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Early Registration Deadline Approaching for I-29 Dairy Conference

Early Registration Deadline Approaching for I-29 Dairy Conference

Seventh Annual Conference to Focus on Global Dairy Issues: Now and in the Future.

The 2012 I-29 Dairy Conference will be held Feb. 8 and 9 at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Producers should complete the online registration form at  by Feb. 1 to ensure room availability at the Ramkota.

The event is coordinated by dairy extension specialists from North Dakota State University, Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, and South Dakota State University.  Additional partners coordinating the conference include Midwest Dairy Association and Southwest Minnesota Dairy Profit Group.

Speakers and topics with global impact headline this year's conference. Neil Baker, a dairy producer and sustainable agriculture award winner from the UK and a top-notch slate of dairy industry experts will focus on global dairy issues and sustainability topics at the seventh annual I-29 Dairy Conference. Noted University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley, Stan Erwine, Dairy Management, Inc. as well as Dave Casper, SDSU; Marin Bozic, U-M; and a panel of producers and industry stakeholders will cover issues affecting your future dairy business.

The conference will kick off on Wednesday evening with a prime rib meal featuring a keynote presentation by Stan Erwine of Dairy Management, Inc. and Clinton Anderson, of Bain & Co., Inc. They will address the topic of dairy globalization from the dairy check-off standpoint and the recent Dairy Globalization study commissioned by Dairy Management, Inc.

Neil Baker, farm manager for Bakers of Haselbury Plucknett Ltd, Somerset, England; runs a family-owned and operated dairy farm and farmhouse cheddar cheese operation. The herd consists of 1050 Holstein-Friesians on 1,500 acres in South Somerset, with about 1/3 of the milk going into their own Handmade Vintage on-farm Cheddar production. What has happened in Europe may be in the future of U.S. dairy producers.

Other presentations on Thursday, Feb.9 include:

"Sustainability: Warm and Fuzzy or Logical Direction?"  Jim Paulson, U-M

"European-style Dairy Sustainability," Neil Baker, UK dairy producer

"Long Range Weather Forecasting," Mark Seeley, U-M

"Lunch- Sustainable Agriculture in the UK," Neil Baker, UK dairy producer

"How Are We Going to Feed Cows in the Future?," Dave Casper, SDSU

"Managing Risk and Seizing Opportunities", Marin Bozic, U-M

"Midwestern Economic Resiliency", Industry stakeholders and producers panel

Registration for the full conference is $30, including the dinner and the keynote presentation on Feb 8 and sessions on Feb. 9.

Questions? Please contact Melinda Bennett, 605-688-4116;; or Jim Paulson,

More information and the full program schedule is available at:

Source: U-M Extension

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