Keynote Speakers Announced for 2023 PA Dairy Summit

Speakers Will Share Lessons Learned from the Avian Influenza Pandemic, Farm Succession, Multi-Generational Family Businesses and More The dairy industry is infused with opportunity, always working to find fusion with each sector of the supply chain, with family and business, and with current and future generations. During the 2023 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, several featured speakers…

New Risk Management Videos, Resources and Case Studies Now Available

The Center’s New Resources Feature Risk Management Conversations with PA Dairy Farmers With so many risk management programs available to help dairy producers protect their bottom line when dairy margins fall, the Center for Dairy Excellence recently released a new library of risk management resources. The library includes a new video series featuring conversations with…

Dairy Producer Shares Perspective on Getting Started, Managing Costs and Building First-Generation Herd

Abbie Evans of A Joy Swiss in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania may have grown up in multiple generations of dairy farming, but she has worked with her husband to build their first-generation Brown Swiss herd and start their dairy operation from the ground up. Right on the Pennsylvania and New York border, Abbie and her husband…

Where Are They Now? Former Intern Finds Passion for Veterinary Medicine Through Boots-on-the-Ground Experience

As a teenager growing up in suburban Philadelphia, Molly Rogus didn’t have neighbors who were dairy farmers, but she quickly found an interest in agriculture, animals and veterinary medicine through her school’s 4-H program “I grew up on a cul-de-sac in the suburbs of Philadelphia. There were not a lot of dairy farms around me….

Business Consultants Available to Help Dairy Farm Families Achieve Their Goals

The Center Offers One-on-One Consulting Support at No Charge to Dairy Farm Families To help Pennsylvania dairy farm families with transition planning, business management consulting, and risk management planning, the Center for Dairy Excellence has several consultants and employees available to work with Pennsylvania dairy farm families. Dr. Brian Reed and Dr. Charlie Gardner both…

Fayette County Dairy Producer Shares Journey With Value-Added Business in New Podcast Episode

Jennifer Orr Was Interviewed in the New Episode of “Cow-Side Conversations” In the Center for Dairy Excellence’s latest episode of the “Cow-Side Conversations” podcast, Jennifer Orr, a dairy producer from Harmony Acres in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, shared what sparked her family to enter the value-added space and begin bottling milk from their 170-cow herd. She…

Join ‘Protecting Your Profits’ Monthly Webinar on November 23

The Discussion Will Take Place on November 23 at 12 p.m. and Provide Dairy Market Updates The Center for Dairy Excellence is hosting its monthly “Protecting Your Profits” webinar on Wednesday, November 23 at 12 p.m. Held the fourth Wednesday of every month and led by Zach Myers, Risk Education Manager with the Center, the…

Volunteers and Sponsors Needed for Calving Corner Exhibit at 2023 Farm Show

The Dairy Cow Birthing Center Offers Educational Insight for Families Individuals who have experience working in the Pennsylvania dairy industry are invited to volunteer at the Calving Corner during the 2023 Pennsylvania Farm Show from January 7-14, 2023 in Harrisburg, Pa. The Calving Corner is the cornerstone in the “Destination Dairy” Northeast Exhibit Hall, giving…

Farm Stress and Mental Health Resources Available to PA Animal Agriculture Industry

A Webinar Recording, Survey Findings, Hotlines and Other Resources Are Now Available As part of a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture effort, funded by a USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) Grant, several free mental wellness and farm stress resources are available to the Pennsylvania agriculture community. The Center for Dairy Excellence, Center for…

Center for Dairy Excellence Awards $100,000 to Help Producers Enhance Efficiency and Cow Comfort

The Dairy Excellence Grants Were Awarded to 20 Dairy Producers From 12 PA Counties The Center for Dairy Excellence recently awarded a collective total of $100,000 to 20 Pennsylvania dairy producers through the fourth round of the Dairy Excellence Grant program. Leveraging funds provided through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this investment from Ag Excellence supported…