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Below you will find the current agenda for the 2022 Forward TogetHER National Conference. This agenda will be updated as soon as more information is confirmed, so check back often. ** Register for Forward TogetHER HERE! **

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

Afternoon Pre-Conference Sessions (learn more HERE)

  • Adding Value to Dairy Beef
  • “Aah is the New Moo: Rethinking the Dry Period” sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc.
  • Excursion – “Farm to Table Tour at R&D Center” sponsored by Cargill and Diamond V

Welcome Night sponsored by Dairy Farmers of America

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022


  • Dairy Girl Fitness Workout with Emily Shaw
  • Breakfast Buffet, sponsored by The National Dairy FARM Program
  • Keynote Opening Speaker: “She Tells the Story of Dairy, What’s Her Story?” presented by Barbara O’Brien, sponsored by Dairy Management Inc.
  • General Session: “Managing Inflammation in Transition Cows” presented by Dr. Barry Bradford, sponsored by smaXtec
  • General Session: Dairy Girl Network Roundtable presented by the DGN Board of Directors, sponsored by Cargill
  • Lunch, sponsored by Cargill


  • Breakout Sessions, Two session times will exist with 5 sessions offered during each time slot
    • “Be Prepared: Crisis Management Essentials” presented by Hannah Thompson-Weeman, sponsored by The National Dairy FARM Program
    • “Global Factors Impacting Your Milk Check” presented by Mary Ledman, sponsored by Rabobank
    • “How Dairy Monitoring Technology Empowers Better Decision Making, Efficiency, and Peace of Mind” presented by Erica Tessmann and Sarah Anderson, sponsored by Merck Animal Health
    • “Accounting Essentials for Farm Financials” presented by Cathy Kulig and Kay Wiemer, sponsored by Farm Credit System
    • “Building Stronger Communication on Dairy Teams” presented by Hank Wagner and Laura Raatz
    • “A Lawyer’s Perspective on Protecting Yourself, Your Family and Your Farm” presented by Leah Ziemba, sponsored by Michael Best
    • “Next Level Maternity Cow and Neonatal Calf Management” presented by Ann Hoskins and Jen Birchen, sponsored by Vita Plus
    • “Putting Diversity-Equity-Inclusion (DEI) into Action” presented by Philomena Satre, sponsored by Lallemand
    • “Building a Foundation to get the Best Fertility Program Results” presented by Paula Basso Ertl, DVM, MSc, PhD, sponsored by Zoetis
    • “Dairy Is the Future” presented by Heather Anfang, sponsored by Land O’ Lakes
  • General Session: “Pulling Up Roots” with Rosario Ibarra, Mary Ledman and Stephanie Nash; moderated by Connie Kuber, sponsored by Sealpro Silage Barrier Films
  • Dinner
  • General Session: “DGN Tonight Show: NY Farm Girls Exclusive” with the NY Farm Girls Evelyn, Claudia and JoJo Leubner; moderated by Bec Shaw, sponsored by Balchem and CP Feeds
  • Dessert and DGN Networking Event, sponsored by Diamond V

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022


  • Dairy Girl Fitness Workout with Emily Shaw
  • Light Breakfast
  • Early Bird Session: “Running Out of Gas: Keeping Up on Social” with Carrie Mess (@DairyCarrie), Megan Kregel (@megan_dairygirl), Lindsey Borst, DVM (@moohouse.borstfamilydairy), and Stephanie Onken, sponsored by Midwest Dairy
  • General Session: “From the Ground Up – Building a Business from Her Perspective” with Beth Marcoot, Cheryl Mohn and Zoey Nelson; moderated by Kristy Pagel
  • Brunch
  • General Session: “Attainable Sustainability Panel” with Amanda Freund, Amber Radatz and Melissa Wilson; moderated by LuAnn Troxel, sponsored by Zinpro
  • Keynote Closing Speaker: Laura Daniels, sponsored by CHS

Afternoon Post-Conference Sessions (learn more HERE)

  • “What’s Your Type? An Enneagram Workshop” with Terryn Drieling, sponsored by Virtus Nutrition
  • “Mental Health QPR Training” with Jeff Ditzenberger, sponsored by UMASH

Also joining us for #StrongerTogetHER activities during the event will be Monica Kramer McConkey.

**Agenda subject to change**

** Register for Forward TogetHER HERE! **

Thank you to our DGN Forward TogetHER Forward Partners:

Direction Level: Cargill, Dairy Management Inc./Undeniably Dairy and Merck Animal Health

Pathway Level: Balchem, Beck’s, Boehringer Ingelheim, CHS, Compeer Financial, CP Feeds, Diamond V, The National FARM Program, Sealpro Silage Barrier Films, smaXtec and Zinpro

Target Level: Dairy Farmers of America, Farm Credit Systems (AgCountry Farm Credit Services, American AgCredit, Compeer Financial, Farm Credit Services of America, GreenStone Farm Credit Services), Lallemand, Land O’ Lakes, Michael Best, Midwest Dairy, Rabobank, UMASH, Udder Tech Inc., Virtus Nutrition, Vita Plus, The Wisconsin Beef Council and Zoetis

Arrow Level: Amelicor, Form-A-Feed, GENEX, milc group, Vaxxinova and 4D Ag Fashion

Supporter Level: AgriMark and Darigold

DGN Forward TogetHER Showcase Specific Vendors and Booths:A Farm Chick’s Closet, and TechMix

Interested in being a Partner? CLICK HERE for more partnership opportunities.