The Life of a Farmer’s Daughter at College: Bringing the Farm to School

I had the best childhood growing up on my family’s 600-head dairy farm in the thumb of Michigan. There were always people around and things to do. At any point in the day, I could go outside and find a number of my family members. However, I never truly realized the impact that the farm had on my life until I moved away for college two years ago. Once I was away, I missed the farm more than I ever imagined.

I am a business student at Central Michigan University (CMU) in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. While I am lucky to drive by a few cornfields on my way to school, Mt. Pleasant is nothing like the farm. I am no longer surrounded by the cows or my family. I can no longer smell the aromas from the farm, like the feed we give our cows or the sawdust (or straw) they lie in. For the first two years of my college career, I jumped on every opportunity to go back to the farm while I looked for ways to bring the farm to school with me. My school does not have any agricultural majors and transferring to a school that did was not a practical option.

 

Half way through my sophomore year, I finally figured out how to incorporate the farm life into my studies. As a member of the Honors Program at CMU, I am required to complete a capstone research project graduate. While there are specific requirements for the project, we are given a lot of freedom to choose a topic that interests us.

For the last 10 months I have been working on my capstone project which researches the effects of social media marketing on the dairy industry. This allow me to remain involved in the dairy industry while I am away at school, share my dairy story with a new community and make a contribution to the industry that has made me who I am today.

My overall goal with this project is to determine current consumer perceptions of the dairy industry and how social media marketing affects those perceptions. I will use those findings to create a social media guidebook to help dairy producers create and build their own social media platforms to share stories and facts about the dairy industry to consumers. The project should be complete and guidebooks ready for distribution this time next year!

It has been so exciting to find a place for my passion while at CMU. I hope to educate those lead astray by anti-dairy social media campaigns and reassure those with questions that we take care of our cows and provide safe, wholesome dairy foods. I am extremely blessed to have spent my childhood growing up on a dairy farm and I want to share that experience and passion with as many people as I can. Everyone deserves to experience the dedication and care of the dairy community and I hope that my capstone project can help make that happen in some way.

 

-Lindsey

Great Lakes Dairy Exchange – New This Year

Kreeger Associates LLC in conjunction with the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference will be hosting the Great Lakes Dairy Exchange on Thursday Feb. 7 and 8 at the Bavarian Inn and Conference Center.

There are fresh heifers and cows and  bred and open heifers available. There will be a variety of Holsteins and Jerseys available.

  • You do not need to be present to bid, you can call your bids in ahead of time to any member of the team or you can request to be called by the team during the sessions. If you are the conference and can not attend one of the sessions you can turn in a bid sheet with one of the sale staff at any time and they will execute the order at the specified time and price you request.
  • Each lot will have an asking bid.
  • The asking bid may move up or down based on the volume of bidding on each lot.
  • When the asking bid is achieved for a lot then the auction for that particular lot is over and that lot is sold.
  • During each session anyone can place a bid on any lot in the sale.
  • All cattle are housed on sellers farms and sold in group lots. Delivery will occur after the sale and details are between the buyer and the seller.
  • Price updates will be posted at the conference and on www.kreegerdairy.com after each session.

The Exchange Times are:

  • Thursday Session #1: 12:30 -1 p.m.
  • Thursday Session #2: 3 -3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday Session #3: 5:30 -6 p.m.
  • Overnight Session: 9-9:30 p.m.
  • Friday Session #1: 10-10:30 a.m.
  • Friday Session #2: 12:30 – 1 p.m.

For more information contact Chad Kreeger at 517-294-3484.

Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program Application due date extended to Jan. 27, 2019

Students interested in applying for the 2019 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program can download an application here.  or contact Megghan Honke Seidel at 517-884-7089. Applications must be submitted electronically to 1glrdc@gmail.com and will be accepted until Jan. 27, 2019.

This year’s event will take place in Frankenmuth, Michigan on February 7 – 9, 2019. For the conference schedule and registration information, visit www.glrdc.org or contact Megghan Honke Seidel.

17th annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference to help dairy producers weather the tough agriculture economy

The 17th annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference will offer new tools and strategies to help dairy producers stay afloat in these tough economic times. The conference will be held Feb. 7-9, 2019, at the Bavarian Inn and Conference Center in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

The United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) will host an informal preconference session on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. to provide an overview of the organization’s dairy promotion activities and answer attendees’ questions about UDIM programs. The meeting is free and open to people who aren’t registered for the whole conference.

