Feb. 8 - 9, 2017, in Lancaster, Pa.

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, February 7

6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Young Entrepreneur's Reception
Young Producers Discussion Panelists are Dan & Jessica Slaymaker, Mansfield, Pa.; Josiah Garber, Lancaster, Pa.; and Lucas Waybright, Gettysburg, Pa.

Wednesday, February 8


7:00 a.m. Registration and Refreshments Upon Arrival / Exhibits Open

8:00 a.m. Breakout Session #1
Option #1 - Integrating New Technologies on the Farm
Option #2 - Understanding GMOs and How They Will Influence Your Business
Option #3 - Navigating Dairy Markets Across the Waters

9:30 a.m. Opening Session
An International Marketplace & Why Now Is the Best Time Ever to Be In Agriculture
Dr. Lowell Catlett, recently retired from the New Mexico State University
How to Lead Within Your Industry,
Tom Thibedea, Associate Professor at Viterbo Univerisy

12 noon Informal buffet lunch among Exhibitors with "Side Servings"
* Side servings planned from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. *
Forages/Nutrient/Environment-Maximizing in forage, Strategies & Sharing,
Dairy Beef as an Enterprise, Navigating the Permitting Process, Secure Milk Supply Initiative
Demonstrations running on Colostrum Testing, Animal Handling, Forage Quality and Antibiotic Use

1:45 p.m. Producer Panel
Growing in Non-Traditional Ways with Dan Gross, Rich Lindell and Terry Shuey

3:15 p.m. Conference Break with Trade Show Exhibitors

4:15 p.m. Breakout Session #2
Option #1 - Integrating New Technologies on the Farm
Option #2 - Understanding GMOs and How They Will Influence Your Business
Option #3 - FARM, The Next Steps, and Why it Matters
Option #4 - Transitioning to Organic for Profitability

6:00 p.m. Evening Dinner with Motivational Presentation, Awards & Live Auction
"Professionalizing the Family Business," with Dick Whittman, Whittman Consulting

8:00 p.m. Dessert Reception and Cash Bar in Trade Show

Thursday, Feb. 9

7:00 a.m. Informal Breakfast Among Exhibitors

7:30 a.m. Early Morning General Session
Anti-Animal Agriculture Advocates Changing Farm Operations
Kay Johnson Smith, Animal Agriculture Alliance

8:30 a.m. Producer Showcase
Burnett Enterprises
Jeff Burnett, Southeast Wyoming

10:15 a.m. Morning Break among Trade Show Exhibitors

11 a.m. Breakout Session #3
Option #1 - ROBOTS VS. PARLORS: What works for You
Option #2 - Prospects for Immigration Reform & Implications for Farm Managers
Option #3 - Emerging Antibiotic Regulations & Impact on Animal Health
Option #4 - Feed Center Planning: A Blueprint to Success

12:30 p.m. Informal Lunch among Trade Show Exhibitors with "Side Servings"
A Safety Culture on Your Farm, How Milk Pricing Works with PA Milk Marketing Board, Dairy Beef as an Enterprise, Demonstrations running on Colostrum Testing, Animal Handling and Zoonotic Diseases on Dairies

1:30 p.m. Breakout Session #4
Option #1 - ROBOTS VS. PARLORS: What works for You
Option #2 - Prospects for Immigration Reform & Implications for Farm Managers
Option #3 - Producer to Producer: Open Discussion on Current Issues

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