Webinar on 9/23/22: Top OSHA Violations on Farm Facilities

Top OSHA Violations on Farm Facilities

This webinar will be presented by Chase Pagel, Safety Coordinator, Pagel’s Family Business, on Friday, September 23rd, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. CST.

Webinar Summary: What is OSHA looking for on your facility during a farm audit? How can you be prepared for and injury or audit? What can safety violations look like and what can they cost you? Join us and have Chase Pagel answer some of those questions and talk about the top three most common violations and what the standard is, training, written programs and what is the employer’s responsibility. No matter the size of your farm, join us to learn how to keep your family and employees safe.

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 22nd, 11:59pm CST.

Meet the Speaker:

Chase Pagel is a Safety Coordinator for Pagel’s Family Business. She started her safety career in 2012 at Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, when OSHA started the Local Emphasis Program in Wisconsin. In 2016 she went back to school to get her Safety Engineering Technology Associates Degree and graduated in 2019. Today, Chase is the Safety Coordinator for Pagel’s Family Business which includes 4 Dairies, 1 Calf Facility, 2 Heifer facilities, 1 Cropping Management Team, 1 Milk Transport Team and a cheese production facility. She works closely with her Safety Assistant, a translator, and all managers across the facilities to ensure that safety is a top priority within the team’s culture. Chase is married to JJ Pagel and together they have 4 children: Kiley, Jaylyn, Jaxen and Jase.

Dairy Girl Network Opens Award Nominations for Women in Dairy

Dairy Girl Network (DGN) announces opening of nominations for the DGN Leading Impact award, sponsored by Beck’s, and the DGN Forward Under 40 (+4) award, sponsored by Compeer Financial. Online nominations are now open and due September 15, 2022. Award winners will be honored at the Forward TogetHER National Conference from November 1 -3, 2022 in Prior Lake, Minn.

The DGN Forward Under 40 (+4) award, sponsored by Compeer Financial, recognizes four passionate dairywomen working to better the dairy industry today. New this year, the DGN Leading Impact award, sponsored by Beck’s, will honor a distinguished dairywoman with involvement and leadership achievements positively impacting the dairy industry.

Nominees for both awards can be a dairy farmer, industry representative, educator and/or have multiple dairy related roles. The ideal candidate will have contributed success towards dairy farming, is a leader within the agricultural industry and their community and be paving the way for future generations.

“Dairywomen are always moving the arrow forward for success to the dairy industry,” said DGN President and Founder, Laura Daniels, “DGN’s awards are milestone achievements honoring women in dairy who are positively influencing dairy farming into the future.” 

The DGN Forward Under 40 award is presented biennially at the Forward TogetHER National Conference. For 2022 only, women aged 44 and under are eligible to be nominated for the DGN Forward Under 40 (+4) award, sponsored by Compeer Financial. Because the 2020 Forward TogetHER National Conference was held virtually, award recipients were not honored. Therefore, the award criteria is temporally modified to Forward Under 40 (+4), opening the door for women who may have missed the opportunity in 2020. 

Nominate a dairywoman for the Forward Under 40 (+4) award HERE!

Nominate a dairywoman for the Leading Impact award HERE!

Applications will be judged by an outside panel made of anonymous industry professionals and dairy farmers. Winners will be notified in October. The nominee must be able to attend the Forward TogetHER National Conference from November 1 – 3, 2022 in Prior Lake, Minn. More information about the awards and nomination forms are available on DairyGirlNetwork.com. Nominations will close on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at midnight CST. Anyone can nominate a deserving dairywoman for recognition of her achievements. Self-nominations will not be accepted. All nominees should be an official member of the Dairy Girl Network. If they receive DGN emails, they are a member. If not a member, or if they need to register – It is quick, easy and free at DairyGirlNetwork.com/Join.

Webinar on 8/19/22: Bovine Baby Blues and Implications of Post Calving Inflammation

Bovine Baby Blues: Implications of Post Calving Inflammation

This webinar will be presented by Jennifer Trout, DVM, Technical Service Consultant, AHV USA, on Friday, August 19th, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. CST. Our August webinar is sponsored by AHV USA.

Webinar Summary: The presence of inflammation is a normal response to the bodily strain induced during calving. Yet the positive effects of inflammation can quickly become problematic if it lasts for an extended period, leading to a range of issues that ultimately impact your animal’s health. Dr. Jennifer Trout will explain how inflammation influences health, with a focus on fresh cow diseases, and an introduction to Quorum Sensing, a new way to fight bacteria.

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 18th, 11:59pm CST.

Meet the Speaker:

Dr. Jennifer Trout resides in Fallston, Maryland and works as a Technical Service Consultant for AHV USA. Prior to joining AHV, Dr. Trout was a Calf and Heifer Specialist with Cargill Animal Nutrition focusing on western large calf ranches. She worked in veterinary practice in California’s central valley, the panhandle of Texas, and most recently the pacific northwest. Dr. Trout also held field base technical service positions with Agri Labs and Pfizer Animal Health. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Trout is a third-generation dairy farmer, currently working alongside her father and her husband at their family dairy. She enjoys spending time with her five active kids, ranging from ages 13-21. In her minimal free time, Dr. Trout has an affinity for good cheese, quality Corgis and registered quarter horses.

