2009-01-01 / Local & State

Resource Workshop Available At PA Dairy Summit

The agenda for the 2009 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit is designed to work with the daily schedule of a dairy producer, but a special bonus workshop will be available for those who plan to arrive before the summit program opens at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11.

Registered attendees onhand at 8:00 am that day can participate in a free one-hour workshop to explore the practical and educational resources that are available to producers in Pennsylvania. The summit on February 11 and 12 will once again be held at the Lancaster Host Resort in Lancaster, Pa.

The workshop is an extension of the overall goal of the PA Dairy Summit to ensure the long-term growth and vitality of the dairy industry. This session, conducted by Brad Hilty from Penn State Dairy Alliance, Tim Beck of Penn State Cooperative Extension and John Frey, head of the Center for Dairy Excellence, will help producers identify existing resources that support their needs and plans for their individual farms.

According to Hilty, who will speak about business model and accounting seminars, "Producers who plan to stay in operation recognize the need to gain business savy. Understanding the factors that limit profitability in different herd sizes and how shifts in management strategies can improve profitability will help producers position their farm for the future."

Producers at the workshop will be encouraged to take advantage of the programs and tools that have already been created to support their continued success. Beck will explain the PA Dairy Tool, and Frey will talk about farm resource teams and the new business planning template section on the Center for Dairy Excellence Web site.

Immediately following the resources workshop, chair Dina Zug will begin the summit by introducing the opening presentation on "Emerging Trends in the Dairy Industry" by Dr. John Stanton. In addition to presentations of interest to all dairy producers, the summit program includes intensive breakout sessions that provide take-home answers specific to farm operations.

New on the summit program this year are segments for open discussion among the entire audience with experts on innovation and developing dairy markets. The closing lunch will be highlighted by an inspirational message from Wisconsin dairyman Hank Wagner of "Findin Opportunities Under Each Rock."

Because networking is a key element of the two-day event, the schedule includes a variety of options for producers to talk oneon one with their peers. The summit also features an exhibit area where 60 or more industry suppliers are expected to share information on the latest technology and services available to dairy farmers. The growing list of exhibitors is updated regularly at www.padairysummit.org.

The complete agenda and registration information are available at the special summit Web site: www.padairysummit.org. Through an arrangement with the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board registration fees for producers can be as low as $80.

The PA Dairy Summit is hosted by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (www.pdmp.org) and the Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders( www.padairystake.org). Supporting partners are The Center for Dairy Excellence, the PA Department of Agriculture and the Penn State Dairy Alliance, an initiative of Cooperative Extension. The broad list of suppliers that also support the industry as summit sponsors is shown at www.padairysummit.org.

For additional details or specific questions, the PA Dairy Summit business office can be reached at info@padairysummit.org or 877-326-5993.

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