The third annual Heart of America Dairy Expo will be Jan. 22-24, 2015 at the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center, Springfield, Mo.

“Our Expo offers dairy farmers in the region an alternative for educational programming closer to home and directed to our needs,” said Expo chairman and dairy farmer Larry Purdom of Purdy, Mo. “Last year we drew almost 500 attendees from 15 states.  We have the largest dairy trade show in the southern Midwest, along with nationally known speakers.”

Registration is free for dairy farmers and their families, with a nominal registration fee for allied industry representatives.  This year’s sponsors include Hiland Dairy Foods, Alltech, Boehringer-ingelheim, Brownfield, Central Life Sciences, Dairy Herd Management, MFA, Inc., Missouri Pork Association, Multimin USA and Progressive Dairyman

The Heart of America Dairy Expo Expo kicks off with a Grand Opening Trade Show reception on Thursday evening, Jan. 22. Opening night activities also include an early-bird seminar. Over 50 dairy exhibits and equipment will be on display in the Convention Center, located on the north side of Springfield at Interstate 44 and Glenstone.

Educational seminars are scheduled throughout the event. For a copy of the agenda and to make meal reservations, visit www.heartofamericadairy.org.

Multiple organizations will hold annual and/or board meetings in conjunction with the Heart of America Dairy Expo, including: the Missouri Dairy Growth Council, Missouri State Milk Board, Sho-Mo Dairy Heifer Growers Association, Missouri Dairy Association, and Missouri Holstein, Guernsey, Brown Swiss, Milking Shorthorn, Jersey and Ayrshire Breeders organizations.

Other highlights include presentations of the Missouri Holstein Association 2014 All-Missouri & Jr. All-Missouri Awards, 2014 Cow of the Year award, Junior awards and scholarships, crowning of Holstein Princess & Little Miss winners, and the MHA State Convention Cattle Sale.

Hotel room reservations should be made by calling the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center directly at 417-866-5253 or 888-532-4338. Ask for the “Heart of America Dairy Expo” room block.