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Northeast dairy forum set for Sept. 19

August 02, 2005

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The first Northeast Dairy Outlook Forum will be Sept. 19 during the All-American Dairy Show at the Farm Show Complex.

The forum will provide "an excellent opportunity to learn more about current trends in the dairy industry," said state Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff.

"Those participating in the event will gain regional, national and international perspectives on the many issues impacting the dairy industry."

There will be panel discussions and sessions on topics including the global dairy market; changing dairy policy in the European Union; the impact of changes of U.S. dairy policy; and future milk needs of the Northeast.

"With the Northeast being only a 24-hour drive from 50 percent of the U.S. population, there is great market opportunity for the region's dairy products," Wolff said.

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New York and Pennsylvania are the nation's third and fourth largest producing dairy states, respectively, Wolff said.

He said the Northeast region supplies 16 percent of the U.S. milk supply, producing 27.4 billion pounds annually.

The forum is a joint effort of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the Center for Dairy Excellence, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency, and the Pennsylvania State University.

For more information, contact Gary Heckman at the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849.

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