2020 Innovation Stage

How it works

The Innovation Stage is located directly in the trade show. It features a smaller stage and presentation space, seating for roughly 30 attendees and cocktail tables in the back. Speakers have 20 minutes to present their latest and greatest ideas and you have 10 minutes to ask questions. Then we roll right into the next presentation.

It’s casual. Stay the entire presentation, stop by for a few minutes – it’s up to you. The best part is that you can continue networking after the presentation on the trade show floor with the speakers. This space is about meaningful interaction and giving you just enough information to peak your interest.

Check the full schedule for the most up-to-date information, and we’ll see you at Dairy Strong!

2020 Innovation Stage Schedule
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 12:30-5:00 p.m.

12:30 p.m. | Two heads are better than one: Benefits of pair or group housing of calves, Dr. Jennifer Van Os, assistant professor and extension specialist in animal welfare at UW Madison. Sponsored by Calf-Tel.

1 p.m. | The U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment:  Advancing US dairy’s leadership position in a global market, Colleen Geurts, Schreiber Foods Inc and Josh Luth, Foremost Farms. Moderated by Jennifer Block, Innovation Center for US Dairy.

1:30 p.m. |  Increasing herd profitability through genetics and inventory management, Pete Dueppengiesser, STgenetics. Sponsored by STgenetics.

2 p.m. |  The economics of a low cull rate, Andy Bohnhoff, ProAGtive Technologies. Sponsored by ProAGtive Technologies. 

2:30 p.m. |  Are you milking your farm’s efficiency?  Jessica Mlsna, Focus on Energy, Kevin Weiler, Focus on Energy. Sponsored by Focus on Energy.

3 p.m. |  Ecosystem services markets: A path to cleaner water in Wisconsin, Steve Rowe, Newtrient. Sponsored by Newtrient.

3:30 p.m. |  Customized solutions to reduce clostridial risk, Dr. Tom Rehberger, Arm & Hammer. Sponsored by Arm & Hammer.

4 p.m. |  Dairy animal welfare certification: How to effectively engage, Matt Jones, Where Food Comes From. Sponsored by Where Food Comes From.

4:30 p.m. |  Rethinking rotations: How progressive dairies can lower the cost of production, increase feed efficiency and address environmental concerns, Daniel Olson, Forage Innovations. Sponsored by Byron Seeds.

Thursday, Jan. 23, 8-9 a.m.

8 a.m. |  Embracing your platform: A farmer’s experience using social media to influence consumers. Hannah Vander Poel, @IDdairygirl, Northern Sky Dairy. Sponsored by Cargill.


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