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health company – as a technical service specialist for dairy and beef. Fox’s fascination with Mount Everest began in 1997, when he read the book “Everest: Mountain without Mercy.” After reading the book, Fox was determined to one day stand atop the mountain. The opportunity came nearly 12 years later, in May 2009.
By Jennifer Burggraff Staff writer NEW LONDON, Wis. – On May 21, 2009, Lance Fox achieved something only 1,500 people from the Western world have done. He stood at the top of the world – 29,035 feet above sea level – on the summit of Mount Everest. “It was incredible,” Fox said of the moment he reached the peak. Even more incredible is the journey that brought him there, which traces back to a dairy farm in central Wisconsin, becoming a veterinarian and reading a book. Producers from across the state will have the opportunity to hear about Fox’s trials and tribulations in conquering Mount Everest and how they pertain to everyday life when he presents “No Place but UP!TM” on Nov. 30 during the recognition banquet at the 2010 Midwest Dairy Expo, which will be held in the St. Cloud Civic Center in St. Cloud, Minn. “I want to inspire people to achieve their own Everest,” Fox said. “… There are challenges in dairy – milk prices, feed costs; these can get daunting. But we need to look through those challenges and realize there is light at the end of the tunnel. We hold our future in our own hands; we set our own paths.” Fox’s story begins in a small rural community in central Wisconsin. It was
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Dr. Lance Fox is pictured at the summit of Lobuche Peak during his trek to Mount Everest in Nepal. Fox will be the featured speaker during the Midwest Dairy Expo’s recognition banquet on Nov. 30, where he will present “No Place but UP!TM”
here that Fox was first exposed to the dairy industry. “I had a close friend who grew up on a 35-cow dairy with registered Holsteins and a few Jerseys thrown in,” he said. “I started working on the farm, and I fell in love with it.” By the time he was in high school, Fox owned his first heifer calf, which
he raised to production age. “That molded my career,” Fox said. He attended vet school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 1995. From there, he worked four years in general practice before taking a position with Milk Producers Incorporated. In 2005, Fox was hired by Alpharma, LLC – a global animal
Shaping the future of farm policy..........................Page 4 Saving time and money.........................Page 7 About the speakers...Page 10 Agenda & Trade Show map.................... Pages 12-13 Estrous detection, crossbred study topics of Chebel’s seminars...................Page 14 Map to the St. Cloud Civic Center.......................Page 16 Speaking out for dairy.................. Pages 21-22 Expo sponsors..........Page 23 Scholarship Auction... Page 24
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Continued from Fox / Page 1 “I pursued a dream [that came] from reading a book,” he said. “I took a chance and was able to summit [Mount Everest].” Aided by stories, photos and video footage, Fox will share his experiences, from his first exposure to dairy through reaching the top of Everest – a feat he credits to the dairy industry, which ultimately led him to his career as a veterinarian and working for Alpharma, which sponsored his climb. “Had I not [been exposed to dairy], become a vet and made my way to Alpharma, I wouldn’t have made it to the top,” Fox said. “Agriculture set the stage for me; it opened doors.” Fox will also talk about his work
helping the local people of Nepal improve their yak herds. “Yaks are their Holsteins,” Fox said. “I’ll talk about [my work] to give people a taste of giving back through teamwork.” But his main goal is to inspire others. “[My message] will be about the importance of dreaming and pursuing those dreams so you don’t become one of those who say, ‘I wish I would have done this,’” he said. “… It’s not just about climbing a mountain. Everyone has their own Everest.” Calf care 101 Aside from speaking during the
Fox stands beside a yak that has just been dewormed in May 2009. Part of Fox’s expedition to the summit of Mount Everest was working with the locals to improve their yak herds. A veterinarian by trade, Fox will present two educational sessions on calf care during the 2010 Midwest Dairy Expo.
During Fox’s banquet presentation on Nov. 30, he will speak on the importance of dreaming and pursuing those dreams, inspiring people to achieve their own Everest.
