August 15, 2018: Ag Progress Days Industry Breakfast

The Center for Dairy Excellence and Penn State Extension Dairy Team are hosting a Dairy Industry Breakfast for dairy professionals and agri-business representatives on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days.


The schedule for the breakfast is as follows:

7:00 a.m. – Breakfast Available for Registered Attendees

7:30 a.m. – Welcome by Penn State Extension and Center for Dairy Excellence

7:40 a.m. – Executive Summary of the Pennsylvania Dairy Study

7:50 a.m. – Producer Survey Summary

8:00 a.m. – “What’s Next for Dairy?” by Sec. Russell Redding

8:10 a.m. – Q & A Session

8:20 a.m. – Stress Management Discussion

8:35 a.m. – “Knowing Your Numbers” Discussion

8:50 a.m. – Wrap-Up and Q & A session

The Pennsylvania dairy industry has been through many changes over the past year. Many people look at these changes in different ways, good or bad. This program will feature a producer panel that is “Thriving with Change.” This group will talk about hard decisions that have been made and how they have worked through them in their business.

A common factor in all dairy business is “Knowing your Numbers”. Rob Goodling of Penn State Extension will talk about the importance of knowing your cost of production and how it can affect major decisions being made on the farm. The biggest hurdle with financials is finding the balance between income and expenses. When evaluating production and financials should be discussed and monitored so that the whole farm is properly assessed for any potential bottlenecks.

With change often comes stress. Stress on the farm has become a major concern in recent years. Abbie Spackman of Penn State University will be speaking about managing stress on the farm. Farming can be a life full of joy, love, heartache, and challenges. Many aspects of the job are beyond a farmer’s control – market prices, government regulations, drought, and disease outbreak, to name a few. Combined with long hours and financial pressures, farmers can experience high levels of stress. Some stress is normal but too much can be harmful.

The event will take place in the downstairs section of the Little Red Barn that is located on site. There is no cost to attend, but participants interested in attending should pre-register to account for an accurate meal count.