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In celebration of June Dairy Month, the Dairy Excellence Foundation is hosting “A Toast to Dairy”! This event will be he...
05/13/2021

In celebration of June Dairy Month, the Dairy Excellence Foundation is hosting “A Toast to Dairy”! This event will be held on Thursday, June 17th in Elizabethtown, PA from 6-9 pm. This outdoor, farm-to-fork event will feature different food stations sourced with PA Preferred ingredients, in addition to live music, outdoor activities, food demonstrations, and more! All proceeds benefit the Dairy Excellence Foundation, including our on-farm internships, scholarships, and other dairy education programs. Visit www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/toasttodairy to purchase your tickets and to learn more about the event!

In celebration of June Dairy Month, the Dairy Excellence Foundation is hosting “A Toast to Dairy”! This event will be held on Thursday, June 17th in Elizabethtown, PA from 6-9 pm. This outdoor, farm-to-fork event will feature different food stations sourced with PA Preferred ingredients, in addition to live music, outdoor activities, food demonstrations, and more! All proceeds benefit the Dairy Excellence Foundation, including our on-farm internships, scholarships, and other dairy education programs. Visit www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/toasttodairy to purchase your tickets and to learn more about the event!

Don't forget to share the Student Leader Scholarship opportunity with a student you know. Ten $3,000 scholarships are av...
05/12/2021
Dairy student leader scholarship applications due June 1 | AGDAILY

Don't forget to share the Student Leader Scholarship opportunity with a student you know. Ten $3,000 scholarships are available thanks to support from the Dairy Excellence Foundation and the PA Dairymen's Association. Applications are due June 1!

The scholarship program is designed to recognize outstanding students who are pursuing an education in a dairy-related field for the 2021-22 academic year.

Thank you to these Pennsylvania dairy farmers who have been volunteering their time with the Adopt a Cow program this sc...
05/11/2021

Thank you to these Pennsylvania dairy farmers who have been volunteering their time with the Adopt a Cow program this school year!

“As we make feed changes, we know in real time how it is affecting our bottom line. We can make very accurate, very quic...
05/11/2021
Tracking intake is part of the equation

“As we make feed changes, we know in real time how it is affecting our bottom line. We can make very accurate, very quick decisions based on what management changes we are making.”

👇 See how Tony Brubaker, a dairy farmer from Lancaster County, PA, tracks dry matter intake and uses the data to set goals with his employees in the areas of milk quality and feed management.

Tony Brubaker explained how they now utilize dry matter intake tracking during a Center for Dairy Excellence podcast.

👋 Meet Kylie Lusk, our education and communications intern for the summer! Kylie is a senior at Penn State, studying ani...
05/11/2021

👋 Meet Kylie Lusk, our education and communications intern for the summer! Kylie is a senior at Penn State, studying animal science with a business management focus and an agribusiness minor. A native of Washington County, PA, Kylie grew up on a small dairy farm and was an active member of her county’s 4-H program. We look forward to working with her this summer!

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2REQqqS

👋 Meet Kylie Lusk, our education and communications intern for the summer! Kylie is a senior at Penn State, studying animal science with a business management focus and an agribusiness minor. A native of Washington County, PA, Kylie grew up on a small dairy farm and was an active member of her county’s 4-H program. We look forward to working with her this summer!

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2REQqqS

GIVEAWAY FOR DAIRY PRODUCERS: Thanks to Phibro Animal Health, we're giving away two tickets to dairy producers who want ...
05/10/2021

GIVEAWAY FOR DAIRY PRODUCERS: Thanks to Phibro Animal Health, we're giving away two tickets to dairy producers who want to attend this year's "A Toast to Dairy" event on June 17th.

➡️ How to enter: Simply comment on this post for a chance to win one of the tickets! Winners will be selected on Friday, May 14.

GIVEAWAY FOR DAIRY PRODUCERS: Thanks to Phibro Animal Health, we're giving away two tickets to dairy producers who want to attend this year's "A Toast to Dairy" event on June 17th.

➡️ How to enter: Simply comment on this post for a chance to win one of the tickets! Winners will be selected on Friday, May 14.

🏆 Congratulations to Krista Pontius, a dairy farmer and agriculture teacher from Millerstown, PA! Today, she was named t...
05/07/2021
Live's Top Teacher Search Finalist: Krista Pontius

🏆 Congratulations to Krista Pontius, a dairy farmer and agriculture teacher from Millerstown, PA! Today, she was named the national winner in “Live with Kelly and Ryan’s” Top Teacher Search Contest – just in time for the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week!

