North Dakota Dairy Convention: "Building our Future Together"

dairyThe Milk Producers Association of North Dakota is celebrating its 51st Annual Dairy Convention on January 24th at the Ramada Bismarck. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and the opening of the trade show. The convention ‘Building our Future Together’ will begin at 9:30am with a humorous and dynamic keynote address from Kostas Voutsas, assistant professor of Business at Dickinson State University. Voutsas will share ideas about how to maximize efficiency on the farm by learning to understand how effective communications can change and enhance relationships. During the evening banquet, Voutsas will moderate a panel discussion of successful dairy leaders on positioning the dairy industry for prosperity.
Chris Sorenson, account manager for Ruminant Enterprise Sales with Arm and Hammer Nutrition, will discuss transition cow management and how to create a healthy gut health environment and Kenton Holle, vice chair of the new North Dakota Livestock Alliance, will provide an overview of the mission and goals for this new organization to support, promote and expand the livestock industries throughout North Dakota. Their presentations are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively.
A joint meeting of ADA Districts 3 and 4 will be held during the luncheon which starts at 12:15 p.m.
Following lunch, Jim Salfer, regional extension educator of the University of Minnesota Extension, will discuss factors driving milk prices and profit in the future at 1:30 p.m., immediately followed by the annual meeting of the Milk Producers Association. Then, at 4:00pm, Dr. Max Hawkins, a nutritionist with the Alltech Mycotoxin management team, will outline how to detect and mitigate mycotoxins on your dairy.
Award presentations, along with a presentation by Heidi Jacob, the 70th North Dakota Dairy Princess, will take place during the evening banquet. Winners of the Milky Way Award and the Award of Dairy Excellence will be named at 7:30 p.m.
The annual meeting of the Milk Producers Association of North Dakota will take place at 2:15. All dairy producers are urged to attend. The trade show hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The North Dakota Dairy Convention costs $25 for the day’s events and meals, including the evening awards banquet. All dairy farmers and industry affiliates are encouraged to attend in celebration of the North Dakota dairy industry. Please RSVP as soon as possible to
In the state of North Dakota, there are about 90 licensed dairy herds.
North Dakota is the 35th largest milk-producing state in the U.S.
North Dakota dairy farms produced approximately 39 million gallons of milk in 2015.