2009-01-22 / Local & State

Participation Encouraged Through Discounted Fee For Dairy Summit

Emphasizing the importance of the 2009 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit to the dairy industry and to the economy of the commonwealth is a state supported program that is helping to ensure that dairy producers can easily afford to attend. Dairy producers and any of their employees can register for this year's PA Dairy Summit at a discounted rate of only $80. This $120 saving is made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry through the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board (WIB).

A large group of producers with farms of all sizes have already taken advantage of this greatly reduced fee to register for the summit on February 11 and 12 at the Lancaster Host Resort in Lancaster, Pa. As dairy producers face an uncertain economic future, the summit program is designed to give them practical information with longterm implications for the dairy industry. The two-day event brings together all segments of dairying to focus on the educational needs of Pennsylvania's 8,500 dairy farm families.

The producer owner/manager or any dairy employee can qualify for the discount by simply providing a valid employer identification number or a Social Security number to fulfill the grant requirements. Information on the producer discount and all the details of the summit program are at http://www.padairysummit.org www.padairysummit.org. A special hotline for Dairy Summit questions has been set up info@padairysummit.org.

The summit program has breakout sessions where operational issues will be the focus, as well as general sessions where topics with a broader industry impact will be discussed. Dr. John Stanton's eye-opening presentation on "Emerging Trends in the Dairy Industry" will start the summit in high gear and with the recent suggestion of a per-cow tax as an environmental protection, the discussion of "Sustainability and Dairy's Carbon Footprint" can't fail to be of importance to any dairy producer. In addition, two farm showcases will help producers understand the applicability of new techniques and solutions for their own farm problems. New on the summit program this year are segments for open discussion among the entire audience with experts on innovation and developing dairy markets. Dairyman Hank Wagner will close the summit by using his personal experience to share how opportunities can be found in the most unexpected places.

In addition to the formal education program, dairy producers will have the opportunity to learn from more than 60 industry suppliers in the exhibit area. The list of summit exhibitors is updated almost daily at www.padairysummit. org. The list of nearly 20 industry suppliers that have given their financial support to the industry as summit sponsors is also shown on the special PA Dairy Summit Web site.

The PA Dairy Summit is hosted by the Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders (www.padairystake. org) and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (www.pdmp.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.

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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