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NEW BEGINNINGS: Just as the birth of dairy calves signal a new beginning, this year’s Pennsylvania Dairy Summit will highlight ways farmers can turn the page from the industry’s recent struggles.

Eclectic lineup of speakers highlights upcoming Pennsylvania Dairy Summit

John Brubaker, 1988 Pennsylvania Master Farmer, will be the featured producer speaker.

It's easy to get off course in this volatile time for the dairy industry. The 2019 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit will offer encouragement and guidance to help dairy farmers and industry leaders.

This year's summit is scheduled for Feb. 5-6 at the Lancaster Marriott Conference Center.

Put on annually by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and Center for Dairy Excellence, this event offers insight on the latest technology and management to enhance individual dairy operations, while offering views on industry dynamics and the factors shaping agriculture in the U.S. The speaker lineup for the 2019 Dairy Summit includes:

• Haydn Shaw, author of "Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart," who will speak on "Leading Through Change." This will include the process of leading through the six change reactions, so you can make change more efficient and effective.

Hailed as a "leadership guru" by the Washington Post, Shaw is known for taking groups from hilarity to deep reflection by combining rich content with useful tools. He has also authored the books "Expert in Generations" and "6 Change Reactions, Productivity and Leaders," and has presented in TED Talks.

• Tom Wall, known as the "dairy coach," will talk about "Motivating Your Team." He has been working with dairies throughout the country for over 17 years, helping managers create and implement simple systems that work while training and coaching their employees. Wall, based out of Green Bay, owns and operates Dairy Coach LLC and has been a regular columnist with publications such as Dairy Herd Management and Progressive Dairyman. He is also the creator of the "Details for Dairy" training video series, the Dairy Interactive Milker Training simulator and the employee on-boarding app PeopleCOR.

• Phil Clemens of Hatfield Quality Meats will share his insights and experience in the Summit Business Showcase. He will discuss the challenges he has faced in a business and in agriculture, all while offering advice on how to grow business and family dynamics. Clemens is the CEO of Clemens Family Corp. and Hatfield Quality Meats. He has served the company as the family business ambassador chairman as well as sitting on the board of trustees for Lancaster Bible College.

• John Brubaker, a native of Lancaster County, will be featured in the Producer Showcase. Now a resident of Buhl, Idaho, Brubaker has been a lifelong dairy producer and co-owns Knott-Run Dairy LLC with his sons. In 1988, Brubaker was named a Pennsylvania Master Farmer for his service in the industry. Now, as an active member for DMI, he serves as chairman of the Export Committee and Oversight Committee. In addition, he is actively involved with the national and state dairy promotion boards.

• Dr. David Dworak, deputy provost at the U.S. Army War College, will speak on "Reaching Your Leadership Potential." This session will focus on local Pennsylvania history, insights of leading diverse organizations, and dealing with complex environments and goal setting.

As a retired U.S. colonel, Dworak has experience in supply chain management, logistics, program management and worldwide multimodal distribution. He currently teaches graduate-level classes at the U.S. Army War College.

To learn more about the program and to view highlights of the 2019 Pennsylvanian Dairy Summit program, visit

Contact the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit business office with questions at 814-355-2467 or email

Source: Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania

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