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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

Optional Pre-Conference Sessions (learn more HERE):

  • 12:00 – 2:00pm (Foyer): Registration Open for Pre-Conferences
  • 12:45 – 4:00pm: Meet in Foyer Excursion – “Farm to Table Tour at R&D Center” sponsored by Cargill and Diamond V
  • 1:00 – 4:30pm (Isanti III): “Adding Value to Dairy Beef Workshop” presented by Amy Radunz, Lindsey Fulton and Emily Zweber, sponsored by Purina and WI Beef Council
  • 2:00 – 4:30pm (Isanti I): “Aah is the New Moo: Rethinking the Dry Period” presented by Luciano Caixeta, DVM, PhD, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc.

4:00 – 8:00pm (Foyer): Registration Open

6:00 – 9:00pm (Minnetonka): Meet and Greet, Welcome Night Reception sponsored by Dairy Farmers of America | Showcase booths are open!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022

6:00 – 7:00am (Winona): Dairy Girl Fitness Workout with Emily Shaw, sponsored by GoodSport

6:30 – 7:45am (Minnetonka): Breakfast Buffet, sponsored by The National Dairy FARM Program

7:30 – 7:50am (Foyer): Registration Open

8:00 – 8:20am (Minnetonka): Welcome by Kristy Pagel | #StrongerTogetHER Segment with Monica Kramer McConkey, sponsored by UMASH

8:20 – 9:30am (Minnetonka): Keynote Opening Speaker: “She Tells the Story of Dairy, What’s Her Story?” presented by Barbara O’Brien, sponsored by Dairy Management Inc.

9:30 – 10:40am (Minnetonka): General Session: “Managing Inflammation in Transition Cows” presented by Dr. Barry Bradford, sponsored by smaXtec

10:40 – 11:00am (Minnetonka): Break with snack

11:00am – 12:10pm (Minnetonka): General Session: Dairy Girl Network Roundtable presented by the DGN Board of Directors, sponsored by Cargill

12:10 – 1:05pm (Minnetonka): Lunch, sponsored by Cargill

  • Presentation of DGN Forward Under 40 (+4) Award, sponsored by Compeer
  • Presentation of DGN Leading Impact Awards, sponsored by Beck’s

1:05 – 1:15pm: Move to breakout rooms

1:15 – 2:25pm: 

  • (Owatonna): “Be Prepared: Crisis Management Essentials” presented by Hannah Thompson-Weeman, sponsored by The National Dairy FARM Program
  • (Anoka): “Building Stronger Communication on Dairy Teams” presented by Hank Wagner and Laura Raatz, sponsored by GPS Dairy Consulting
  • (Isanti I): “Global Factors Impacting Your Milk Check” presented by Mary Ledman, sponsored by Rabobank
  • (Isanti II): “Dairy Monitoring Technology for Better Decisions and Peace of Mind” presented by Erica Tessmann and Sarah Anderson, sponsored by Merck Animal Health
  • (Isanti III): “Building a Foundation to get the Best Fertility Program Results” presented by Paula Basso Ertl, DVM, MSc, PhD, sponsored by Zoetis

2:25 – 2:45pm (Foyer): Break with Dessert, Move to next breakout rooms

2:45 – 3:55pm: 

  • (Owatonna): “A Lawyer’s Perspective on Protecting Yourself, Your Family and Your Farm” presented by Leah Ziemba, sponsored by Michael Best
  • (Anoka): “Putting Diversity-Equity-Inclusion (DEI) into Action” presented by Philomena Satre, sponsored by Lallemand
  • (Isanti I): “Next Level Maternity Cow and Neonatal Calf Management” presented by Ann Hoskins and Jen Birchen, sponsored by Vita Plus
  • (Isanti II): “Accounting Essentials for Farm Financials” presented by Cathy Kulig and Kay Wiemer, sponsored by Farm Credit Systems
  • (Isanti III): “Dairy Is the Future” presented by Heather Anfang, sponsored by Land O’ Lakes

3:55 – 4:05pm: Break

4:05 – 4:10pm (Minnetonka): #StrongerTogetHER Segment with Emily Shaw

4:10 – 5:25pm (Minnetonka): General Session: “Pulling Up Roots: Taking Risks and Facing Change” panel with Rosario Ibarra, Mary Ledman and Stephanie Nash; moderated by Connie Kuber, sponsored by Sealpro Silage Barrier Films

5:25 – 6:30pm: Free time | Showcase booths are open!

6:30 – 7:00pm (Minnetonka): Reception | Showcase booths are open!

7:00 – 7:45pm (Minnetonka): Dinner

7:45 – 9:00pm (Minnetonka): General Session: “DGN Tonight Show: NY Farm Girls Exclusive” with the NY Farm Girls Evelyn Stout, Claudia Leubner and JoJo Leubner; hosted by Bec Shaw, sponsored by Balchem and CP Feeds

9:00 – 10:00pm (Minnetonka): Dessert and DGN Networking Event, sponsored by Diamond V  | Showcase booths are open!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

6:00 – 7:00am (Winona): Dairy Girl Fitness Workout with Emily Shaw, sponsored by GoodSport

7:00 – 7:50am (Isanti III): 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

7:00 – 7:50am (Minnetonka): Light breakfast, sponsored by The National Dairy FARM Program

8:00 – 8:10am (Minnetonka): Welcome

8:10 – 9:25am (Minnetonka): General Session: “From the Ground Up – Building a Business from Her Perspective” with Beth Marcoot, Cheryl Mohn and Zoey Nelson; moderated by Kristy Pagel, sponsored by Black & White by Brooks Farms, CowPots, Hitch Pin Consulting, Just for You Flowers and Gifts, Marcoot Jersey Creamery, The Rusted Cow and UdderTech

9:25 – 10:20am (Minnetonka): Brunch, sponsored by Dairy Girl Network’s Include initiative | Showcase booths are open! | Door Prizes Awarded | #StrongerTogetHER Segment with Monica Kramer McConkey, sponsored by UMASH

10:20 – 11:35am (Minnetonka): General Session: “Attainable and Approachable Sustainability” panel with Amanda Freund, Amber Radatz and Melissa Wilson; moderated by LuAnn Troxel, sponsored by Zinpro

11:35am – 12:50pm (Minnetonka): Keynote Closing Speaker: “What Are You Waiting For?” presented by Laura Daniels, sponsored by CHS

12:50 – 1:00pm (Minnetonka): Closing Remarks by Kristy Pagel

Optional Post-Conference Sessions (learn more HERE)

  • 1:30 – 4:30pm (Isanti III): “What’s Your Type? An Enneagram Workshop” with Terryn Drieling, sponsored by Virtus Nutrition
  • 1:30 – 3:00pm (Isanti I): “Mental Health QPR Training” with Jeff Ditzenberger, sponsored by UMASH

**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, Milk Moovement, 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), GPS Dairy Consulting, Lallemand, Land O’ Lakes, Michael Best, Midwest Dairy, Rabobank, Purina, UMASH, Udder Tech Inc., Virtus Nutrition, Vita Plus, The Wisconsin Beef Council and Zoetis

Arrow Level: Amelicor, Form-A-Feed, GENEX, Good Sport, milc group, Vaxxinova, Worth It Candy and 4D Ag Fashion

Supporter Level: A Farm Chick’s Closet, Agri-Mark, Black & White by Brooks Farms, CowPots, Darigold, Ever.Ag, Immucell, Hitch Pin Consulting, Just for You Flowers and Gifts, Marcoot Jersey Creamery, Prairie Farms, TechMix and The Rusted Cow