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General Sessions

What Will Influence Northeast Dairy Production Decisions in the Next 10 Years?

Jay Waldvogel, Dairy Farmers of America

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m.

What is happening in the world, how is it impacting the U.S. dairy industry and what does this mean for dairy businesses in the Northeast - today and into the future? The presentation will review significant trends and milestone events that are impacting the global dairy sector.  It will consider both the short term and long term implications of these trends and events.  Implications for the global sector, the U.S.  industry and ultimately Northeast dairy businesses.  

Management Strategies to Achieving Success in the Upper Midwest

Steve Bodart, Compeer Financial

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11 at 2:05 p.m.

Based on statistical analysis that has been completed over multiple years there have been a set a production variables that separate the most profitable dairies from the remainder of the herds we work with.  Some of changes made and the management strategies that these herds have been implementing to help set them apart will be shared during the presentation.

Evolutions and Revolutions: Engaging Elusive Consumers

Phil Plourd, Blimling and Associates

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11 at 4:45 p.m.

Upheaval. More and more, food producers, processors, merchants and marketers awaken to a world they barely recognize. Consumers have more choices than ever, and they tend to be less predictable. Phil will share insights about the trends and offer opinions on how players in the dairy supply chain can react.

Employee Effectiveness with Lean Systems Concepts

Cheryl Jones, University of Kentucky

Date and Time: Thursday, March 12 at 8:05 a.m.

Cows Going High Tech: Health and Reproductive Management in the Era of Precision Technologies

Dr.Julio Giordano, Cornell University

Date and Time: Thursday, March 12 at 9:10 a.m.

In this presentation we will review the latest research on the value of precision technologies for health and reproductive management of dairy cattle. Strategies to incorporate the many types of technologies available on daily herd management will be discussed.

Runaway Wages - Are You Getting What Your Pay For?

Tom Wall, Dairy Coach LLC

Date and Time: Thursday, March 12 at 1:45 p.m.

Most people aren’t comfortable talking about money.  But in a competitive labor market with higher wages and tighter margins, you can’t afford to remain quiet and comfortable.  It’s time to get serious about what you value, what you’re paying for, and what you’re getting in return.

Adapting Management to Changing Labor Regulations

Moderator: Dr.Rich Stup, Cornell University

Panelists: Kim Skellie, El-Vi Farms LLC; Mike McMahon, E-Z Acres LLC; and Crystal Grimaldi, Ideal Dairy Farms

Date and Time: Thursday, March 12 at 2:45 p.m.

State regulations regarding overtime, day-of-rest, insurances, labor organizing and other issues affect most dairy farms and the people who work in them. Dairy managers must adapt their policies and procedures to meet requirements, while also communicating and maintaining effective relationships with valuable employees. This panel discussion will explore how three dairy managers are meeting the challenge.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Industry sponsored presentations are offered on Wednesday morning prior to the start of the general conference.

Sharing Your Farm Story with Local Media (sponsored by NEDPA)

Eileen Jensen, New York Animal Agriculture Coalition

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11 at 9:00 a.m.

Join us to learn how to develop your compelling farm story and the importance of sharing your story with others to improve farmer image. Participants will gain insight on connecting and working with local media to build relationships. We will also discuss collaborative opportunities and develop a plan for the upcoming year to share positive, pro-active stories about agriculture your local community.

Improving Profitability Through the Use of Data-Based Decision Models

Dr. Mark Thomas, Dairy Health and Management Services

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11 at 9:00 a.m.

As dairy margins continue to narrow, accelerating the profitability is a key to the sustainability of the business. Join us to find out how an interdisciplinary approach helps dairy operations who want to improve their net profitability by optimizing cattle health, nutrition and production and strategically adopting new knowledge based on farm-specific data modeling.

Stressors and Stress Affecting Dairy Cattle and Their Impact on Health and Performance (sponsored by Phibro)

Dr.Kristen Glosson, Phibro Animal Health

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11 at 9:55 a.m.

Exploring the biological implications of expected and unexpected stressors present on a dairy farm.  Identifying and mitigating the effects of stress on the health and production of your herd.

Missed Margin Opportunities: Are You Capturing Every Gross Income Opportunity? (sponsored by Farm Credit East)

John Lehr, Farm Credit East

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11 at 9:55 a.m.

Are old paradigms holding you back from capturing the most top line income you can?  We will examine a gross margin approach for selling excess heifer and crops. What are those marginal units really worth?

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11 at 9:55 a.m.

Gaining Value from Your Technology (sponsored by Dairy One)

Luke Getty, Ideal Dairy Farms and Shane St. Cyr, Adirondack Farms

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11 at 10:50 a.m.

For many, technology is a critical tool on the farm. Working with a provider who understands your business and has experience working with farms is key to gaining value from that technology. Hear from Luke Getty of Ideal Dairy Farm and Shane St. Cyr of Adirondack Farms about how they’re getting the most value from their technology on the farm.

Focus on Your Ownership Plan (sponsored by Lincoln Agribusiness)

Tim Veazey and Bruce Charleton, Lincoln Agribusiness and Jeff Fetter, Scolaro, Fetter, Grizanti, McGough & King, P.C

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11 at 10:50 a.m.

Do you have a plan to ensure the smooth transition of ownership and management to the next generation?  How should the business be structured?  What is the culture and strategy for the business?  How will new owners enter into and current owners exit from ownership from the business?

Nutrient Recovery and Watershed Protection on Dairies (sponsored by Pikeside Ag Machinery)

Kerry Doyle, Trident Processes LLC

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11 at 10:50 a.m.

The introduction of resource recovery technologies in agriculture in recent years continues to have a big impact on dairy farming. It has changed and continues to change the way farmers operate their dairies and evaluate future business opportunities. Today, farmers are not just seen as food providers anymore; they are also expected to provide sound environmental solutions in their communities. Integrated manure treatment systems help achieve these expectations.

Breakout Sessions

Update on Understanding New Labor Regulations

Chuck Palmer, Michael Best

Date and Time: Thursday, March 12 at 10:30 and 11:25 a.m.

New York has recently seen changes in agricultural labor regulations which could set a standard for the way the rest of the country organizes state and federal regulations applicable to agriculture. This session will help you gain an understanding about recently issued labor guidelines on compliance with overtime and "One Day Rest" requirements. Attorney Chuck Palmer will discuss also best practices for complying with agricultural worker union organizing rights while maintaining safety, security, health, privacy, and access rules.

Protecting Your Brand through the National Dairy FARM Program

Emily Yeiser Stepp, National Dairy FARM Program

Date and Time: Thursday, March 12 at 10:30 and 11:25 a.m.

Dairy is a brand worth protecting. Through the National Dairy FARM Program, the entire dairy industry is able to communicate, in a verifiable way, about best practices we have on our dairies around animal care, antibiotic and environmental stewardship and workforce development.

Environmental Issues Update

Karl Czymmek, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY

Date and Time: Thursday, March 12 at 10:30 and 11:25 a.m.

Current topics in environmental issues will be discussed.

Practical Risk Management Applications for Commercial Dairies

Dr.Chris Wolf, Cornell University

Date and Time: Thursday, March 12 at 10:30 and 11:25 a.m.

This presentation will discuss and examine current risk management programs and tools for commercial dairy operations.  Experience and research on the programs are used to determine current practices related to assessing risk management needs and goals as well as evaluating results.