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The Minnesota Milk Minne-Series is a new educational event opportunity for dairy farmers and dairy business professionals. The schedule is organized into four different tracks: People Management, Production Management, Policy & Economics, and Conservation & Sustainability.

Participants must register for each track separately. Once you've registerd for a track, you will have access to all webinars within that track. Webinars are free to members of Minnesota Milk. Non-members will be invoiced a one-time fee of $100 to access all content across the four tracks.

Scroll down to see more details about the upcoming webinars and to register for each track.

People Management Track

Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.

Farming is a dangerous industry. From machinery to animals, accidents are waiting to happen. But, safety doesn't happen by accident. It is an intentional decision to improve the processes and systems that we do every day in order to make sure we get home every night without injury. This presentation is an explanation of one farm's safety journey.

Speaker: Kevin Wulf, Riverview LLP

 

How to use the 3 Pillars of Engagement and the 4 Drivers of Motivation to understand our employee’s “why” in order to create an effective engaging culture.

Speaker: Jorge Delgado, Alltech

Having a dairy farm advisory team can really help create an opportunity for a farm to attain further education, resources, and positive relationships with industry professionals. An advisory team works together to help reach the goals of the farming family and the dairy business which, in turn, can ultimately help create efficiencies, profitability, and further success. This presentation will educate you about strategies, tools, and practices that can help improve the performance of your on-farm dairy advisory team.

Speaker: Leah Bischof, Minnesota Dairy Initiative

Difficult times can make us stronger and more resilient, but how do we make that happen. During this session, Monica will discuss how to implement strategies to manage our stress, improve our mindset, and feel inner peace amongst chaos. Grab your notepad! Let's learn how to bend

Speaker: Monica Kramer McConkey, Rural Mental Health Specialist

Farmers spend much of their time thinking about the needs of their farm: quality feed, good reproduction, functional facilities, etc. For generations, the needs of the farm have come before the needs of the farmer. This session will challenge that mentality and encourage farmers to see themselves as the cornerstone of their farm's success. We will cover the three legged milking stool of wellness, the relationship between poor health and farm accidents, and easy ways to take care of ourselves while keeping the farm a top priority.

Speaker: Emily Krekelberg, University of Minnesota Extension

Speaker: Dennis Hoiberg

Speaker: Dennis Hoiberg

Production Management Track

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.

Dairy herds are looking for every advantage they can find these days. Diversifying into the beef markets is one such avenue that offers multiple options to choose from. In doing so, Dairies must present to market beef products with the same commitment to quality as they take with the milk products they sell. If not, these diversification options and, ultimately, the opportunity for a stronger return on investment from these premium and sought-after animals. Andrew will explore why beef production is now a consideration, options for entering this space and business positions to consider to maximize these extra profits.

Speaker: Andrew Swanson, Select Sires

How did the dairy aisle change in 2020? How specifically did the coronavirus pandemic impact consumer buying behaviors? Megan Sheets with Midwest Dairy will share a review of how the retail dairy landscape changed in 2020, and what the future may hold.

Speaker: Megan Sheets, Midwest Dairy

Although not really considered emerging pathogens anymore, Prototheca and Mycoplasma are routinely discovered during milk quality surveillance on dairy farms.  With more diagnostic options at our disposal it is sometimes a challenge to distinguish with certainty between a true intramammary infection and environmental sources.  Let’s have a discussion about these pathogens, monitoring for them, and the different tests we have at our disposal.

Speaker: Matt Boyle, Zoetis

The economic impact of mastitis is typically showed cased in a dollar amount, however have you ever stopped to think the real impact inside the cow?  Join Mario to learn more about the mastitis process from the inside of the cow and learn now milking procedures and other factors interact during this process.

Speaker: Mario Solis Flores, Form-A-Feed

One size does not fit all when it comes to dairy farm profitability. This presentation discusses how small to medium sized dairy farms were able to generate more profit per cow while reporting lower milk yields. While these results are specific to small-medium sized farms, it illustrates how being nimble in the short run helps farmers farm create opportunities for success and resilience in the long-run.

Speaker: Joleen Hadrich, University of Minnesota

In this presentation we will cover how data will shape the future of dairy farming. We will cover new technologies coming to the market, but also talk about how we can learn from the sports world on using old data in new ways.

Speaker: Jeffrey Bewley, Holstein Association USA

In this session, you’ll explore in-depth what some of the top herds are doing to achieve profit margins even in challenging times. Matt will help you better understand production and financial metrics that have a big impact on your business. You will take home practical tools to help you identify opportunities allowing you to implement changes that yield profitable outcomes.

