I’ve visited Fair Oaks several times, and as an Ag attorney, I closely follow the innovations and advancements that come out of that business.
Fair Oaks is also a leader in the ag education space. They strive to make agriculture production – particularly production on a large scale – accessible and understandable by everyone. If you have a chance to visit (about an hour south of Chicago), I highly recommend the experience.
While Fair Oaks currently uses an automated milking system, it is not “robotic.” This article discusses a new application of robotics for milking.
Note the photos of the cows’ living area – clean, well-lit, open stalls. This is consistent with the mission of the owners to be transparent to show how the animals are treated, and that all animals are treated well and humanely. Happy cows produce more milk.
This is a MUST READ – there are many myths, misconceptions, and mistakes in popular understanding of chemicals in our food supply. Much of what you hear or read is fear-mongering, and over-uses incorrect terms to create the targeted response.
This article clarifies terms (most important phrase: “the dose makes the poison”) and debunks popular misconceptions.
I don’t claim that people (and young people) who live in urban environments are devoid of hard work and virtue, but – speaking from personal experience – the characteristics described in the article seem to be more highly concentrated in rural communities.
My son was 20 at the time this picture was taken, and an experienced farmer