Midwest Dairy Digest: March 19, 2011


MMPA sets I-9 compliance, immigration, migrant and seasonal employee workshop

Minnesota Milk Producers Association (MMPA) members are welcome to attend an Executives Workshop, March 23-24, on I-9 Compliance, Immigration and the Migrant and Seasonal Worker Act.  This workshop is only available to MMPA members at no cost (non-members are able to register for $200 registration fee and only if referred by a MMPA member).

Donald C. Erickson and John Gasele, from Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith and Frederick, P.A., will present the information and answer questions.  Don Erickson is a Labor and Employment Law Specialist certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association and a former Workers’ Compensation Judge with the State of Minnesota, Office of Administrative Hearings.

This workshop is limited to the first 50 participants.  To reserve your space, contact MMPA by phone at 877-577-0741 or by e-mail mmpa@mnmilk.org. Hotel rooms are avilable at the Cambria Suites Maple Grove by calling 763-494-5556.

Dairy drug use and compliance webinar is April 5

Dairy farms are the key link in the chain of protection of food from contamination with drugs. Prudent, label use under the supervision of your veterinarian, good record keeping, reliable animal identification, and appropriate testing can help the dairy industry keep the trust of the consumer and avoid the risk of regulatory enforcement.

Dr. John Fetrow, VMD, MBA, University of Minnesota, will present a webinar on those issues for Minnesota Milk Producer Association members, Tuesday, April 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Topics for the presentation include:

• Background on drug residue and use issues

• Rules regulating drug use on dairies

• What the future holds

If you have any additional questions, or if you are not a member and would like to participate, please contact MMPA by e-mail at mmpa@mnmilk.org or toll-free at 877-577-0741. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with login information for the webinar upon completion of your registration.


South Dakota

SDSU Jackrabbit Dairy Camp scheduled

The 8th annual South Dakota State University Jackrabbit Dairy Camp, a three-day workshop for youth wanting to learn about the dairy industry, will be held  June 16-18, at the South Dakota State University Campus, Brookings, S.D.

The South Dakota State University Dairy Club is sponsoring this event for youth between the ages 8-18 who want to enhance their dairy cattle skills and learn about the dairy industry.  Campers from all states are welcome to attend.

“The SDSU Jackrabbit Dairy Camp is a great place for the youth to learn about the dairy industry.  This is a fun event for kids to interact and meet other dairy enthusiasts.  The participants learn about both sides of the industry; production and manufacturing.  They learn about clipping, showmanship, and judging while also learning about proper care for animals.  There are also dairy manufacturing activities, including making products such as ice cream and touring the SDSU Dairy Plant. “Dairy Camp is a place where campers can put their showmanship and judging skills to the test.” said SDSU Dairy Club President and past counselor, April Johnson.

Highlights of the dairy camp include:

• Dairy Workshops on fitting, showmanship, oral reasons, dairy promotion, and dairy products

• Hands-on fitting demonstration

• Mock heifer auction

• Dairy Judging Contest

• Showmanship Contest

• Other  activities – bowling and movie night

Lodging for two evenings in an SDSU dormitory, meals, and materials provided are included in the $50 registration fee.  Registration materials can be obtained by going to the website www.sdstate.edu/ds or by e-mailing sdsu_dairyclub@yahoo.com.  The registration deadline is May 25. Registration is limited and on a first-come first-serve basis.



ISDA offers scholarships

The Iowa State Dairy Association (ISDA) will award six college scholarships of $500 to Iowa students. The scholarships are available to any level undergraduate student, incoming freshmen through seniors, pursuing a degree in any field.

Candidates must complete the ISDA scholarship application and attach a one-page essay. All applications and essays must be received by April 1. The ISDA scholarship application can be downloaded from the ISDA Web site (www.iowadairy.org) or contact Jessica Bloomberg, ISDA industry relations manager, to request an application at (515) 971-3620 or jessicab@iowadairy.org.

