Friday Facilitator Forum Begins September 21

Posted: September 14, 2012

Online Webinar Series Offers Ideas for Successful On-farm Resource Teams

Dairy on-farm resource teams provide producers with a wide range of ideas to support effective decision-making. Now, team facilitators and members can use the Penn State Extension Dairy Team's free online webinar to learn techniques for achieving goals, managing information and working together for maximum benefit. Friday Facilitator Forums are held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on a monthly basis.

Available to anyone with a computer and high speed internet access, the seven-session series begins on Friday, September 21. Registration is free, but advance registration is required.

Each webinar will feature interactive presentations from experienced team facilitators, followed by questions and discussion. Instructors are Dr. Lisa Holden, associate professor, and Robert Goodling, Extension associate, Penn State Department of Animal Science.

Topics and dates are:

* September 21, 2012: Staying on Course: Helping Your Team to Achieve Its Goals  Learn strategies for breaking up long-term goals into manageable chunks that can be monitored and completed. Also learn tactics for refocusing goals to revitalize long-term teams.

* October 12, 2012: Making Data Count: Managing Information for the Team   Delve into the sources, reports and tools that help teams synthesize information from the vast amount of data available. Learn how to become more efficient in managing and reporting key data and information that fit team goals.

* November 16, 2012: Dealing Effectively with Difficult Team Members   Discuss strategies for managing "difficult" team members through a series of short examples.

* December 21, 2012: Dealing with Complex Issues   Examine strategies to identify the complex issues facing many dairy operations and discuss how to integrate manageable goals into a streamlined team process.

* January 18, 2013: Farm, Family, and Fitting the "Right" People around the Table  Understand how to get people on the team and around the table who have the greatest impact on the business. Tips on how to utilize busy people on the team on a temporary basis, making sure that everyone contributes to team success.  Speaker is John Frey, executive director, Center for Dairy Excellence.

* February 15, 2013: Hot Topics for Teams   Discover how to re-energize and re-focus your team by looking at current dairy industry issues and how they may impact your team.

* March 15, 2013: Having a Successful Advisory Team   Review recent research comparing the goals and subsequent achievements of various Pennsylvania advisory teams in relation to their cohort herds. Examine the annual impact of advisory teams and what potential they mean to the profitability of the dairy operation.

Participants must have a computer with a high-speed internet connection and speakers in order to see and hear the presentations.

Registration is free, with your advance registration completed no later than noon of the day preceding the first session that you wish to attend. Upon registering, you will receive information about accessing the training site. You need only register for the series once to participate in as many sessions as you wish. The Center for Dairy Excellence is sponsoring the series.

Register online by noon the day prior to the webinar at: