2016 Dairy Strong News

News releases from the 2016 event

Dairy Strong celebrates second successful year

Madison, Wis. (Jan. 19, 2016) Sustainability. Growth opportunities. Connecting with customers. Building trust. Investing in the future.

The nearly 600 dairy farmers and agribusiness representatives who attended Dairy Strong 2016: Partners in Progress left the three-day conference with insights, advice and inspiration that ran the gamut of dairy community issues.

“We’re looking at matters that farmers and those in the ag industry are concerned about and providing them with vital information so they can do their jobs better,” said Tim Trotter, executive director of the Dairy Business Association, which hosted the second annual event at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

Participants from Wisconsin, 17 other states and three other countries joined together for educational seminars, panel discussions, a trade show, expert presentations, networking and entertainment.

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Food Dialogues: Food sustainability challenging for food industry, customers

Madison, Wis. (Jan. 15, 2016) — Sustainability remains a hot-button issue in the food industry, with customers demanding it but not always sure of what it means.

Farmers, academics, environmentalists, dietitians and others explored the complex issue Thursday, Jan. 14, as part of “Food Dialogues,” a national initiative that facilitates a broad and ongoing discussion about where food comes from.

The program is spearheaded by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. The panel took place at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center during Dairy Strong 2016: Partners in Progress, an annual conference of the Dairy Business Association that drew more than 600 farmers and representatives from dairy-related businesses.

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Yahara Pride Conservation Group shares success story

Madison, Wis. (Jan 14, 2016) — In southcentral Wisconsin, farmers and an environmental group have come together to reduce phosphorous levels in local waterways.

Created in 2011, the Yahara Pride Farms conservation group is a farmer-led non-profit that works to improve soil and water quality in the Yahara River watershed in the Dane County area.

Several members of the organization spread the word about their innovative program Wednesday to hundreds of farmers and agribusiness representatives at a Dairy Strong 2016: Partners in Progress conference.

The three-day event, held at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, is sponsored by the Dairy Business Association.

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Perelman: Where content is king, it’s vital to connect with customers

Madison, Wis. (Jan. 14, 2016) — In a world where “smart” devices outnumber toothbrushes, the dairy community must reach customers with engaging stories, photos and videos that can be shared across social media, Jonathan Perelman, head of digital strategies for ICM Partners, told attendees of Dairy Strong 2016: Partners in Progress on Thursday, Jan. 14.

The former executive at Google and Buzzfeed showed videos that went viral on social media to demonstrate the potential to hundreds of dairy farmers and agribusiness representatives at the Dairy Business Association’s annual conference at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

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Capper encourages dairy farmers to tout sustainability

Madison, Wis. (Jan. 14, 2016) — Dairy farmers need to cut through the negative stereotypes and get out the word about how they use sustainable practices, a leading international livestock sustainability consultant told hundreds of farmers and agribusiness representatives.

Judge Capper traveled from her home in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom to speak Wednesday, Jan. 13, to more than 600 attendees at Dairy Strong 2016: Partners in Progress held at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. The annual conference is sponsored by the Dairy Business Association.

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Julie Maurer of Soaring Eagle Dairy wins DBA Advocacy Award

Madison, Wis. (Jan. 14, 2016) – Julie Maurer, co-owner of Soaring Eagle Dairy in Newton, is the 2016 recipient of the Dairy Business Association Advocacy Award.

Maurer, who co-owns Soaring Eagle Dairy with several members of her family, received her award at Dairy Strong 2016: Partners in Progress held at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

Founded in 1980 by Maurer’s father, Soaring Eagle Dairy started with 60 cows, but has grown to 1,100 milking cows and 1,850 acres of owned and leased land.

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Walker: Dairy industry key to state’s economic success

Madison, Wis. (Jan. 13, 2016) – The Wisconsin dairy community remains a massive economic driver for the state and there is potential for even greater growth, Gov. Scott Walker told hundreds of farmers and dairy business professionals attending Dairy Strong 2016: Partners in Progress at Monona Terrace Convention Center.

“There’s tremendous growth opportunity in agriculture, and Wisconsin is now among the top 10 ag exporting states,” Walker said. “We hope to continue to grow that more, but to do it we need to get more people involved in and working in agriculture.”

Walker noted that state unemployment levels are at the lowest level since 2001 and more people are working now in Wisconsin than during the past 20 years.

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Dairy Business Association elects directors, officers

Madison, Wis. (Jan. 13, 2016) – Dairy Business Association members elected three new directors during the annual business meeting at the second Dairy Strong 2016: Partners in Progress conference at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.

Newly elected board directors include farmer representatives Cody Heller, president of Heller Farm Inc. and chief executive officer of Central Wisconsin Ag Services, and Lloyd Holterman, a lifelong dairy farmer and partner in Rosy-Lane Holsteins; and corporate representative Cindy Leitner, co-owner/chief financial officer and operations manager for LDS Inc., a dairy equipment and service provider.

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Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative elects directors

Madison, Wis. (Jan. 13, 2016) – Members of the Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative elected two directors at the annual business meeting during the Dairy Strong 2016: Partners in Progress conference at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.

Brody Stapel, a managing partner at Double Dutch Dairy in Cedar Grove, Wis., and Jim Winn, co-owner of Cottonwood Dairy in South Wayne, Wis., will serve three-year terms on DBMMC’s board of directors. Stapel is new to the board. Winn was re-elected.

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