Dairy Management Conference Blends Technology, Family Values

December 22, 1998

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Successful dairy producers need a plan to meet the challenges they'll face in the next century. How can they develop a workable business plan and adopt the latest technology? Can it be done without compromising their family's values and goals?

The 1999 Mid-Atlantic Dairy Management Conference, "Systematic Approach to Dairying in the Next Millennium," will address issues of business viability, specialization, biosecurity and information and nutrient management. Each topic and speaker was chosen to help dairy producers plan their future business and family needs. Speakers include dairy producers, industry experts and university faculty from across the United States.

Planned by representatives from four agribusinesses and seven academic institutions from the Mid-Atlantic region including Penn State, the conference will be held Feb. 24 and 25 at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center in Camp Hill, Pa.

A case study, "The Final Permit: Will Environmental Policy Crack the Retirement Nest Egg?" will be an integral part of the conference. This will allow speakers and attendees to interact in finding a practical solution to the problems of a farm expanding from a 65-cow dairy/grain farm in the early 1990s to a larger 525-cow specialized dairy farm by 2007.

The case will be introduced at the beginning of the conference, and speakers will contribute their expertise to different aspects of the case. After breakout discussion sessions and presentations of possible solutions, a panel of dairy producers will evaluate suggestions from their practical point of view and attempt to integrate concepts into a unified case solution.

The program has been approved for American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) credits and for Pennsylvania Continuing Education Credits for Veterinarians. The registration for the two-day conference and trade show is $150 (with a $25 reduction for a second person from the same farm or firm). The fee includes a copy of the conference proceedings, three meals and access to all conference activities. The registration deadline is Feb. 10, 1999. For more information, contact Beth Moore at (717) 375-2639 or beth@innernet.net.

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EDITORS: For more information, contact Beth Moore at (717) 375-2639 or beth@innernet.net.

Contacts: Gary Abdullah gxa2@psu.edu 814-863-2708 814-865-1068 fax

Last Updated March 19, 2009