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According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week 22 of The Dairy Signal™ will feature a new speaker, Scott Stipetich, Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist, Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever.
Returning to the Dairy Signal is Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center for Dairy Profitability and Dr. John Goeser, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
On Tuesday’s episode of The Dairy Signal, Amber Radatz, Co-Director of Discovery Farms, shared their organization has worked with farmers for the past 20 years to develop a better understanding of how their farming practices are impacting water quality.
Radatz explained that over their 20-year span, Discovery Farms has worked with 133 farms to reflect the different landscape and soil changes statewide. Farmers participating in Discovery Farms’ water-quality monitoring program sign up for a seven-year commitment where they monitor how the farm’s field practices impact nitrogen, phosphorus, runoff and soil composition.
During Wednesday’s episode, Dr. Jeff Bender, DVM, Professor and Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH), University of Minnesota, talked about zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans or vice versa. In 2017, there were 59 outbreaks linked to animal contact, specifically livestock and poultry. Common enteric zoonotic pathogens include salmonella, campylobacter, cryptosporidium parvum and E. coli 0157:H7. He reminded farmers to think safety daily by stopping, thinking and then reacting and encouraged continued good practice of personal hygiene.
On Thursday’s episode, Mary Ledman, Global Sector Strategist for Dairy in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Group, mentioned the real challenge for the rest of the year and into 2021 will be the impact from our number one dairy importer – China, where imports have declined by nearly 15 percent in 2020.
When looking to the future, Ledman advised thinking about some of the buzzwords we use – efficiency, profitability, sustainability, traceability. “We could be facing greater competition in the trade markets. We have to look at the labeling of the future being tied to sustainability, carbon, greenhouse gas, environmental footprint and traceability – that is all going to heighten the requirement of dairy producers to be communicators and in some ways data collectors,” she predicts.
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Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
Tuesday, September 1
Topic: There are software programs and apps available to help farmers determine yield data, map out profitability and look at conservation opportunities. Learn more about these programs and an app called FeedScan. A new InField Updates function within the FeedScan app maps out real-time freshly-chopped corn moisture and quality results, for
- Scott Stipetich, Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist, Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever
- Dr. John Goeser, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wednesday, September 2
Topic: It is important to gain a global perspective on sustainability and the environment. Discover who are considered leaders in sustainability and what practices we, as farmers, can control and manage. Episode presenter includes:
- Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis
Thursday, September 3
- Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center for Dairy Profitability
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