FAQ with Beef Checkoff and What It Means for Dairy

We recently sat down with Nichole Hockenberry, Executive Director of the PA Beef Council, to learn more about the Beef Checkoff program and what it means for dairy. Why do dairy producers have to pay into checkoff? What’s the return on investment? Nichole answered these questions and more. Why do dairy producers have to pay…

Center Awards $400,000 in Grants to Enhance Efficiency and Cow Comfort on PA Dairy Farms

The Dairy Excellence Grants Were Awarded to 80 Dairy Producers From 33 PA Counties The Center for Dairy Excellence recently awarded a collective total of $400,000 to 80 Pennsylvania dairy producers through the new Dairy Excellence Grant program. Leveraging funds provided through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the program is designed to support dairy farm improvement…

‘Protecting Your Profits’ Webinar Scheduled for May 26

Join the Monthly Event on Wednesday, May 26 at 12 p.m. Via Webinar or Conference Call The Center for Dairy Excellence is hosting its monthly “Protecting Your Profits” webinar on Wednesday, May 26 at 12 p.m. Held the fourth Wednesday of every month and led by Zach Myers, Risk Education Manager with the Center, dairy…

New Podcast Episode Features Mental Health Conversation with PA Dairy Farmer

Chuck Carr Shared Mental Health Journey in Podcast During Mental Health Awareness Month In the most recent episode of the Center for Dairy Excellence’s “Cow-Side Conversations” podcast, Chuck Carr, a dairy farmer and author from Lone Oak Farm in Western Pennsylvania, shared his journey with mental health after a barn fire and traumatic brain injury. With…

Speakers Announced for 2021 Dairy Financial & Risk Management Conference

The Conference Is Set for Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Registration is now open for the 12th annual Dairy Financial and Risk Management Conference, titled “Turning the Page.” Designed to help attendees manage changing markets and navigate growth and transitions, the event is planned for Tuesday, September 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the…

Center for Dairy Excellence Hires Education and Communications Intern

Kylie Lusk Joins Staff to Help With Dairy Education and Communications Initiatives The Center for Dairy Excellence has named Kylie Lusk, a senior at the Pennsylvania State University, as the 2021 education and communications intern. Lusk joins a team of employees who provide resources and support to Pennsylvania dairy farms and develop dairy education programming…

Outdoor ‘Toast to Dairy’ Event to Feature Tasting Experience, Cheese Pairings, Food Demonstrations and More

The Event Supports the Dairy Excellence Foundation and Students Pursuing Careers in Dairy To celebrate June Dairy Month and support dairy education programs, the Dairy Excellence Foundation is hosting its annual farm-to-fork celebration, “A Toast to Dairy,” on Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 6-9 p.m. This year’s event will be a safe, socially distanced outdoor…

Student Leader Scholarship Applications Due on June 1

Ten $3,000 Scholarships Are Available With Application Deadline Approaching Online applications for this year’s Student Leader Scholarships are due by June 1, 2021. The scholarship program is designed to recognize outstanding undergraduate students and high school seniors who are pursuing an education in a dairy-related field for the 2021-22 academic year. Ten $3,000 scholarships are…

Missing the View From the Tractor Seat: PA Dairy Farmer Transforms Operation with Business Plan

For Jason Frye of Pleasant Lane Farms in Westmoreland County, a simple business plan helped his family transform their 40-cow dairy operation, enter the value-added space, and begin making cheese. Frye spent years working in the technology space and has experience working for an independent software vendor. When he made the decision to return to…

Dairy Farmers Encouraged to Complete Survey for Robotic Milker Discussion Group

The Center for Dairy Excellence Is Considering Hosting a Robotic Milking Discussion Group The Center for Dairy Excellence is considering hosting a Robotic Milker Discussion Group for dairy farm owners who have robotic milking technology on their operation or individuals who are considering investing in robotic milking technology. To better understand the needs of this…