Author: Amanda Borkowski

Reno Event on 11/2/21

Will you be at the Western Dairy Management Conference in Reno, NV on November 2nd? Join Dairy Girl Network for an evening of camaraderie, fun and networking with other dairywomen!

Join other dairywomen for a quick recharge to talk about your lives involving dairy farming. The event is for all women involved with any part of dairy – whether as a calf feeder, dairy owner, marketing or sales consultant servicing dairy farms or cheese producers, veterinarian, researchers, etc. If there is a dairy cow involved in what you do, you’re invited!

Cost is $20.00 which includes appetizers and a DGN special gift. Join us Peppermill Resort Hotel in Reno, Nevada on November 2nd, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m

Advance registration is appreciated for this Dairy Girl Network event, but walk-ins are welcome. Register HERE.

Webinar on 10/22/21: Year-End Tax Planning

Making the Most of Year-End Tax Planning and Preparation

This webinar will be presented by Elizabeth Waldschmidt, Senior Tax Accountant, Greenstone Farm Credit Services, on Friday, October 22nd, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST. This webinar is sponsored by Farm Credit.

Webinar Summary: While year-end tax planning is something that we all know needs to be done, it can sometimes be confusing figuring out where and when to start. Join Farm Credit to better prepare yourself and your operation for the upcoming tax season during this webinar! GreenStone Farm Credit Services tax and accounting expert, Elizabeth Waldschmidt, will discuss how soon you should start planning, factors to consider before making large year-end purchases and what to know before meeting with your accountant. She will also cover tax policy updates and answer your tax-planning questions.

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, October 21st, 11:59pm CST.

Speaker Bio:

Elizabeth Waldschmidt is a Senior Tax Accountant with GreenStone Farm Credit Services. Elizabeth works out of the Berrien Springs, Michigan branch serving farmers and agricultural businesses. She enjoys providing tax and accounting services to customers, helping them be better prepared for making impactful decisions on their operation.

Webinar on 9/17/21: Maternity and Colostrum Management

Maternity and Colostrum Management – How Can We Deliver Healthier Calves and More Productive Cows?

This webinar will be presented by Leticia Sinedino, Dairy Production Specialist, Zoetis, on Friday, September 17th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST. This webinar is sponsored by Zoetis.

Webinar Summary: The maternity pen is critical for healthy starts of the lactation of a cow and the life of a calf. The calving process and the first 6 hours of life can determine the success of her lactation and the lifetime productivity of her calf. How big are your risks? Are there opportunities to step it up a level? Are you setting up your cows and calves for success or creating problems? Maternity pen and colostrum management need to be a high priority on your dairy, so let’s discuss some opportunities for you to help get both off to a healthy start!

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 16th, 11:59pm CST.

Speaker Bio:

Leticia Sinedino was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has always been passionate about animals. She received he DVM degree from the Federal Fluminense University in 2008 and joined a private practice in the State of Rio de Janeiro where she worked mainly with dairy farms and some beef ranches. After she completed some hands-on experience, she returned to the Federal Fluminense University and received her Master’s degree in Reproductive Physiology. Upon completion of her Master’s, she was invited to do her PhD at the University of Florida in Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology. During her PhD program, Leticia focused on investigating strategies for improving health, reproduction, and milk production in high-producing dairy cows. In 2017, she joined the Colorado State University to do a postdoc where she investigated cellular and molecular pathways related to early embryonic loss in high-producing dairy cows. In 2018, Leticia joined Zoetis as a Dairy Production Specialist. Her goal is to support dairy farms and improve their efficiency and profitability by having healthier and more productive cows.

DGN at World Dairy Expo

Join Dairy Girl Network during World Dairy Expo at any or all three of our events. We are thrilled to be bringing the Family Lounge, Sharing Wisdom educational seminar and Connect networking event back to Expo!

Registration is open for our World Dairy Expo events!

Annual Connect Networking Event:

  • Wednesday, September 29th at 5:30 – 9:00 pm
    • Grazing Stations: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Capitol Square Ballroom in the Sheraton Madison Hotel (706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wi – right across from the Expo grounds!)

