is never eaten. General food waste solutions focus on three overall strategies—Reduce, Recover and Recycle. Food waste can be reduced by improving product development, storage, packaging, procurement, marketing, labeling and cooking methods. It can be recovered by connecting potential food donors (food service providers, food retailers and food processors) to hunger-relief organizations. Finally, food waste can be recycled to feed animals or to create compost, bioenergy and natural fertilizers. In addition to the positive environmental and social implications, managing and reducing food waste is also advantageous to the food industry’s overall financial health. Food waste is estimated to cost the commercial food service industry in the US approximately $100 billion per year, US consumers approximately $43 billion per year and global food processors approximately $750 billion per year.

Another way in which the food industry is increasing sustainability is through strengthening the links between industry and agriculture. Agribusiness is said to build sustainable food systems by providing more nutritious, healthy and foods and assuring increased food security. Many food manufacturers are reevaluating their ingredient and raw material sourcing, and are finding that building direct relationships with local agribusiness is efficient from both a cost and energy standpoint.

Using environmentally-responsible packaging is another example of a strategy in which many sustainably-minded members of the food industry are engaging. Americans recycle at only an average rate of 34.5%, so the majority of food packaging ends up in landfills or as street litter. Therefore, there’s a general perception that the onus to reduce packaging waste and increase recycling is on the makers of packaged foods and beverages. Although packaging only makes up a small part of a product’s environmental impact, packaging heavily influences buying decisions—especially those of sustainably-minded consumers. Therefore, many manufacturers are seeking ways to reduce plastic and paper waste in their packaging, while finding ways to make it easier for consumers to recycle, reuse or compost that packaging.

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No “Off Season” for Farmers

Source: Morning Ag Clips

Source: Morning Ag Clips

Here in Wisconsin it is easy to drive through the countryside during the winter and not think too much about the busy days that are whirling by on the many farms dotting the landscape. Perhaps because everything is covered in a seemingly peaceful, uniform blanket of white, or maybe because you’re simply too busy praying to make it through another white-knuckled ride across slippery roads and highways, one can tend to be focused on other things.

The fact of the matter though, is that underneath the peaceful veil of winter lives a flurry (pun completely intended) of activity on the farm, ensuring that there is always food waiting at our next stop on our journey, or waiting for us when we get back home. Though crops may not be in the ground or herds out in the fields munching on fresh grass, farming is an all-seasons activity.

With this in mind, Nelson-Jameson will be putting a few miles on the roads this winter, getting to a variety of farm-related shows, meetings, and conferences in the coming months. If we are in your neck of the woods, please be sure to stop by and see us to discuss your farm-related needs…for all seasons! Or be in touch and let us know what we can do for you!

February 13 & 14     FarmFirst Annual Meeting – Appleton, WI
February 18 & 19     Central Wisconsin Farm Show – Marshfield, WI
March 16 – 18     DFA Annual Meeting – Kansas City, MO (DSM booth)
March 18 & 19     Professional Dairy Producers of WI (PDPW) – Madison, WI
March 25 & 26     Central Plains Dairy Expo – Sioux Falls, SD

For more information all events, see our Events page.

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In Support of Animal Well-Being

Source: National Milk Producers Federation

Source: National Milk Producers Federation

Instances of animal abuse that have recently surfaced in the media and online are of concern for the general public and the food industry alike. Nelson-Jameson whole-heartedly believes in protecting and ensuring the proper care of animals on the farm. For this reason, we want to express our support and provide information for our customers, suppliers, and other interested parties on programs like the National Milk Producers Federation’s National Dairy “FARM Program.”

To learn more about the FARM program, please click here to see the “Overview and FAQs.”
Like you, our valued customer, Nelson-Jameson’s commitment to a safe, ethically-sound food industry, from the farm to the table, is an on-going one that is a core tenet of how we do business.
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