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Sara Jane, David and Jesse Brutscher Little Falls, Minn., Morrison County 500 cows What are the top three reasons you attend the Midwest Dairy Expo? We attend the expo to meet and mingle with others in the dairy industry, learn about new technologies and come home with a renewed enthusiasm for what we do. Who has been the best speaker you have heard at the Midwest Dairy Expo? Is there a speaker you are looking forward to hearing at this year's expo? Probably Dr. Michael Swanson with Wells Fargo because of his global economic perspective. This year we are splitting up. Sara Jane is interested in "The Five C's of Calf Raising," Jesse wants to hear Marcia Endres' and Dr. Chebel's talks, and David wants to attend the "Trends in Profitability" session. What topics are you most interested in learning about in the dairy industry? Any topic that makes us better dairy people, improves our bottom line and progresses the sustainability of our industry. Tell us about your farm and your plans for your dairy in the next five years. Our plan is to improve profitability through increased efficiencies and internal growth. New technologies for monitoring feed efficiencies and cow health with advanced genetics will change our industry. Cow comfort and animal welfare are one in the same. Whether we like it or not, consumers will demand standards. Every year we learn.
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Shaping the future of farm policy
Brown to discuss Farm Bill 2010, reducing financial risk during Midwest Dairy Expo presentations By Krista M. Sheehan Staff writer
Finances and farm policy will be the two main topics of Scott Brownâ€™s presentations at this yearâ€™s Midwest Dairy Expo. Brown will present on Nov. 30. At 10 a.m. in the Herberger Suite, Brown will talk about â€œThe Road for Future Farm Policy: What will Shape the 2010 Farm Bill?â€? and at 2:30 p.m. in the Wilson Suite he will talk about â€œTodayâ€™s Tools Dairy Producers Have to Reduce Financial Risk.â€? Brown is the research director for the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, which works in conjunction with the University of Missouri. He has been working at the University for over 20 years. In his position, Brown works with congressional staff in Washington, D.C., as they look at farm programs. â€œOur efforts are to help them (congressional staff) understand what program changes mean; whether itâ€™s feed costs, milk prices, consumer food costs or government expenditures. We try to advocate policy and try to
give them the quantitative facts of the policy changes,â€? Brown said. A l though Brown does not have a d a i r y b a c k ground, he was i n v o l v ed Scott Brown in agriculUniversity of ture since Missouri his childh o o d ; growing up on a crop and hog farm in Missouri and then earning his agricultural economics degree from the University of Missouri. He has quickly grasped knowledge of the dairy industry during his time at the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, working with large dairy organizations to analyze the effects of their programs on the industry. In his first seminar, â€œThe Road for Future Farm Policy: What will Shape the 2010 Farm Bill?â€? Brown will talk about the political landscape in Washington, D.C., how the recent election has affected House, Senate and committee leadership and how this will
affect the Farm Bill. Another topic will be how the governmentâ€™s budget deficit will affect the 2012 Farm Bill. â€œIt will take a lot of time to put together this Farm Bill,â€? Brown said. â€œEven with billions of additional dollars in 2002 it took a long period of time to get [the Farm Bill] together. And in 2008 when there was no new money it took a lot of effort to find a Farm Bill that would satisfy what everyone was after.â€? The 2012 Farm Bill could have less money to spend, Brown said. â€œAgriculture might not even have baseline amounts if Congress decides to cut the budget deficit in front of us and committees must somehow cut spending,â€? Brown said. â€œMany policies in place today might be replaced with newer, different policies because we might have less total dollars to spend.â€? Current dairy proposals for the Farm Bill will also be a part of the seminar. Brown said it will be important to look at what people in the commodity groups are drafting, and follow the two dairy proposalsâ€™ alternatives that have been introduced by a
representative and a senator. â€œWeâ€™ve seen two alternatives begin to surface â€“ a supply management proposal â€Ś or a proposal that will provide a fuller level of direct payments â€Ś Which of those might become policy is a tough call at this point. They have pros and cons that I hope to pull out of this presentation,â€? Brown said. â€œMany folks feel like dairy policy hasnâ€™t worked very well. The likelihood of moving to something new increases as a result of that.â€? In his afternoon seminar, â€œTodayâ€™s Tools Dairy Producers Have to Reduce Financial Risk,â€? Brown will talk about the volatility that will be in the months and years to come and ways producers can try to reduce the risks, such as using the futures market and hedging both milk prices and feed costs. â€œItâ€™s hard to have perfect foresight into the future and 2009 is a great example,â€? Brown said. â€œI think many of these risk management tools can help litigate volatility â€Ś and help us get through the lows like 2009.â€? However, it should not be milk prices dairy producers should look at â€“ feed prices
are important, too, he said. â€œProducers better be certain that they think about strategies that lock in both â€“ not just one or the other. Feed costs will remain high for the foreseeable future. When feed costs decline will be a good time to look into feed cost hedging, but producers should go into that cautiously and relative to what theyâ€™ve done on the milk price side,â€? Brown said. Hedging hasnâ€™t been a popular way to manage finances, Brown said. â€œI think part of this is because of the industry weâ€™ve operated in the past, where in the â€˜80s and â€˜90s when government support was very important and kept volatility to a minimum,â€? Brown said. Brown said education on contracting options to help reduce financial risk is important in todayâ€™s ever changing dairy industry. â€œProducers have to realize that they may not always get the highs, but they might be able to avoid the lows,â€? Brown said. â€œProducers have to realize theyâ€™re using them to help reduce volatility, not necessarily to enhance their bottom lines with the use of these strategies.â€?