Conference Sessions

The opening session on Thursday, Feb. 7, will feature Michigan State University Extension experts sharing techniques for helping farm employees become more engaged, productive and self-directed.

Next, producers will hear from Tom Vilsack, CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council and former U.S. Agriculture Secretary, who will share his outlook on U.S. trade relations for agriculture in general and the dairy industry specifically. Vilsack will discuss the current state of trade relations, where trade is headed and what it all means for the agriculture and dairy industries.

After lunch, Rob Rettig, a partner at New Vision Farms in northwest Ohio, will provide an overview of the operation’s unique approach to using partnerships to succeed now and as the agriculture landscape changes in the future. In a later breakout session, Rettig will share more in-depth information and answer producer questions. In addition to Rettig, producers can choose to hear from John Blanchfield on how to shockproof their farms for leaner times ahead and how to communicate better with their bankers or learn from Ev Thomas of Oakpoint Agronomics about predicting forage quality to improve their operations’ bottom line.

The afternoon will wrap up with an inside look at a Texas dairy in the producer perspective session. Donald DeJong, owner and CEO of AgriVision Farm Management LLC and co-owner and chief operating officer of Natural Prairie Dairy, will share an overview of his operation, which is one of the largest family-owned organic dairy farms in the U.S. He’ll also discuss how AgriVision Farm Management, a collaboration of family-owned and -operated businesses, works to enhance the dairy industry.

The evening will feature a reception, an exhibitor showcase and the Great Lakes Commercial Heifer Extravaganza XIV Sale.

The conference continues Friday morning, Feb. 8, with Ross Veltema of Top Grade Aggregates and Allen Bonthuis of AIS Equipment. The pair will offer a brief look at how agricultural producers can adapt waste reduction strategies from the aggregate industry to expand profit margins and improve bottom lines.

Next Kevin Dhuyvetter, a dairy technical consultant with Elanco Animal Health, will discuss the economic “macro-micro conundrum” – when economic conditions that are advantageous for the dairy industry as a whole may not be for individual producers, and vice versa. Dhuyvetter will also explain the economics of marginal milk.

Then producers will hear about current and emerging precision dairy technologies and how they relate to management, herd health and estrus from Elizabeth Eckelkamp, dairy Extension specialist and assistant professor at the University of Tennessee. Eckelkamp will highlight the economic impact of precision technologies and point out what producers need to know to make wise technology decisions for their dairies.

Drew Vermeire, president and consulting nutritionist with Nouriche Nutrition Ltd., will discuss economic strategies for raising the healthy, productive calves that are the future of dairy operations.

The morning will wrap up with a session focused on rediscovering how to thrive in tough times. If there’s one thing Mark Jewell is intimately familiar with, it’s living in survival mode. During his childhood, Jewell’s family was touched by events ranging from parental illness to fallout from animal activism. Jewell’s takeaway from these experiences is that we can learn to thrive even in the worst situations. He’ll share his “surviving to thriving” stories and uncover the ways we all can find light in the darkest of times.

Friday afternoon, attendees can choose to attend one of three educational workshops:

  • Dairy Research at MSU: Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture Projects – Adam Lock, Associate Professor, MSU Department of Animal Science

Since 2015, the Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture, or M-AAA, has supported research and Extension projects that aim to enhance the animal agriculture economy of Michigan. Attendees will learn about the results of projects funded by the M-AAA program on topics such as dairy cow nutrition, health, welfare, and reproduction; dairy farm management; and workforce development.

  • Learn From the Aggregate Industry to Expand Your Margins –Ross Veltema, Top Grade Aggregates, and Allen Bonthuis, AIS Equipment

In this follow-up to their earlier presentation, Veltema and Bonthuis will discuss how economic analysis and waste trimming strategies from the aggregate industry translate to agriculture. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and learn key strategies to expand their margins.

  • Economic Considerations for Raising and Culling Dairy Replacement Heifers –Michael Overton, Advisor on Dairy Informatics, Elanco Animal Health

Explore the estimated cost of raising dairy replacement heifers from birth through calving, including the impact of mortality and elective culling. Michael Overton, D.V.M., will review an economic model that includes the contrasting effects of herd size, liquid diet and housing type. He will also provide an economic evaluation of a heifer culling strategy that includes both the extra cost and potential increase in value.

