Center for Dairy Excellence

Center for Dairy Excellence To provide the leadership, voice and programs for a vibrant dairy industry where farm families, dairy businesses and associated organizations can thrive.
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If you’re interested in building your Spanish language skills to help enhance communication with Hispanic employees and ...
11/06/2020
“Farm Spanish Basics” Winter Course — Discount Offered for PA Dairy Producers | Center for Dairy Excellence

If you’re interested in building your Spanish language skills to help enhance communication with Hispanic employees and the dairy industry at large, sign up for an eight-week Spanish course this winter. Titled “Farm Spanish Basics” and led by lifelong dairy farmer Katie Dotterer-Pyle, the Center for Dairy Excellence is offering a $100 discount for Pennsylvania dairy producers who sign up for the course being held on January 12 – March 4, 2021.

When you register online and submit payment, you’ll receive access to 16 online, interactive classes for a total of $225 — which includes the $100 discount.

✔️ Sign up today: http://ow.ly/93Dq50C79mO

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.

📞 REMINDER: Our Dairy Industry Conference Call is happening today at 12 p.m. How is the Dairy Checkoff Program impacting...
11/05/2020

📞 REMINDER: Our Dairy Industry Conference Call is happening today at 12 p.m. How is the Dairy Checkoff Program impacting farmers during these uncertain times? What does the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program look like for 2021, and should you enroll? Can you still apply for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Round 2 direct payments? Our panelists will be answering these questions and more!

HOW TO JOIN:
-Dial (978) 990-5000 via free conference call.
-Enter Access Code 553371, followed by the # sign, when prompted.

➡️ Learn more:
http://ow.ly/hPVv50C79g8

11/04/2020

❗ The 2021 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit is going virtual! During the four-day event on February 8-11, let’s emerge together and find solutions to help our industry advance, adapt, perform, and thrive. With an expert line-up of dynamic speakers, opportunities to get a virtual look at different dairy operations, and other exciting networking opportunities, the virtual Dairy Summit is designed to bring the industry together as we look to the future.

➡️ Learn more about what to expect: http://www.padairysummit.org/

Progressive Dairy
11/04/2020
Progressive Dairy

Progressive Dairy

Start with determining your cost of production and on understanding of the purpose of risk management; then start asking questions. Center for Dairy Excellence
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Did you know the National Dairy FARM Program is holding “quick convos” for dairy farmers? Join the FARM Program staff an...
11/04/2020
Farm Quick Convos - National Dairy Farm

Did you know the National Dairy FARM Program is holding “quick convos” for dairy farmers? Join the FARM Program staff and industry stakeholders to learn about program components, expectations and resources. Each conversation will be streamed live via Zoom and the FARM program Facebook. The first conversation is happening TODAY at 1 p.m. and will discuss FARM’s history, role within the dairy industry and an overview of the four distinct program areas.

➡️ Learn more: http://ow.ly/V1rl50BZMTu

Join NMPF’s vice president of FARM, Emily Yeiser Stepp as she discusses FARM’s history, role within the dairy industry and an overview of the four distinct program areas. Register

The U.S. Department of Agriculture opened 2021 enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage program on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The...
11/03/2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture opened 2021 enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage program on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The deadline to apply is Dec. 11. For more information and to find your local office, visit farmers.gov.

“The DDC program was a really successful opportunity, and that’s what has allowed us to have the support to seek some ot...
11/02/2020
Dairy Decisions Consultants Program Gives Dairy the Courage to Keep Going | Center for Dairy Excellence

“The DDC program was a really successful opportunity, and that’s what has allowed us to have the support to seek some other funding and try to add a value-added portion to our farm,” said Jill Henry of Henry Farms of Knox, LLC. “By jumping on this, we’re hopeful and excited for the future. This program gave us the courage to say ‘yes, we can keep going.’”

Interested in seeing how our Dairy Decisions Consultants grant program can benefit your farm? Apply today: http://ow.ly/X4OO50BULgE

Andrew and Jill Henry of Henry Farms of Knox, LLC in Clarion County always dreamed of bottling their own milk and adding a value-added portion to their dairy business. It wasn’t until they learned about multiple grant opportunities that they discovered a way to make their vision a reality.

Pennsylvania requires agricultural and livestock operations to have Agricultural E&S, Nutrient Management and Manure Man...
10/30/2020

Pennsylvania requires agricultural and livestock operations to have Agricultural E&S, Nutrient Management and Manure Management plans in place. Currently, farm inspections are on the rise, and many operations either don’t have the required plans or their plans are out of date. The state’s Agricultural Plan Reimbursement Program can cover your costs. First come, first served, and for a limited time only.

