Indiana regional dairy meetings scheduled

The Indiana Dairy Producers, along with Purdue Extension and the Indiana Forage Council, will host regional dairy meetings at six locations this winter. Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

• Jan. 27, Columbus, Bartholomew County Fairgrounds

• Jan. 28, Evansville, Hornville Tavern

• Jan. 29, Rockville, Byron Seeds Headquarters

• Feb. 4, Middlebury, Essenhaus Conference Center

• Feb. 5, Shipshewana, The Farmstead InnFeb. 6, Decatur, Back 40 Junction Restaurant

Download the 2015 Regional Meeting Brochure here.

Preregister for the regional dairy meeting of your choice online by clicking here, or by emailing Doug Leman at or calling him at 317-695-8228.

Registration for all meetings begins at 9 a.m., except the Middlebury meeting (10 a.m.)

All meetings are on Eastern time, except the Evansville meeting (Central).

The meetings are scheduled to end around 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

There is no cost to producers.


IDP bus trip planned to PDPW conference, March 18-19

The Indiana dairy Producers (IDP) will sponsor a bus trip to the 2015 Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) Business Conference, March 18-19, in Madison, Wis.

Trip details will be announced. IDP members can reserve a seat on the bus by calling Doug at 317-695-8228. Click here to download the PDPW Business Conference brochure for speakers and agenda.


IDP seeks producer award nominees

The Indiana Dairy Producers (IDP) are seeking nominations for the Dairy Producer of the Year and Young Dairy Producer of the Year awards. These awards recognize outstanding accomplishment, professionalism and leadership among Indiana's dairy producers. Award recipients will be announced at the IDP annual meeting, March 16, held in conjunction with the Indiana Livestock Forage and Grain Forum, in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Indiana Dairy Producer of the Year is awarded to a dairy producer who has portrayed the dairy industry in a positive light and has been successful in the dairy industry over a period of time. Past recipients were Fred Beer (2007), Tom Neuenschwander (2008), Doug Leman (2009), Dave Forgey (2010), Brian Rexing (2011), Leontien Van de Laar (2012), Derek Herrema (2013) and Mike Heckaman (2014).

The Indiana Young Dairy Producer of the Year is awarded to a dairy producer, 35 years of age or younger, who is actively involved in a successful dairy farm and shows promise as a leading dairy producer for this industry's bright future in Indiana. Past recipients were Lukas Hively (2007), Joe and Amy Kelsay (2008), Max and Carrie Jo Bollenbacher (2009), Nathan and Sarah Kuehnert (2010) Kerry and Christiana Estes (2011), Kelly MacKennon (2012), Brian Houin (2013), and Lance Sommer (2014).

Click here to download a nomination form. Advisers of IDP will select the award winners based on submitted nominations. The deadline to submit a nomination is Feb. 17. 


New Indiana animal ID requirements in effect

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Indiana's animal identification rules changed to comply with USDA's Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program. You can read the specifics of the rule for dairy here.

In addition to the new rule, public auctions and markets around the state may require specific types of ID for cattle sold by them in order to accommodate their management systems. For example, Rochester sale barn requires RFID scanable tags with HDX technology. This does NOT apply to dairy butcher cows, but it Does apply to bull calves, springers and milking cows for dairy. Animals without their specific approved tagging system will be tagged at the auction, and the seller will be assessed a tagging fee and a scanning fee.

All dairy cattle and sexually intact beef cattle 18 months and older need official ID whenever there is a change of ownership. Records on these transactions must be retained for 5 years by the sellers and buyers.

Contact your local auction to learn their specific requirements, and you can also contact the Indiana State Board of Animal Health with questions at 317-544-2400.


Purdue’s ‘Doughnut Series’ brings traditional winter farm meetings to the Internet

 Purdue Extension is offering a series of traditional winter farm meetings with a digital-age twist: Participants and presenters from throughout the state will be linked via the Internet. The “Doughnut Series” – to keep Indiana farmers ‘in the dough’ and ‘out of the hole’ – of farm meetings runs every other Wednesday, 7:30-9 a.m., through March 25.