The final day of the conference (Saturday, Feb. 9) will feature the annual meetings of the Michigan Jersey and Michigan Holstein Associations, starting at 9 a.m.

Registration

Adult, student and farm registration options are available. Register by Jan. 25, 2019, to receive a discount of up to $25 a day. Online registration closes at midnight on Feb. 3, 2019. On-site registration is subject to availability.

For more information about the conference or to register online visit www.glrdc.org. To register by phone, call 517-884-7089.

Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program Gearing Up for 2019, Applications Due Jan. 11

Any Michigan high school and college students interested in dairy and/or pursuing a career in the dairy industry have until Jan. 11 to apply for the 2019 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program. Continuing with updates instituted last year, the program offers dairy communications training to interested applicants.

All applicants meeting baseline criteria will be invited to attend a day-long program kickoff on Feb. 8, the second day of the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC). Attendees will be considered 2019 Michigan Dairy Ambassadors and will be equipped with the messaging and practice to effectively communicate with consumers in-person and online.

Participation throughout the year in trainings, dairy events and promotion will earn points with the opportunity to advance to the interview round. Applications, resume and participation and interview will be considered for scholarship recipient selections. Two scholarships will be awarded to the representatives, one to a junior winner and another to a senior winner.

The senior division is reserved for college students up to age 22, with the winner receiving a $1,500 scholarship. The junior division is limited to high school students in grades nine to 12, and the winner receives $1,000 that can be applied toward higher education or the purchase of a dairy animal within the upcoming year. Applicants are not required to have a dairy farm background, but they must plan to pursue a career related to the dairy industry. The scholarship program is funded through a benefit auction held at the annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC).

Students interested in applying for the 2019 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program can download an application from www.glrdc.org or contact Megghan Honke Seidel at 517-884-7089. Applications must be submitted electronically to 1glrdc@gmail.com and will be accepted until Jan. 11.

This year’s event will take place in Frankenmuth, Michigan on February 7 – 9, 2019. For the conference schedule and registration information, visit www.glrdc.org or contact Megghan Honke Seidel.

Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference to feature producers from across the country

Producers from across the country will share their strategies and experiences with in vitro fertilization and robotics at this year’s Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC).

The 16th annual GLRDC will be held Feb. 8-10 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Producers arriving early may join the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) at a 7 p.m. session Feb. 7 to learn how dairy promotion dollars are used across the state. The conference will continue Thursday and Friday with sessions for producers and a small trade show. The conference concludes Feb. 10 with the Holstein Breed Association meeting.

The conference features an extensive line-up of experts providing updates on the industry.  In addition, producers from across the country will gather to share their knowledge on in vitro fertilization (IVF) and robotics.

The producers featured on the IVF panel include:

Tyler Boyd – A fourth-generation registered Jersey breeder from Tennessee. Since 2013, he has served as the general manager of Jerseyland Sires in Hilmar, California. Jerseyland Sires is an AI company that works closely with the 12 dairy farm families who make up the organization, in addition to its marketing partner, Select Sires, to provide elite Jersey bulls. Previously, he worked at World Wide Sires. He oversees all daily operations, including the Primus female IVF Program for Jerseyland Sires. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Brent Wickstrom – A third-generation producer who handles the day-to-day management and record keeping,  oversees labor, and has now started the IVF program on their farm, located in Hilmar, California Brent saw this technology as an opportunity to rapidly reproduce from the farms group of elite animals, improve herd genetics and have high-end animals to market in various sales. The operation started in 1973 with 500 cows and now has more than 2,400 animals. Brent graduated from Cal Poly in 2013 with a major in dairy science and minors in ag business and crop science.

Steve Buschur – Plain-Knoll Dairy, located in New Weston, Ohio, is a family-operated farm that has been in business since the end of WWII. It formally incorporated in 1982.  The farm features about 680 registered Holsteins with many uncommonly high-genomic cows. The farm has focused for many years on using top genetics to breed well-balanced, long-lasting cows capable of high production. As a result, the farm has been marketing 30 to 45 percent of their herd each year for the past 25 years. This summer the farm became a satellite location for a Trans Ova Genetics IVF facility.

