FOR YOUR FUTURE
Investing in Your Future with Lamar King
It’s not my farm or your farm – it’s the family farm that’s going to continue for another 50 years. Investing in your own future typically involves retirement planning, but how do you invest in your kids’ futures as well? This session will focus on strategies you can consider to secure a solid financial future for yourself, your children, and your farm.
Spinning the Wheel of the Future with Andy Junkin
What are the most common questions dairy farm families ask during the succession planning process? In this session, Andy Junkin will have a candid conversation with real-world examples of how to solve some of the most challenging questions related to managing a family business and finding fusion as a team.
Adding to Revenue With Diversification with John Dickinson, Daryl Martin, and Corey Mellot
Diversifying the family farm can not only strengthen your dairy operation, but it can lead to future revenue streams. During this panel discussion, multiple dairy producers will share their unique journeys, roadblocks they have encountered along the way, and the opportunities they have found with diversification.
FOR YOUR FINANCES
Evaluating ROI on New Tech Tools with Greta Halahan, Ben Peckman, and Duane Stoltzfus
Technology is continually evolving, but how do you know if the “latest and greatest” dairy tech tools are worth investing in? What’s the true return on investment? In this panel discussion, several dairy producers will have an honest conversation about their firsthand experience with tools like activity monitors, precision farming technology, feed watchers and more.
Redirecting Your Business Plan for an Evolving Future with Rob Goodling, Amy Brickner and John Ess
Developing a detailed business plan can help ensure your dairy business remains profitable, but your business plan isn’t something you can stick on the shelf once you finish it. It’s a living and breathing document that must evolve alongside your business– whether you open a farm store, install robots, bring on the next generation, or enter the retail space. In this panel discussion, hear from two dairy producers who have used their business plan to grow their businesses.
An Outsider’s Look Inside Your Business with Dale Brown, Kate Kulp and Matt Bomgardner
Even professional athletes rely on coaches to assess their performance and advise them on how to up their game and achieve their peak performance. The same is true for dairy farming. This producer panel has tapped a second set of experienced eyes to look at their operations and bring an outside perspective to improving their operations and enhancing profitability. They will share their personal experience on the best ways to stay open-minded when it comes to business coaching, consulting, and mentoring.
FOR YOUR DAIRY
Breeding for Enhanced Profitability with Harrison Hartman, Clint Burkholder, and Bryon Graybeal
By remaining laser-focused on breeding and genetics, many dairy producers are not only improving their herd’s performance but also enhancing their overall profitability. During this panel discussion, hear from multiple dairy producers who are infusing breeding and genetics into their herd management decisions.
Creating a Biosecurity Plan for Your Operation with National FARM Experts
We learned from our poultry partners the risk of not having a biosecurity plan for your operation. With National FARM’S new secure milk supply agreement, it’s easier than ever for dairy producers to put together a biosecurity plan that could protect you from a potential crisis. This session will offer updates on what is involved and provide a clear-cut checklist for biosecurity planning on the farm.
Minimizing the Impact of Heat Stress with Dr. Geoffrey Dahl
This session will discuss the physiological impact of management interventions, including heat stress abatement, at various stages of the lactation cycle to help you harness that knowledge and optimize your herd health and performance.
FOR YOUR WELLNESS
Boosting Your Mental Fitness with Monica Kramer McConkey
All too often we pour ourselves into caring for our animals at the expense of our own well-being. Being physically strong doesn’t matter if we aren’t mentally fit as well. This session will equip you with strategies to effectively take control of your mental fitness, manage stress, take care of yourself, and be available to others in this high-demand field.
Linking Your Business’s Sustainability with Environmental Sustainability with Experts From All Sectors of the Food Chain
If we can’t meet the environmental demands and expectations of our customers, our industry isn’t going to be sustainable, and if our industry isn’t sustainable, it jeopardizes the sustainability of each farm business. Recognizing what “customer demand” means to your farm’s future is the first step. This panel discussion will feature professionals from all sectors of the food chain to discuss the interdependency of the environmental agenda and the viability of the dairy industry.
Digging Into Regenerative Ag Planning with Shawn Saylor, Sue Ellen Johnson and Katie Sattazahn
This session will feature an insightful panel discussion about how we can cultivate regenerative agriculture to increase biodiversity, improve soil health, protect waters, and support high-yielding livestock and growing businesses.