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According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week 12 of The Dairy Signal™ will feature several new experts, including John Lucey, Professor of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Center for Dairy Research, Dr. Tera L. Montgomery, Associate Professor of Dairy and Animal Science in the UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Animal Science Program Coordinator and Dr. Steve Kelm, Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Returning to The Dairy Signal will be Dr. Heather White, Assistant Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm and Randy Romanski, Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
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.
Each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
During this week’s Dairy Signal, Mary Bauer, Compliance Assistance Specialist of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)for the Eau Claire Area, mentioned the CDC and Department of Labor have issued a new COVID-19 Guidance for agricultural workers and employers. Included in these guidelines is how to implement sanitation protocols, providing personal protective equipment and screening workers and visitors. For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-agricultural-workers.html.
Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), touched on factors influencing the positive turnaround in the dairy industry including the continued increase in retail sales, the coop-based plans that help reduce the growth we were seeing in milk production and the financial governmental support for the dairy community.
Mulhern said, “We are still seeing significant increases in milk, butter and cheese sales – there’s been a real shift in consumer behavior coming back to the real natural, wholesome, goodness of milk.” He added the best thing we can do today is keep supply and demand in relative balance by not increasing our milk production levels.
According to Susan Quam, Executive Vice President of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, before the pandemic hit, restaurant operators were running full-steam ahead with their usual business plans. Now there’s a pivot to react more quickly to consumer’s needs by becoming more innovative and shifting their business mottos. “Food safety is one our specialties in the restaurant industry. We need support from our agriculture community in spreading the word about the safety of being out in the public.”
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
Wednesday, June 24
Topic: Producers will hear a research update from all three universities involved in the Dairy Innovation Hub. Episode presenter includes:
- Dr. Heather White, Assistant Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Dr. Tera L. Montgomery, Associate Professor of Dairy and Animal Science in the UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Animal Science Program Coordinator
- Dr. Steve Kelm, Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Thursday, June 25
- Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
“As we go forward in the food system, we can rely on the fact that we have the safest and best food supply anywhere in the word because of our regulatory processes, best management practices and how we care for our food. It’s important that we as an industry come tighter together, stay in step and continue to ensure America’s food is truly sustainable as we move in the future,” said Shelly Mayer, Executive Director of PDPW and dairy farmer from Slinger, Wisc.
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