This annual networking session offers a welcoming environment with great conversations and connections for dairywomen in town for Expo. This event is a short walk from the grounds, but there is also ample parking available and the Sheraton also offers a shuttle to and from the hotel and Expo all day and evening. The cost of the event is $30.00 and includes grazing stations, beverages and some DGN swag.

Sharing Wisdom Educational Seminar:

“Recover and Embrace Your Genuine Self”

  • Friday, October 1st at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Mendota 3 room in Exhibition Hall

These last 18 months have not been easy. It’s changed us in a lot of ways. As we re-emerge, we all have an opportunity to take stock in who we are and how we want to live and work post-pandemic. Join us for this special event where resilience expert, Kyra Cavanaugh, will share tips for how to live authentically with less stress and more happiness. You’ll learn simple self-care techniques, tips for speaking your truth, and ways to step into your power at work and at home. In this highly interactive session, you’ll have a chance to reflect on the best of what you learned from the pandemic and what you’d like to leave behind. You’ll experience firsthand the benefits of touch, breath and silence to recover your sense of calm in any situation. Bring your questions and leave with a toolkit full of ideas to improve your wellbeing. You won’t want to miss this session!

During the session, you can also look forward to hearing DGN Founder and President, Laura Daniels, with a welcome and discussion and DGN updates will close the session. The session will conclude with a networking time and. Cost of the event is $15.00 and includes a light lunch.

*If you are attending both the Connect Event and Sharing Wisdom event, you can use a $5 coupon code for a discounted combined rate! More information when you register.

Family Lounge:

  • Tuesday, September 28th through Saturday, October 2nd
  • Madison Room on the second floor of Exhibition Hall

Dairy Girl Network is proud to once again provide a space that families with small children may rest and recharge in a quiet atmosphere during the hustle and bustle of World Dairy Expo. An area for nursing mothers is also available. This space offers comfortable seating, a changing station, toys and snacks to recharge. The Family Lounge will be open all day, every day during World Dairy Expo.


Thank you to our World Dairy Expo Sponsors:

Webinar Mini-Series: Farm Safety

Farm Safety Webinar Mini-Series: Get 2 webinars for the price of 1!

Webinar 1 (pre-recorded): Silage Safety: Send Everyone Home Safe

This webinar was presented by Connie Kuber, co-owner of Connor Agriscience and Sealpro Silage Barrier Film and is now recorded.

Webinar 1 Summary: Farm work can be divided into two categories: everyday chores and eventful seasonal work. The ritual of everyday chores can lead to complacency, and during the once or twice a year seasonal events (like harvest), we perform unpracticed, out-of-the-ordinary jobs, facing more unfamiliar dangers. Farm life is wrought with safety risks, resulting in something as simple as cuts and bruises, and as tragic as death. Gather around with your family and employees to learn how to lessen the dangers of working with silage from harvest to feedout. This webinar features safe harvest planning and silage management for all ages, with special emphasis on children and young adults. Learn new strategies to send everyone home safe.


Webinar 2: People First for Healthy Agriculture: Managing Risk

This webinar will be presented by Megan Schossow, Director of Outreach & Center Coordinator, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH), on Friday, August 27th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

Webinar 2 Summary: A key component to sustainable and thriving agriculture are healthy people and animals. The farm and agricultural sites are a dreamy and dangerous workplace, and yet people are the most important resource in ag. This presentation will take an applied approach to thinking about key hazards in dairies, and everyone will walk away with tools, experts and resources to support dairy workers, families and communities. We will break down the hierarchy of controls and apply it so that participants can have healthy people and animals on the farm.

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 the webinars live or on your own time.

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register for this mini-series is Tuesday, August 31st, 11:59pm CST.


