Dairy’s contributions to healthy people and communities and a healthy planet is the theme of the 46th annual North Dakota Dairy Convention.

The convention will be Nov. 6 at the Best Western Seven Seas Inn in Mandan, beginning with registration at 8 a.m.

“Yes, it is on Election Day, so we are encouraging dairy producers to get out and vote, then proceed to Mandan for a day of education and recognition, or get that absentee ballot today,” says North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist J.W. Schroeder, who helped organize the convention.

“Also, be aware that we have a continental breakfast included with registration, so you can recharge while interacting with the many venders in the Friends of Dairymen exhibit area,” he adds.

The convention will include sessions on the 2013 dairy outlook, building designs for improving profitability, dairy programs in the 2012 Farm Bill, an update on feed mycotoxin challenges, and the owners of Destiny Dairy of Stanton sharing innovations in dairy enterprises that are composting dairy manure and selling it. Doug Goehring, North Dakota agriculture commissioner, will deliver the noon keynote address.

Other events will include a trade show, the Milk Producers Association of North Dakota’s annual meeting and an awards banquet.

The theme of this year’s conference is particularly fitting, according to Schroeder.

“After all, America’s dairy farms have had a longstanding commitment to health and wellness that starts with delivering healthful products and extends to their communities and local economies,” he says. “In addition, today your dairy leaders are emphasizing a healthy planet as a continuation of our responsible efforts to protect the environment.”

For more information about the convention, visit http://tinyurl.com/NDdairyconvention or contact Schroeder at (701) 231-7663 or jw.schroeder@ndsu.edu.