Sept. 22-24, 2014: Southeast Quality Milk Initiative Meeting

The 2nd Annual Southeast Quality Milk Initiative (SQMI) Meeting will be held this year at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA on September 22 – 24th, 2014. SQMI is a USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative funded grant designed to enable dairy farmers to move profitably toward production practices compatible with the concept of a sustainable dairy industry in the Southeast. This program is being developed by milk quality professionals from six Southeast Land-Grant Universities and targets challenged dairy farms and uses those operations producing superior quality milk as demonstration herds. To accomplish this, we will integrate outreach, education, and research initiatives to improve milk quality and contribute to lower costs and greater revenues on-farm.

Christina Petersson-Wolfe and the staff at Virginia Tech will be hosting the meeting and have put together an excellent program. The first day and one-half will be open to Extension personnel, dairy producers, agri-industry representatives and other folks, including yourself and/or a representative. A general session and hands-on short courses including milking equipment evaluation and on-farm milk culturing will be offered to participants.

The SQMI Business Meeting will occur on the last day and one-half beginning at noon on September 23rd through 5 pm on September 24th. This part of the meeting will focus on activities of the last year and what we will be doing in the next year.

As you are aware, costs for putting on a meeting are substantial. To help defray expenses, we are soliciting the help of members of the dairy community. Would your company be willing to help support the 2014 SQMI Annual Meeting?

There are three levels of sponsorship ….Platinum with a $1,500 donation, Gold with a $1,000 donation and Silver with a $750 donation. Platinum level status includes one meeting registration and a booth. Gold level status includes one free registration, and Silver level status will be recognized as a sponsor of the meeting. Vendors can secure a booth through a $1,500 sponsorship.  Please make checks payable to The University of Tennessee and send checks to my attention to the following address:

Dr. Stephen P. Oliver
UT AgResearch
103 Morgan Hall
2621 Morgan Circle
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Knoxville, TN 37996