Speaker Bios:

Connie Kuber is a silage safety advocate and co-owner of Connor Agriscience and Sealpro® Silage Barrier Film. She grew up on a small Southeast Minnesota dairy farm and was lucky to have brothers that would climb the silo when it plugged. She’s lived in California for nearly 40 years, working in genetics, freelance writing, and for the past 25 years, has been in business with her husband, Ron, helping farmers make and manage silage. Her work with large farms coupled with her younger years of small farm life gives her a unique understanding of both, and a deep appreciation for families and employees who work amid farm safety risks every day. Connor (a combination of their names) is an education company first, teaching correct harvest strategy and silage management, resulting in more, better, and safer silage. Connie and Ron introduced oxygen barrier technology to the western US 15 years ago and worked closely with Dr. Keith Bolsen, whose passion was silage safety. Sealpro® is their own brand of film. Connie is currently President of the Bolsen Safety Foundation, serves on the Dairy Girl Network Board of Directors, and the advisory council for Clovis FFA. She and Ron have three grown children. Connie spends her free time training her labrador retriever Amazing Grace, sailing, and authoring biographies.

Megan Schossow is the Outreach Director and Center Coordinator for the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center based in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, where she has worked extensively in outreach and community engagement and emerging issues since 2017. Her background areas of expertise include agronomy and policy analysis, and she holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Minnesota. She implements the health and safety outreach program, which prioritizes research to practice and the One Health model. She has previously worked as an agronomist, in government relations and state government, and with her family who farm in Southeast Minnesota.


Webinar Mini-Series Sponsored by: Sealpro Silage Barrier Films

Company Contact: Connie Kuber | (559) 287-0151 | connie@connoragriscience.com

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Thank you to Zoetis for providing the Webex hosting and recording!

Donate to DGN!

Check out the True Believers Campaign:

Dairy Girl Network is launching a campaign to support the overall mission and vision of our organization. We want to allow members and DGN True Believers the opportunity to support an organization they love and help us keep moving our objective forward. Every donation will provide support to DGN, it’s staff and the overall organization to continue programs such as our Connect networking events, Sharing Wisdom educational seminars, #StrongerTogetHER initiative, Inspire mentoring program, Exchange online community, Include initiative, future courses, and so much more.

The Dairy Girl Network connects all women of the dairy industry and beyond, encouraging ideas and camaraderie in an effort to achieve personal and professional development. As Dairy Girl Network (DGN) grows and adapts to evolving changes all around us, it’s important we remain focused on our vision of supporting all women in dairy by enhancing lives and creating opportunities. The dairy business has changed and DGN is exploring an additional option of financial support for our organization since our membership is free. What has not changed all around us is that DGN members across the nation are coming together and finding a community when they might not have one up the street. DGN programs are designed to help women find information that will move them to do better in every part of their life. Anywhere there is a dairy producer, we have members. This is vital because we want to make sure DGN is inclusive when we look at all of the issues facing the dairy business right where each dairywoman is. To support our mission and vision, DGN will be fundraising to a monetary goal by support from individuals and business donations for the very first time.

Your support is greatly appreciated to help us continue to support all women in dairy by enhancing lives and creating opportunities. DGN is an organization without membership dues and since inception, funding sources have graciously been provided through agri-business and industry believers.

Webinar on 7/16/21: How to Set Big, Juicy Goals and Get Results

How to Set Big, Juicy Goals and Get Results

This webinar will be presented by Lisa Liimatta and Kaela Gedda, Cofounders of Rise Leadership Circle and moderated by Peggy Coffeen, Founder of P’ri CBD and Editor at Progressive Dairy, on Friday, July 16th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST. This webinar is sponsored by Rise Leadership Circle and P’ri CBD.

Webinar Summary: Have you been playing small? Or setting goals, only to fall short of achieving them? In this webinar, hear from mother-daughter coaching duo Lisa Liimatta and Kaela Gedda of Rise Leadership Circle, as they dive into the process they’ve discovered to stretch your goals beyond logical limits, and then take the inspired actions to create the life of your dreams.

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 15th, 11:59pm CST.

Speaker Bios:

Lisa and Kaela are the mother-daughter cofounders of Rise Leadership Circle. They coach soulful entrepreneurs who are committed to:

  • Ditching hustle, overwhelm, and being underpaid
  • Stand in their worth and live an epic life
  • Receive wealth via their lucrative, mission-driven businesses

They both live in the Midwest and each have two dogs. They are avid readers and champagne drinkers. Lisa opened and built a seven figure business during the 2008 recession and Kaela blazed her own trail from being six figures of debt to a multi-six figure entrepreneur in her mid-twenties. Supporting women to unleash their deepest desires and build profitable businesses as a result are one of the things they enjoy doing most together.

