More than 65,000 expected for FFA Convention

By National FFA Organization
INDIANAPOLIS — The city of Indianapolis will transform into a sea of blue jackets this week when the National FFA Convention & Expo kicks off for the 91st time. More than 65,000 FFA members and guests from across the U.S., representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are expected to attend this time-honored tradition, where innovators and leaders of tomorrow come together.
Convention and expo events will take place at several venues in downtown Indianapolis and other surrounding areas. FFA members and advisors will meet in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where eight of the nine general sessions will be held. At the Indiana Convention Center, members can explore the expo or expand their minds by attending a variety of workshops or participating in educational and career success tours.
This year, the theme of the convention and expo is Just One, and the national officer team is excited to share this with all of those in attendance.
It’s estimated that the national convention and expo will have a $40 million impact on the city. Attendees will stay in 115 hotels throughout the Indianapolis area.



Dairy Strong offers free admission for farmers

Hundreds of dairy farmers from throughout Wisconsin, the Midwest and the nation will descend Jan. 23-24 on the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis., for Dairy Strong, a conference and trade show designed with dairy farmers in mind.
Dairy farmers who register by Nov. 1 for the event can attend for free. Registration is now open at and farmers who sign up by Nov. 1 receive two complimentary registrations. After Nov. 1, dairies can attend for $150 for two days or $99 for one day.
Industry professionals are also encouraged to attend to learn about the latest innovations in dairy farming.
This year’s event features inspiring keynote speakers, high-quality programming and plenty of networking opportunities.
Keynote speaker Molly Fletcher, known as the “female Jerry Maguire,” will open the conference. She has represented some of the top names in sports including PGA golfer Matt Kuchar and Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz. Fletcher will call on her business wisdom, relationship experience and unwavering optimism to draw parallels to the dairy community.
Dairy Strong includes innovative and practical sessions to help farmers improve their dairies, as well as main-stage speakers covering important issues like dairy economics and election outcomes.
The event also brings together farmers, corporate professionals and representatives from government agencies and universities come together with a united mission to move dairy forward. Attendees will also have the chance to network with the nation’s leading suppliers in our relaxed and intimate trade show. Dairy Strong is an inclusive environment where farms of all sizes and business philosophies connect with each other and the dairy community.
All food and sessions are included in the registration fee.
For more information about the fifth annual Dairy Strong, including schedule and registration information, go to

ADC shines spotlight on Dairy Revenue Protection program

The current level of risk protection on milk price is obvious with the severe loss of financial stability in the dairy industry. Now, a new program called the Dairy Revenue Protection soon will be available to protect dairy farmers from from low milk prices.
The American Dairy Coalition will discuss the new program during its dairy outlook forum held during the World Dairy Expo from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 4.
John Newton, chief economist with the American Farm Bureau Foundation, will explain how the Dairy Revenue Protection program works and what farmers need to know. Sign up for the program begins Oct. 9.
Other key topics to be discussed during the forum include:
AG and Legal Workforce Act update: ADC CEO Laurie Fischer will discuss how wage inflation and lack of workers mean the industry can no longer wait for a new H-2C visa program. The AG and Legal Workforce Act would create a way to allow workers already in the U.S. and new workers to use a viable guest-worker program on dairy operations.
The Integrity of Milk: Kim Bremmer, a member of the ADC Executive Advisory Committee and owner of Ag Inspiration, will discuss how plant-based manufacturers continue to tap in to the reputation and nutritional value the dairy industry has built around the word “milk.” She’ll look at whether these manufacturers will be allowed to continue confusing consumers.
To RSVP for the presentation, click here. Seats are limited.


World Dairy Expo returns for 52nd year

By Tim Froberg
MADISON, Wis. — The World Dairy Expo is where the dairy industry connects and communicates.
Roughly 70,000 dairy enthusiasts, company representatives and industry leaders attend the event each year, and the 2018 Expo is expected to be bigger and better than ever. It is considered the world’s largest dairy-focused event and the trade show features exhibits from more than 800 companies across the world.
“It’s a place for people to network and get revitalized and energized about the (dairy) industry,” said Kristin Olson, WDE’s media relations manager.
If it’s dairy related, it’s probably going to be either discussed or displayed at the 52nd annual expo set for Oct. 2-6 at the Alliant Energy Center. The expo showcases North America’s top dairy cattle and the latest technologies in the industry. It features a world-class dairy cattle show and industry-themed contests, displays, exhibits and daily seminars ranging from how to launch a dairy business to robotics designed to create a more efficient business.

