UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Dairy Alliance – the industry’s source for educational programming based on unbiased Penn State dairy research – is getting a new name, announced Dr. Terry Etherton, head of Penn State’s Department of Dairy and Animal Science.
Penn State Dairy Alliance will now be known as the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, a name that reflects the growth of the unit to include Penn State Extension educators. “The Dairy Alliance name is changing, but the program’s reputation for excellence in educational programming will remain unchanged,” explained Etherton.
Also remaining unchanged are the faculty and staff from the Department of Dairy and Animal Science who played a key role in building Dairy Alliance. This core group will continue its programming activities under the new Penn State Extension Dairy Team banner.
Penn State’s Department of Dairy and Animal Science has a long-standing tradition of offering dairy education at the graduate, undergraduate and youth levels derived from research that is respected internationally. “Even in a time of budget uncertainty, as the Commonwealth is experiencing now, we recognize our obligation to continue sharing this quality dairy research with the industry through continued Extension programming,” noted Etherton. “Therefore, we want to stress our commitment to Pennsylvania’s dairy producers and agribusiness professionals and let them know that, while the Dairy Alliance team is changing its name, we are not changing our mission to provide quality educational programming based on unbiased Penn State research.”
Pennsylvania producers are expressing support for the retention of the programming and personnel. “For producers, Dairy Alliance has always been a resource on specific topics, whether its human resource, nutrient, or business management. The team has the expertise to show us how to manage our farms better, and I can be confident that the information they provide is unbiased,” said Glenn Gorrell of Gorrell Dairy in Milan, Pa., Bradford County, president of the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania.
“We think Dairy Alliance helps us a lot or we wouldn’t bother going to their programs,” added Gorrell, whose employees have attended various educational programs over the years. “The value is definitely worth leaving the farm to attend the training. What we learn either confirms we’re heading in the right direction or shows us where we need to make adjustments to manage our operation better.”