Author: Amanda Borkowski

Highlight Your Business at our National Conference Showcase Trade Show

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The Showcase at Forward TogetHER is a personalized shopping experience for women attending the conference. Businesses large and small, local and national highlight their products and have staff on-hand to talk to you about their products and expertise.

The Showcase will be an opportunity for DGN partners to display booths and will also mix in local boutiques and businesses to give our dairywomen the shop experience. Existing partners along with conference sponsors will have the opportunity to display their companies and items during the conference.

Interested in a booth space and looking for more information? Please fill out the Showcase Application HERE or contact DGN Team Member Brenda Gilbertson.

Dairy Girl Network partners with organizations valuing personal and professional development for dairywomen. Partnerships for the conference are still available! If your company is interested in partnering with us to make the event a success, please contact DGN Team Member Brenda Gilbertson.

If the DGN Forward TogetHER National Conference needs to become a virtual event, we will still be having a Forward TogetHER Showcase with vendors and door prizes.This application form will remain the same and we will be working with all vendors to determine how we can still make this an exciting and beneficial opportunity for their business!

Join Us for a Webinar on 6/26/20- Addressing Changing Market Conditions Q&A

 

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Addressing Changing Market Conditions: Q&A

This webinar will be presented by Mary Ledman, Global Dairy Strategist, Rabobank, Friday, June 26th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

America’s dairy industry is an integral part of our food system, but fluctuating market changes, mismatched supply and demand of products and uncertain times continue to bring concerns to the forefront for all dairy farmers. During this webinar, Mary Ledman of Rabobank will address the ever-changing market conditions, field your questions and help you understand the dynamics we are facing.

Call in, watch online OR listen when you can! We record and hold all webinars for one month for members to watch when it suits them! You must still register by the deadline below to watch this webinar live or on your own time. 

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register is Thursday, June 25th, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

Webex hosting and recording is brought to you by Zoetis.

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Registration is OPEN for Forward TogetHER, the National DGN Conference

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Registration is now OPEN! Our next Forward TogetHER National Conference will be held this November in Wisconsin!

Join Dairy Girl Network for our National Conference, Forward TogetHER, this November 3rd-5th, 2020 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin at the Grand Geneva Resort!

Forward TogetHER brings dairywomen, both producers and industry members, together to learn, grow and recharge their batteries.

Registration is OPEN! Register HERE to take advantage of the best price and receive our early-bird registration discount.

Our conference focuses on personal and professional development to help you learn, lead and succeed in your daily dairywomen journey on farm, at home and throughout our industry.

Forward TogetHER delivers over 25 dynamic speakers, breakout sessions and thought-provoking panel discussions. The topics for the sessions will range from sustainability, dairy financials, people management, technology, milk markets, technical herd topics, mental health and more!

Learn more about the conference: 

Hotel and Travel Info

Agenda

Conference Partnership Opportunities

Showcase

Registration

…and stay tuned for more announcements to come!


COVID-19 Statement:

Dairy Girl Network (DGN) is committed to proceeding forward with events scheduled for this fall. This includes the biannual DGN National Conference, Forward TogetHER, to be held November 3-5, 2020, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In light of the current events associated with COVID-19, DGN will take the health, well-being and safety of the dairywomen, partners and attendees into account while navigating the decisions for hosting this event. Like many other events, our Forward TogetHER National Conference is in an unpredictable position, as some live events across the country and globe are progressing as planned while others are being cancelled or postponed. We will continue to stay abreast of the situation moving forward providing regular updates.

Our 2020 DGN Forward TogetHER event registration is now live. We encourage you to register early for our discounted early-bird pricing. There is a contingency plan in the event that this Forward TogetHER conference cannot happen as planned. Virtual opportunities are being explored to enrich dairywomen from the comfort of their home or farm.