➡️ Learn more: http://ow.ly/ZvT050BULcM

Across the nation, uncertainty has been the word that has defined the 2019-20 year. With COVID-19 disrupting the economy...
10/30/2020
2019-20 Annual Summary | Center for Dairy Excellence

Across the nation, uncertainty has been the word that has defined the 2019-20 year. With COVID-19 disrupting the economy and the marketplace, the Center for Dairy Excellence has worked tirelessly to help the Pennsylvania dairy industry adapt, pivot, and display resilience in the face of adversity. As a public private partnership, we believe in the power of collaboration and community. Over the last year, we have leveraged funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide direct support at the farm level in the form of grants, resource-sharing, and business consulting, while working to shape conversation around innovation within the processing sector.

➡️ View our 2019-20 annual summary: http://ow.ly/BQk350C78HR

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.

💼 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Do you know a college student with a passion for dairy who’s looking for an internship next su...
10/29/2020
Job Opportunities | Center for Dairy Excellence

💼 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Do you know a college student with a passion for dairy who’s looking for an internship next summer?

We’re hiring a Dairy Education & Communications Intern! The intern will assist with the continued development of dairy education curriculum programs, Discover Dairy and Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow, attend and plan youth educational events, and gain exposure to several facets of the dairy industry.

Share with someone you know! Applications are due by November 1. 👇 Learn more.

The Center for Dairy Excellence is currently seeking applicants for the Dairy Education and Communications Intern role. This full-time hourly position (maximum 40 hours a week) will provide support to the Dairy Education Programs Manager in the execution, development and management of dairy educatio...

We are now accepting nominations for the annual Dairy Industry Awards program showcasing leadership, stewardship and exc...
10/28/2020
Dairy Awards | Center for Dairy Excellence

We are now accepting nominations for the annual Dairy Industry Awards program showcasing leadership, stewardship and excellence in Pennsylvania’s dairy industry. Three industry awards are offered annually, with winners being recognized at the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit and throughout the industry:

🏆 Pennsylvania Distinguished Dairy Producer Award
🏆 Pennsylvania Dairy Service Award
🏆 Pennsylvania Dairy Innovator Award

Submit nominations by November 16: http://ow.ly/1x8K50BUKYl

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.

If you're a practicing veterinarian, join the Center for Dairy Excellence for a free virtual workshop and professional d...
10/28/2020
“Helping Your Clients Navigate FARM 4.0” Webinar | Center for Dairy Excellence

If you're a practicing veterinarian, join the Center for Dairy Excellence for a free virtual workshop and professional development opportunity on Wednesday, November 18 from 6-8 p.m. The two-hour webinar is designed to help you better understand the requirements of the FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) 4.0 Program and better assist your clients in meeting the program requirements.

The workshop is approved for 2.0 hours of RACE continuing education credits. You must participate live to earn the credits.

"Staying up-to-date on the FARM 4.0 new requirements is crucial to helping my dairy producers. This workshop is a great opportunity to review the veterinarian's role in the FARM program assessments, learn the new changes for FARM 4.0 effective in 2020, and ask any questions about the program to an experienced auditor."
—Dr. Jody Kull, Valley Mobile Veterinary Service

➡️ REGISTER TODAY: http://ow.ly/Kflj50BUL3M

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 Center for Dairy Excellence is hosting its monthly “Protecting Your Profits” webinar tomorrow, October 28 at noon. L...
10/27/2020
“Protecting Your Profits” October Webinar | Center for Dairy Excellence

The Center for Dairy Excellence is hosting its monthly “Protecting Your Profits” webinar tomorrow, October 28 at noon. Led by Zach Myers, Risk Education Manager, the webinar will provide dairy farmers and industry professionals with current data and updates about the milk marketplace.

💻 Visit www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/OctoberPYP to join at 12 p.m. tomorrow.

📱 Text “Sign up” to 717-585-0766 to receive a simple text alert reminder tomorrow morning with the webinar link and dial-in details.

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.

There’s still time to register for our free roundtable discussion this week on Thursday, October 29! Dr. King Hickman wi...
10/26/2020
“Leading with Change: Managing Change on Your Dairy” Virtual Roundtable Meeting | Center for Dairy Excellence

There’s still time to register for our free roundtable discussion this week on Thursday, October 29! Dr. King Hickman will be leading an interactive workshop centered around change management on your dairy.

"The ability to implement change is the single greatest competitive advantage any consultant or business leader can possess. Successfully implementing change is a science that takes a framework of components, a replicable process and dedication to your clients’ success. This workshop will allow participants to learn and practice a simple method of introducing, managing, and predicting the success of change implementation." –Dr. King Hickman

➡️ REGISTER NOW:
http://ow.ly/rl9650BUKMS

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.

An exciting update for dairy -- The Calving Corner is live streaming directly from the farm this January and providing e...
10/26/2020

An exciting update for dairy -- The Calving Corner is live streaming directly from the farm this January and providing educational, virtual learning activities to families and schools!

❗ Exciting update: With the 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show going virtual, the Calving Corner cows are staying home just like the rest of us. You can join in the “staycation” fun from the comfort of your homes and classrooms! On January 9-16, we’ll be live streaming the births directly from the farm and giving you an educational look at dairy farming. Follow along with us on social media this fall for more details!

