PA Dairy Farmer Shares His Story With Business Planning and Value-Added in New Podcast Episode

Jason Frye of Pleasant Lane Farms Was Interviewed In “Cow-Side Conversations” Podcast In the most recent episode of the Center for Dairy Excellence’s “Cow-Side Conversations” podcast, Jason Frye of Pleasant Lane Farms in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania discussed how a simple business plan helped his family transform their 40-cow dairy operation, enter the value-added space, and…

Dairy Financial Conference Set for September 21

Program Focuses on Turning the Page, Managing Changing Markets Dairy financial consultants, lending representatives, and interested dairy producers are encouraged to save the date for the twelfth annual Dairy Financial and Risk Management Conference, planned for Tuesday, September 21, at the Best Western Premier – The Central Hotel and Conference Center, in Harrisburg, Pa. Currently,…

Save the Date for Outdoor ‘Toast to Dairy’ Celebration on June 17

Purchase Tickets by May 1 to Receive Early-Bird Discount 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. The outdoor gathering will be a safe, socially distanced event, taking place at the Historic Acres of Hershey in Elizabethtown, Pa. The event includes…

Discount Available for Beginner and Intermediate “Farm Spanish Basics” Course

The Center for Dairy Excellence Is Offering a $100 Discount to PA Dairy Producers The United States has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, and 80 percent of the agricultural workforce in the U.S. speaks Spanish. To assist dairy farm families in enhancing communication and building rapport with Hispanic employees, the Center for…

Scholarship Program Open for Students Pursuing Careers in Dairy

The PA Dairymen’s Association and Dairy Excellence Foundation Are Offering Ten $3,000 Scholarships The annual Student Leader Scholarship program is now open for undergraduate students who are pursuing an education in a dairy-related field. Ten $3,000 scholarships are available through a partnership between the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and the Dairy Excellence Foundation for the 2021-22…

Save the Date for Business Planning Roundtable Meeting on April 21

Dairy Producers and Industry Professionals Are Invited to the Free Virtual Event On Wednesday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m, the Center for Dairy Excellence and Penn State Extension are hosting a free virtual roundtable meeting centered around business planning for dairy producers and industry professionals. Speakers will discuss the importance and advantages of having a…

Five Dairy Professionals Join Center for Dairy Excellence and Foundation Board of Directors

Rife, Frye, Opp, Longenecker, and Rep. Owlett Recently Filled Open Board Positions The Center for Dairy Excellence and Dairy Excellence Foundation recently welcomed five dairy professionals to the organizations’ Board of Directors. The Center for Dairy Excellence Board of Directors guide the work of the non-profit 501c6 organization which fosters collaboration across the industry and…

New Grant Opportunity Available to Help Enhance Cow Comfort and Dairy Farm Efficiency

The New Dairy Excellence Grants Will Help Support Dairy Improvement Projects For dairy producers who are looking to improve cow comfort, milk production per cow, or overall efficiency on their dairy farm, the Center for Dairy Excellence is opening a new Dairy Excellence Grant program. Leveraging funds provided through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this is…

2020 PA Dairy Producer Survey Results

Summary The purpose of this study was to evaluate current demographics and trends within the Pennsylvania dairy farm community, as well as study the impacts 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic may have had on the dairy farm community. The survey covered questions within four different categories: farm demographics, impacts of the pandemic, farm management practices,…

High School Students Invited to Visit Dairy Farm for Hands-On Exploration Experience

Students Can Apply to Explore Dairy Careers During the Event on April 20, 2021 High school students in eleventh and twelfth grades are invited to the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow “Own It” Exploration Experience on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Brubaker Farms in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In partnership with Premier Select Sires, the free day-long…