Dairy Discussions Program to Examine Risk Management and Labor in Iowa

The Dairy Discussions: Risk Management and Labor Issues program is set for Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City.

Dairy Discussions: Risk Management and Labor Issues grew out of concerns expressed by the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance board as to the hardships of finding qualified labor and keeping employees in a depressed milk market. Discussions will also include consistent labor management and how that relates to cow management, risk management tools and a market update.

Hugo Ramirez, assistant professor and extension dairy specialist at Iowa State, will outline the importance of consistency when handling animals and teaching employees the reasons for specific protocols. He will discuss why farm guidebooks and manuals are especially vital in a tight labor market.

The day’s second topic will be risk management education, especially information on the new United States Department of Agriculture Dairy Revenue Protection program, LGM, contracts and other risk management tools. Ron Mortensen from Dairy Gross Margin LLC will lead the discussion and answer questions.

Bob Naerebout, former executive director of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association, will discuss responsible immigration reform. His current role with the Idaho Dairymen’s Association is to lead the IDA in its government affairs and he continues to serve on various national dairy industry boards. Many of those boards’ primary goal is to see responsible immigration reform successfully moved forward. Naerebout currently serves on the executive committees of both the National Immigration Forum and the Agricultural Coalition for Immigration Reform. He is also a committee member of the University of Idaho Latino Advisory Committee and the National Milk Producers Federation Immigration Taskforce. Through his engagements surrounding immigration reform, Naerebout and the IDA have become widely recognized as a leader in the immigration reform debate.

Fred M. Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will discuss current trends in the milk market and offer useful benchmarks for dairy producers as they evaluate their enterprise.

The day will begin with registration at 9 a.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office located at 400 Central Avenue Northwest in Orange City, and will conclude around 2 p.m.

There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office at 712-737-4230. Deadline for registration is noon on Friday, Nov. 30.