Global Changes—Local Strategies

May 1 & 2, 2014, Milwaukee


This is the 21st Annual National Workshop for Dairy Economists and Policy Analysts. You should register for the workshop through the buttons above. The registration fee for the program is $380. You can register for the program no later than April 18th. The hotel for the workshop is the Hilton Milwaukee, Downtown, 509 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI. You can reserve a room online with the button above (group code UWMAD) or by calling the hotel at (414) 935-5940. Please identify yourself with the "UW Madison Workshop" for the negotiated room rate of $119 per night. The room block at this group rate will only be held through April 9th.

This year we are also offering a day out in the Wisconsin countryside. If you would like to join us on a bus tour the day before the meeting, Wednesday, April 30th, we will be visiting two farms and two dairy plants. A boxed lunch will be available. Join us in the hotel lobby at 8:30am on April 30 and the bus will return to the hotel about 4:30pm. An additional registration fee of $35 will be charged for this entertaining and informational outing.

Slides Thursday, May 1, 2014
7:00 Registration and Breakfast--Provided
  8:00 Welcome & Introduction--Andrew Novakovic, Cornell University
8:10 Session I: Setting the Stage:
• A Market Outlook—Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin
8:45 Session II: Measuring Farm Performance
• Implications for Markets and Policy--Chris Wolf, Michigan State University
9:45 Session III: Margin Protection Plan
• Farm Strategies and Considerations--John Newton, University of Illinois
10:45 Break
11:00 Session III: Margin Protection Plan (continued)
• Market Implications--Charles Nicholson, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
12:00 Lunch--Provided
1:30 Session IV: Status and Opportunities for Dairy Sectors Around the World
• Take a Lap Around the Globe—Veronique Pilet, National Center for Interprofessional Dairy Industries, Paris, France
  • Moderated Q & A—Andy Novakovic, Cornell University
3:00 Break
3:30 Session V: Global Climate Change and the Climate for Global Responses
• Extreme Weather & Climate Change: Implications for Agriculture—Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University
  • Implications for Climate Change on Forage Production—Jerry Cherney, Cornell University
• Implications for Productivity of U.S. Dairies—James MacDonald, Economic Research Service
5:00 Adjourn
5:30 Reception and Hosted Bar
Friday, May 2, 2014
7:00 Breakfast--Provided
8:00 Welcome
8:15 Session VI: Perspectives from the Real World—Producer Panel
  • Bill Bruins, Homeland Dairy, Waupun, WI
• Nick Ridgeway, United Dairies, LLP, Litchfield, MN
  • Patty Edelburg, Front-Page Holsteins, Scandinavia, WI
9:45 Break
10:15 Session VII: Perspectives from the Real World—Dairy Retailers Panel
• Dairy Products and School Nutrition—Yvonne Greer, Nutrition Consulting, Milwaukee
• The Cheese Department—Jeanne Carpenter, Cheesemonger @ Metcalfe's Market, Madison
• Direct Retailing—Bob Wills, Clock Shadow Creamery & Cedar Grove Cheese
11:45 Closing Comments and Adjourn