“I decided to become an agriculture teacher and I’ve always loved farming. Now, I get to share my passion with my students every day. The most important job I consider for myself as an agriculture teacher is that they know where their food comes from. These guys could be future veterinarians or doctors or lawyers or truck drivers, but more importantly than that, they are going to go in and have the buying power to make decisions in the grocery store," she said.

👇 Watch the video to learn more about her farm and her teaching!

Kelly and Ryan meet one of the finalists in Live's Top Teacher Search, Krista Pontius from Millerstown, PA.Subscribe: https://bit.ly/2HFUeAKWebsite: https://...

Don't miss the early-bird discount for this year's A Toast to Dairy event! Purchase your tickets by tomorrow to save $10...
05/07/2021

Don't miss the early-bird discount for this year's A Toast to Dairy event! Purchase your tickets by tomorrow to save $10: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/toasttodairy

‼ Last chance for the early-bird discount for this year’s A Toast to Dairy event! If you purchase your tickets by TOMORROW May 8th, you'll save $10 on each ticket. This event will be held on June 17th and will be filled with food, fun, and a chance to celebrate Pennsylvania dairy!

Visit www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/toasttodairy to purchase your tickets and to learn more about the event!

Hanna Welk is a senior studying Animal Science at The Pennsylvania State University. Hanna was awarded the student leade...
05/07/2021

Hanna Welk is a senior studying Animal Science at The Pennsylvania State University. Hanna was awarded the student leadership scholarship in 2020. Ten scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded to undergraduate students and high school seniors who are in an agricultural field of study and want to pursue a career in the dairy industry. This scholarship is supported by the Dairy Excellence Foundation and PA Dairymen’s Association. Apply by June 1st at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/scholarships

Hanna Welk is a senior studying Animal Science at The Pennsylvania State University. Hanna was awarded the student leadership scholarship in 2020. Ten scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded to undergraduate students and high school seniors who are in an agricultural field of study and want to pursue a career in the dairy industry. This scholarship is supported by the Dairy Excellence Foundation and PA Dairymen’s Association. Apply by June 1st at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/scholarships

Are you looking for an overview of the PA dairy industry and a snapshot of the latest trends and numbers? 👇 Check out th...
05/06/2021
PA Dairy Overview | Center for Dairy Excellence

Are you looking for an overview of the PA dairy industry and a snapshot of the latest trends and numbers? 👇 Check out this page. Right now, Pennsylvania is ranked 7th in total milk production nationally, with the Commonwealth’s 482,000 cows producing nearly 10.3 billion pounds of milk annually.

The Center for Dairy Excellence assists dairy farm families in the decision-making process and serves as a catalyst for collaboration to strengthen the broader industry. The Dairy Excellence Foundation supports programs that cultivate and inspire that next generation of Pennsylvania dairy.

📣 DAIRY JOB OPPORTUNITY: Kurtland Farms, a 300 cow dairy operation located in Elverson, PA is in search of a full-time f...
05/05/2021

📣 DAIRY JOB OPPORTUNITY: Kurtland Farms, a 300 cow dairy operation located in Elverson, PA is in search of a full-time farm mechanic and robotic milker service technician. The candidate should be a self-motivated individual who can prioritize and keep up with daily responsibilities, troubleshoot and solve complex problems, and bring an energetic and positive attitude to work each day.

Primary responsibilities include daily service and maintenance of four Lely robotic milkers and related milking equipment; mixing feed and feeding different groups of dairy animals; servicing and maintaining all farm equipment; and other responsibilities.

➡️ Find full job posting: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/dairy-job-opportunities/

📣 DAIRY JOB OPPORTUNITY: Kurtland Farms, a 300 cow dairy operation located in Elverson, PA is in search of a full-time farm mechanic and robotic milker service technician. The candidate should be a self-motivated individual who can prioritize and keep up with daily responsibilities, troubleshoot and solve complex problems, and bring an energetic and positive attitude to work each day.

Primary responsibilities include daily service and maintenance of four Lely robotic milkers and related milking equipment; mixing feed and feeding different groups of dairy animals; servicing and maintaining all farm equipment; and other responsibilities.

