In addition to the competition, students have the opportunity for networking and education. A Thursday afternoon workshop series features a team building workshop by Dr. Louann Waldner and a presentation on direct farm to consumer marketing.
North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge® (NAIDC) is an innovative two-day competition for students representing dairy science programs at North American universities. Its mission is to facilitate education, communication and an exchange of ideas among students, agribusiness, dairy producers and universities that enhances the development of the dairy industry and its leaders.
The 2014 national contest will be April 3-5 in Fort Wayne, Ind., and hosted by Michigan State University, Ohio State University and Purdue University. Four regional contests are held in late fall and winter; details are at www.dairychallenge.org/calendar_news.php.
Texas A&M pasture, livestock management school set
The longest continuously running livestock and pasture management school for novices is now accepting students, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. The program is set for March 25-27 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton, Texas.
Registration is $350 per person and includes meals, including lunches, barbecue, a steak dinner, continental style breakfasts, break refreshments and educational materials. Participants may reserve an opening by phone or email by contacting Jennifer Lloyd, senior secretary, at 903-834-6191 or email@example.com.
March 31 deadline for enrollment in ‘Nutrients-on-Demand’ program
Nutrients-on-Demand (NOD) is an educational program developed by Western United Dairymen, California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP) and Sustainable Conservation. NOD aims to help dairy producers improve the accuracy of applying liquid manure to fields, increasing the efficiency of nutrients while maintaining yields. The program provides easy-to-use diagnostic tools helps track nutrient application rates based on crop demand, and helps identify manure infrastructure needs and funding opportunities.
NOD runs from March through November 2014. The program requires the dairy producer and/or irrigator to attend three meetings, providing training on field nutrient balance. The program works with farmers to develop a plan for a trial field, review results in the diagnostic tool and identify areas for improvement.
Benefits of NOD include: improved nutrient application amounts and timing; covered cost of lagoon samples for 2014; covered cost of time spent with a consultant; providing 24-hour lagoon sample results; and helping identify programs that may assist with infrastructure improvements. The application deadline is March 31. Contact John Cardoza, project manager, at (209) 576-7731.