Program Announced For 2005 PA Dairy Summit

Posted: September 1, 2004

The first-ever Pennsylvania Dairy Summit will be held Wednesday and Thursday, February 9-10, 2005. The event, a joint effort of the Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders, Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Dairy Task Force, will be held at the Radisson Harris Hotel and Convention Center in Camp Hill.

The keynote speaker for the Summit is John Pagel, a dairy entrepreneur from Wisconsin. Pagel owns multiple large dairies and jointly owns both a heifer raising facility and a milk transportation business. He will speak about "Building a Business from the Bottom Line Up."

Nationally known Jack McCall will entertain and motivate guests at the evening banquet. Other program topics include breaking production barriers without breaking the bank and nurturing dairy opportunities in Pennsylvania. A past conference favorite, Carl Theinus will return to Pennsylvania to address building a sustainable industry for tomorrow's dairy producers.


Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders President Dave McCorkle offers a few reasons for attending the Dairy Summit:


  1. Pennsylvania dairy leaders will join peers from around the country to define and debate dairy business expansion strategies
  2. Local, state and federal regulatory and legislative topics will be discussed and challenged.
  3. The event will provide the opportunity for participants to talk one-on-one with local and national dairy industry leaders.
  4. The goals and objectives of the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, Pa. Dairy Stakeholders and the Pa. Center for Dairy Excellence will be highlighted.
  5. The agenda will include new ideas about dairy product marketing, the nutritional benefits of healthy dairy products, the public image of the dairy industry and many other current topics.

McCorkle highlighted, "Most important will be the enjoyment gained from the relationships you will develop during your interaction with friends old and new who, like you, are committed to the continual improvement of your profession."

"Will the 2005 Pa. Dairy Summit meet your expectations for a high quality business education experience? The answer is an enthusiastic yes," McCorkle said.

The Pennsylvania Dairy Summit promises to be the major dairy education event of the year. Mark your calendars now to attend, and encourage your neighbors to do the same. The registration fee will be $140. Registration materials will be mailed in November.

Sponsorship and trade show opportunities are also available. Please contact Michelle Jaymes-Parks, Conference Coordinator, at (717) 948-6609 or for more information.