➡️ Find full job posting: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/dairy-job-opportunities/

05/04/2021
An ode to dairy

These reasons to believe in dairy still hold true! Thanks for sharing.

Dairy producers participating in the 2021 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program will again see hefty indemnity payments fo...
05/04/2021
DMC payments will be large for March milk

Dairy producers participating in the 2021 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program will again see hefty indemnity payments for March milk marketings.

👇 Take a look at what you can expect. Thanks to Progressive Dairy and Zach Myers for pulling these numbers!

Dairy producers participating in the 2021 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program will see hefty indemnity payments for March milk marketings.

“There was a point, after I sat on an airplane for 20 hours flying around the world, that I sort of missed the view from...
05/03/2021
Missing the View From the Tractor Seat: PA Dairy Farmer Transforms Operation with Business Plan | Center for Dairy Excellence

“There was a point, after I sat on an airplane for 20 hours flying around the world, that I sort of missed the view from the tractor seat, or the farm, so to speak. When my [family] and I moved back, we were looking at all the memories and responsibilities of having a farm and then looked at the business and wondered: ‘How do you make a 40 or 50-cow operation work in today’s economy?’”

Jason Frye of Pleasant Lane Farms in Westmoreland County spent years working in the technology space for an independent software vendor. When he made the decision to return to the family farm he grew up on, where they milk 40 Holstein cows and farm just under 400 acres, he was able to use his knowledge of business cycles and technology to ask tough questions about the future of the operation and create a business plan.

📖 Read his story: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/success

🎧 Listen to his podcast: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/podcast

The Center for Dairy Excellence assists dairy farm families in the decision-making process and serves as a catalyst for collaboration to strengthen the broader industry. The Dairy Excellence Foundation supports programs that cultivate and inspire that next generation of Pennsylvania dairy.

Several on-farm internships are once again lined up for this summer! Stay tuned for photos and updates from Claire and t...
04/30/2021

Several on-farm internships are once again lined up for this summer! Stay tuned for photos and updates from Claire and the rest of the interns as we share their experiences on progressive dairy farms this summer.

Thanks to the Dairy Excellence Foundation, PA Dairymen's Association and The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania for providing these opportunities to the next generation of dairy.

04/28/2021
Do you have a business plan in place for your dairy operation? Join us live as Phil Taylor from AgChoice Farm Credit and Zach Myers expan...

Do you have a business plan in place for your dairy operation? Join us live as Phil Taylor from AgChoice Farm Credit and Zach Myers expand on the business planning fundamentals we shared during our spring roundtable meeting. Learn how you can take your newly developed business plan and improve your dairy operation. If you have a question for them, drop it in the comments!

Do you have robotic milking technology on your dairy operation or are you considering investing in robotic milking techn...
04/28/2021
Dairy Farmers Encouraged to Complete Survey for Robotic Milker Discussion Group | Center for Dairy Excellence

Do you have robotic milking technology on your dairy operation or are you considering investing in robotic milking technology? The Center is considering hosting a Robotic Milker Discussion Group for dairy farm owners to share ideas and discuss opportunities with this technology. To better understand the needs of this segment of the farm community, robotic milker owners are encouraged to complete a short survey.

➡ Take the survey and share with someone you know: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GLCKF77

The Center for Dairy Excellence assists dairy farm families in the decision-making process and serves as a catalyst for collaboration to strengthen the broader industry. The Dairy Excellence Foundation supports programs that cultivate and inspire that next generation of Pennsylvania dairy.

The USDA is looking for comments to improve and reimagine the supply chains for the production, processing, and distribu...
04/28/2021
Supply Chains for the Production of Agricultural Commodities and Food Products

The USDA is looking for comments to improve and reimagine the supply chains for the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural commodities and food products. This is in response to President Biden’s America’s Supply Chains Executive Order. Please publish comments in the Federal Register by May 21, 2021 here https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/04/21/2021-08152/supply-chains-for-the-production-of-agricultural-commodities-and-food-products

On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on ``America's Supply Chains,'' which directs several Federal agency actions to secure and strengthen America's supply chains. One of these directions is for the Secretary of Agriculture (the Secretary) to submit, within one year, a...

