On March 29, the Sedgwick County Extension Service will host a conference for small- to medium-sized dairy operations in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri.

The program is "Modernization vs Expansion, Small Dairy Farms Can Survive." The conference will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Extension Education Center, located near the intersection of 21st St. West and North Ridge Road, on the northwest side of Wichita. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.

Pre-registration is required and there is a registration fee of $10 for the conference to help cover meal expenses and speaker expenses. Checks should be made to the "Educational Fund." To register for the conference, a person may call the Extension staff, at 316-722-7721.

To begin the conference, the morning session will be "Knowing Business Factors is Key to Modernization," by Mr. Michael Krutza, Farm Credit Services of North Central Wisconsin. Krutza will present results from a four-year study of small- to mid-sized dairy producers. If modernization is to occur, it needs to be based on sound business fundamentals--return on assets, breakeven cost of production, net operation rate and net profit.

After lunch, the program will be "Total Containment Dairy--An Environmental Issue," with Richard Gress, a Nemaha County, KS, dairy producer, and David Key, Nemaha County Extension agent. They will discuss steps taken to establish a total containment dairy.

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