Dairy farmers from all over the Midwest will be gathering in Springfield, Missouri, Jan. 17 to 19, for the seventh annual Heart of America Dairy Expo presented by Hiland Dairy Foods.

The Heart of America Dairy Expo features an FFA Ag Career Day, Pre Conference Seminar on dairy grazing, nationally known dairy speakers, a producer panel and the largest dairy specific trade show in the southern Midwest at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center.

“We are moving forward during a very challenging time of economic conditions caused by depressed milk prices at the farm,” says Expo Chairman and dairy farmer Ted Sheppard of Cabool, Missouri. Sheppard also serves as president of the Missouri Dairy Association which is the official host of the Heart of America Dairy Expo.

“Our program will provide attendees with new directions on dairy grazing, quality milk production, federal dairy programs and managing robotic dairies,” says Sheppard.

Registration is free for dairy farmers and their families with a nominal registration fee for allied industry representatives. All dairy farmers and allied industry, regardless of state, are invited to attend.

The Oasis Hotel and Convention Center offers a convention hall which will house over 55 dairy exhibits and equipment inside. It is also conveniently located on the north side of Springfield, Missouri, at Glenstone and Interstate 44.

Meal reservations are requested and may be made by visiting www.heartofamericadairy.org for more details and the complete Expo schedule.

Sleeping room reservations may be made by calling the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center directly at 417-866-5253 or 888-532-4338 and ask for the Heart of America Dairy Expo room block.

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