Peggy Coffeen is a mom, wife, writer and fourth-generation farmer from northeast Wisconsin, with a passion for helping other women find peace, rest and relief for their bodies, minds and spirits. After stumbling across CBD as an effective management tool to focus her “mom brain”, sleep better and calm her busy mind, she struggled to find a trustworthy, local source for oils. In 2019, she founded P’ri CBD, a line of health and wellness products made from the hemp grown by her own hands, right on her farm. Today, the call God placed so strongly on her heart has grown into a thriving business that serves customers in more than 10 states, providing not only third-party tested products, but also complimentary prayer cards. Peggy also works in the dairy industry as an editor and podcast host for Progressive Dairy magazine. She and her husband, Kevin, have four children, ranging in age from 3 to 21 years old.

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We are offering a free gift for the first 25 survey responses. Surveys can be submitted anonymously, but if you would like to be eligible for the free gift you will need to include your name and address at the end of the form.

Please take a moment to complete a brief survey regarding possible future courses:

Webinar on 6/11/21: Social Media Trends and Tips with Dairy Carrie

Social Media: Sharing Trends and Tips

This webinar will be presented by Carrie Mess (Dairy Carrie), Dairy Farmer and Advocate, on Friday, June 11th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST. This webinar is sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.

Webinar Summary: Interested in sharing your message so that it is seen, heard and gains traction? Do you ever wonder why social media “changes things up?” What are the latest trends anticipated and how can you manage them? Join Carrie Mess (Dairy Carrie) and DGN Board Member as she shares key tips!

Speaker Bio: Carrie Mess is a dairy farmer, speaker, agvocate for agriculture and mom from Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Farming in partnership with her husband Patrick and his parents on their 100 cow dairy, For over 10 years Carrie has been sharing her story and connecting with those unfamiliar with agriculture via social media and her blog. Her efforts to be a part of the conversation on food and farming, sharing candid stories of her life and tackling tough subjects has led her to be selected as the 2014 Social Media Farmer of the Year and the 2017 Wisconsin Ag Women’s Summit Advocate of the Year. She serves on the VAS-Agsource Council and is a founding board member of the Dairy Girl Network.

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 10th, 11:59pm CST.

Free #StrongerTogetHER Webinar Mini-Series for Mental Health Awareness Month

#StrongerTogetHER Mini Series in Honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

Tools for Getting Grounded and Moving Forward

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 FREE, open to the industry and all are welcome. One registration form gets you access to all three webinars! Register HERE!**


Title: Finding Balance During a Stressful Time (RECORDED)
Presented by: Becky Allen, Owner, Win the Day Productions
Summary: As life begins to resume, it seems our world is being turned back ‘on’ as quickly and it was turned ‘off’. With so much drastically changed in our lives over the last year, how do we re-engage with our demands, set boundaries and manage overwhelm? Tune in to discuss how to keep what we’ve learned, eliminate what no longer serves us and build a life we are proud to show up for. 


Title: Meditation for the Everyday Woman (RECORDED)
Presented by: Ashley Machado MSW, PPSC
Summary: Meditation can be a great resource for self-care and can be tackled by everyone, even the busy dairywoman! Join us for a hands-on experience to learn about types of meditation, benefits and some implementation basics!


Topic: Tools to Help Children Cope with Changes Due to COVID-19 (RECORDED)
Presented by:  Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC, Eyes on the Horizon Consulting
Summary: The pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, but our children have faced unique challenges. From fear related to the virus to online schooling, added screen time, isolation, and increased parental stress, the pandemic could have long-term effects on our kids’ mental health. Monica will help us identify those challenges, provide tools for helping kids cope, and teach us how to have age- and developmentally-appropriate conversations. Plan for an interactive webinar that will give hands-on skills to support your kids.


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.