"Stronger Together" was the theme of the first Minnesota Dairy Growth Summit, Feb. 9, at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. Co-hosted by Midwest Dairy Association (MDA), University of Minnesota and Minnesota Milk Producers Association, the event was designed unite the industry on a renewed path towards dairy growth in Minnesota.
This was the first time over 100 dairy industry leaders gathered together since MDA commissioned and released the "Path Forward" study on the Midwest"s current ability to meet future dairy demand.
"I know the title of this Summit declares that as a dairy community we are Stronger Together, and I pledge to you the University"s commitment to that increased strength, today and for years to come," University of Minnesota President Dr. Eric W. Kaler said in his opening remarks.
Additional speakers and panelists included: Mike Kruger, CEO of Midwest Dairy Association; Dr. Marin Bozic, Associate Director of the Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center; Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith; Dr. Brian Buhr, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; Dr. Trevor Ames, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Mike Schmitt, Associate Dean of University of Minnesota Extension; Commissioner John Linc Stine from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Assistant Commissioner Charlie Poster from Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Harlan Madsen, county commissioner from Kandiyohi county.
Dairy producer Adam Hinckley, Minnesota Milk"s 2014 Producer of the Year, shared his excitement to be a part of growing Minnesota"s dairy industry.
"I see a future in the industry and today"s event proves to me that there are many working to achieve prosperity for our industry, stated Hinckley. "I pledge to do our part and I hope you do the same."
A complete recap of the day, including audio, presentation slides, and pictures can be found here.