Dairy Producers Urged To Pre-Register For Upcoming Conference

Dairy Producers Urged To Pre-Register For Upcoming Conference

Eighth annual conference will focus on preparing and developing a sustainable dairy farming community in Iowa and surrounding states.

David Okerlund and a top-notch slate of dairy industry experts will focus on sustainability and industry perspective topics at the eighth annual I-29 Dairy Conference. Dairy producers from Iowa and adjoining states are urged to pre-register by February 18 and plan to attend.

The 2013 I-29 Dairy Conference will be held Feb. 27 and 28 at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Producers should complete the online registration form at this link by February 18, however, registration will be accepted at the door. The event is coordinated by Extension dairy specialists from the five states in the I-29 corridor.

DAIRY EXPERTS: David Okerlund and a top-notch slate of dairy industry experts will focus on sustainability and industry perspective topics at the eighth annual I-29 Dairy Conference. The 2013 event will be held Feb. 27 and 28 at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, S.D.

David Okerlund, an International Hall of Fame speaker, will be the event's keynote speaker talking about "The Joys of Stress." Okerlund grew up in the rural Midwest and was nominated as the Outstanding Young Speech Educator in the first year of teaching in Iowa. His keynote presentation at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

"We've had a great response to the slate of speakers and are looking forward to strong attendance from dairy producers from all five states of the I-29 corridor," says Kevin Lager, dairy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and conference planning committee member.

Here's the lineup--presentations on Thursday, Feb. 28 include:

"Cherished Cows Sometimes Do Make the Best Burgers: How to Create a Positive Mindset about Coping with Change,"-- David Okerlund

"Feeding for Uncertain Times,"-- Jim Linn, University of Minnesota

"What I am Doing to Make my Farm Business Sustainable,"-- producer panel

"Meeting the Challenges of the Dairy Industry in the Upper Midwest," -- dairy industry perspective panel

Registration for the full conference is $30, including the dinner, the keynote presentation, and a wine and cheese reception on Feb. 27 and sessions on Feb. 28.

More details and a full program schedule are available here.

The conference is being coordinated by Extension dairy specialists from North Dakota State University, Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, and South Dakota State University. Additional partners coordinating the conference include Midwest Dairy Association, Southwest Minnesota Dairy Profit Group, and the Nebraska Corn Board. Conference sponsors include Davisco, Midwest Dairy Association, Alltech, Pfizer Animal Health, POET Nutrition, Bel Brands, AgStar Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit Services of America, AgStar Financial Services, United FCS, Elanco, Nebraska Corn Board, Vi-Cor, Prince Agri Products, Inc., Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI), Huvepharma, and Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc., Adisseo, RABO, UdderTech.

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