Dairy Strong 2019 keynote speakers set

Molly Fletcher

By MAA
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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DBA wins settlement in DNR lawsuit

By MAA 

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Dairy Business Association secured a settlement in its lawsuit against the state Department of Natural Resources for legal overreach on regulations.

The settlement, reached Wednesday between the association and DNR, will bring immediate relief for dairy farmers facing uncertainty and costly changes, and will provide assurance that the DNR will create future rules only according to the law.

The dairy group prevailed on the central claims of the suit — that the DNR illegally changed rules for how farmers manage rainwater that comes into contact with feed storage and calf hutch areas.

More broadly, the settlement reaffirms the significance of Act 21, a 2011 state law that requires agencies to follow a specific method of rulemaking.

“More than anything, this is a victory for the rule of law,” said Mike North, president of the Dairy Business Association (DBA), a nonprofit that represents hundreds of dairy farmers and other related businesses across Wisconsin. Continue reading “DBA wins settlement in DNR lawsuit”

DBA suing DNR, claims authority overrreach

By MaryBeth Matzek
MAA Editor

A Dairy Business Association lawsuit seeks to stop the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from overreaching its legal authority on key regulations.
The dairy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the DNR centering on how the agency implements new regulations without going through an approval process required by state law.
The lawsuit deals specifically with one example of this pattern of unlawful behavior: changes to how farmers manage rainwater that comes into contact with feed storage or calf hutch areas. Those changes, in which the DNR abruptly abandoned its own earlier directives, are causing costly fixes and still more uncertainty for farmers, said DBA President Mike North.

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