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Farm Discovery Center grand opening set

MANITOWOC, Wis. —  The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center will hold its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sat., July 28 and Sun., July 29 at 7001 Gass Lake Road.
The special introductory ticket prices for the weekend will be $12 for Adults and $6 for children (ages 4-18) and free for children 3 and under.  Activities and special events planned throughout the day include face painting, games, baby calves being born in the Land O’Lakes Birthing Barn, and self-guided tours of interactive exhibits.  Although Farm Wisconsin will be offering daily tours of nearby Grotegut Dairy Farm, due to the large crowds expected on grand opening weekend, tours will not be offered.

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Enter now for World Dairy Expo cattle show

MADISON, WIS. –World Dairy Expo is now accepting entries for its 52nd annual Dairy Cattle Show, which runs Oct. 2-6.
Online and paper entry forms are due Aug. 31 by 11:59 p.m. (CST). Late entries may be submitted online through Sept. 9, and paper entries will be honored until the day of the show, both for an increased fee.
To be eligible to show, all animals must have an official Canadian CCIA or USDA AIN RFID or visual tag number listed on the entry form at the time of submission. Animals lacking this number – or with a pending identification status – will not be accepted. For exhibitors residing within the United States and needing tags with an USDA AIN number, Datamars, Inc. is generously providing up to ten 840-series RFID tag sets per exhibitor. More information regarding identification requirements is included in the Premium Book.
Entry forms, the schedule of events, rules and other updates can also be found in the Premium Book – mailed to recent dairy cattle exhibitors  or available online at New exhibitors may request a copy of the Premium Book by contacting Laurie Breuch, Dairy Cattle Show Coordinator, at or Ann Marie Magnochi, Dairy Cattle Show Manager, at
Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. Crowds of nearly 70,000 people from 100 countries are expected at this year’s event.

Dairy Strong 2019 keynote speakers set

Molly Fletcher

GREEN BAY, Wis.  – Hundreds of dedicated members of the U.S. dairy community will gather again Jan. 23-24, 2019, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, in Madison, Wis., for the fifth annual Dairy Strong conference.
Conference organizers have announced the three keynote speakers for the 2019 event:
Molly Fletcher will serve as the opening keynote for Dairy Strong 2019. She was hailed as the “female Jerry Maguire” as she represented sport’s biggest names, including Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, PGA TOUR golfer Matt Kuchar, broadcaster Erin Andrews and basketball coaches Tom Izzo and Doc Rivers.  Fletcher will call on her business wisdom, relationship experience and unwavering optimism to draw parallels to the dairy community.

Ken Schmidt

Back by popular demand is Ken Schmidt, the former director of communications for Harley-Davidson. He spoke at the first Dairy Strong conference in 2015 and he will return to make connections between the dairy community and his experience with one of the most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history.
Famed geopolitical strategist, Peter Zeihan will close the conference. His worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends.

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Dairy-sponsored run/walk aids kids

By Michael Kuehl
Similar to America’s dairy industry, the nation’s running community finds itself in difficult circumstances.
While the competitive running sector doubled in demand and participation between 2005 and 2013, it more recently has struggled to maintain its customer base. While 19 million Americans participated in running events in 2013, the number fell just below 17 million just a few years later.
With these statistics, one probably wonders why, in 2017, would Dairy Cares of Wisconsin – a non-profit that benefits Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – want to organize a Fun Run/Walk? The answer is simple — opportunity. We had an important story to tell and a critical cause to support, and whether we reached 250 people or 500, we knew we wanted to go beyond the dairy industry and reach out to the wider community.

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Wisconsin dairies hosting breakfasts during June

Tony Korn of Junion Homestead Farm in Casco, Wis., expects to have thousands of visitors show up for breakfast on Father’s Day.
“We chose to host the 2018 Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm to celebrate Junion Homestead Farm’s 150th anniversary of family farming,” Korn said of the June 17 event. “I volunteered about five years ago to secure the 2018 date. We have been planning for the last two years to ensure that everything on the farm is ready to go for the event.”
Korn is one of several dozen farmers across Wisconsin who open up their barns to members of the public during June Dairy Month.

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Wood County ready to host Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

Equipment demonstrations are one of the highlights of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.

By Leah Call

Excitement is building in Wood County, Wis., as they put the final touches on preparations for the upcoming Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (WFTD), the largest outdoor agriculture show in the state and one of the largest in the nation.

The 2018 show will take place July 10-12 at two farms outside of Marshfield, Wis. The two host farms — the D&B Sternweis Farms and Weber’s Farm Store/Heiman Holsteins — invite farmers and non-farmers to enjoy the sights and flavors of this central Wisconsin agricultural hub while discovering the latest in farm innovation.

“The show typically draws 35,000 to 45,000 people, and with it being near the center of the state, it will probably be in the upper part of that range,” said WFTD coordinator Matthew Glewen. “We love to have non-farm folks attend, too. Actually, about 20 to 25 percent of show attendees each year are non-farm.” Continue reading “Wood County ready to host Wisconsin Farm Technology Days”