Area youth earn NorthStar Cooperative scholarships

Winners of the NorthStar Cooperative, Inc. $500 scholarships were recently announced:

• Taylor Holterman, Watertown, Wis., a junior at the University of Wisconsin–Madison majoring in Life Sciences Communication with an Entrepreneurship Certificate. She is the daughter of Lloyd and Daphne Holterman of Rosy-Lane Holsteins, LLC.

• Katelyn Horning, Manchester, Mich., a senior at Michigan State University (MSU), majoring in Animal Science and Agri-Business Management. She is the daughter of Jeff and Lynda Horning of Horning Farms.

• Malissa Reed, Owosso, Mich., a junior at MSU, majoring in Animal Science. She is the daughter of Stephen and Elaine Reed of Reed Dairy Farm.

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Heart of America Dairy Expo sets records

The Heart of America Dairy Expo, held in Springfield, Mo. set attendance and support records this year, with almost 500 attendees and almost 60 commercial exhibitors. Attendees came from 25 states and Canada, according to Larry Purdom, Expo chairman and a dairy farmer from Purdy, Mo.

During the luncheon, the Missouri Dairy Association (MDA) presented three "Friend of the Missouri Dairy Farmer" awards to Missouri State Rep. Bill Reiboldt (Dist. 160); Dr. Rex Ricketts, recently retired from the Commercial Agriculture Program at the University of Missouri; and to Kenny Lenz, a former dairy producer who retired from the MDA Board of Directors.

 The program also included the annual meetings of Missouri’s Holstein, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Jersey, Ayrshire and Midwest Milking Shorthorn associations.

 The 2015 Heart of America Dairy Expo is set for Jan. 22-24, 2015.


Missouri Dairy Profit Seminars planned

Dairy farmers will hear moneymaking tips at a series of one-day meetings across Missouri, Feb. 24-28. The Dairy Profit Seminars are organized by the Missouri Dairy Association (MDA) and MU Extension.

Dates, locations and reservation contacts:

•        Feb. 24, Sedalia, Mo., Pork Palace, Missouri State Fairgrounds. Pettis County Extension Center, 660-827-0591.

•        Feb. 25, Springfield (Mo.) Livestock Marketing Center off I-44. Tony Rickard, 417-847-3161.

•        Feb. 26, Mountain Grove, Mo., Missouri State University Fruit Experiment Station. Ted Probert, 417-741-6134.

•        Feb. 27, Jackson, Mo., Cape Girardeau County Extension Center, 684 W. Jackson Trail, 573-243-3581.

•        Feb. 28, Union, Mo., Hagie’s Nineteen restaurant, 618 N. Washington Ave. Ken Bolte, 636-583-5141.

Topics include cow comfort, bovine health and heifer feeding, said Joe Horner, University of Missouri Extension dairy economist.

Programs start with “Finding the Next Five Pounds of Milk” by Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois dairy nutritionist.

Joe Zulovich, MU Extension engineer will cover “Cow Comfort and Cooling.” Dave Drennan, MDA director, will give an update on the association and recognize sponsors. Joe Horner, MU Extension dairy economist, will talk on “Insuring Against Drought.” Scott Poock, MU Extension veterinarian, will cover health care, new and old. Hutjens returns to wrap up the seminar with economics of heifer feeding.

The $20 registration fee is payable on arrival at 9:30 a.m. Program ends at 3:30 p.m.

To assure a lunch, make reservations by Feb. 24 with local Extension contact.


Indiana regional dairy meetings set

The Purdue Extension Dairy Team will continue a series of free regional dairy meetings around Indiana in February. Other workshop hosts are the Indiana Dairy Producers and the Indiana Forage Council.

All meetings will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. local time on the following dates:

• Feb. 4: Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, Family Arts Building, 750 W. 200 S., Columbus. For more information: 812-379-1665.

• Feb. 5: The Log Inn, 12653 S. 200 E., Warrenton. For more information: 812-867-3216.

• Feb. 11: Farmstead Inn, 370 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana. For more information: 260-768-4595.

• Feb. 12: Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, Ag Hall, 17746 E. C.R. 34, Goshen. For more information: 574-533-0554.

• Feb. 13: Back 40 Junction Restaurant, 1011 N. 13th St., Decatur. For more information: 260-724-3355.


Purdue Extension to host series on farm law and taxes

Purdue Extension will offer three February programs covering selected topics on farm law and taxes, as well as business and estate planning. Farm Law and Taxes with Estate and Business Transfer Planning programs will be presented by Gerry Harrison, Purdue Extension agricultural economist and member of the Indiana Bar Association.

Program sponsors are Purdue University Department of Agricultural Economics and the Purdue Extension offices in Harrison, Posey and Pike counties.

Program dates and cities:

• Feb. 19-20: 6:30-9:40 p.m. (EST) both days, Corydon.

• Feb. 20: from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CST), Poseyville.

• Feb. 21: from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST), Petersburg.

Registration by Feb. 18 is required to attend any of the workshops. Registration forms with more information, including fees and program locations are available at or by contacting the Purdue Extension offices in the host counties of Harrison, Posey and Pike. Forms and fees should be mailed to the Purdue Extension office of the host county.

For more information, contact Harrison at; toll-free at 888-EXT-INFO (398-4636), ext. 44214; or directly at 765-494-4216.


Iowa coalition: Proposed CAFO rules not strong enough

A coalition of environmental advocates say the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) proposed rules covering concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) aren't stringent enough.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, the Iowa Sierra Club, and the Environmental Integrity Project say the proposed rule does not go far enough to ensure CAFOs will apply for and obtain a Clean Water Act permit, and will leave too much discretion to the DNR to determine which facilities need National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.

A 2007 petition by CCI, Sierra Club, and EIP to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) led to a Work Plan Agreement leading up to the proposed rule.

At a minimum, the coalition partners said the DNR must amend the draft rules to reflect EPA’s position that “CAFOs that have discharged in the past will discharge in the future, and are therefore expected to obtain a permit, unless the conditions that led to the discharge are fully remedied.” Coalition members have requested DNR open a 60-day public comment period and hold at several locations in Iowa.


Minnesota Dairy Management Workshops set

 Minnesota Milk Producers Association’s 7th Annual Dairy Management Workshops will be held at two locations:

• Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., International Event Center – Rochester, MN

• Friday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Community Center – Freeport, MN

This year’s program features practical tools you need to know as you begin the year.

•     Get the latest news in production, prices and policy from Dr. Marin Bozic, dairy economist at the University of Minnesota.

•     Learn what key financial, production, and management targets define successful dairying with Matt Lange, Business Consultant ,along with Bob LeCocq and Jim Moriarty from AgStar Financial Services.

•     Understand the benefits of milk quality from the cow – lower SCC leads to higher production, improved reproduction and less abortions; the producer – increased production and profitability; and the consumer – we are in the FOOD business from Dr. Gary Neubauer and Dr. Marty Wayne from Zoetis.

•     Learn from experts and fellow peers at a roundtable of your choice. There’s several topics and experts to choose from including a brief overview of the most recent tax changes with attorneys from Gislason & Hunter; reducing challenges for heifers transitioning into the lactation string with Vita Plus; exceeding a rolling herd average of 40,000 pounds with Alltech; and more.

•     View the complete program summary at

Registration is only $30 per person for members of Minnesota Milk and $50 per person for non-members.  Registration includes refreshments, lunch and program materials.  Pre-registration is not required, but strongly recommended to guarantee lunch and program materials. Register online or call 1-877-577-0741.