The dates for the 2007 National Dairy Leaders Conference (NDLC) have been set. This year the conference will be held April 15-17, at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Wash., which located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area east of Portland, Ore.

The conference brings together key dairy producers, cooperative executives, processors, state and federal government officials, university economists, and other industry leaders to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and perspectives on a wide range of dairy industry issues to benefit the entire dairy industry.

Program highlights include:

  • Dairy promotion – Dairy promotion and industry marketing experts will share how dairy promotion is helping meet the “unmet demand” of today’s consumers and how the dairy industry can grow sales through value-added dairy product innovation. 
  • Dairy policy and the 2007 Farm Bill – Participants will discuss the upcoming Farm Bill and its dairy policy implications. Participants will hear from congressional staff and industry representatives about the implications for changes in dairy programs.
  • Dairy export growthU.S. dairy trade officials and suppliers will provide perspectives on export trends and how the U.S. dairy industry has transformed from a surplus disposer of exports to a reliable supplier of U.S. dairy products and ingredients to the world.
  • The impact of organic growth in dairy marketing – Participants will discuss the impact of organic dairy products to the industry and address how the marketing environment changes as the category matures and big business capitalizes on the opportunity.
  • Animal identification efforts in North America – This session will bring together industry leaders from the United States and Canada to discuss efforts to establish an animal identification program and offer perspectives from both countries on the voluntary efforts that are already underway.

Other program topics will include panel discussions about the implications of renewable energy, cheese plant economics, and animal biotechnology to the dairy industry.

Early conference registration is $425. Registrations received after March 13 are $475. You can register online at

For more information contact Chris Galen at the National Milk Producers Federation by calling (703) 243-6111 or contact David Pelzer at Dairy Management Inc. by calling (847) 627-3233.