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According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week ten of The Dairy Signal™ will feature two representatives from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) – Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the Wisconsin FSA, along with colleague Beth Mueller, County FSA Executive Director serving Marathon, Lincoln, Langlade, Oneida, Forest, Florence, & Vilas counties.
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, Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity and President of Look East, said consumers are moving toward a growing desire for healthier, wholesome and simple foods. Dairy has a great story to tell – dairy products offer a complete nutritious package. In fact, bestfoodfacts.org just released an animated infographic that tracks the path of protein from farm to plate that can be used to tell dairy’s story.
Sam Miller, Managing Director, Head of Agriculture for BMO Harris Bank, shared when working with clients they look at what risk management tools will be needed, and that’s where knowing your cash flow and working capital needs, both short- and long-term are a must. He’s been very pleased with how communications, as a whole industry, has ramped up. “We are seeing better conversations with employees, vendors, bankers, processors and their families. That’s a positive that has come out of all of this,” Miller said.
The featured speaker on Thursday’s Dairy Signal, Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis, mentioned the amount of methane produced by our cows is equal to the amount of methane they destroy, and that’s great news because here in the U.S. we have decreased herd size. So, in reality, the dairy industry has managed to reduce their carbon footprint or methane footprint and that induces cooling.
Dr. Mitloehner emphasized dairy producers are the world’s most authentic communicator – no one knows what’s being done on your farm better then you. Take this opportunity to talk to your community about what you do and why. Society doesn’t just want to buy your products; they want to have a good feeling about consuming it.
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:
Tuesday, June 9
Topic: New information and progress on the sign-up period for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and other supportive resources available to help farmers succeed. Presenters include:
- Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA)
- Beth Mueller, FSA County Executive Director serving Marathon, Lincoln, Langlade, Oneida, Forest, Florence, & Vilas counties
Wednesday, June 10
- Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
- Randy Romanski, Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Thursday, June 11
Topic: Learn how the weather is impacting harvesting conditions and what future weather patterns will bring and how the dairy and crop markets are responding both domestically and globally. Episode presenters includes:
- Eric Snodgrass, principal atmospheric scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions
- Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing [email protected]. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.