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National 4-H Dairy Conference

Posted: January 11, 2011

A delegation of seven Pennsylvania 4-H'ers and three chaperones enjoyed several days of fun and learning during the 56th annual National 4-H Dairy Conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. The educational program attracted approximately 200 youth and adult delegates from across the USA and Canada.
Pictured back, L-R, Austin Ream, Brooke Caldwell, Mary Kimmel, Ethan Schoonover, Paula Plumstead, Gwen Anderson, and Garrett Richardson, Front. L-R, Chaperones Sue Plumstead, Mark Douglass, & Lori Richardson

Pictured back, L-R, Austin Ream, Brooke Caldwell, Mary Kimmel, Ethan Schoonover, Paula Plumstead, Gwen Anderson, and Garrett Richardson, Front. L-R, Chaperones Sue Plumstead, Mark Douglass, & Lori Richardson

A delegation of seven Pennsylvania 4-H’ers and three chaperones enjoyed several days of fun and learning during the 56th annual National 4-H Dairy Conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. The educational program attracted approximately 200 youth and adult delegates from across the USA and Canada.

The youth delegation from Pennsylvania included Austin Ream and Mary Kimmel, Somerset County; Brooke Caldwell and Gwen Anderson, Crawford County; Ethan Schoonover, Bucks County; Paula Plumstead, Potter County, and Garrett Richardson, Indiana County. Chaperones were Mark Douglass,

Jefferson County Extension Educator; Lori Richardson, Indiana County 4-H Leader, and Sue Plumstead, Potter County. They were selected from a field of applicants to attend the conference based on past experience, knowledge, and interest in the dairy industry. The four-day experience exposed 4-H members to new dairy science technology and dairy-related careers. Through a combination of workshops, speakers, educational off-site experiences, and networking with other dairy-oriented youth, 4-H members gained information they could use to strengthen their futures in the dairy industry. Hands-on learning workshop topics included biotechnology, genetics, foods evaluation, animal nutrition and marketing. ― Meeting people from all over the country who share similar interests was great! I learned so much! reported one delegate.

The Pennsylvania delegation was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association. National 4-H Dairy Conference is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Supple-mental monetary support is provided by numerous corporate sponsors including ABS Global; Accelerated Genetics; AgStar Services; Alltech; American Dairy Science Association; AMPI; Cargill; CHS, Inc.; Cotton Incorporated; Crave Brothers Farm LLC; Dairy Farmers of America; Foremost Farms USA; Hoard’s Dairyman; Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, LLC; Mycogen Seeds; Nasco International, Inc; National Dairy Shrine; Purebred Dairy Cattle Association (PDCA); Select Sires, Inc.; United Dairymen of Idaho; Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board; World Dairy Expo, and other Friends of the Conference.