Mark your calendars now for the Women in Dairy Conference scheduled for November 8, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA. This women-specific conference, organized by the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, is planned and carried out by women leaders in the industry. It is an opportunity for networking with others involved in dairy, and offers workshops and speakers to enlighten and uplift.
A pre-conference reception will be held on Tuesday evening, Nov. 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. and is open to all attendees. There is no cost to attend, and it will provide ample opportunity for networking and socializing.
Keynote speaker for this year’s event will be Jessica Ziehm, executive director of the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition, a group dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness and understanding of modern animal agriculture. She initiated the award-winning Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair which attracted over a quarter of a million fair-goers. Ziehm grew up on a Jersey farm in New York State, and was the spokesperson for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for twelve years. Her topic is “Standing up for what you Stand For.”
Morning and afternoon breakout sessions are designed to allow participants to choose those topics which are most beneficial to them.
Morning sessions include:
- Know Your Financial Picture and Breakeven Cost of Production: Virginia Ishler and Tim Beck, Penn State University
- Measuring the Success of Your Calf and Heifer Program: Alyssa Dietrich, Calf and Heifer Specialist, Cargill
- Communications Styles: Greta Snider Halahan, Singing Brook Farms, Bedford County
Afternoon topics include:
- Farm Transition Planning Overview: Darlene Livingston, executive director, PA Farm Link, and Jennifer Wetzel, Mette, Evans & Woodside
- Social Media/Relate to Public: Amy Leslie and Emma Andrew, American Dairy Association, North East
- Do-It-Yourself TMR; Audits for Mid-sized Dairies; Dorothy Pastor, Diamond V
An afternoon panel of dairy women will share their experiences with social media. Panelists are Renee Norman-Kenney, Dairy Girl Network; Joy Widerman, JoBo Holstein Farm LLC; and Dr. Jody Kull, Valley Mobile Veterinary Service. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion.
Registration cost is $96 per person, with a buy three-get-one-free offer.
For more information and to register online, visit http://extension.psu.edu/ women-in-dairy
Mark Your Calendars for Women in Dairy Conference