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NEDPA Session Descriptions

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS

Survey of Clostridium in Dairy Herds and Strategies to Control
Tom Rehberger, Church and Dwight Co. (sponsored by Arm and Hammer Animal Nutrition and Papillon
Wednesday, March 7, 2018          9:00 - 9:40 a.m.
Credits: 0.5

Feeding Strategies to Increase Milk Value
Kevin Harvatine, Penn State University (sponsored by Mycogen Seeds)
Wednesday, March 7, 2018          9:00 - 9:40 a.m.
Credits: 0.5

It is hard to change the milk market, but you can increase your milk price by increasing milk fat and protein.  Milk fat is especially impacted by nutrition and management.  We will review the factors impacting milk fat yield and provide recommendations to increase your pay price by increasing milk fat.

Transition Cow Nutrition - How Diet Affects the Reproduction and Health of Your Herd
Chuck Schwab, Schwab Consulting (sponsored by Adisseo)
Wednesday, March 7, 2018          9:00 - 9:40 a.m.
Credits: 0.5

How can you achieve the best out of your cows? Starting with the building blocks of their ration to achieve ideal performance for not only production but also health and reproduction. The paradigm has shifted from discussions on crude protein to discussing specific amino acids. Today, we know these nutrients function in key pathways of embryo survival, fatty acid metabolism, immune function, oxidative stress and more.

Environmental Law Update: Current Topics in Environmental Law
David Crass and Leah Ziemba, Michael Best
Karl Czymmek, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY (moderator)
Wednesday, March 7, 2018          9:50 - 10:30 a.m.
Credits: 0.5

Current issues in environmental law and related updates will be discussed in this session.

Using Technology to Improve Farm Efficiency
Allen Behrer, Willow Behrer Farms (sponsored by Dairy One)
Wednesday, March 7, 2018          9:50 - 10:30 a.m.
Credits: 0.5

This talk will highlight the use of specific technology tools that have helped to make a difference across Willow Behrer Farms. Examples come from both the milk production and the crop side of the business.

Generational Farm Transition
Tim Veazey, Bruce Charleton, and Jeff Fetter, Lincoln Agribusiness
Wednesday, March 7, 2018          9:50 - 10:30 a.m.
Credits: 0.5

Are you in the early stages of your career wondering how to acquire or enter a business?  You may have spent a lifetime building your business, but have you ever considered how will you get out?  This session will focus on the different aspects and stages of business transition.   We will also discuss how to integrate the different types of capital in your life: Business Capital; Personal Financial Capital; and Human Capital.

Tax Strategies: The 2017 Tax Reform Act and Beyond
Dario Arezzo and Joe Baldwin, Farm Credit East (sponsored session)
Wednesday, March 7, 2018          10:40 - 11:20 a.m.
Credits: 0.5

In this session, hear from Farm Credit East tax experts discuss the implications from the recently passed tax reform law on Northeast dairy producers, in addition to other strategies for staying in compliance while managing tax liability.  

Translating Farm to Food
Michelle Payn, Cause Matters Corp. (sponsored by Micronutrients)
Wednesday, March 7, 2018          10:40 - 11:20 a.m.
Credits: 0.5

Based on the #1 Amazon best seller “Food Truths from Farm to Table” book, this high-energy program will help you translate science through story. Michele will equip you to discuss food raised the right way by the right people for the right reasons. She will help you understand what issues such as antibiotics, hormones, GMOs, and animal welfare look like from the consumer viewpoint.

Environmentally friendly ways to apply manure
Doug Szemborski, Bazooka Farmstart (sponsored by Pikeside Enterprises)
Wednesday, March 7, 2018          10:40 - 11:20 a.m.
Credits: 0.5

Doug will discuss environmentally friendly application of manure in ways that maximize the value of manure. We will also take a few minutes to share how all our equipment lines compliment each other to assemble a full nutrient management system that is ideal for today’s dairies

 

GENERAL SESSIONS

Energize the Enthusiasm Within to Inspire Teamwork and Leadership

Paul Vitale, Vital Communications, Inc.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018         12:50 - 2:15 p.m.
Credits: 1.5

Being able to define enthusiasm, determine where your particular passions lie, and what can be done to make those passions shine are keys to inspiring teamwork and leadership in yourself as well as those you encounter each day.  The ideas and principles discovered in this seminar will not only reinforce why enthusiasm is key to cohesiveness within a team, but also provide the tools necessary to embrace it each day.  In this dynamic presentation, Paul reinforces these practices among others:  (1) examine confidence from within; (2) empower others to imagine; (3) unite a common bond; (4) emphasize the positive, release the rest; and (5) recognize influential surroundings. Life is chaotic and it is sometimes easy to feel beaten down and out of sync with your team.  However, finding what motivates, what instills passion, and what drives one to strive for excellence require individual effort.  By focusing on these areas, participants will learn to use the energy derived, channeling it into things they may be less enthusiastic about.  Then, they will learn the secret to maintaining enthusiasm, resulting in positive outcomes and inspired teamwork and leadership.

Pricing and Marketing of Milk:  What are Potential Models?

