The annual "I-29 Dairy Conference" is almost here. It will be held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Best Western Ramkota Inn & Conference Center on January 15-16, 2014. Dairy producers and industry professionals are urged to attend.
Registration fee is $45 per person and includes a Wednesday evening meal and keynote address and all programs, breaks and a lunch on Thursday. The Milk Producers Association of North Dakota will pay the $45 tuition for each member attending. South Dakota Dairy Producers will pay the $45 tuition for each member attending. Western Iowa Dairy Alliance will pay the $45 tuition for each member attending. College and Technical School students receive a reduced rate of $20 tuition for the conference for each member attending.
To register online or download conference information including the program agenda, visit SDSU's iGrow website or contact Tracey Erickson (Renelt), SDSU Extension dairy field specialist with questions at [email protected] or call 605-882-5140.
The Best Western Ramkota Inn & Conference Center is located at 3200 West Maple Street Sioux Falls, SD (Exit 81 off I-29 South of I-90). To make a lodging reservation at Ramkota Inn, call 605-336-0650. Mention "SDSU Dairy Science-I29 Conference" to get the conference rate of $89.99 (single) & $99.99 (double occupancy) plus tax.
Theme for this year's conference is "Moo-University Educating & Ag-Vocating for the Future." Conference agenda is as follows:
Jan. 15, 2014
5-7 p.m. – Registration in East Lobby
5:00 p.m. – Exhibits open in East Lobby
5:30 p.m. – Social in Washington Room
6 p.m. – Dinner in Washington Room
7 p.m. – Keynote address, "When City and Country Collide," presented by Amanda Radke, livestock advocate and blogger.
Jan. 16, 2014
8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Registration in East Lobby
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. – Exhibits open in East Lobby
9 a.m. – Welcome and introduction~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
9:10 a.m. – "Understanding the Energy Audit Program and the Impact it can have on Your Dairy" – presented by Nicole DelSasso, farm energy efficiency manager at the Innovation Center for US Dairy
10 a.m. – "Affordable Health Care Act: Options for You, Your Dairy & Your Employees" – presented by Janice Lewis of Avera Health, Sioux Falls, SD
10:45 a.m. – Break & visit exhibits in East Lobby
11:10 a.m. – "Latest in Herd Health Recommendations for Your Dairy" – presented by King Hickman, DVM, GPS Dairy Consulting
Noon: Lunch in Washington Room
12:40 p.m. – "Producer Perspective of Cover Crop Utilization on Dairies" and "Best Management Practices in Forage Selection & Utilization" – presented by Grant Vis, dairy producer, Edgerton, Minn.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
1:10 p.m. first Round of Breakout Sessions:
* "Succession Planning: Where Do We Start?" – presented by, Melissa O'Rourke, ISU Extension farm & agribusiness management specialist
* "Evaluating Energy Use Changes in the Barn" – presented by Erin Cortus, SDSU Extension specialist for environmental quality; and Jim Salfer, U of M regional extension dairy educator
* "Using Cover Crops in Your Dairy Operation" – presented by Kent Solberg, Minnesota Sustainable Farming Association
2 p.m. Break & visit exhibits in East Lobby
2:15 p.m. Second Round of Breakout Sessions:
* "Succession Planning: Where Do We Start?" – presented by Melissa O'Rourke, ISU Extension farm & agribusiness management specialist
* "Understanding the New I-9 Documentation Process" – presented by Rob Holcomb, U of M Extension educator in ag business management
* "Understanding the Nuts and Bolts of an Energy Audit" – presented by Nicole DelSasso, farm energy efficiency mgr., Innovation Center for US Dairy; and Kyle Clark, EnSave, technical service provider for USDA/NRCS, and Rebecca MacLeod, USDA/NRCS liaison.
The I-29 Dairy Conference is a multi-state educational effort of these coordinating partners: South Dakota State University Extension Service, Southwest Minnesota Dairy Profit Group, North Dakota State University Extension Service, Iowa State University Extension, University of Minnesota Extension, and the Midwest Dairy Association. To learn more and register on-line visit iGrow.org.