March Bulletin – Upcoming Events, Scholarships and DTAP Resource

March 2017 – In This Issue:
Judi Radel, dairy farmer from Duncannon, works with her son, Bill, to map their farm. The Centers for Dairy and Beef Excellence partnered with local conservation districts to host a series of farm mapping workshops across Pennsylvania. The workshops help farmers write Ag Erosion and Sediment Control plans that meet baseline ag compliance. Learn more here

Student Leader Scholarship Applications Available
The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association offer ten $3,000 scholarships to undergraduate students. To qualify, students must demonstrate a commitment to working in the dairy industry in the future and be enrolled in a related undergraduate major. Applications due June 1. Learn more here.

Pennsylvania Dairy Farmers Invited to Apply for PA Preferred Membership
Pennsylvania dairy farmers are invited to apply to for PA Preferred status. There is no cost to the process that starts with a 1-page application. Participation from your farm will allow the Center for Dairy Excellence and the PA Preferred program to recognize your impact in the community through social and digital promotions. To apply, click here.

March Safety Share: Snow and Barn Roof Collapse
The March Safety Share reminds us to monitor snow load on barn roofs and steps to take in the event of a collapse. Learn more here.
Monthly Safety Shares remind producers and others in agriculture of how closely we have all come to tragic accidents on the farm. If you have a Safety Share to offer, please email it to Stephanie.

Protecting Your Profits Recording Now Online
This month’s “Protecting Your Profits” conference call with Alan Zepp, dairy risk management program manager, will provide an update on changes in margins, LGM-Dairy and Margin Protection program results and how it impacts your marketing plan. The call is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, at 12 p.m. To register, call 717-346-0849 or email Melissa Anderson.


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Dairy Trend Analyzer Program Available to Dairy Farmers and Consultants
Interactive, Web-based Tool Can Help Your Farm Identify Bottlenecks and Improve Production

In the Dairy Trend Analyzer Program, producers and consultants can register to compare a dairy’s performance indicators with other dairies in a particular group. The program will allow you to compare DHI records in the Northeast to historical trends for your farm or your client’s farm.
To check out the program as a guest user, click here. You will be prompted to enter a username and password. Please use “guest” as the username and “guest” as the password.
To register, complete the online registration form and submit to Melissa Anderson. Questions? Click here or call 717-346-0849.

Dairying for Tomorrow Award Applications Available from ADA North East
Award Program Recognizes Regional Dairy Farmers
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) has created the Dairying for Tomorrow award to recognize local dairy farmers and showcase on-farm practices that will help sustain the dairy industry now and in the future.
Ideal Dairy Farms, Hudson Falls, NY
2016 Dairying for Tomorrow Winner
Nominations are being accepted in three award categories: animal care, community & consumer outreach and environmental stewardship. Farmers may nominate themselves, or an organization, neighbor or colleague may nominate a farm.
Deadline to submit nominations is April 30, 2017. For more information, and to submit nominations, click here.

Friday, March 24 and 25Stockmanship Roadshow 2.0

Join Dr. Don Hoglund for Live Cattle Handling Demonstrations and Training Session in Lancaster or Grove City. Participation qualifies for Beef Quality Assurance Re-Certification and/or Level 2 training.
Learn more here.

April 5: Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Spring Farm Tour
High School students interested in dairy industry careers are invited to attend a day-long tour of two farms in southwest Pennsylvania. Students must be registered by Wednesday, March 29.

May 12, 16 and 19: Dairy Industry Roundtable Meetings
Five mealtime meetings will be hosted across Pennsylvania to collect feedback and input on resources from dairy industry professionals. Field representatives, nutrition consultants, lending agents and all industry representatives are invited to participate in informal discussions.
Learn more here.

September 13: Dairy Financial and Risk Management Conference
Save the date for the annual conference to be hosted at the Central Penn Conference Center in Enola primarily for agriculture lenders and financial professionals. Attendees will hear from industry experts on challenges and opportunities in dairy business.

Center and Foundation 2016 Annual Summary Available to Sponsors and Partners
The 2016 Joint Annual Summary for
the Center for Dairy Excellence and Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation is available for viewing.
The theme, “Fostering Collaboration and Capturing Opportunity” embodies and the story of our year and focus of our achievements. You’ll find program statistics, updates from staff members, and financial reports in the summary.
Click here for the 2016 Annual Summary.

ADSA to Host Workshop on Impact of Raw Milk Quality on Dairy Products
The workshop will be hosted in advance of the American Dairy Science
Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh on Sunday, June 25.
The workshop will enhance understanding the impact of production practices on raw milk quality and subsequent impact on finished dairy products.This workshop is appropriate for all dairy producers and dairy processors who wish to understand how farming practices affect the quality of dairy products and learn strategies to improve dairy product quality.

The workshop runs from 10 am to 3 pm, and lunch is included in the $75 registration fee. You do not need to be an ADSA member to register for this workshop, and you do not need to register for the full ADSA conference to attend this workshop.

Register for the workshop online here or by calling 217-356-9050.


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