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“I enjoy speakers who help us not take ourselves too seriously.” John Scherber Rogers, Minn.; Hennepin County 50 cows What are the top three reasons you attend the Midwest Dairy Expo? The main reason I go to the Midwest Dairy Expo is to get re-energized about the dairy industry. The whole atmosphere there is upbeat and positive about the future. I also go to the expo to make or reestablish contacts within the dairy industry and see what is new that dairy has to offer.
Who has been the best speaker you have heard at the Midwest Dairy Expo? Is there a speaker you are looking forward to hearing at this year’s expo? There is no one speaker in particular that comes to mind. They are all very good. What I enjoy listening to the most are the speakers that help us take a step back from ourselves so we can see the changes that have taken place that got us to where we are today, and how changes can lead us to endless possibilities in the future. Also, I enjoy speakers who help us not take ourselves too seriously.
What topics are you most interested in learning about in the dairy industry? I am most interested in hearing feedback from farmers who are trying the latest technologies or practices. Whether it be bedded-pack barns,, robots, digesters or intensive grazing, I always seem to bring something back to our operation that I can use.
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Saving time and money
Tranel discusses farm, parlor models to increase profitability By Jill Warren Staff writer DUBUQUE, Iowa – Time and money are valuable assets for any dairy producer, and they are also key features of Dr. Larry Tranel’s breakout session presentations at this year’s Midwest Dairy Expo. Tranel is a 21-year veteran in the extension program, having served in Wisconsin for 10 years and has been a dairy field specialist in Iowa for the past 11 years. He focuses on financial management and dairy production, specifically with low cost facilities. Tranel’s two sessions will discuss that every producer has the options available to transform the labor efficiencies of their operation to make them more profitable. Millionaire Model Dairy Farms Tranel’s first presentation, “Millionaire Model Dairy Farms,” will take place from 8:30 – 9:20 a.m. on Nov. 30. During this presentation, Tranel will present a method he helped develop 18 years ago with the Wisconsin extension program that helps beginning and transitioning producers
create equity and profitable operations using a specific farm design. “This (model) shows that you don’t necessarily have to get bigger to be profitable,” Tranel said. “It’s all about increasing labor eff i c i e n c y. Producers need to realize that their time is worth money.” T h e Dr. Larry Tranel MillionExtension dairy aire model specialist entails six key aspects: labor efficiency, cost effective parlors and facilities, management intensive grazing, cross breeding, semiseasonal calving and dairy TRANS financial analysis. Through these six aspects, young and transitioning producers learn to save money by saving on labor, Tranel said. Tranel himself owns a 100-cow dairy that is in the Millionaire Model program. He worked with a couple for seven years on his dairy before they successfully moved on to their own operation. Tranel is
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lia, New Zealand and Ireland, where he observed their labor efficient, low cost ways of milking cows. He applied those observations to creating a parlor design for producers still milking in stall barns in the U.S. “People always say they don’t want to spend money to put in a new parlor, so they will just milk in a stall barn for the rest of their lives. Neither of those options seems like a good one to me,” Tranel said. “There are lots of low cost parlor options that dairy producers have, and the TRANS-Iowa one is a specific example.” TRANS-Iowa parlors are built in preexisting stall barns, and are converted using low cost methods. This option is ideal for 60 to 200-cow dairies, Tranel said. Producers find they can often milk the same number of cows in a low cost parlor in half the time compared to their old stall barn. Though there are lots of low cost parlor models out there, Tranel points out that he kept specific considerations in mind when developing his model; safety, bending and reaching issues and back strain are main focuses. Those,
combined with the low cost concept of improving milking efficiencies are what save on labor, and ultimately money. “No barn is ever too old to convert,” Tranel said. “The economics show that people can’t afford to milk in stall barns compared to the efficiencies of milking in a low cost parlor.” Tranel states that if you compare cost production per hundredweight, it cost under $1 per hundredweight annually in a TRANS-Iowa parlor, compared to a lot of other parlor types, which are around $2 or $3 per hundredweight. This is based on time per person per hour and annual milk production. Tranel will use slides of TRANS-Iowa parlors that have been installed and proven successful to demonstrate the pros and cons of the model for producers looking for options to put in a parlor without breaking the bank. Time and money are important components to any operation, and Tranel offers specific models to help producers see the available options to increase those two very important factors.
