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Thursday, November 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Maria Woldt, director of industry relations
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Conferences and meetings are a great way to network and catch up with friends, but ultimately there must be something that peaks your interest for it to be a good use of your time.

People want a personalized conference experience, which can be challenging since we all like different things. Also, because our jobs are different, we have unique needs for our professional development.

Dairy Strong is coming up Jan. 17-18 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. It’s an action-packed two days and we want you to tailor your experience. Grouping presentations into topic “tracks” is one way we hope to help you do this. There are a few conferences you may have attended that do this — the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association meeting in April inspired us to give the track concept a try.

Are you interested in legislative topics? Attend the legislative and advocacy track. Looking for the latest and greatest technology for your dairy? Attend the dairy technology track.

Maybe you have interests in several areas. You can cross over into different tracks. There are no rules; attend the sessions that peak your interest!

The Dairy Strong conference is taking shape, so make sure to check dairystrong.org for the most current schedule.

Concurrent tracks: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 Track 1: Legislative & Advocacy

  • Participate and persuade: Lobbying to make a difference, John Holevoet, DBMMC; Aaron Stauffacher, DBMMC; Shawn Pfaff, Pfaff Public Affairs
  • VTAs and Calf Hutch Lots: The Legal Treatment of “Process Wastewater,” David Crass, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Track 2: Consumer Trends

  • Engaging neighbors and protecting from activists, Allyson Jones-Brimmer, director of membership, Animal Agriculture Alliance
  • Live feed from inside the brain of social media, Leah Beyer, Elanco

Track 3: Dairy Technology

  • Farm decision-making: unlocking the power of data and analytics, Mike Jerred, global technology manager, dairy, Cargill
  • Is a robotic system right for your dairy? Featuring a panel of three diverse farmers

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