Each meeting in the series will focus on a different issue in agricultural production or agribusiness. Dates, topics and presenters are:

* Jan. 28 - “Farm-Related Research at Purdue University and the PACs”: Karen Plaut, senior associate dean for research and faculty affairs and director of agricultural research.

* Feb. 11 - “Using Nitrogen Wisely for the 2015 Corn Crop”: James Camberato, associate professor of agronomy.

* Feb. 25 - “U2U Decision Support Tools”: Melissa Widhalm, U2U project manager, and Hans Schmitz, Gibson County Extension educator.

* March 11 - “Agronomic Checklist for a Successful Corn Crop”: Bob Nielsen, professor of agronomy and Extension corn specialist.

* March 25 - “Maintaining Grain Quality in Storage”: Linda Mason, professor of food industry pest management and insect behavior.

Admission to the meetings is free, but registration is required. For more information, contact your local Extension office.

There will be host locations in 19 counties. Farmers attending a meeting at any of the local sites will be able to chat with other participants and presenters statewide.

Extension offices participating in the meetings, and the local numbers to call for site and schedule information, are:

Allen County, 260-481-6826; Bartholomew County, 812-379-1665; Boone County, 765-482-0750 (last four sessions only); Decatur County, 812-663-8388; Delaware County, 765-747-7732; Franklin County, 765-647-3511; Grant County, 765-651-2413; Hancock County, 317-462-1113; Jay County, 260-726-4707; Jefferson County, 812-265-8919; Johnson County, 317-736-3724; Knox County, 812-882-3509; Kosciusko County, 574-372-2340 (last four sessions only); Madison County. 765-641-9514; Marion County, 317-275-9305; Pike County, 812-354-6838; Rush County, 765-932-5974; Shelby County, 317-392-6460; Vermillion County, 765-492-5330; Washington County, 812-883-4601.


Ohio State plans agronomy webinar series

A webinar on precision agriculture will be offered live by agronomic experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m.

The free event will feature “Using Precision Agriculture to Make Informed Decisions,” presented by John Fulton, an OSU Extension Specialist in machinery systems, and “Can Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) be an Agronomic Tool?” presented by John Barker, and OSU Extension educator.

Other webinars are planned for the series include:

• Feb. 3 — Soybean production, featuring “Agronomic Practices to Maximize Soybean Yield,” presented by Laura Lindsey, OSU Extension specialist in soybean and small grain production, OSU Extension, and “Late Season Soybean Pest Issues,” presented by Andy Michel, OSU Extension specialist in entomology.

• Feb. 17 — Corn production, featuring “Corn Interaction with Today’s Production Management Systems,” presented by Peter Thomison, OSU Extension specialist in corn production, and “What is the Latest Research on Ear Molds and Mycotoxins?” presented by Pierce Paul, OSU Extension specialist in corn and small grain plant pathology.

• March 10 — Agronomic utilization of manure, featuring “Can Manure Sourced Nutrients be Used to Meet Crop Need?” presented by Greg LaBarge, OSU Extension field specialist in agronomic systems, and “Alternative Applications Timing to Take Advantage of Nitrogen,” presented by Glen Arnold, OSU Extension field specialist in manure nutrient utilization.

All of the webinars will be presented live 10-11:30 a.m. on the dates scheduled at Participants will be able to ask presenters questions during the event via the Internet. Recorded versions will be available by 5: 30 p.m. those same days at

For more information on the series, contact LaBarge at 740-223-4040 or


Ag safety resources available

A clearinghouse of agricultural safety education resources is now available online. The resources were developed following the National Youth Farm and Ranch Safety Symposium, held last fall in Louisville, Ky.

The symposium brought national agricultural and youth organizations together to talk about future directions for youth employment in agriculture, said Dee Jepsen, state safety leader for Ohio State University Extension. A goal of the conference was to initiate a national movement to shape future training programs for youth who work in agricultural operations, she said.

To access resources, visit


Conservation funding targets western basin of Lake Erie 

USDA announced $17.5 million in federal funding for a tri-state project to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie.