Dairy Girl Network would like to thank you for the enduring support of the organization. We are committed to supporting all women in dairy by enhancing lives and creating opportunities and we will continue to do this now and into the future. We wish you good health and resiliency. We look forward to seeing you at our events this fall!

Join Us for a FREE #StrongerTogethER Webinar Mini Series for Mental Health Awareness Month

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#StrongerTogetHER Mini Series in Honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

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Dairy Girl Network recognizes the need for conversations and on-going awareness to behavioral health. During the month of May, DGN will bring forth three webinars in the form of a mini series in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.

**Registration is FREEopen to the industry and all are welcome. One registration form gets you access to all three webinars! Register HERE!**

Friday, May 29th at 12:00 p.m. CST (1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST)
Topic: Mental Health First Aid and Addressing COVID-19
Presented by: Anne Chapman and Tramaine El-Amin | Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Summary: This webinar will help you to identify at least two statistics on why it is important to address mental health in agriculture and rural locations across the US. You’ll learn how MHFA is involved in the agriculture space and how MHFA is responding to COVID-19. And we will explore MHFA curricula updates and national mental health resources available to women in agriculture. In addition, we will preview the Mental Health First Aid training course.

Topic: Exploring Kids and Mental Health (RECORDED)
Presented by: Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC | Eyes on the Horizon Consulting
Summary: How do I know if my child or adolescent is going through normal development or has a mental health condition? This webinar will explore common mental health conditions in children, warning signs that may indicate a mental health problem, and how to support your child as they deal with the ups and downs of their mental health.

Topic: A Better You for A Better Farm (RECORDED)
Presented by: Emily Krekelberg, Extension Educator, Farm Safety & Health | University of Minnesota Extension
Summary: With low commodity prices, high debt loads and challenging weather in recent years, farm families are experiencing a high amount of stress. The COVID-19 pandemic added an unprecedented set of circumstances to already stressful conditions on many farms. Some days, it can seem impossible to stay above it all. A better farm starts with a better you. In this webinar we will learn about wellness, self care, and strategies to help yourself and others cope with stress.

Register by clicking HERE.

*Limited spots available – register early to reserve your spot in the live or recorded webinars. One registration form gives you access to all three webinars.*

Call in, watch online OR listen when you can! We record and hold all webinars so you can watch at a time that works for you!

Webinar hosting is brought to you by Zoetis

 

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources to dairywomen without leaving the farm.

Join Us for a FREE Webinar on 4/30/20-Today is a New Normal – Shifting Mindset and Strategy in the Face of COVID-19

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Today is a New Normal- Shifting Mindset and Strategy in the Face of COVID-19

This FREE webinar will be presented by Mike Lormore, DVM, MS, MBA – Director, Zoetis US Dairy Cattle Technical Services and Richard L Wallace, DVM, MS – Sr Manager, Zoetis US Dairy Cattle Technical Services, this Thursday, April 30th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

This webinar will have you looking past the news of the day toward the future. What might the new normal be? Dr. Lormore and Dr. Wallace will look into their crystal ball and share their insight. How do you keep your herd and business viable for the next three months? The next six months? In light of COVID-19 induced market changes, many dairy producers are being told they need to reduce their milk marketings by 5 to 25% of established base volume sales. Others are continuing to dump tanker loads of milk daily. Futures prices for milk are less than break even. This webinar will briefly address the major drivers of the market dynamic changes and we will discuss the various managerial options available to farm teams to effectively manage through these times. Topics will include milking frequency, alterations in ration formulation, stocking density, and culling and beef market dynamics, forage quality, herd health among others. We will address production implications, financial implications and the means to actively assess these opportunities on specific dairies. We will place emphasis on the importance of healthy, highly efficient cows and the need to be appropriately positioned from a business standpoint as markets are opened up and product demand is reestablished.

We recognize that your schedule may already be set for Thursday. No worries! Sign up to listen to the recording later.

Call in, watch online OR listen when you can! We record and hold all webinars for one month for members to watch when it suits them! You must still register by the deadline below to watch this webinar live or on your own time. 