Be sure to check out ADA North East’s article about the Adopt A Cow live chats! Thanks to ADA North East’s financial sup...
04/26/2021

Be sure to check out ADA North East’s article about the Adopt A Cow live chats! Thanks to ADA North East’s financial support, more schools were able to participate in the Adopt A Cow program. 7,317 classrooms in ADA North East’s region and a total of 70,000 classrooms across the world participated this year! Don’t forget to tune in to the remaining live chats throughout April and May! You can find the article at https://www.americandairy.com/news-and-events/news/news/local-dairy-farmers-host-adopt-a-cow-live-video-chats-with-student-participants.stml

Be sure to check out ADA North East’s article about the Adopt A Cow live chats! Thanks to ADA North East’s financial support, more schools were able to participate in the Adopt A Cow program. 7,317 classrooms in ADA North East’s region and a total of 70,000 classrooms across the world participated this year! Don’t forget to tune in to the remaining live chats throughout April and May! You can find the article at https://www.americandairy.com/news-and-events/news/news/local-dairy-farmers-host-adopt-a-cow-live-video-chats-with-student-participants.stml

A testimony from one of the 2020 recipients of the student leader scholarship, Donald Opp, is a junior studying animal s...
04/23/2021

A testimony from one of the 2020 recipients of the student leader scholarship, Donald Opp, is a junior studying animal science at The Pennsylvania State University. This scholarship is supported by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation and PA Dairymen’s Association. Apply by June 1st at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/scholarships

A testimony from one of the 2020 recipients of the student leader scholarship, Donald Opp, is a junior studying animal science at The Pennsylvania State University. This scholarship is supported by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation and PA Dairymen’s Association. Apply by June 1st at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/scholarships

Got questions about the negative PPD number showing up on your milk check? Check out this article in Progressive Dairyme...
04/22/2021

Got questions about the negative PPD number showing up on your milk check? Check out this article in Progressive Dairymen by Editor Dave Natzke. Natzke explains the current negative producer price differentials (PPDs) as they continue their slow increase from 2020, as well as some of the primary factors driving PPDs.
https://www.progressivedairy.com/news/industry-news/march-negative-ppds-continue-to-climb-out-of-2020-depths

Got questions about the negative PPD number showing up on your milk check? Check out this article in Progressive Dairymen by Editor Dave Natzke. Natzke explains the current negative producer price differentials (PPDs) as they continue their slow increase from 2020, as well as some of the primary factors driving PPDs.
https://www.progressivedairy.com/news/industry-news/march-negative-ppds-continue-to-climb-out-of-2020-depths

🎙️ In our sixth episode of "Cow-Side Conversations," Jason Frye of Pleasant Lane Farms in Westmoreland County, describes...
04/20/2021

🎙️ In our sixth episode of "Cow-Side Conversations," Jason Frye of Pleasant Lane Farms in Westmoreland County, describes the power of a business plan. He shares how a simple business plan helped his family transform their operation, enter the value-added space with a 40-cow dairy, and begin making cheese. In our latest podcast episode, Jason also describes how they are adopting and embracing new technology and using their business plan to bring their goals to life.

🎙️ Podcast Highlight: "Writing out a formal business plan is the only way to hold yourself accountable. It doesn’t have to be complex. It can be two to three pages long. It allows you to benchmark yourself in a very honest fashion... [Last year], we were hitting six-month revenue targets on cheese sales two months into making cheese. And that was because consumers were seeking out local sources for food and lining up at our little farm store to purchase their product. The business plan gave us a guide-post to say 'Look, if we’re achieving this now, we believe we’re going to be okay.'"

🎙️ LISTEN NOW: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/podcast

🎙️ In our sixth episode of "Cow-Side Conversations," Jason Frye of Pleasant Lane Farms in Westmoreland County, describes the power of a business plan. He shares how a simple business plan helped his family transform their operation, enter the value-added space with a 40-cow dairy, and begin making cheese. In our latest podcast episode, Jason also describes how they are adopting and embracing new technology and using their business plan to bring their goals to life.

🎙️ Podcast Highlight: "Writing out a formal business plan is the only way to hold yourself accountable. It doesn’t have to be complex. It can be two to three pages long. It allows you to benchmark yourself in a very honest fashion... [Last year], we were hitting six-month revenue targets on cheese sales two months into making cheese. And that was because consumers were seeking out local sources for food and lining up at our little farm store to purchase their product. The business plan gave us a guide-post to say 'Look, if we’re achieving this now, we believe we’re going to be okay.'"

🎙️ LISTEN NOW: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/podcast

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