Free educational programming, entertainment, food and beverages for dairy producers
The Central Plains Dairy Expo (CPDE), March 25-26, in Sioux Falls, S.D., showcases 300-plus exhibitors and their latest innovations, informative breakout sessions and a free concert – featuring Joe Nichols – on March 24. The Welcome Reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m.
In conjunction with the Tuesday evening welcome reception, get in on the action and fun of the annual Central Plains Dairy Foundation Auction. Donated items include a life-size fiberglass cow, cowture jewelry, hunting and fishing packages, dairy equipment, feed testing services, milking supplies, coolers, art prints, consumer electronics, bovine genetics and gender-sorted semen. Auction proceeds support dairy scholarships, workforce grants and community diversity programs in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
In addition to the free concert and trade show, CPDE offers several other free items and events, including 33 educational breakout sessions, with five presented in Spanish. CPDE visitors may also enjoy free doughnuts, grilled cheese sandwiches and ice cream novelties. And, you won’t want to miss the free Pancake Breakfast on March 24, 8-10:30 a.m.
“We encourage dairy producers, calf and heifer growers, beef feedlot, farm and ranch employees, and other agricultural professionals to attend this year’s Central Plains Dairy Expo,” said Olga Reuvekamp, Central Plains Dairy Association president, Elkton, S.D., with Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership and Hilltop Dairy. “CPDE is where Central Plains dairy enthusiasts gather to network, learn and foster relationships to build and sustain a strong dairy industry.”
For more information about CPDE, visit www.centralplainsdairy.com.