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 PD-Arrow-Small e-Leader 
October 2015
 In this issue:
  • Apply for Academy for Dairy Executives
  • Table Rock Farm and Gary Gardner Receive the 2015 PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Award
  • Dairy and Environmental Systems Conference Presentations Online

  • Inaugural Families in Business Conference
  • FuzeHub Dairy Solutions Forum
  • 2015 Cornell Agribusiness Strategic Marketing Conference


PRO-DAIRY and Cornell Cooperative Extension are accepting applications for this year's three-part Academy for Dairy Executives in Eastern NY. The Academy is an opportunity for dairy producers and agriservice professionals to improve leadership and management skills, learn from and interact with other dairy producers and professionals, and develop skills necessary to lead dairy businesses into the future. Applications are due by October 15. For more information and to apply online visit the Academy's web page. 

Table Rock Farm and Gary Gardner Receive the 2015 PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Award

NYS Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and PRO-DAIRY Director Thomas Overton presented the PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Awards to Meghan Hauser and Willard DeGolyer, representing Table Rock Farm, Castile and Gary Gardner, Alta Genetics, Syracuse. These awards are given in appreciation and recognition of outstanding contributions to NYS agriculture through support of the PRO-DAIRY program. The news release is on the PRO-DAIRY website.

Dairy and Environmental Systems Conference Presentations Online

The Dairy and Environmental Systems Conference, held July 29-31, 2015, featured a unique opportunity for participants to learn about emerging dairy housing and manure management systems in conjunction with regional climate trends and national and international drivers, along with adaptation strategies for the Northeast and upper Midwest US. The main goals of the conference were to equip attendees with state-of-the-art knowledge on manure handling systems and climate adaptation strategies, as well as to explore the intrinsic connection between climate trends for the Northeastern US, on-farm adaptation strategies, and related dairy environmental management issues. Video taped presentations are now online at the conference website.

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Inaugural Families in Business Conference

The inaugural 2015 Families in Business Conference will showcase the range and impact of family enterprise, from entrepreneurs to global enterprises and legacy families. Alumni, business owners, affiliates and students are invited to take part in this day-long series of keynotes, networking and workshops. Hear inspiring stories and learn from others who have succeeded (and failed). Sample a Taste of Family Business during a networking reception to close the conference. Visit the conference website for more information. 

October 8, 2015
Welcome Reception and Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 pm

October 9, 2015
Full-day Conference
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Statler Hotel
Cornell University Campus
130 Statler Drive
Ithaca, NY 14853

Capital Region Dairy Solutions Forum

On October 22 2015, FuzeHub will hold a Dairy Solution Forum, free to dairy farmers and manufacturers. The forums have a proven track record of providing in-person meeting opportunities with a select group of business and technical experts to analyze, problem solve and identify solutions to meet specific company needs. Like other industries, dairy farmers and manufacturers have a host of challenges and initiatives: energy use, waste management, policy/regulation acumen, workforce and training, and succession planning. The Solutions Forum will connect you with available resources to address your needs. Details are on the Fuzehub website.

October 22, 2015
8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension Saratoga County
50 W High St # 1, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

2015 Cornell Agribusiness Strategic Marketing Conference

The conference will focus on key business principles to improve management and marketing practices, with specific attention on how to develop a brand and then link it to marketing activities that are appropriate to the desired positioning of the business. In addition to speakers from the marketing and brand development industry, successful growers with experience in brand and marketing development will share their experiences with the thought processes and mechanical aspects related to improving a business’s marketing practices. Visit the release on the Dyson School webpage for more information.

November 16 – 17, 2015

Henry A Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, Hyde Park, NY


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