Feb. 9-10 conference focuses on profitability, sustainability in the dairy industry

The 2010 Profitability and Environmental Sustainability in the Dairy Industry Conference will feature an array of nearly 20 national and state speakers with hands-on knowledge in sustainability issues. The event takes place Feb. 9–10 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.

The Dairy Business Innovation Center, the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are partnering with a national organization, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), to host this  conference about energy efficiency and sustainability in agriculture.

This will be the third annual ACEEE Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture, but the first to be held in Wisconsin. The conference will spend one entire day day exploring Profitability and Environmental Sustainability in the Dairy Industry. We will kick off with a Wisconsin cheese reception at the Monona Terrace on the evening of Feb 9, 2010, and then commence with an all-day series of speakers, workshops and trade show exhibits on Feb. 10.Kicking off on the evening of Feb. 9 with a Wisconsin wine, beer & cheese reception, the conference will open on Wednesday morning, Feb. 10, with a jam-packed day of speakers and panels. A morning session will include Andrea Asch, of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.  The afternoon will be separated into dairy farmer and dairy processor tracks with speakers from Wisconsin and the Midwest. Governor Jim Doyle, Agriculture Secretary Rod Nilsestuen and the DATCP Board of Directors will all be in attendance.

Registration fee is $100 for the event, and scholarships are available. To view a complete agenda or more info/register, please visit: