BROOKINGS, S.D. - Planning for the 9th Annual I-29 Dairy Conference to be held in Sioux Falls Jan.15 and 16, 2014 is underway.
The event will be held at the Best Western - Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls and is a joint educational effort between Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and SDSU Extension.
The overarching theme for this year's conference and our "I-29 Moo University" is focusing on the latest information in sustainable practices and programs that are available to dairy producers.
The Wednesday evening keynote will provide dairy producers and industry professionals with a better understanding of what is necessary to build a strong relationship with consumers. This point will be further addressed from a dairy producer's prospective on Thursday morning, and will be followed by sessions targeting the energy audit program now available to producers and the latest in recommended herd health practices.
Thursday afternoon will provide participants the opportunity to attend a variety of breakout sessions of their choice on topics including: Succession Planning, Using the Energy Audit on "My" Dairy Farm, Best Management Practices in Forage Selection & Utilization, Understanding the New I-9 Requirements, and Utilization of Cover Crops as part of the Forage Program.
Registration for the event is $45 per person. Some state dairy associations are providing registration reimbursement to members who attend. Registration will be available on iGrow.org after December 20.
For hotel reservation contact the Best Western - Ramkota Hotel, Sioux Falls at 605-336-0650 and mention that Rooms are reserved under: SDSU Dairy Science-I29 Dairy Conference. Room Rates are as follows; $89.99 Single, $99.99 Double Occupancy. To receive this conference rate reservations need to be made by Dec. 26, 2013.
Contact Tracey Renelt, SDSU Dairy Extension Field Specialist at 605-882-5140.