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Fifty dairy producers gathered earlier this month to learn how to maximize profit on their operations. The Dairy Profit Symposium, hosted by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW), was held Dec. 9-10 in Madison, Wisconsin.

The two-day event began with a recap of the major economic forces facing today’s dairy industry.

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More than 1,200 people battled yet another winter storm to attend the Midwest Dairy Expo in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Plenty of educational opportunities, networking, a trade show, scholarship auction and an entertaining evening dinner kept everyone occupied as the snow fell outside.

With the theme, “Small Decisions Changing Lives” the educational sessions included topics on cow comfort, herd health, estate planning, calf raising, profitability, breeding, activism and the 2012 Farm Bill.

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Members of the Dairy Business Association (DBA) gathered in Madison, Wisconsin, Nov. 30- Dec. 1, for their 11th Annual Business Conference for educational and networking opportunities. They also honored two farm families, elected directors and heard from their newly elected governor.

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AtlantaFresh is unlike any other creamery in the Southeast, offering hand-crafted quality yogurt, crème fraiche and fresh mozzarella. These artisan creamery products are made slowly from the contented cows of the nearby Johnston Family Farm in Newborn, Georgia.

“Everything we make is in small batches by hand,” says AtlantaFresh Founder Ron Marks. “Starting with great milk and getting fresh dairy products to market as soon as they’re made is the key to quality,” he says. “AtlantaFresh products are a treat. You can taste the quality difference.”

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The annual California Alfalfa and Forage Symposium was held December 1-3, 2010 in Visalia, California. This annual conference is organized by the University of California Alfalfa Workgroup, and this year saw its return to the San Joaquin Valley after four years in other locations.

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