The multi-state project includes more than 40 collaborating public and private sector organizations with representation from Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The organizations have committed resources to reduce  phosphorus and sediment loading, and harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie.

Project partners will use NRCS conservation practices and innovative demonstration practices that farmers can implement with Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) funds to protect soil health, water quality and quantity, and prevent fish and wildlife habitat degradation.

The targeted approach focuses efforts on 855,000 acres, bringing access to public and private technical assistance, new and on-going innovative conservation practices and expertise for modeling and evaluating outcomes to farmers in these sub-watersheds.

The project, along with 100 others across all 50 states, will receive more than $370 million in Federal funding as part of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).


DHM Calendar – Mideast

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• Tennessee Dairy Producers Association annual meeting, Jan. 16, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

2015 Michigan Family Farms Conference,  Jan. 17, Marshall, Mich.

Ohio State University precision agriculture webinar, Jan. 20.

Michigan State University Field Crops meeting, Jan. 21, Alma, Mich.

Ohio State University 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series, Jan. 22,  Marysville, Ohio.

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference, Jan. 24, Traverse City, Mich.

Purdue Extension farm-ownership succession planning workshops, Jan. 27-28 (Albion); Feb. 24-25 (Huntingburg) and March 10-11 (Reynolds), Ind.

Indiana Dairy Producers regional meetings, Jan. 27-Feb. 6, six locations.

Effective Management of Farm Employees conference, Jan. 27-28, Bay City, Mich.

Upper Peninsula Variety Trial Update Meeting, Jan. 28, Dafter, Mich. 

University of Kentucky Dairy Preview Days, Jan. 28, Lexington, Ky.

Center of Kentucky Dairy Short Course, Jan. 29 (Green County), Feb. 5 (Adair County) and Feb. 12.

Ohio State University 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series, Jan. 29, Ohio.

Effective Management of Farm Employees conference, Jan. 29-30, Grand Rapids, Mich.



National Mastitis Council 54th annual meeting, Feb. 1-3 – Memphis, Tenn.

Ohio State University Software for Developing Nutrient Management Plans workshop, Feb. 3, Norwalk, Ohio.

Ohio State University agronomy/soybean production webinar, Feb. 3.

Canadian Dairy Xpo, Feb. 4-5, Ontario, Canada.

Michigan State University Field Crops meetings, Feb. 5 (Mason) & Feb. 6 (Peck), Mich.

• 13th annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference, Feb. 5-7, Frankenmuth, Mich.

Ohio Forage & Grassland Council annual meeting, Feb. 6, Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

18th annual University of Georgia (UGA) Commercial Dairy Heifer Show, Feb. 6-7, Athens, Ga.

Michigan Milk Producers Association Milker Training Schools, Feb. 10 (Evart), Feb. 11 (Hale), Feb. 17 (Shipshewana, Ind.) & Feb. 24-25 (bilingual session, Woodland), Mich.

Ohio State Ag/Environmental Law webinar: Managing Pollutant Discharge Risk on Farms, Feb. 12.

Michigan State University Field Crops meetings, Feb. 17 (Frankenmuth), Feb. 18 (Dundee) & Feb. 19 (Lawrence), Mich.

Purdue University Women in Ag Conference, Feb. 18-19, Merrillville, Ind.

Kentucky Dairy Partners annual meeting, Feb. 24-25, Bowling Green, Ky.

35th Kentucky Alfalfa Conference, Feb. 26, Cave City, Ky.

DairyeXNET Webinar: Formulating diets for lactating cows, Feb. 26.



Ohio State University Software for Developing Nutrient Management Plans workshop, March 2, Ottawa, Ohio.

Indiana Small Farm Conference, March 5-7, Danville, Ind.

Ohio State University agronomy/manure webinar, March 10.

Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference, March 13-15, Tustin, Mich.

Michigan Milk Producers Association Milker Training School, March 24, Decker, Mich.

Dairy Calf and Heifer Association annual conference, March 31-April 1, Middleton, Wis.



Cow Health in Pasture Based Dairies Webinar, April 8.

Michigan Milk Producers Association Milker Training Schools, April 29 (Stephenson) & April 30 (Rudyard), Mich.