Brown and Brooks headline Dairy Expo
The new Heart of America Dairy Expo and trade show will feature two nationally known dairy speakers in Dr. Scott Brown of the University of Missouri and Dana Brooks of the National Milk Producers Association.
The Expo and trade show, scheduled for Jan. 25 to 26, 2013, will be held at the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, Mo. It is open to all dairy farmers and allied industry.
"Dr. Brown will be on the program twice with an early bird seminar the night before the Expo on Jan. 24 discussing 'Ways to Reduce Risk for Dairy Farmers' followed by a 'Market Outlook--What's in the Cards for Dairy' during Friday's luncheon," says Dave Drennan, Expo manager.
"Brown has worked with the U.S. Congress over the past two decades in determining the quantitative effects of changes in dairy and livestock policies and has testified regarding dairy and livestock policy issues before House and Senate Agriculture committees. He has also worked on the economic effects of industry led programs such as the Cooperatives Working Together that currently operates in the dairy industry.
"Also appearing on Friday will be Dana Brooks, senior vice president of Government Relations for the National Milk Producers Association in Washington D.C. Brooks will cover "Dairy Policy--Where Do We Go From Here?"
"Brooks joined NMPF in 2009 and is actively engaged in the day to day politics of Washington, where she educates Members of Congress and their staffs on dairy policy, nutrition, food safety, taxes, and other issues that affect dairy farmers throughout the nation," says Drennan.
"Friday's program will also include Rick Short of Central Life Sciences presenting "Heifer Mastitis-Economics, Prevention, Treatment" along with topics by industry speakers from Alltech and Novartis Animal Health.
"Missouri's dairy breed organizations will hold their annual meetings and board meetings on Jan. 26.
"The Expo's trade show will feature the latest dairy technology and information from over 50 exhibitors.
"Registration is free for dairy farmers and their families but meal reservations are required for the luncheons. For more information and reservations, attendees can register online at www.heartofamericadairy.org. Allied industry registrations are $40 for the two day Expo unless they are an exhibitor/sponsor of the Expo," says Drennan.