Dairy West, a USDA-qualified program that promotes the dairy industry and its products on behalf of Idaho dairy producers, plans its annual meeting Nov. 7-8 at Boise Centre, Ninth and Front streets, Boise.
“Partnerships for Impact” is the theme of the event, which starts at 7 a.m. Mountain on Nov. 7 and 7:30 a.m. Nov. 8.
Shawna Hagerty, operations director for Meridian-based Dairy West, said the theme refers to teamwork and cooperation in dairy markets, and the community, by producers, processors, health professionals, educators and others. The conversation will focus on “how we’re standing together, relying on each other’s strengths to become better and more successful as an industry,” she said.
Guest speakers Nov. 7 include former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, now president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council and a Feeding America board member; Sara Dorland, managing partner at Ceres Dairy Risk Management; and Alison Van Eenenaam, University of California-Davis animal biotechnology and genomics researcher. A public showing of the film “Food Evolution” is slated at 7 p.m.
Nov. 8 events include a panel discussion with producers, updates on Dairy West and the Idaho Dairy Association, a United Dairymen of Idaho business meeting, a banquet with presentation of the Dairy Hall of Fame Award, and a presentation and networking with I’ll Push You film subjects Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray.
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