Ag Progress Days - Dairy Industry Breakfast
Penn State Extension Dairy Team and the Center for Dairy Excellence are hosting a Dairy Industry Breakfast for dairy producers and agribusiness representatives on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days.
The Pennsylvania dairy industry has been through many changes over the past year. Many people look at these changes in different ways, good or bad. This program will focus on “Thriving with Change.” During the breakfast you will learn about the Pennsylvania dairy industry executive summary. What are the final results of the dairy survey that was conducted by Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and what will the future of the dairy industry look like for Pennsylvania? Many hard decisions will or have be made by producers and dealing with those decisions can be hard.
With change often comes stress. Stress on the farm has become a major concern in recent years. Abbie Spackman of Penn State University will be speaking about managing stress on the farm. Farming can be a life full of joy, love, heartache, and challenges. Many aspects of the job are beyond a farmer's control - market prices, government regulations, drought, and disease outbreak, to name a few. Combined with long hours and financial pressures, farmers can experience high levels of stress. Some stress is normal but too much can be harmful.
A common factor in all dairy business is “Knowing your Numbers”. Rob Goodling of Penn State Extension will talk about the importance of knowing your cost of production and how it can affect major decisions being made on the farm. The biggest hurdle with financials is finding the balance between income and expenses. When evaluating production and financials should be discussed and monitored so that the whole farm is properly assessed for any potential bottlenecks.
The event will take place in the downstairs section of the Little Red Barn that is located on site. There is no cost to attend, but participants interested in attending should preregister for an accurate meal count.
Dairy Producers, Dairy Professionals, and Agribusiness Representatives.
J. Craig Williams