In addition to learning more about IVF strategies, producers who attend GLRDC will have the opportunity to learn more about robotic milking systems. Producers who have installed robotic systems from Lely, DeLaval and GEA will share their experiences in a panel discussion. Hear about their successes and stumbles from installation to operation and their best management strategies to move their operations forward. Producers featured on the panel include:

Bill Gordon – A fifth-generation producer, Bill runs Gordons Roxburgh Farms located 35 miles northeast of Port Huron, Michigan, in Ontario, Canada. The operation milks 300 cows and raises all replacements on the farm, which comprises 900 acres owned and 35 acres rented. The farm started using robots in April 2016 with five GEA MIone robots. An additional robot was added in March 2017, and there are plans to add two more in the near future as quota purchases allow and additional family members return home to the operation.

Jeremy Higgins – Dairy Manager of an operation located in Mendon, Michigan. The operation was started more than 30 years ago by Al Riedstra, who has another operation in Rolling Prairie, Indiana. In total, they milk 4500 cows with 480 on Delaval robots.  Jeremy has been with the operation for four years and has served the dairy industry for 25 years.

Brian Houin – Third generation producers and one of six family members helping manage Homestead Dairy, located in Plymouth, Indiana. They milk 3200 cows and manage all of their young stock. A portion of the herd is milked using a 24-robot Lely system. The other cows are milked in a traditional rotary system.  Brian joined the operation in 2003 when he graduated from Purdue University.

Martin brothers – The Martin brothers (Micah, Japheth, Clement) were raised on a 280-cow dairy and then started Milky Way Dairy in 2017, milking 300 cows on an AMS Galaxy robot system. The dairy is located in New Paris, Indiana. Their operation is unique in that they also bed the cows robotically and use a flush manure system in a cross-ventilation barn.

Visit www.glrdc.org to get the complete conference schedule or to register online. Participants can also register by phone by calling 517-884-7089. Individual (adult), student and farm registration options are available. Registering by Jan. 21, 2018, will save you up to $25 per day. Online registration closes Feb. 4, 2018, at midnight and on-site registrations are subject to availability.

GLRDC approved for 13.25 CE credits with Dairy AdvanCE

This training is offered in cooperation with Dairy AdvanCE and has been approved for up to 13.25 continuing education (CE) credits. Dairy AdvanCE is a continuing education accreditation provider for dairy producers and other dairy industry professionals. Learn more.

Dairy AdvanCE is open to the public – if you consider yourself professional farmers or industry professionals, then a Dairy AdvanCE subscription is for you.

  • Dairy farms, including owners, managers, and on-farm team members
  • Allied dairy industry, academia and scientists whom support and serve the dairy industry
  • Elected officials, legal and/or public service professionals that serve the dairy industry
  • Food system professionals in dairy processing, cheese making, distribution, marketers or corporate management in food brands throughout the value chain
  • Post-college or -high school students and new-to-the-industry professionals, looking to grow their skills

Dairy AdvanCE will meet you and your dairy team “where they’re at” and offer a myriad of trainings at various levels of advancement.

16th annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference slated for February in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The 16th annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference Feb. 8-10, 2018, at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, will shine the light on a variety of strategies producers can use to survive and thrive during one of the most critical periods in agriculture.

The United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) will host a session Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. to provide an overview of dairy promotion activities to dairy farmers who attend the conference or who live near the conference location. The informal meeting will provide an opportunity to share with dairy farmers how UDIM staff members work on their behalf to promote dairy across the state. It will give farmers an opportunity to ask questions about programs.

The conference kicks off Thursday, Feb. 8, with a pre-conference session in which Michigan producers and experts will examine the major drivers of the mailbox milk price and consider options that farmers have to influence or manage their milk check income.

Next, producers will hear from Gary Sipiorski of Vita Plus Inc. who will highlight the current status of the industry, and show producers where there is light and what they can do to guide their operations through the fog. Following the industry discussion, Mark Stephenson of the University of Wisconsin, will delve further into milk pricing and the challenges in the Midwest.

Then Nate Donnay, director of dairy market insight at INTL FCStone, will break down current global and local factors affecting milk prices and discuss what producers should expect in the next 12 to 24 months. He will also talk about the continued challenges and possible opportunities for the Great Lakes Region.

Late afternoon will feature Brandon Treichler, Select Milk Producers quality control veterinarian, explaining how labs test milk for quality parameters and how the results help identify opportunities to produce higher quality milk as well as basic troubleshooting strategies when bacteria counts rise. The focus will be on Lab Pasteurized Counts but other common bacteria counts will be discussed as well.

