Breakout Sessions Announced for 2020 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit

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Attendees Will Learn About Technology, Value-Added Investments, Current Issues and More To reignite excitement about the dairy industry and help dairy professionals discover innovative ways to remain profitable in a changing industry, the 2020 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit will include 12 breakout sessions to foster meaningful discussion and collaboration. Breakout themes will feature conversations about emerging…

Dairy Producers Invited to November Roundtable Meetings

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The Regional Meetings Will Be Held in Six Locations Throughout November The Center for Dairy Excellence is hosting six roundtable meetings across Pennsylvania this November. Specifically designed for dairy producers, the roundtable discussions will provide an overview of new risk management programs available to mitigate financial loss. Dairy producers will also learn about tools available…

Middle School Students Discover the Impact Dairy Makes on Their Community

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With consumers becoming more interested in shopping locally, Mary Myers, a middle school teacher from Keystone SMILES Crossroads CLC, wanted her students to understand the role agriculture, and dairy farming, play in this consumer trend. “I wanted to include a unit on Pennsylvania agriculture in my junior-high social studies class, and I decided dairy would…

Learn About Risk Management During ‘Protecting Your Profits’ Call on Oct. 23

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The Monthly Call Helps Pennsylvania Dairy Producers Understand the Changing Marketplace Dairy producers and industry professionals are invited to join the Center for Dairy Excellence on Wednesday, October 23 at noon for its monthly “Protecting Your Profits” call. Led by Zach Myers, Risk Education Manager with the Center, the call will include data and insight…

Students Encouraged to Apply for On-Farm Internships by Oct. 31

Caitlyn, a 2019 on-farm intern

The 2020 Internship Program Provides Undergraduate Students with On-Farm Experience The deadline for undergraduate students to apply for the 2020 On-Farm Internship program is October 31, 2019. The program is ideal for students who are interested in gaining hands-on experience in dairy production and exploring career opportunities in the dairy industry. The Professional Dairy Managers…

Mentorship Helps Local Dairy Find a Path Forward

Five years ago, Matt Bomgardner from Blue Mountain View Farm in Lebanon County was faced with significant financial decisions as he decided whether to pursue grazing on his dairy farm or consider an alternate route. With only approximately 20 percent of Pennsylvania dairies using rotational grazing for their herds, Matt was seeking knowledge and information…

Grants Available to Preserved Farms for Conservation Work and Installation of Best Management Practices

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The Funding Is Available to Dairy Farm Families from Preserved Farms in Six Counties For dairy farm families with preserved farms in Dauphin, Adams, York, Franklin, Perry or Cumberland County, funding is now available to support the installation costs for conservation work and installation of best management practices (BMP) identified as needed in comprehensive nutrient…

Center for Dairy Excellence Seeking Nominations for Two Board of Director Positions

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The Center Has Extended the Nomination Deadline to October 15 The deadline to nominate a dairy producer or veterinarian for the Center for Dairy Excellence’s Board of Directors has been extended to October 15, 2019. The Center, which is non-profit 501C6 focused on strengthening and supporting Pennsylvania’s dairy industry, is currently looking to fill two…

Team Grants Available to Dairy Producers for the 2019-20 Year

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Three Types of Teams Are Available with Multiple Grant Levels Dairy producers who are looking for an outside perspective and a team approach to decision-making are encouraged to apply for multiple grant opportunities offered through the Center for Dairy Excellence. The team program grants allow dairy producers to establish on-farm teams and take advantage of…

Nominations Open for PA Dairy Industry Awards

2019 PA Dairy Industry Award Winners

To recognize dairy industry professionals who excel in leadership, service and innovation, nominations are now open for the annual Pennsylvania Dairy Industry Award program. The program includes three awards and is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Dairy Excellence. “Dairy leaders across Pennsylvania are dedicated…