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Ron Durst Mantorville, Minn.; Dodge County 1,500 cows What are the top three reasons you attend the Midwest Dairy Expo? I have attended the expo about six times. I like to attend the trade show because it has new technology to see. It also gives me the opportunity to talk with people from companies where we've purchased equipment to tell them how it's working and give them feedback. I like to take in the educational presentations to learn more ways to improve our farm. The Midwest Dairy Expo is also a great way to network with other dairy producers and industry people. I like coming to this expo because it's a great time to get together and visit with people I only see once a year. Who has been the best speaker you have heard at the Midwest Dairy Expo? Is there a speaker you are looking forward to hearing at this year's expo? I've seen a lot of good ones, but David Kohl has given some presentations that stick out in my mind. He gives a very good presentation. This year I plan to take in "Succession and Estate Planning." I am the youngest, at age 60, in our dairy's partnership, and we're going to be succeeding into something else in a short period. "The Road for Future Farm Policy: What will Shape the 2010 Farm Bill?" interests me because I like knowing about dairy policy. There are a lot of dairy proposals out there, and I'm interested to see where all that will go. I'll also take in the business meeting. What topics are you most interested in learning about in the dairy industry? I would like to learn more about the trends in dairy profitability to make our farm as successful as it can be, and continue to learn about the financial aspect of farming. I'm interested in efficient reproduction and I will attend a seminar at the expo about it. On our farm, we have projects going on so I'm interested in finding whether bins or flat storage would be better for a commodity area. Tell us about your farm and your plans for your dairy in the next five years. Durst Bros. Dairy is a partnership between me and my older brothers, Allen and Ken. The dairy has about 30 employees. In addition to the cows, we also farm 3,000 acres and raise our own youngstock. We are currently looking to build a new feed center, but the main change coming will be a change of management as the three of us look into the transition into retirement.
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Estrous detection, crossbred study topics of Chebel’s seminars
By Krista M. Sheehan Staff writer Ricardo Chebel, D.V.M. and assistant professor in the college of veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota, will be presenting two seminars at the Midwest Dairy Expo, held Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 at the St. Cloud Civic Center in St. Cloud, Minn. Both of Chebel’s seminars will be on Dec. 1 in the Wilson Suite on the second floor. At 10 a.m., Chebel will present “The Importance of Estrous Detection on Re-insemination of Lactating Dairy Cows,” and at 11 a.m. he will present “Immunity and Health of Holstein vs. Crossbred.” In his first seminar, “The Importance of Estrous Detection on Re-insemination of Lactating Dairy Cows,” Chebel will discuss research and data about reproduction programs used on farms. One method many herds use and find successful to identify cows in heat is using tail paint. A cow is marked on the tail with paint one morning and if the paint is rubbed away the following morning, she likely had been standing to be ridden.