Return completed application and essay via email to jessicab@iowadairy.org, fax to 515-964-5498 (attention: Jessica Bloomberg), or mailed to: Iowa State Dairy Association, Scholarship Application, 101 NE Trilein Dr., Ankeny, IA 50021.

Applicants must be the child or grandchild of a current ISDA member.  If you are not currently an ISDA member or if you have not yet renewed your membership for 2011, you can find a membership application on the ISDA Web site or contact Jessica Bloomberg to request a membership form.


Workshops to provide environmental issues updates for medium-sized dairies and beef feedlots

ISU Extension and the Iowa DNR will offer three workshops in northwest and western Iowa featuring environmental issues for feedlots and dairies that are medium-sized concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Each workshop will cover the following topics: definition of a medium-sized CAFO; National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements; design criteria for manure and effluent handling and storage; operation, maintenance and nutrient management plans; and resources for technical and financial assistance.

Consultants and companies from Iowa and surrounding states are sponsors for the workshops and will be available to discuss engineering services, manure plans and technical assistance.

Workshops include:

• March 29: Spencer Community School Admin Bldg (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) Call: 712-262-2264 to register

• March 30: Corporate Center, Sioux Center (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) Call: 712-737-4230 to register

• March 31: American Legion Hall, Arcadia. (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) Call: 712-792-2364 to register

Registration for the workshop is $30 for the first person from the operation and $15 for each additional person, which includes materials and lunch. Register by March 23 by calling the ISU Extension county office associated with the site to be attended. Payment may be made at the door, but pre-registration is required. (Source: ISU Extension)


DFA member, employee honored

The Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors Foundation recently recognized the dedication and service of James A. Coats, a Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.’s (DFA) member, and Steve Davis, a manager in DFA’s Southeast Area. The Foundation awarded Coats its Leadership Award and Davis the Meritorious Service Award. The Foundation’s awards program recognizes and honors Missouri individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the progress and welfare of the dairy industry.

Coats held several roles in the Missouri dairy industry over the course of six decades. He served as a leader with the University Extension Council of Texas County, Mo.; MFA, Inc.; Farm Credit Land Bank; the Missouri Holstein Association and the Texas County Cattlemen’s Association. Coats recently retired and his son, Tom, assumed management of the dairy. Before retiring, Coats was a district chairman for DFA and served as an elected delegate, representing fellow DFA members at the Cooperative’s Annual Meeting.

The Meritorious Service Award is given to those who have served milk producers and processors in exemplary fashion. Davis, a resident of Seymour, Mo., and a former field representative for DFA, has more than 20 years experience working in the dairy industry and currently serves on the Missouri State Milk Board Advisory Committee.

Dairy business planning grant application deadline is March 25

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) is accepting applications for the Dairy Business Planning Grant Program. This funding will enable dairy producers to work with a qualified dairy business planning professional to develop a business plan for the startup, modernization, expansion or increased production of a Missouri dairy farm.

The dairy planning grant shall not exceed $5,000 or finance more than 90% of the cost of the business plan, whichever is less. The dairy producer is required to pay at least 10% of the cost of the work done. The Missouri Soybean Association and the Missouri Dairy Growth Council will provide the funding for this grant; MASBDA will implement and administer the program. Applications will be scored competitively.

Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25. To contact MASBDA, call (573)751-2129 or masbda@mda.mo.gov.

Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference is July 6-8

The Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference will be held July 6-8, at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Joplin, Missouri. Presentations will be given by university faculty, industry and dairy producers on the latest information related to dairy grazing systems. Farm tours are planned to local pasture-based dairy operations both during and after the conference. A trade show is planned for 30-40 businesses affliated with this industry to showcase their products and information during the conference. Highlights include:

• Learn the latest in dairy grazing systems

• Tour some of the nation’s best grazing dairies

• Network with national dairy graziers

For more information, visit http://agebb.missouri.edu/dairy/grazing/conference/index.htm.