➡️ Sign up for email updates to be the first to know about virtual Calving Corner news: https://bit.ly/31GRGvW

#CalvingCorner #DestinationDairyPA

❗ GRANT OPPORTUNITY: The Center’s Team Program Grants are now open for the 2020-21 fiscal year. The following grants are...
10/26/2020
Team Program Grants | Center for Dairy Excellence

❗ GRANT OPPORTUNITY: The Center’s Team Program Grants are now open for the 2020-21 fiscal year. The following grants are available on a first come, first served basis:

🐄 Dairy Profit Teams: Dairy farms with existing profit teams or that establish a new profit team to work in an advisory role for the farm can receive up to $1,500 in reimbursements for paid team members and discovery-related costs. Profit teams typically consist of the farm’s most trusted advisors, with a facilitator designated to coordinate the meetings and work flow.

🐄 Dairy Transition Teams: This grant is designed to help the farm establish a team to develop a transition or succession plan. Farms can apply to receive up to $3,500 in funding, which could cover the cost of paid team members, discovery-related costs and lawyer expenses.

🐄 Dairy Transformation Teams: The Transformation Team option allows producers considering a major business transformation to apply to receive up to $3,500 to establish a team to help plan and work through that transformation.

➡️ Learn more and apply online:
www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/grants

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.

How should dairies adjust for the estimated lukewarm year for 2021? How will dairies plan for the unknown outlooks? What...
10/23/2020
Plan for Now, Prepare for the Future: Get Ready for 2021, Dairy Outlook, and Risk Management Options

How should dairies adjust for the estimated lukewarm year for 2021? How will dairies plan for the unknown outlooks? What happens when direct support stops for dairies? Penn State Extension is hosting a free webinar next week on October 27 at 2 p.m., titled “Plan for Now, Prepare for the Future: Get Ready for 2021, Dairy Outlook, and Risk Management Options.”

➡️ REGISTER TODAY:
http://ow.ly/KqC050BUKxI

This webinar will discuss how dairies can adjust for the year 2021.

Did you know PA has the highest percentage of young farmers in the nation? 14% of Pennsylvania's farmers are under the a...
10/22/2020

Did you know PA has the highest percentage of young farmers in the nation? 14% of Pennsylvania's farmers are under the age of 35!

📰 Hot off the press: Pennsylvania has the highest percentage of young farmers in the NATION!

According to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania has 12,598 young producers (under age 35), accounting for 14% of the commonwealth's 90,500 farmers. This is the highest percentage of young farmers for any state in the nation!

And, Lancaster County has the most young producers per county in the nation, with 2,432 producers.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/34kWCs7

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We’ve been sharing a few job and internship opportunities over the last week, and this one is extra special to us. Our a...
10/22/2020
On-Farm Internships | Center for Dairy Excellence

We’ve been sharing a few job and internship opportunities over the last week, and this one is extra special to us. Our annual On-Farm Internship Program is now open for applications for next summer! The 10-12 week program is a great way for college students to be exposed to all aspects of a successful, progressive dairy operation.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY OCTOBER 31. 👇 Apply today!

The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania offer $3,000 grants for farms and students to participate in a 10-12 week on-farm internship program, intended to provide on-farm learning experiences to ...

❗ 🐄 JOB OPPORTUNITY:  Walmoore Holsteins in West Grove, PA is searching for a Dairy Herd Health and Reproduction Manager...
10/21/2020

❗ 🐄 JOB OPPORTUNITY: Walmoore Holsteins in West Grove, PA is searching for a Dairy Herd Health and Reproduction Manager. The ideal candidate should be passionate, motivated, and goal-oriented to manage and oversee the farm’s herd health and reproductive team and procedures.

➡️ Learn more: http://ow.ly/Olay50BUKls

Change is inevitable in all aspects of business and life. During our recent Dairy Financial Conference, Dr. Jennifer Gar...
10/20/2020
Managing Change | Center for Dairy Excellence

Change is inevitable in all aspects of business and life. During our recent Dairy Financial Conference, Dr. Jennifer Garrett explained that in order for change to occur on your dairy, there needs to be:

✔️ Dissatisfaction with the status quo
✔️ A vision for the change
✔️ A first step that is taken to obtain the desired change
✔️ Believability that the change will have the desired effect

For a change to occur, all of this must be greater than the resistance to change. Read more:
http://ow.ly/Uaz050BUJNY

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.

Whether you're on the soccer field or the farm, teamwork requires key players to understand their roles and work togethe...
10/19/2020
Teamwork on the Field and in Business | Center for Dairy Excellence

Whether you're on the soccer field or the farm, teamwork requires key players to understand their roles and work together to support each other. In Jayne Sebright's latest column, she shared four ways to encourage teamwork within your own farm or business:

1. Work with individual strengths.
2. Keep communication lines open.
3. Provide the tools to succeed.
4. Foster fellowship among employees.

👇 Read more!

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.

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