This indicates she can be inseminated. “Some herds successfully find cows in heat by this method, but new and more sophisticated activity monitoring systems may be helpful to herds that cannot find cows in heat,” Chebel said. Chebel said he Ricardo Chebel, will also D.V.M. emphasize University of and explain Minnesota that finding cows that are in heat, and inseminating them before they have a chance to go on a timed A.I. program, is beneficial to the reproduction of herds that have good heat detection accuracy. Timed A.I. programs such as GGPG – which stands for GnRH, GnRH, prostaglandin, GnRH – can work well for cows after they have had the chance to show natural signs of heat, Chebel said. However, he said the key to estrus detection for cows is having the right personnel. “Dairy producers need to
make sure the people who are [watching for estrus] are well trained and understand what the signs of estrus are. These people should have enough time to do the work and have good facilities that allow them to do the work,” Chebel said. Some dairies have up to 150 percent stocking density or no self locking head stations, Chebel said. “In those situations it’s really hard to do good heat detection unless you want to spend a lot of time in the pen,” he said. Later in the afternoon, in his presentation, “Immunity and Health of Holstein vs. Crossbred,” Chebel will discuss a study done through the University of Minnesota that tried to identify if there are reasons for crossbred cows to be healthier after calving. “There is a belief from producers … that crossbred animals should have better health, but realistically there are very few studies in dairy cows showing that. Our goal is to point out whether or not there are differences and where these differences come from,” Chebel said. “We’re not preaching that crossbred animals should be used in every single dairy. We’re just
looking at reasons why we have more problems in the postpartum cow and hopefully find management procedures that will reduce these problems.” Although 1.6 percent of dairy cows born in the U.S. in 2005 were crossbred, studies about these animals have become important as crossbreeding has become more common in the Midwest, Chebel said. Holsteins make up about 91 percent of the U.S. dairy herd. “We wanted to see whether or not a hybrid would have less problems. That might be a suggestion as to why we have so many problems with Holsteins,” Chebel said. Some of the problem might be due to inbreeding Holsteins. Chebel said many Holsteins to-
day trace back to about 15 sires. “We wanted to look at [crossbreeding] to remind ourselves that hybrid vigor may not a bad thing,” he said. From the study, Chebel said it is possible to suggest that crossbreds are healthier postpartum than Holsteins. Dairy producers can find out the results during Midwest Dairy Expo; however, Chebel also encourages veterinarians and nutritionists to attend his seminar. “My goal is to talk about the study, but at the end I would like to talk about management issues and day-to-day things that will predispose the cows to more immune suppression which will lead to more diseases,” Chebel said.
“There is a belief from producers ... that crossbred animals should have better health, but realistically there are very few studies in dairy cows showing that.” - Ricardo Chebel, D.V.M., University of Minnesota
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Loren and Kevin Vetsch, Vetsch Farms Browerville, Minn.; Todd County 130 cows What are the top three reasons you attend the Midwest Dairy Expo? We like seeing what is new in the dairy industry. We also like talking to other dairy producers to see what has worked for them and what hasn't. Looking around at all the different booths helps us find other ways to be more efficient in our operation.
Who has been the best speaker you have heard at the Midwest Dairy Expo? Is there a speaker you are looking forward to hearing at this year's expo? The best speaker we have heard was a speaker a few years back who talked about robotic milkers. He was very informational and made us realize robotic milkers really won't work on our farm. Every year there is always a speaker that we end up really enjoying, but as of right now we're not looking forward to any of them. What topics are you most interested in learning about in the dairy industry? We like going to the Midwest Dairy Expo with an open mind and learning about all the topics they have there, especially anything new they have come out with. It's always interesting to learn about any new ideas and figure out if it will work on our operation. Tell us about your farm and your plans for your dairy in the next five years. Right now we milk 130 cows with our cousin, Keith. We built a sand-bedded freestall barn in the summer of 2009, and we run 150 acres of corn. Our plans in the future would be to install a parlor, build another heifer shed and milk 160 cows.
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Who has been the best speaker you have heard at the Midwest Dairy Expo? Is there a speaker you are looking forward to hearing at this year's expo? I extremely enjoyed listening to Jeff Beardsley talk about running in a marathon and his other life addictions and how he has learned to cope with them. I also enjoyed the humor the other entertainers brought. What topics are you most interested in learning about in the dairy industry? I'm interested in learning about cattle health and other feeding strategies.
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Speaking out for dairy Wilson shares passion for spreading the message of agriculture, correcting misconceptions By Jennifer Burggraff Staff writer JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Sarah (Bedgar) Wilson is a woman on a mission. As a farmer, that mission includes reaching out to others to spread the message of agriculture – connecting America’s food to the farm – and correcting misconceptions of the ag industry as portrayed by the media. “I’ve always spoken out for dairy and I have a real passion for researching how the animal rights and environmental movements have affected agriculture,” Wilson said. On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Wilson will be sharing her passion with others as she presents two talks during the 2010 Midwest Dairy Expo at the St. Cloud Civic Center in St. Cloud, Minn. “I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning” Wilson first presentation, “I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning,” will be from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 1. “Basically, this session will be a chance for dairy women – and men – to get together and support each other, to be encouraged and empowered and celebrate their successes,” Wilson said. “[Attendees] will laugh, cry and hopefully go away feeling refreshed.” As a dairy farmer’s daughter, a farm wife and mother of two young children, Wilson knows first-hand how crazy life can get. She also knows the effects negative press from the media can have on ag producers and the industry as a whole. “We are constantly under criticism from the media and the public,” Wilson said. “This session will be an opportunity to celebrate our successes [as producers] and realize we have a right to be proud of what we are doing.” Wilson will share her thoughts and insights through entertaining and engaging stories from her life on the farm that those in attendance will be able to relate to and laugh about, she said. She’ll also share some indispensable wisdom from her Grannie as well as explaining the three F’s her family lives by. “Faith, family and farming, in that order” she said. “This has really increased the quality of our lives.” While men and women alike are welcome to attend, this will be a ‘women in jeans’ sort of session. “I think farm women are a really
Sarah (Bedgar) Wilson will present two education breakout sessions during the Midwest Dairy Expo, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, in St. Cloud, Minn. Wilson grew up on a dairy farm in Maryland and currently farms with her husband near Jamestown, N.D.
