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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Life of a Washington dairy farmer

Cliff Henning works in his tractor to create corn silage for his dairy cows at Cliffhaven Jersey Farm near Stanwood, Washington. Washington dairy farmers grow a large portion of their cows' feed to control costs and to provide a buffer against volatile grain prices, which can be caused by factors like this year's Midwestern drought. Also, using the manure to fertilize the fields provides an environmentally sound use of the manure's nutrients, said Mark Leader, of the Washington State Dairy Products Commission.

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