The afternoon will wrap up with Sipiorski, Stephenson, Donnay and Treichler offering an “All Things Milk Q and A” where producers can fire questions at the experts. The evening will feature an Exhibitor Showcase and the Great Lakes Commercial Heifer Extravaganza XIII Sale.

The conference continues Friday morning, Feb. 9, with Peter Hansen of the University of Florida who will decode the data and share strategies to help producers make the most profitable decisions for the future of their farms in regard to understanding the science of genomics. This session will be followed by a panel of producers from across the U.S. who will share their IVF strategies.

Kathryn Proudfoot of Ohio State University will explore how you can use dairy cow behavior to help you make better management and housing decisions at calving. She will discuss practical ways to allow dairy cows to seek the seclusion they look for as they prepare to give birth that will help you bust the bulk tank down the line.

The morning will wrap up with David Kohl, Virginia Tech professor emeritus, who will discuss how dairies can position themselves for success in the economic reset. This session will examine both the short-run and long-run economic and financial picture. What are the adjustments producers and lenders must make to position for success? Kohl will provide a new look at burn rate, not only on working capital, but also on core land equity, along with trends that will have an impact on the industry now and by 2030.

Friday afternoon, attendees will have the choice of three educational workshops to attend:

  • Lean Farming
    Susanne Pejstrup, Lean Farming Inc.
    Farmers will learn strategies in lean farming to help increase productivity. Pejstrup will explain how farmers can introduce standards, systematic work procedures and structure, and the culture of continuous improvement to improve the bottom line.
  • Labor Regulations and Legal Requirements
    Karl W. Butterer, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC
    Labor policy, regulations and requirements are confusing and constantly changing. Attorney Butterer will share the latest changes in policy, and explain labor regulations and requirements that farmers need to know to ensure their operation is in compliance. Producers are encouraged to bring their questions to the session.
  • Robotics Producer Panel
    Producers who have installed robotic systems from Lely, DeLaval and GEA will share their experiences in a panel discussion. Hear their successes and stumbles from install to operation and their best management strategies to move their operations forward.

The Holstein Association will conduct their annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 10, starting at 9 a.m.

Individual (adult), student and farm registration options are available. Registrations received by Jan. 21, 2018, will save you up to $25 per day. Online registration closes Feb. 4, 2018, at midnight. On-site registrations are subject to availability.

Visit www.glrdc.org to get the complete conference schedule or to register online. Participants can also register by phone by calling 517-884-7089.

Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program Launches New Format Applications for the 2018 Calendar Year Due Jan. 13

The Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program Team is excited to launch a new format that will award the scholarships based on participation in dairy promotion outreach, industry events, and an interview with dairy industry judges.

Michigan high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in the dairy industry have until Jan. 13 to apply for the 2018 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program.

All applicants should plan to attend a day-long leadership training on Feb.9, the second day of the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC). All attendees will be considered 2018 Michigan Dairy Ambassadors, will represent Michigan dairy farm families, and will be equipped with the messaging and practice to effectively communicate with consumers in-person and online.

Participation throughout the year in communication and leadership trainings, dairy events and promotion activities will earn points with the opportunity to advance to the interview round. Application, resume, participation throughout the year in dairy promotion activities, and the interview will be considered for scholarship recipient selections. Two Dairy Ambassador scholarships will be awarded, one to a junior winner and another to a senior winner.

The senior division is reserved for college students up to age 22, with the winner receiving a $1,500 scholarship. The junior division is limited to high school students in grades nine to 12, and the winner receives $1,000 that can be applied toward higher education or the purchase of a dairy animal within the upcoming year. Applicants are not required to have a dairy farm background, but they must plan to pursue a career related to the dairy industry. The scholarship program is funded through a benefit auction held at the annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC).

Currently, Lindsay Larsen of Scottsville, is serving as the 2016 senior Michigan dairy ambassador representative. Jessie Nash of Elsie is the junior Michigan dairy ambassador representative.

Students interested in applying for the 2018 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program can download an application from grldc.org or contact Megghan Honke Seidel at 989-666-3773. Applications must be submitted electronically to 1glrdc@gmail.com and will be accepted until Jan. 13. Any questions about the Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program please contact Jessica Welch at 248-474-6672, ext. 303 or jwelch@mimilk.com.

