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Maryland Dairy Convention to be held Feb. 16

January 22, 2008

DICKERSON, Md. - The Maryland Dairy Convention is just around the corner and promises something for everyone from dairy farmers and industry supporters to youth.

Themed "Managing Today's Risks and Planning for the Future," the meeting is set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Lynfield Event Complex near Frederick, Md.

The meeting is the 10th event hosted by the Maryland Dairy Industry Association and the second in which MDIA joined forces with the Maryland Dairy Shrine for a combined day and evening program.

Agriculture economist David Kohl headlines the event, just as he did at the first meeting. Kohl will discuss risk management for more profitable dairying in the morning and positioning the business for the future in the afternoon.

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Also during the daytime meeting, attendees will be updated on how milk checkoff dollars are working for them, hear about an innovative insurance program for dairy farmers and learn about the latest in the area of workman's compensation and electric deregulation and buying pools.

For youth, the convention offers a day of fun and education. Juniors can test their knowledge during a junior dairyman contest in the morning, followed by an afternoon speaking workshop and contest as well as a dairy relations workshop. One $250 scholarship will be awarded for the first time to an MDIA member or a member's dependent. For an application, visit http://ansc.umd.edu/extension/dairy.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the junior dairyman and speaking contests during the evening banquet.

An afternoon tour is planned to Mike and Heather Iager's Bulldog Holsteins in Libertytown, Md., and the evening dinner and program will highlight Maryland Dairy Shrine industry honorees. Youth awards and scholarships will be presented. Live and silent auctions will benefit industry and youth efforts.

For more information or to sponsor the event, call Laurie Savage at 301-349-0750 or e-mail secretary@marylanddairyindustry.org.

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