James Weber is learning as he goes along – but the coronavirus pandemic, disrupted international markets, shifting technology and turbulent political debates make life as a beginning dairy farmer challenging, as Weber, explains in this week’s Dairy Defined podcast.
Weber, 30, operates Weber Family Dairy near Frankenmuth, Michigan. He’s a member of the Michigan Milk Producers Association dairy cooperative and the 2020 chairman of the National Milk Producers Federation’s Young Cooperators program. “There are lots of life lessons that are learned, that can only be learned through living them,” Weber says in the podcast. “One of the things that I’ve learned about through COVID here was risk management. And that’s just one of those things where you have to live it to learn it.”