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Growing up near Washington DC, Ed Janus knew the front end of the cow from the back, and that was it. But after getting his degree in anthropology and working as a community organizer and bus driver in Chicago, he became a dairy farmer in Crawford County, Wisconsin. There he fell in love with cows fields barns and dairy farmers.
After two years of milking plowing, hefting. Scraping and spreading, Ed left farming but not his love of it he started the Madison Muskies, a minor league baseball team, and Capital Brewery, now one of the countries top rank breweries. He has spent the last 20 years interviewing hundreds of people as an audio journalist, writer, and oral historian and has created radio programs for public radio, the Voice of America, and publishers in the United States and Germany. His first-person audio book on surviving breast cancer won top honors from the audio publishers Association in 1999.
In 2007 Ed created a series of audio profiles of today's dairy farmers and cheesemakers for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. While preparing these stories, he realized that it is impossible to understand the present without examining the deeper soil of the past from which it has grown. Creating Dairyland is the culmination of this work.
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