One thing you always need to do before going on a trip is to check the weather. So what’s it going to be like in Madison this week for World Dairy Expo? I just checked the 10-day on The Weather Channel and it looks like it’ll start out hot and end up cold. There’s a good chance of some rain tonight then up in the 80’s tomorrow and opening day, Tuesday. But then on Wednesday they’re calling for a cool down. In fact by Friday it’ll be highs in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s!! Bring a jacket. I’m going to. Glad I checked.
I guess the Milk Income Loss Contract expired yesterday. The last story I’ve been able to find on it was late yesterday. According to this story in the Idaho Statesmen.com, not all dairy groups are upset about it. I’m sure we’ll know more about it Monday. I mention it here because I saw a lot of stories on it the last couple days. And because I’m getting ready to head to World Dairy Expo tomorrow and won’t be posting until after I get there, unless I find something of interest early tomorrow.
I just spoke with Lisa Behnke, Marketing Manager for World Dairy Expo and the activity level in Madison is cranking. Just imagine 2,000 people checking into a hotel in about 3 days. Then imagine if those were cattle! That’s about how many animals are being brought to Expo this year and they’re driving in as we speak. They’ve all got to be checked in and put in their places. And of course, there is all the people who are bringing them in.
Besides that you’ve got about 1,500 exhibitors all moving in their booths and equipment at the same time. And of course the whole Expo staff has to move into the facilities from their regular office building.
I’m glad I’m traveling there on Sunday!
In case you’re wondering what Qualisoy is, besides a sponsor of World Dairy Diary, now you can find out. I interviewed Qualisoy board member, Kent Gronlie, a soybean grower from North Dakota. Qualisoy is an “industry-wide” initiative that “creates added value and increased global competitiveness for the U.S. soybean industry through the development, commercialization and promotion of enhanced quality traits.”
Kent may not be able to attend Expo due to the harvest that’s going on right now on his farm but he says there will be information available to visitors to World Dairy Expo.
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., and the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) are proud to announce Karen A. Beauchemin, Ph.D., senior scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research Center, as the 2005 recipient of the Pioneer Forage Award. Along with the honor, Beauchemin also will receive a monetary award.
The Pioneer Forage Award recognizes outstanding research and/or educational contributions in forage production, processing, storage or utilization.
You know that the Callicrate Bander is a sponsor of World Dairy Diary and now’s your chance to learn more about the company and the product. I interviewed Mike Callicrate, the inventer. He describes all the uses for his product and provides some history on its development and how the product has had tremendous growth and success, including on an international level.
For more information on the Callicrate Bander you can contact them at: P.O. Box 748, St. Francis, KS 67756, Call 1-800-858-5974, or email.
Just in time for all you golfing dairy folks who are in or heading to Wisconsin for the World Dairy Expo, is a story on CNN.com today about how great the golf is! The beginning of the story says,“Someone says, “Wisconsin.” What thoughts immediately come to mind? The Green Bay Packers? Dairy products? A TV show? (“Happy Days” for the middle-age crowd; “That ’70s Show” for the younger generation).
I got to play earlier this year near Milwaukee while attending a conference on ag media. Now this story’s got me wondering what my schedule will be like next week!
I don’t know if you’re even familiar with USDA’s MyPyramid, the new food guidelines strategy. Today they released news about a whole section of the guidelines targeting kids and including a video game they can play.
The information certainly does include information about “dairy” and it’ll be interesting to see how organizations start to fit this into their marketing strategies with consumers.
Here’s an example of one way they’ve included dairy. It’s on a page that has “Tips For Families.”
4. Get your calcium-rich foods. To build strong bones serve lowfat and fat-free milk and other milk products several times a day.
How many places do you go online for dairy news? I’d be interested to know some of your favorites. I’m starting to learn about more of them and I’ll plan to post links to them from time to time. Just so you know I’m not playing favorites (yet), I’ll start with a few now and post more when time allows.
More will be posted!!