50th Florida Dairy Production Conference is April 9
The 50th Florida Dairy Production Conference will be held April 9, 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Straughn Extension Center, Gainesville, Fla. The agenda includes:
9 a.m. – Registration
9:45 a.m. – Welcome and IFAS update - Geoffrey Dahl, University of Florida
10 a.m. – Avoiding the two greatest silage problems - Adegbola Adesogan, University of Florida
10:50 a.m. – Goals for my program in udder health - Corwin Nelson, University of Florida
11:10 a.m. – Management and training of dairy personnel: Emphasis on team work and performance - Gustavo Schuenemann, The Ohio State University
Noon – Luncheon
1 p.m. – Goals for my program in ruminant microbiology - Tim Hackmann, University of Florida
1:20 p.m. – What does mom want to tell me? Colostrum and milk as a communication vehicle from the dam to the calf - Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University, N.Y.
2:10 p.m. – Management opportunities for improving profitability of SE dairies: Where are the real dollars? - Bruno Amaral, Purina Animal Nutrition, Jacksonville, Fla.
3 p.m. – Break
3:30 p.m. – Producer's view of staying ahead in the dairy business - Calvin Moody, BrooksCo Farm, Quitman, Ga.
4 p.m. – Producer's view of staying ahead in the dairy business - Don Niles, Dairy Dreams LLC, Casco, Wis.
4:30 p.m. – Discussion: Staying ahead in the dairy business - Moderator Jose Santos
5 p.m. – Reception
For registration, visit http://dairy.ifas.ufl.edu
UF PIE Center awards grants
A research project looking into the disconnect between consumers and animal agriculture producers is among studies receiving grants from the University of Florida Center for Public Issues Education (PIE). The proposal was submitted by UF Animal Sciences Associate Professor Chad Carr. The grant will partially fund a graduate student assistant to conduct research.
Another project, submitted by Agricultural and Biological Engineering Assistant Research Scientist Wendy-Lin Bartels, will work to encourage North Florida farmers to use cover crops through the establishment of a peer-to-peer network.
Independent reviewers selected four grant recipients from 22 proposals to receive approximately $5,000 each. The mini-grant program, in its first year, looks to expand PIE Center research partnerships across campus and inspire collaboration among different departments and academic disciples, according to Associate Director Alexa Lamm.