unique group,” Wilson said. “They don’t get many opportunities to sit back and relax. This is my reward to them; they deserve to be encouraged and commended.” Overall, however, she hopes to celebrate all producers – men and women alike. “We’ve certainly been faced with challenges, and we’ll get through them,” Wilson said. “But we need each other to do that.” Taking action Wilson’s second session, “Activism and Agriculture” from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. on Dec. 1, will take on a slightly different tone than her first. “[This session] will really be a culmination of the years I spent researching animal rights activists and environmental movements and their affects on agriculture,” Wilson said. “I’ll talk about what we can do to stand up and make our voices heard.” Wilson will outline the various animal rights and environmental groups, their agendas and exactly how they operate. She’ll also present a number of tools producers can use to reach out to consumers and tell their stories. “If we don’t speak out and fight back against the groups that are Turn to Wilson / Page 22
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against us, we won’t have the opportunity to farm in the future, especially those of us in animal production,” she said. With the recent media attacks on agriculture, there’s no better time to start than now. “There’s a real sense of urgency,” Wilson said. “These groups have combined and amassed a fortune to work against us … They’re very good at
what they do; at being fundraising machines.” While the ag industry may not be able to beat the opposing forces through funds, it can through influence. “[The ag industry] has tremendous influence [on consumers],” she said. The social media craze has helped this, creating lines of communication between rural and urban
America that were non-existent in the past. “This will take everyone; cooperation is the key,” Wilson said about working to spread the message of agriculture. “We need to move beyond organic and conventional, big and small, and fight for dairy and the right to produce products – and consume them.” This session is for anyone and everyone involved in the ag industry. Those in attendance will come away with a toolbox of ideas on how they can become involved. Wilson will also speak on her latest work, reaching out through faith communities. “There’s a real demand for farmers to speak out on a faith level, not to just say, ‘This is a dairy cow and this is what we feed her,’ but to explain why we do what we do,” she said. “We have that story to tell as Christians as well.”
About Sarah (Bedgar) Wilson Sarah Bedgar was raised on a diversified dairy farm in Maryland and was active in both 4-H and FFA. At 16 years old, she was crowned the Maryland Dairy Princess; thus began her active role in publicly promoting dairy and the ag industries. Sarah attended the University of Maryland at College Park, where she earned a B.S. in animal science. From there, she moved to North Dakota and obtained her Master’s degree in animal science at North Dakota State University. She worked as a livestock extension educator for the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Hutchinson, Minn., for a short time before meeting Jeremy Wilson at an American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet. The two were married in 2006. The Wilsons now have two young daughters and operate a 3,000-acre crop farm near Jamestown, N.D., in partnership with Jeremy’s father. They also graze heifers for a neighboring dairy farm. Sarah is currently employed by the North Dakota Farm Bureau.
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Scholarship Auction Come support the Live Auction at the Midwest Dairy Expo raising funds for the scholarship programs of Minnesota Milk Producers Association and Upper Midwest Dairy Industry Association. The auction will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30th in the Glenn Carlson Hall. A complete listing of all items, including the specific butter and cheese items, will be available at the auction. Donated by: Midwest Dairy Association
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Donated by: Cargill, Inc.
• Wine and Cheese Gift Basket w/ VISA Giftcard • Chocolate & Champagne Gift Basket w/ VISA Giftcard Donated by: American AGCO Trading Company, LLC
• Bonnie Mohr’s “Cows of Content” • Terry Redlin Framed Print
2nd Annual Scholarship Raffle
Don’t miss this opportunity to buy a raffle ticket to win 10 pounds of butter and cheese from the UMDIA Fall Contest. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased in the lobby area of the Civic Center from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30th. At 3:30 p.m., 20 winners will be selected and must pick up their items by 4:00 p.m.