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Tuesday November 2, 2021

Pre-Meeting Workshops

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Automated Milking Systems Workshop and Tour at Pleasant Lane Farms

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Innovation Center for U.S Dairy Supply Chain Food Safety Management Workshop

Wednesday November 3, 2021


7:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Educational Tour Pleasant Lane Farms & Creamery

Annual Conference

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Opening Session

Welcome & Announcements President-Chris Hylkema

DPC Overview & Task Force Introductions-Chris Hylkema

Key Note Speaker- Global Perspectives on Dairy: Where Does the U.S. Industry Fit-In Post Pandemic? Matthew Gould, Dairy Market Analyst

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Dairy Bar Break/Vendor Visits/1st Time Attendee Mentor Meet-Up

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Task Force Sessions

Task Force I Farm Buildings & Equipment: Activities & Guidelines relate to buildings & equipment for dairy operations. Focused on systems including designs for handling cows, feed, milk, ventilation & manure.

Task Force II Plant Equipment & Procedures: Activities and Guidelines relate to procedures and equipment involved in dairy plant operations. Focused on promoting uniformity between the states.

Task Force III Laboratory & Quality Control Procedures: Activities and Guidelines relate to laboratory, quality control, product evaluation & trouble shooting procedures. Focused on methods of assuring quality through good production and manufacturing procedures.

Task Force IV Regulatory Issues & HACCP: Activities and Guidelines relate to inspections and HACCP. Focused on fostering communications & uniformity between the states.

Task Force V Milking Systems & Procedures: Activities and Guidelines relate to milking system design, equipment, and facilities. Focused on function and proper cleaning/sanitation.

Task Force VI Small Ruminants: Activities and Guidelines relate to dairy goat, sheep, and other small ruminants. Focused on best practices pertaining to all aspects of production and processing.

5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 1st Time Attendee Regroup/ Q&A-Chris Hylkema/Keith Hay/Sharon Wilson

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Networking Reception (Cash Bar)/Vendor Visits

Thursday November 4, 2021

8:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m. General Session

8:15 a.m. Welcome-Chris Hylkema

8:30 a.m. 2050 IC Sustainability Goals/In-Plant Water Reclamation- Hansel New, DFA

9:15 a.m. Sustainability: Impact on Operations and Customer Relations-Charles Turner, Turner Dairy

10:00 a.m. Dairy Bar/Vendor Visit Break

10:30 a.m. On-Farm Water Reclamation-Dr. Joe Zulovich, University of Missouri

11:15 a.m. Environmental Stewardship-National Milk Producers Federation, Jamie Jonker

12:00 p.m. Awards Luncheon & Business Meeting-Chris Hylkema/Keith Hay/Mary Wilcox

1:15 p.m. Welcome to Pennsylvania-Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding

1:30 p.m. Sustainability Speaker Panel- Moderator-Dr. Rick Watters, Quality Production Services

2:30-3:00 p.m. Dairy Bar/Vendor Visit Break

3:00-5:00 p.m. Task Force Sessions Continue

Friday, November 5

8:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. General Session Resumes

8:15 a.m. Welcome & Announcements

8:30 a.m. Appendix N/NCIMS Updates-Roger Hooi, Dairy Farmers of America

9:15 a.m. What’s in Store for Dairy Foods in 2022?-John Allan, International Dairy Foods Association

10:00 a.m. Dairy Bar/Vendor Visit Break

10:30 a.m. Dairy’s Response to People In Need During and Post Pandemic Panel

Moderator-Pat Clark, USDA AMS Program

USDA Dairy Donation Program-Erin Taylor, USDA

Feeding America Program-Carrie Calvert, Feeding America

Nourish NY-Jennifer Trodden, Chris Hylkema, NY State Dept. of Agriculture & Markets

Industry Perspective-Chris Noble, NobleHurst Farms

12:00 p.m. Adjourn

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Questions about the Program, Membership, or Sponsorships?

Contact Mary Wilcox: or call 419-890-5147

Attendee Registration Hours During Conference

Tues. 7:30 - Noon, Wed. 7:30-2:00, Thurs. 7:30 -1:00, Fri. 7:30 a.m.-Noon