Author: Amanda Borkowski

Forward TogetHER Conference Now Going Virtual!

Our mission has always been to reach dairywomen where they are. This means making more resources available to more of our members and reaching those that cannot be with us in person. Our national conference, Forward TogetHER, is no exception to this. It has never been more important than right now as we all maneuver this new normal. We are excited to shift our resources and attention to creating an exceptional virtual conference on November 3rd-5th. 

Our conference connects both producers and industry members to learn, grow and recharge their batteries, together. As we pivot our Forward TogetHER experience for 2020, these values will not change. In fact, we are finding even more ways to reach our members and provide a top notch, interactive and educational experience for everyone, no matter their location. We know that virtual meetings have become the norm and may be exhausting, but we at DGN are working to make this conference unlike any other virtual experience you have had before! As we work to provide a hybrid conference experience, some members that have already registered for the conference will have the opportunity to be a part of a live studio audience at the resort this November, while even more women will be able to enjoy the entire conference as a virtual experience as well. 

We look forward to still connecting hundreds of dairywomen, some in person, some virtually, to learn and grow through Forward TogetHER. This hybrid conference will be a full interactive experience and more than just an access to 25+ great speakers. It will be upbeat, fun and educational- unlike any virtual conference you have experienced before! This conference is tailored to women who are interested in growing their own skills in a multitude of ways and interacting with one another, and the hybrid experience will not change those outcomes, but amplify them!

If you have not yet registered for our national conference, we encourage you to REGISTER NOW for our online Forward TogetHER experience which will include a virtual Showcase, live streamed and recorded general sessions, access to all of our breakout sessions On Demand, interactive online opportunities along with a fun welcome night activity and networking time. Join us from your home, farm or work when it works in YOUR schedule!

If you want to see more of the agenda and the great speakers and topics we have lined up, go HERE. If you have specific questions that you do not see on our website site, please reach out to DGN Staff member Renee Norman-Kenny, Forward TogetHER Chairwoman Kristy Pagel or another DGN staff member or Board members- contact info can be found HERE. Please stay tuned for more announcements as we continue to move forward together.

Join Us for a Webinar on 9/18/20: Getting Employee Training Done – Online Training Options and Benefits

Getting Employee Training Done – Online Training Options and Benefits

This webinar will be presented by Jennifer Fernandes Hanf, Key Account Manager, milc group, Friday, September 18th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

As dairy operations grow in size, introduce new technologies and work to ensure proper animal welfare and a safe work environment, implementing an effective employee training and development program is more important than ever. However most producers admit they do not have a formalized training program and struggle to provide and monitor employee training on a consistent basis. Some of the biggest labor challenges facing producers are:

  • Finding, developing and retaining skilled labor
  • Scheduling on boarding and on-going training
  • Providing training in the employee’s native language
  • Record keeping and monitoring.

Online training resources offer tools to address many of these challenges and help to get training done. In this webinar we will discuss what an effective training program looks like and explore the benefits of online training options.

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, September 17th, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

This webinar is sponsored by milc group.

Webex hosting and recording is brought to you by Zoetis.

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

Join Us for a Webinar on 8/28/20- Milk to the Basics: Training Your Technicians by Finding Their WHY

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Milk to the Basics: Training Your Technicians by Finding Their WHY

This webinar will be presented by Jorge Delgado, Training, Talent Development and Retention (T2R) Program Lead, Alltech, Friday, August 28th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

Employees are one of the most valuable assets to any dairy, therefore, training and developing the people entrusted to carry out milking protocols should be a top priority. Alltech’s Training, Talent Development and Retention Program will train producers on how to train their employees on harvesting milk quality using the 3 principles of engagement: Relevance, measurement and recognition. Through a session directed to dairy workers in charge of milking cows, we will train the trainers on using the right communication, tools and resources to engage them and make them more efficient. The trainers will understand how to:
• Help employees better understand why they are doing what they are doing
• How to provide an engaging classroom environment and hands-on lessons for the workers

This training will train how to explain to employees with no dairy background their importance in this industry and the families behind our business, the principles of consistency, basic udder physiology to understand milking procedures, what a SCC is and the WHY behind any single milking procedure.

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, August 27th, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

This webinar is sponsored by Alltech.

Webex hosting and recording is brought to you by Zoetis.

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

We value and need YOUR input!

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As we continue to move forward and plan our third Forward TogetHER National Conference, we want to hear from you! To help us plan best and gain insights on participation preferences, please complete this very short survey HERE. Your prompt response is appreciated! This survey can be completed anonymously if you would like.

You have choices for how you’ll experience Forward TogetHER 2020 and we want to know how you are looking forward to experiencing the conference. Your responses are appreciated no matter if you have already registered, plan to register or are thinking about registering.

We are all in this together and look forward to hosting Forward TogetHER 2020.

Join Us for a Webinar on 7/24/20- Earning Consumer Trust in Dairy: How is Trust Impacted by the Pandemic?

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Earning Consumer Trust in Dairy: How is Trust Impacted by the Pandemic?

This webinar will be presented by Amy te Plate-Church, Director, Account Services, Look East, Friday, July 24th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

We’ve all felt the immediate effects of COVID-19. Food buyers have felt that direct impact too, from limits on grocery store shelves and fluctuating food prices, to headlines about surplus supply on the farm. Questions abound. How has the pandemic impacted consumer trust in dairy? What is COVID’s impact on cooking at home, dining out, and dairy product use? Has the focus on sustainability changed? Join our Enhance webinar, as dairy girl Amy te Plate-Church walks us through timely research insights that shows shifts in how consumers perceive farming and food – and how we can effectively engage to share our farm-fresh perspective.

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, July 23rd, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

This webinar is sponsored by Look East.

Webex hosting and recording is brought to you by Zoetis.

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

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.

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

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.