The Daily Item
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Dairy Summit has packed a producer showcase, retail showcase and four breakout sessions into each of the two program days, making it easier for producers to get away from the farm to gather valuable industry insight and hands-on information to bring back to their dairies.
The Dairy Summit is quickly approaching and is planned for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 12 and 13, at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College. Pre-conference activities, including a young entrepreneur’s reception and a special fluid milk symposium are planned for Tuesday, Feb. 11. Producers who have difficulty getting away from the dairy for both days can choose to attend either Wednesday or Thursday’s program to gather a tremendous amount of information in a short period of time.
One day rates and producer discounts make it affordable to attend a one-day session of the Summit. If choosing between Wednesday or Thursday’s program, here is what participants can expect on each day:
n Wednesday’s session will kick off with a choice of three early-bird case study sessions focusing on resources available to individual dairy farms. Rick Herring from Giant Foods will open the Summit with a discussion on Giant Foods and its commitment to the local dairy industry. Jon Gilbert and Bill Morgan will share a showcase of their dairy, Scipio Springs near Auburn, N.Y., and the Cayuga Marketing Group. In the afternoon, Mary Kay Williams will discuss negotiations on and off the farm, followed by four breakouts focusing on calf care, double and triple cropping, dairy apps and technology, and transition cow management. An evening dinner and motivational address from former Penn State Cornerback Adam Taliaferro are also planned for Wednesday.
n Thursday’s session will open with an awards breakfast, at which the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and Pacesetter Award winners will be honored. Jen Yuengling with the Yuengling Brewery Company will share a showcase of America’s oldest brewery and a family business that has grown and evolved across six generations. Four breakouts are planned for Thursday, addressing low-cost dairy modernization, heifer management, shredlage and nutrition models for high forage diets. A luncheon recognizing the Forage Analysis Competition winners and reviewing the results of the 2013 PDMP Corn Silage Trials will follow the breakouts, with a closing session featuring Tom, Rob and Abe Barley showcasing their farming operation, Star Rock Farms, in Conestoga, Lancaster County.
The advance registration deadline has passed, but walk-ins are welcomed. Registration information for the PA Dairy Summit is available online at www.padairysummit.org. Producer registration for the two-day event is discounted, thanks to grants provided by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania, and the Chester County Workforce Investment Board. One-day rates and group discounts are also available.
For more information about the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit or to register for the summit, visit www.padairysummit.org, or call the Summit Business Office at (814) 355-2467.