Speakers: Matt Lange and Jon Zander, Compeer Financial

Policy & Economics Track

Fridays at 11:00 a.m.

Tune in as Executive Director, Lucas Sjostrom, and MMPA contract lobbyist, Daryn McBeth, provide commentary based on MMPA's resolutions and policy goals for the 2021 legislative session. 

Speaker: Lucas Sjostrom and Daryn McBeth

The events of 2020 and market moves will once again redefine farm operating volatility for the future. Gary will share what financial information dairy producers should know and what bankers are expecting farmers to understand to better communicate with their lenders.

Speaker: Gary Sipiorski, Gary Sipiorski Consulting, LLC

Learn what's on the horizon for dairy in 2021.

Speaker: Marin Bozic, University of Minnesota

Milk prices are one of the most volatile commodity prices given the inelastic demand and supply. No one can escape the financial impact of high or low prices, but this hides the wide spread in the financial performance within the industry. It is important to commit your business to executing regardless of the environment. This talk will quantify the impact of the spread and the factors that cause it.

Speaker: Michael Swanson, Wells Fargo

Paul Bleiberg, NMPF’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations, will provide a lay of the land for what to anticipate in 2021.  With a new President and dozens of new members of Congress in both parties taking office, NMPF is preparing to educate the Biden administration as well as the 117th Congress on its core priorities.  However, despite the changes brought on by the election, much remains the same.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact every sector of our economy, including food and agriculture, and dairy producers continue to seek solutions to issues ranging from opening markets to environmental challenges to access to labor.

Speaker: Paul Bleiberg, National Milk Producers Federation

The dairy industry is changing rapidly, from consolidation among dairy farmers, dairy cooperatives and dairy processors, to shifts in consumer preferences. How should federal dairy policy and milk pricing provisions be improved to keep pace with these changes? Following a multi-year debate among Farm Bureau dairy farmer members from across the country, farmer and rancher delegates convened at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st and 102nd Annual Conventions to adopt policies to guide the organization’s work to improve federal dairy policy and milk pricing provisions. This session will provide an overview of these recently-adopted policies.

Speaker: John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation

Dr. Joe will walk through building a dairy vaccine protocol with real-life situations to highlight timing and type of vaccines. We will start with a basic protocol and introduce troubleshooting situations to the model to expand pathogen coverage in response to disease outbreaks. The goal will be to walk through a veterinarian's mindset when choosing to recommend (or not recommend) what vaccine to use and when.

Speaker: Joe Armstrong, University of Minnesota

Conservation & Sustainability Track

Fridays at 1:00 p.m.

During this presentation, you will learn about new and innovative approaches to thinking about conservation. What options are out there for dairy farmers to maximize conservation opportunities? This presentation will consider economic, social, and environmental factors in making decisions for your farming operation.

Speaker: Nathan Hylla, Stearns County SWCD

Farmers and ranchers are vital to our way of life. They grow our food and produce fuel, fiber, and building materials for our society. As stewards of the majority of our country, they (you) are among our greatest conservation allies. This session will cover TNC’s collaborative, science-based approach and programming for working with farmers and ranchers here in MN to help feed a growing population while ensuring clean and abundant water supplies, healthy lands, and a stable climate.  Specific topics to be covered include: the conservation value of ruminants on the landscape, how ag retailers and agronomists fit into conservation, and how ecosystem services markets (carbon and water quality credits) can be a scalable financial driver for conservation practices.

Speaker: Leif Fixen, The Nature Conservancy

Discovery Farms programs in Minnesota and Wisconsin have been collecting edge-of-field water quality data on real working dairy farms for the past 20 years. This presentation will give an overview of what we are learning and what management practices are crucial for dairy farmers to continue to protect water quality.

Speaker: Tim Radatz, Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center 

Speaker: Amos Smith, Lawnel Farms

This presentation will examine two collaboratives aimed at accelerating sustainable agriculture on row crop acres at the local and national levels, the Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership in Minnesota and the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative - both administered by Environmental Initiative. Panelists will discuss how collaboration can unlock solutions and galvanize support for impact and progress. Panelists will also discuss some of the common barriers collaborators face when working together and ideas for overcoming those barriers.

Speaker: Ryan Whisnant, Midwest Row Crop Collaborative

Dairy farmers have a long commitment to environmental stewardship. Learn more about dairy's Net Zero Initiative. 

Speakers: Karen Scanlon and Jim Wallace, Dairy Management, Inc.

Mother nature has been making manure application difficult the past few years. Do wet conditions impact nutrient release from the manure? Can cover crops be used to help keep the nutrients where you want them? Recent research projects looking into these questions will be discussed.

Speaker: Melissa Wilson, University of Minnesota