Andy Novakovic, Cornell University
Wednesday, March 7, 2018         2:20 - 3:15 p.m.
Credits: 1

Milk pricing and marketing systems have taken on different features over the years, such as component pricing, but the essential way in which milk is priced and marketed really hasn’t changed all that much since the 1960s or even back to the 1930s.  Milk price volatility, dumping, and new supply chain management challenges from buyers are exposing problems or difficulties with current methods.  What are some possible ways in which pricing and marketing might look different for farmers in the next 20 years?

Key Management Strategies for Success

Donald De Jong, Agri-Vision Farm Management
Wednesday, March 7, 2018         5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Credits: 1

How do you define success?  Have you defined it for your business?  Knowing the strengths, weaknesses, and challenges that you and your business face is key to the first step in having a successful and sustainable company.   Donald De Jong will utilize his 28 years of learning to provide information and fundamental strategies that he believes are the key to drive success in both life and business.

You, Your Team, and Your Culture:  What's It Like Working for You?

Tom Wall, Dairy Coach LLC
Thursday, March 8, 2018             8:05 - 9:05 a.m.
Credits: 1

From your vision and values, to your results and reputation, your dairy depends on leadership. What does your team need to become more engaged and effective?   In an increasingly competitive labor market, learn how to inspire your people and instill a culture of clarity, discipline, and accountability.

Leading the Conversation About Sustainability

Kim Bremmer, Ag Inspirations
Thursday, March 8, 2018             9:10 - 10:10 a.m.
Credits: 1

As American farmers, you are the world leaders in growing and raising food. Now is the time to lead the conversation about sustainability in agriculture! Your success story is much bigger than anything that can be captured on a food label or in the "latest and greatest" food marketing campaign. You will learn the most important communication tips and how to master the balance between science and emotion when answering the tough questions that consumers have today. YOU are the experts on growing and raising food...own your message and you will own your future!

Ag Labor Challenges - A Snapshot of Where We Are and What's Next

Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort
Thursday, March 8, 2018             1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Credits: 1

Agricultural employers of all types, and especially the dairy industry, are living through a bad and worsening labor crisis.  The political environment is uncertain to put it mildly.  Are coordinated efforts to seek federal legislative, regulatory, and policy relief going to bear fruit? This presentation will cover where things stand, the outlook, and employer options.

Global Economics & Dairy Outlook

David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech
Thursday, March 8, 2018             2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Credits: 1

Global economics is becoming an increasing force impacting the status of dairy producers’ income statements, cash flow statements and balance sheets.  The old adage ‘think globally, but act locally’ will become imperative.  Previous generations in the dairy industry were required to manage volatility; however, volatility in the extremes will be the new normal.  Travel with Dr. Dave as he travels the globe examining the trends and economic forces that will impact commodity markets and the future of your business.

Next, Dr. Kohl will discuss how dairy producers can position their businesses to capitalize on the economic environment that is full of unintended consequences.  Managing the variables that one can control and managing around the uncontrollables with focus and flexibility will be critical for success.

Come join us for a high energy session with the globe trotter practitioner whose involvement in the dairy industry will bring critical thinking for 2018 and beyond.

 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Rising Labor Costs: Strategies and Approaches

Jason Karszes, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
Thursday, March 8, 2018             10:30 - 11:20 a.m. and 11:25 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Credits: 0.75

There are many factors that are increasing pressure on the labor costs, leading to projections of labor costs increasing at a faster rate over the next several years.  How management responds to these increasing labor costs will be important in determining what the financial impact will be.  Five management focus areas have been identified that can change the impact that rising labor costs will have on the farm, which will be covered during this session.

Dairy Farm Employee Housing Options: What You Need to Know

Maureen Torrey, Torrey Farms
Thursday, March 8, 2018             10:30 - 11:20 a.m. and 11:25 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Credits: 0.75

As the dairy industry looks to become part of a guest worker program, housing regulations and requirements will be one of the areas we will need to educate ourselves about.  Maureen Torrey will share both current housing regulation requirements as well as some management tips that Torrey Farms use to manage housing.

The (Almost) Perfect Parlor -- Where People and Process Meet

Tom Wall, Dairy Coach LLC
Thursday, March 8, 2018             10:30 - 11:20 a.m. and 11:25 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Credits: 0.75

Every milking parlor has three things… cows, equipment, and people.  It's the fourth component that separates the good from the great - process. When people know and follow a solid process, parlor throughput and profitability are sure to increase.

The Dairy Coach™ Tom Wall will discuss what works and what doesn't in productive parlors.  Learn how disciplined dairy managers and their milkers keep milkings on time and cows in the tank.

Panel Discussion: Telling Your Story

Thursday, March 8, 2018             10:30 - 11:20 a.m. and 11:25 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Kim Bremmer, Ag Inspirations; Kendra Lamb, Lamb Farms; and Joe Swyers, Swyers Dairy
Credits: 0.75

As dairy farmers, you have a powerful story that consumers want to hear! There's no one right way to advocate for agriculture. Kim Bremmer will facilitate a session with NY dairy farmer panelists on how they're getting the message out about the way they care for their animals and the environment and produce a safe, wholesome product.