The dairy industry is continuously working to “go for the gold” every day, on and off the farm, and striving for excellence at all levels of the supply chain.
Barge emily
Communications & Marketing Manager / Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE)

During the 2022 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, dairy professionals will hear from featured speakers who will share their insights on achieving the highest level of performance and success with real-time industry issues – including what’s next for milk pricing, how to manage multiple enterprises and ways to build a collaborative culture for generational businesses.

Hosted by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP) and Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE), the 2022 event will take place on Feb. 2-3 at the Lancaster Marriott in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Registration is now open for the in-person event.

“If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that we have to go for the gold every day,” said Frank Graybill, the 2022 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit chair and a dairy farmer from Hershey, Pennsylvania. “The program and speakers we have lined up for the 2022 event will help the entire industry have open conversations about what it means for us to commit to excellence, meet consumers’ high standards, pivot and adapt when the unexpected arises, and stay profitable and competitive in a challenging marketplace.”

Among the summit’s keynote speakers is dairy farmer and U.S. Olympian Elle Purrier St. Pierre, who inspired the theme for the conference and will share how she commits to excellence on and off the farm. Attendees will also be able to network with their peers in breakout sessions that cover crucial herd, farm and financial management topics affecting the entire industry.

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Keynote speakers

Offering inspiration, education and networking for dairy farmers in all types of production systems, the 2022 Dairy Summit will feature four keynote speakers who have experience in unique aspects of business and dairy management.

• “Reaching for the Gold,” with U.S. Olympian Elle Purrier St. Pierre (pictured above). Inspiring the theme for the event, Purrier St. Pierre grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont and is a professional track and field athlete for New Balance. She lives and trains in Boston and Vermont, and she is a 2020 Olympic finalist (1,500 m; 10th place), 2020 Olympic Trials Champion (1,500 m), American Record Holder (Indoor Mile and Two Mile), and 2019 World Championship Finalist (5,000 m). During a live, one-on-one interview, she will share her journey from dairy farmer to U.S. Olympian, how her experience growing up on the farm has impacted her athletic career and why she is using her newfound platform to educate consumers on the dairy industry.

Marin Bozic• “What’s Next for Milk Pricing: FMMO Reform,” with Marin Bozic, assistant professor in the department of applied economics at the University of Minnesota. Bozic’s research program covers dairy markets and policy and livestock risk management. He is also the founder and CEO of Bozic LLC, a global provider of technology solutions for commodity markets analytics and risk management with close to 100 clients on four continents. Bozic plans to have an honest conversation about how the current Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) system is built around a declining category – fluid milk sales – without taking into account increasing categories such as export markets. He will share research and ideas for FMMO reform and what the next 10 years might look like in the dairy industry.

Dale and Clay Hemminger• “Growing With Multiple Enterprises: Producer Showcase,” with Dale and Clay Hemminger. The Hemmingers are second- and third-generation owners and operators of Hemdale Farms Dairy and Greenhouses in Seneca Castle, New York. They lead a dedicated, high-energy team running a multienterprise operation that includes a high-production, 1,500-cow, 100% robotic dairy and growing quality forages, grain and vegetables. They also own and operate a greenhouse facility that grows plug plants for their farm and 20 other vegetable farms. The Hemminger family will share their insights and model for success as they manage multiple enterprises and a multigenerational family business.

• “Defining Culture and Investing in People: A Family Business Showcase,” with Ed Herr, chair and CEO of Herr’s Potato Chips Incorporated. The son of the company’s founders – the late James S. and Miriam (Hershey) Herr – Herr grew up working in his family’s snack food business, where he learned the importance of hard work and valuing people at a very early age. Herr focuses his time on strategy, vision casting and culture, and is committed to upholding the Herr family tradition of offering customers the very best products and service. With over 1,500 employees throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Herr seeks to steadily grow the family business while remaining true to the company’s founding principles. Herr will share how he is building a culture that cultivates a spirit of collaboration and appreciation for every individual on the team.

Breakout sessions: New strategies for dairy production

In addition to relevant keynote discussions, Dairy Summit attendees can participate in 12 breakout sessions where networking, knowledge-sharing and brainstorming are at the forefront. Among the sessions are these four topics:

  • “Controlling Feed Costs in Today’s Market,” with Walt Moore, Jared Kurtz and Rainey Rosemond. With overall feed costs representing anywhere from 35% to 70% of the total costs on a dairy farm, this panel discussion will feature dairy producers who will share their go-to strategies for managing feed costs and maintaining forage quality in the midst of record-high grain prices.

  • “Protecting Yourself from Animal Activism,” with Casey Kinler, Brook Duer and State Police Master Trooper Kelly Osborne-Filson. When it comes to animal activism, being proactive instead of reactive can help you protect your operation. This session will dive into steps you can take to protect yourself from activists, including understanding privacy laws, taking security measures, holding employee trainings, maintaining facilities and being vigilant online.

  • “Predicting 2022 Dairy Markets,” with Matt Gould. Predicting milk prices and dairy markets is never 100% accurate, but looking ahead can help you identify trends and plan your risk management strategy. This session will look at the upcoming year and analyze potential demand for domestic and international markets, expectations for exports, milk supply and other contributing factors.

  • “Maintaining High Standards With Biosecurity Plans,” with Miquela Hanselman. Maintaining high standards when it comes to animal care, workplace settings and environmental and antibiotic stewardship can help operations be prepared if crisis strikes and demonstrates an industry-wide commitment to consumers. This session will share ways you can develop a biosecurity plan and maintain these high standards.

Registration information

Join the event on Feb. 2-3 and come together with your peers to commit to excellence. Thanks to grants and support from PDMP, CDE and Pennsylvania Dairy Summit sponsors, registration fees for dairy producers and all farm employees are set to be as affordable as possible. During registration, producers can receive a $50 discount for each attendee from the farm.

“We can’t wait to reunite the dairy industry in-person at the 2022 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, where we can reflect on the last year and look ahead to how we can continue to go for the gold in the future,” Graybill said.  end mark

PHOTOS: Keynote speakers during the 2022 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit (pictured left to right): U.S. Olympian and Vermont dairy producer Elle Purrier St. Pierre; Marin Bozic, dairy economist at the University of Minnesota; and Dale and Clay Hemminger, owners and operators of Hemdale Farms Dairy and Greenhouses in Seneca Castle, New York. They’ll be joined by Ed Herr (not pictured), chair and CEO of Herr’s Potato Chips Incorporated. Courtesy photos.

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