This year’s event will take place in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on February 8-10, 2018. For the conference schedule and registration information, visit glrdc.org or contact Megghan Honke Seidel.

GLRDC Joins PDPW Dairy AdanvCE to Offer CE’s to producers and industry representatives

Dairy AdvanCE Emerges as Go-To Resource for Professional Development in Dairy

More than 2,500 CE Credit-Hours Secured Since Online Management Tool Launched in March 2017

 

DAIRY NEWS – Dairy AdvanCE™, created by Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), has emerged as the nation’s go-to-resource for finding, tracking and reporting continuing education in dairy.  Dairy farmers, farm employees, allied industry and college students are using this online continuing education (CE) management tool to demonstrate and prove their dedication to continuous improvement and lifelong learning.

 

Dairy professionals can readily access a listing of vetted trainings to further advance their personal and professional skill-sets.  Topic areas include financial, business, food safety and quality, animal care, agronomy, human resources, leadership, environmental stewardship, communications and beyond.

 

The idea of an online resource to find top-quality training and education offerings on one website is spot on,” said Darci Daniels, dairy farmer and owner of Garden Valley Genetics, Hixton, Wis.  “I can search for specific trainings or discover programs that I didn’t even know existed – and right from my phone.  I can also see how those that market and provide services to dairy farmers could benefit from Dairy AdvanCE.  Knowing that the industry person I am dealing with has a qualified base of knowledge, means better use of our time and more productive conversations about our farm.”

 

Dairy AdvanCE was introduced by Professional Dairy Producers – PDPW in March at the 2017 PDPW Business Conference in Madison, Wis., and has been widely adopted throughout the industry, with more than 300 active users from 24 states and reporting more than 2,500 CE credit-hours through 40+ executed accredited trainings.

 

At DairyAdvance.org, dairy professionals can find vetted, high-quality trainings from nine leading-edge founding educational providers, including:

  • 4 State Dairy Extension Group
  • Cornell University Dairy Management and PRO-DAIRY
  • Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference
  • Indiana Dairy Producers
  • National Mastitis Council
  • Professional Dairy Producers – PDPW
  • The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP)
  • University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms
  • Vita Plus

“From its inception, the goal of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) has been to help farms and agribusinesses become more professional in their management practices,” said Dr. J. Mark Welch, Associate Professor and Extension Economist at Texas A&M.  “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Dairy AdvanCE, an organization whose aim it is to promote continuing education resources for the dairy industry.  Dairy AdvanCE makes it easier for producers to find targeted trainings that match their personal and professional needs and TEPAP is proud to be recognized as one of those educational opportunities.”

 

The online resource provides farmers and their on-farm team members the ability to easily track their CE credits and advancement toward their professional development goals. Users can also report their individual CE transcripts to officially demonstrate their commitment to continuous improvement to their employers, lenders, community boards, agents, and beyond, as needed, and at any time right from their mobile device or desktop computer.

 

“As a dairy owner, we make training a priority on our farm. Dairy AdvanCE helps us easily find the training we need, whether it is an online training video on standard operating procedure (SOP) we watch as a whole team or at an in-person event we attend off the farm,” said Steve Maddox, dairy farmer and owner of Maddox Dairy in Riverdale, Cali.  “The idea that our managers and employees can track their education in a transcript is useful to them and us.  It also helps in our hiring process to better assess a potential employee’s skill set and how to build on it.

 

While PDPW developed Dairy AdvanCE for farmers, anyone in the dairy industry can subscribe. This includes allied industry professionals such as veterinarians, nutritionists, technicians, field and sales representatives, as well as food system, legal and public service professionals.

 

“In order to serve our dairy farm customers, our team needs to stay on top of the latest research and management practices,” said Floyd Sutton, Key Account Manager, Zinpro Performance Minerals from of Freeport, Illinois.  “Dairy AdvanCE is a simple way to ensure our employees are continuing to access trainings and build their knowledge-base with high-quality, leading-edge production, communication and leadership focused educational programming.”

 

Dairy AdvanCE is free for dairy farmer owners, farm managers and on-farm team members. For all others, there is a $50 annual subscription fee. To learn more or subscribe to Dairy AdvanCE visit www.dairyadvance.org, email mail@dairyadvance.org, or call 800-947-7379.

 

Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is dairy’s professional organization. As the nation’s largest dairy producer-led, grassroots organization of its kind, it focuses on education, networking and professional development to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.