• “From Family Farm to Economic Engine” will help farm families look beyond survival to real entrepreneurship. Mike McGrann will outline the mindset required to become an Enterprising Family, including how to identify entrepreneurial opportunities, determine the feasibility of opportunities, understand your fit within a “value chain,” and assess the entrepreneurial capabilities in your family. Dairy Producer Tim Kurtz of Elverson, Penn., will share his family’s transformation story.
• “Managing Conflict and Building Relationship Capital Between Generations” will offer the keys to long-term success in family enterprises. Session leader Mike McGrann will provide a framework for managing conflict in families – including 10 specific skills and tools that are critical to effective communication.
• “Half-full or Half-empty? Measuring and Monitoring Feed Cost, Capacity and Consumption” will explore the various options and opportunities to reduce feed expenses on and off the farm depending on the feed and storage systems a producer chooses. Ken Griswold, Director for Ruminant Technical Services for Kemin Animal Nutrition & Health, will explain how each system comes with its own costs and management responsibilities, so producers can choose what is right for their farm.
In addition to these specialty sessions, five keynote speakers, an expanded Hall of Ideas and Large Equipment Show, FreshPicks presentation stages and time for networking with other dairy producers from around the globe are all part of the 2014 PDPW Business Conference experience. To receive a complete conference flyer or to register, visit www.pdpw.org, or call PDPW at 800-947-7379.
Dairy 30x20 Processor grant applications due Feb. 21
Dairy processors need to apply by February 21 to take advantage of the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Processor Grant. This new grant from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) can be used for operational changes that will improve production and profitability.
Grants will be given up to $50,000 per proposal. The funds can be used to develop a new innovation or address an existing concern in the processing facility.
Applicants must operate or plan to operate a licensed dairy processing plant in Wisconsin. Applicants must also provide at least 20 percent of the total grant award as a matching contribution.
The Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Initiative offers grants to farmers and processors as part of its overall goal to ensure the long-term vitality of the state’s dairy industry and meet the growing demand of the marketplace. A group of dairy stakeholders met with DATCP staff last October to develop this new grant and discuss industry priorities.
Applicants are encouraged to create proposals that encourage collaboration or could generate insights that would benefit the entire industry. Examples of projects could be dairy plant modernization, expansion, food safety assistance, staff training or professional consultation services to develop new processes.
The application is available at GrowWisconsinDairy.wi.gov. For more information, call 855-WI DAIRY (855-943-2479) or email GrowWisconsinDairy@wi.gov. The toll-free number is also available throughout the year to connect farmers and processors with available resources and technical assistance.