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RSS By: Jim Dickrell, Dairy Today

Jim Dickrell is the editor of Dairy Today and is based in Monticello, Minn.

See You at Expo!

Oct 02, 2012

Good morning--from World Dairy Expo!

The 2012 show kicks off this morning with Ayrshires and the International Junior Holsteins in the show ring, an educational seminar on dairy employee team building at 1 this afternoon and a virtual farm tour of VanEss Dairy LLC at 2.

Even more important, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is scheduled to make an appearance here this morning. The Farm Bill, dairy policy—and maybe even the upcoming election—will likely be topics.

Western editor Cathy Merlo, contributing editor Rick Mooney, AgDay anchor Clinton Griffiths and I will all be on hand this week to report breaking news, show results and other tidbits from here in Madison.

This eReport will be in your in-box each morning by 10 a.m. with a wrap-up report on all things Expo next Monday.

We’ll have coverage of the Vilsack press conference later today on our website, and in the eReport and on AgDay tomorrow morning.  

World Dairy Expo always seems to be the highlight of each year. And 2012 has been a doozy.

Even though milk prices are rising, feed availability will be a challenge for producers across much of the Midwest as far east as Pennsylvania. Feed prices will be a challenge for everyone.

The Farm Bill remains unresolved, and it likely will remain so at least through the election. In meetings this week, we’ll try to get at least some sense of what the prognosis for progress is.

I have a one-on-one meeting with Jerry Kozak, National Milk Producer’s Federation president and CWO, tomorrow morning. The meeting is too late for Wednesday’s eReport, but be sure to watch Thursday’s edition for my report.

We also have meetings with the folks from the U.S. Dairy Export Council and Dairy Management, Inc. (DMI). So we’ll have updates on U.S. exports for this year and into next. Our DMI meeting will focus on fluid milk—and what can and should be done to turn around declining sales.

Plus we’ll be covering the virtual farm tours and educational seminars all week. Sustainability, mating decisions, expansion and unique business arrangements with processors will be highlights of the virtual farm tours. And everything from nutrition to genetics to milk quality will be covered in the educational seminars.

If you’re coming to Expo this week, stop by the Dairy Today booth in the main hallway leading up to the commercial exhibit hall in the Alliant Energy Center. If you’re not, check your e-mail each day this week for our updates.

It’s going to be a great week. Talk to you soon!

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