The Missouri Dairy Forum and Trade Show is returning to Springfield Jan. 27-28, after a record crowd of dairy farmers and allied industry attended in 2011.
"Almost 400 people attended with a sold out trade show in 2011," says Larry Purdom, president of the Missouri Dairy Association (MDA) and dairy producer from Purdy. "This was an overwhelming attendance for our first year in Springfield after years at the Lake of the Ozarks. We appreciated the great support for our trade show and program from our industry partners."
The Dairy Forum brings together seven dairy organizations including the MDA, Missouri Holstein Association, Missouri Brown Swiss Association, Missouri Guernsey Breeders Association, Missouri Jersey Cattle Club, Missouri Dairy Growth Council and the Sho-Mo Dairy Heifer Growers Association. The forum will kick off at the University Plaza Hotel starting at 9:25 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27.
"This is an excellent opportunity for Missouri dairy farmers to get new technology and ideas from nationally known speakers and the largest dairy specific trade show held in the state," Purdom says.
In addition, dairy policy development will be a major focus of the 2012 forum. National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) president Randy Mooney of Rogersville will discuss "Dairy in the 2012 Farm Bill" before MDA's voting delegate session. This is especially timely since the 2012 Farm Bill will set a new course for dairy and all of agriculture for the next five years.
"We welcome input from all dairy farmers and encourage them to attend and participate in the many dairy organization annual meetings and board meetings being held during the Missouri Dairy Forum and Trade Show," Purdom adds.
A 2012 Missouri Dairy Forum schedule of events can be found at www.missouridairy.org. Registration is free, but luncheon reservations are required for Friday and Saturday by emailing [email protected] or calling 636-519-9300 with attendee names.
University Plaza Hotel room reservations can be made directly by calling 417-864-7333. The cut-off date for the special Dairy Forum room rate is Jan. 12.Source: Missouri Dairy Association