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register for the live presentation is  Thursday, April 30th, 10:30am CST. Register by clicking here!

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources to dairywomen without leaving the farm.

Join Us for a FREE Webinar on 4/24/20- Communication for Virtual Teams

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Communication for Virtual Teams

This FREE webinar will be presented by Laura Daniels, Amanda Borkowski and Andrea Brossard, Dairy Girl Network staff, this Friday, April 24th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

Being a 100% virtual organization since its creation in 2015, DGN and its staff have experience leading virtual meetings, working remotely and keeping track of online project management. The presentation will kick off with Laura Daniels covering what it takes to have an engaged team from a virtual perspective, then Andrea and Amanda will dive into the online business world through hosting virtual meetings with Zoom and managing projects through the Monday.com platform, as well as highlighting other virtual applications for working with a remote team. Join us as we cover some basics, go over useful features and host a virtual roundtable with you and other dairy professionals working through this transition. We want you to join in and ask questions as well as share your own successions and challenges as we all maneuver these changing times together.

Call in, watch online OR listen when you can! We record and hold all webinars for one month for members to watch when it suits them! You must still register by the deadline below to watch this webinar live or on your own time. 

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register is Thursday, April 23rd, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources to dairywomen without leaving the farm.

Dairy Girl Network is Looking for Press Corps Members!

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Dairy Girl Network is looking for new Press Corps members to join our team! 

Love to write? Looking to see your work published? Want full access to DGN events and programs? Sounds like the Press Corps is for you!

Offering 2 opportunities, there is a Press Corps group to fit your wants and needs, all while creating and getting information to the rest of our membership!

The Press Corps is a minimum 1 year commitment (May 2020-April 2021) consisting of writing 2-5 articles, as well as opportunities to be involved with photo, our events, our webinars and more.

Want to learn more? Need to see the application? CLICK HERE. Applications close April 30th, 2020!

Join Us for a FREE Webinar on 04/17/20- COVID-19: What’s Next for Dairy Policy

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COVID-19: What’s Next for Dairy Policy

This FREE webinar will be presented by Paul Bleiberg, Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation this Friday, April 17th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

During this webinar, Paul Bleiberg with NMPF will walk us through what legislative policy has been completed and proposed for the dairy industry. In addition, he will speak to the economic impact and outlook. There will be time for questions after the presentation.

Call in, watch online OR listen when you can! We record and hold all webinars for one month for members to watch when it suits them! You must still register by the deadline below to watch this webinar live or on your own time. 

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register is Thursday, April 16th, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

Webinar hosting is brought to you by Zoetis.

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources to dairywomen without leaving the farm.

Enhance Webinar Rewind Package

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During unsettled times, investing a little time in yourself to grow your knowledge on things that you can control is more important than ever. To aid in that journey, Dairy Girl Network has packaged previously offered Enhance webinars to give you a second opportunity at important information for you, your farm and your family.

You will be able to revisit seven of our previous Enhance webinars, ranging from calf care, to mental health, farm financials and more. It’s easy and affordable to take advantage of this Enhance Rewind Webinar Package; simply register for $10 and you’ll receive links to all seven recordings to view at your own speed and convenience. Whether you are finding some extra time in your days now, or if your days are just as fast-paced as before, you can choose when and where you want to watch the webinars that interest you.

Webinars Included in the Package:

  • Building Your Team for Activist Defense
  • Understanding Your Financial Statements (Sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America)
  • Calculating Ratios and Evaluation to Track Performance (Sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America)
  • Battling the Winter Blues
  • Two Heads are Better Than One: Benefits of Pair or Group Rearing of Calves
  • Developing a Pain Management Plan for Disbudding (Sponsored by Dr. Naylor)
  • Cultural Diversity at the Dairy

Register to get all seven webinars in the Enhance Webinar Rewind Package HERE!