Pre- and Post-Conference Events

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With your registration, not only will you enjoy our conference, but we also have activities before and after the start of the conference that can expand your experience at Forward TogetHER even more!

Pre-Conference Activities

Tell Your Story: It’s in your DNA

Tuesday, November 6, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, sponsored by Mycogen Seeds

Have you ever been asked about GMO’s? Have you ever wished you understood how to explain why GMO’s are used to produce crops?  Have you hosted a tour, visited a classroom or spoken to a group and tried to find a hands-on activity to foster a productive discussion about agricultural science?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, attend this session! We will be talking through corn breeding and demonstrating how it works with a fun and easy-to-understand card game.  We will talk about DNA with an activity that even kindergarten groups can understand.  You will also learn an easy, hands-on activity to show how you can extract DNA from a strawberry. As a follow up, we will equip you with resources to do these activities in your local area.  Talking points and infographics for social media will also be provided to help you drive productive conversations and consumer understanding. We all need to work together to make sure we continue to have access to technology – come learn how you can help!

Hershey’s Chocolate World

Tuesday, November 6, 12:15 to 4:45 pm, sponsored by Hershey’s

Hershey’s Chocolate World is the perfect place to get a behind-the-scenes introduction to Hershey, chocolate making, and the agricultural communities that support the business.  Follow cocoa beans on a delicious journey in an immersive chocolate making tour.  Hershey’s tasting experts will then show you how to engage all senses to taste chocolate – from milk to dark and all the varieties in between.  Experience singing cows, state-of-the-art technology and create your own chocolate bar while also creating unforgettable memories. Along with the Chocolate World experience our group with an opportunity for questions with senior leadership at Hershey’s.  Space is limited to 35 participants so reserve early and will cost $10 per attendee.

Post-Conference Activities

Biology of Quality Milk: Udder Dissection Wetlab

Thursday, November 8, 1:30 to 4:00 pm, sponsored by Zoetis

Achieving quality milk production requires protocols and procedures that support the udder’s natural defenses against disease.  Through discussion and hands-on activities, participants will learn about normal udder anatomy and how procedures on the farm can improve or impair these udder defenses. Participants will also get a chance to see the structures in the udder that are important to the biology of milk let down and production.  Working in small groups with real udders, participants will have the opportunity to explore normal and abnormal udder anatomy and practice proper treatment and dry off techniques. Through this experience, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how farm protocols and procedures are designed to work with the anatomy and biology of the udder to produce high quality milk for consumers. Space is limited to 30 participants so reserve early and will cost $25 per attendee and includes lunch.

New Manager’s Crash Course

Thursday, November 8, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

This small group, highly interactive session is designed for those who have recently stepped into the important role of leading a team. Many times people are promoted to manager because they are smart, hardworking and reliable. However the actual people management part of this job is usually baptism by fire. This Crash Course helps fill that gap by providing training on the critically important people side of a new leader’s role.

Greta Halahan’s upbeat style will help the group move quickly as they discuss real-world situations, share ideas and learn quick memorable tips they can put into action once back at the farm or office. How to run a Stand-up meeting, how to conduct a great performance review and how to handle conflict with ease are just a few of the topics Greta will cover.

*Please only sign up if you have at least one person who reports to you and you have been in a people management role for five years or less. Limited for 15 women and the cost per attendee will be $25 and includes lunch.

**Register for Forward TogetHER and these activities HERE

(Already registered for Forward TogetHER but want to attend one or more of these events? Use the form HERE.)