The program will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at each site and will include lunch. Lunch at the Holland and St. Johns sites is sponsored by Consumers Energy. Lunch at the Cass City site is sponsored by DTE Energy. Dates and locations include:
• March 11: MSU Bioeconomy Institute, 242 Howard Street, Holland, MI 49424
• March 12: DTE Energy North Area Energy Center, 4100 Doerr Road, Cass City, MI 48726
• March 13: Smith Hall, 800 Sickles St., St. Johns, MI 48879
There is a $10 registration fee to participate in this program. The registration fee covers handouts, room rental fees, and refreshments.
Agricultural economists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences want to know how much Ohio growers engage farm workers and machinery operators as part of the college’s Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey.
The survey is conducted biannually by Barry Ward, production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension, as a means of gauging farm work completed by others, which is often referred to as “custom farm work” or “custom work,” he said.
The survey is targeted at both those who hired custom farm work and those who performed the work, Ward said.
The data gathered through the custom rate survey is published by OSU Extension and used by Extension professionals in their work with Ohio communities, Ward said. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.
The survey has proved useful over the years as custom farming providers and customers often negotiate an agreeable custom farming rate by utilizing OSU Extension survey results, he said.
The survey can be completed online at: http://aede.osu.edu/customrate2014. The deadline is March 7.
PDPW Business Conference sets specialty sessions
The 2014 PDPW Business Conference will offer 16 specialty sessions on a wide range of topics faced by dairy producers, no matter what size, style of type of dairy farm they run. The conference will be held March 12-13 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., under the theme, “Exceeding Excellence.”
Specialty session topics and speakers include:
• “21st Century Dairying: How to Select and Maximize Robotic Milking Systems,” led by Jim Salfer of the University of Minnesota Extension will share results from recent research on robotic milking on 52 dairies in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Two producer panelists will address common questions based on their experience with robotic milking: Chad Kieffer of Utica, Minn., and Jake Peissig of Dorchester, Wis.