DGN is Looking for Press Corps Members!

We want YOU to join the DGN Press Corps!

What is the Press Corps?
The DGN Press Corps is a group of members selected to cover DGN events, highlight dairywomen, report on programs, develop articles, and much more! The goal of the Press Corps is to involve members creatively and utilize their talents to share events, news, and information with the membership. 

Why Apply?
Becoming a member of the DGN Press Corps will not only get you more involved in the organization, but you will have the chance to showcase and polish your writing and reporting skills, have your work published, build your portfolio, get the inside scoop on DGN programs and events and most importantly present important information to fellow dairywomen. Some groups of the Press Corps will even receive discounts on Forward TogetHER registration. The ideal Press Corps member will be energized, organized and excited to help strengthen communications with the Dairy Girl Network.

Interested? Learn more and apply HERE by June 3rd!

All Press Corps members are asked to complete a one-year volunteer commitment, from June 2022-May 2023. 

FREE Webinar Mini-Series on Mental Health

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources without leaving the farm. This webinar mini-series in honor of May Mental Health Awareness Month is brought to you by the DGN initiative #StrongerTogetHER.

Registration is FREE and open to men and women; all are welcome. Login instructions will be provided by email the morning of each webinar.

Webinar 1: “I want to help, I just don’t know how” Filling your toolbox with mental health resources to assist those in crisis

This webinar will be presented by Josie M. Rudolphi, PhD., Assistant professor and Extension Specialist, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, on Friday, May 20th, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. CST

Webinar Summary: It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults experience mental illnesses, and many more experience intermittent mental health crises. However, in rural and agricultural communities, professional health care is not always available or accessible. Josie Rudolphi will describe resources and programs to prepare non-mental health professionals to be assistive when their friends and family members are in crisis.

Webinar 1: It’s OK to Not be OK

This webinar will be presented by Jeff Ditzenberger, Founder and President of TUGS (Talking Understanding Growing Supporting), on Friday, May 27th, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. CST

Webinar Summary: One person’s story of mental health struggles and what we can do to not only help ourselves but others as well. Join us for the second webinar in the #StrongerTogetHER mini-series where Jeff shares his story and gives guidance from his real-life experiences on how to stop the stigma and break the silence around mental health.

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 these webinars live or on your own time.

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register for this mini-series is Thursday, May 26th, 11:59pm CST.

2022 Conference Registration is OPEN

Registration is OPEN!

We are so excited to bring you Forward TogetHER 2022, the national Dairy Girl Network conference! Dairy Girl Network is hosting the fourth National Conference, Forward TogetHER, at Mystic Lake Center this November 1st to the 3rd. This event brings together dairywomen, both producers and industry members, to learn, grow and recharge their batteries. 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.

Our hybrid Forward TogetHER conference 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, consumer trends, milk markets, technical herd topics, inclusion and more! Additionally the conference offers 5 pre- and post-conference sessions for those wanting to learn more about certain areas.

REGISTER NOW! Registration for this event is only $299!

Virtual registration is also available for $199.

Learn more about the conference:

Webinar on 4/22/22: Mycotoxins and Their Consequences

Mycotoxins and Their Consequences

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Carie M. Telgen, Ruminant Technical Specialist, Diamond V, on Friday, April 22nd, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. CST. Our April webinar is sponsored by Diamond V.

This webinar is RACE and ARPAS credit approved.

Webinar Summary: Mycotoxins are fungi that are frequently found in various feedstuffs. Although there is little we can do to prevent them, we often suffer from the consequences of their presence. This talk will highlight the various mycotoxins that are commonly found in feedstuffs and how they can work synergistically to increase the health effects that they cause. Dr. Carie will be highlighting how to identify the presence of mycotoxins, how to evaluate various health parameters to suspect mycotoxin involvement and steps producers can take to mitigate their effects.

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 21st, 11:59pm CST.

Central Plains Dairy Expo Event on 3/30/22

Will you be at the Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls, SD on March 30th? Join Dairy Girl Network for an afternoon of camaraderie, fun and networking with other dairywomen! You are invited to a luncheon event at the Sheraton Sioux Falls.

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 lunch and a DGN special gift.

Advance registration appreciated for this Dairy Girl Network event, but not required. Walk-in registration welcome.

Webinar on 2/11/22: Milk Market Updates: Questions and Answers

Milk Market Updates: Questions and Answers

This webinar will be presented by Mary Keough Ledman, Global Strategist- Dairy, Rabobank on Friday, February 11th, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. CST. Our February webinar is sponsored by Rabobank.

Webinar Summary: PPDs, marketing changes, checkoff deductions, exports, USMCA, base, reforming the federal milk marketing order, oh my! Do you wonder what is happening with the milk check? 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 and what it means for YOUR milk check.

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, February 10th, 11:59pm CST.

Family Lounge at World Ag Expo

Check out the DGN Family Lounge at World Ag Expo:

  • Tuesday, February 8th through Thursday, February 10th
  • Booth DS 105/106 at the International Agri-Center

Dairy Girl Network and Sealpro Silage Barrier Films is excited to provide a space that families with small children may rest and recharge in a quiet atmosphere during the hustle and bustle of World Ag Expo. An area for nursing mothers will 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 Ag Expo. Join us in booth DS 105/106 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, CA.