Many producers are investigating alternative and niche markets for their milk. This seminar will help answer some of those questions.

Iowa dairy producers who would like to learn more about turning their milk into products can attend a one-day seminar on the topic at the Davis County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield, Iowa on November 13.

The seminar, "Small-Scale Dairy Processing and Marketing," is being offered by Iowa State University extension, Davis County extension, the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, the Iowa Cooperative Development Center and the Iowa Institute of Cooperatives.

Many producers are looking for alternative methods and niche markets for the milk they produce, says Margaret Smith, Iowa State University extension, sustainable/value added agriculture specialist. Workshop participants will learn the requirements and steps to develop a value added processing business for dairy products.

The seminar will cover both U.S. and Midwestern markets for regional and specialty cheeses and other processed dairy products. Various types of cheeses and cheesemaking will also be covered. The workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. and adjourn by 3:30 p.m. Registration is $10 before November 1 or $15 at the door.

For more information about the seminar, contact Margaret Smith at (515) 294-0887, or by sending e-mail to: For registration information, contact Sara Duhrkopf at (515) 294-0588 or by sending e-mail to:

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