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Indiana Dairy Producers E-Newsletter
May 11, 2021 
 Issue 155
Our Vision: To Make Indiana the most desirable state in which to produce milk.

Mission Statement
To promote a profitable, positive, professional image of
dairy producers while providing educational opportunities
for the interchange of ideas and to speak as a proactive voice
for Indiana dairy producers.   
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In This Issue

2021 Indiana Dairy Forum

D& D Ingredients
Dairy Biogas Consultants

2021 Dairy Forum Speakers
-Dr.Frank Mitloehner
-Dr. Tom Thibodeau
-Mark Rusch
-Mark Doornink
-Kala Jenkins
-John Winchell

Indiana Grazing Schools

ZFS - Ingredient Update
Once again, spring has unfailingly sprung! For those who make their living off the land, spring is a time of hope, excitement and promise punctuated by much work and business.

Spring is always about new beginnings and so it is with Indiana Dairy Producers. Doug Leman who has served the dairy farm families of Indiana so capably for the last 10 years has announced his retirement and I have accepted the opportunity to become the new Executive Director. It is a privilege to be Doug’s replacement and to be your advocate. Never hesitate to reach out to me if you have any ideas or problems. I am here to serve you!

We are excited to welcome two new sponsors. D&D Ingredients and Dairy Biogas Consultants has joined our organization as Gold level sponsors. We are grateful for their partnership and look forward to their support of your organization. Check out their link below….and don’t forget to welcome them to Indiana Dairy at the Forum.

Speaking of the Forum, now is the time to plan on attending! Join others who share your excitement for our industry at French Lick June 22nd & 23rd. Not only is the program topics and presenters timely but the venue, French Lick Springs Resort, is magnificent. It is a wonderful, relaxing get-away combined with discussion and topics relevant to your farms. On top of that, the trade show will feature more than 50 exhibitors. If that isn’t enough, joining others who share your passion for cows will, no doubt, energize you as you return home. The Indiana Dairy Forum has become recognized as one of the premier dairy conferences in the United States. Do not miss the opportunity to attend.

Best of luck with your spring work and always stay safe!!! 

Steve Obert
Executive Director
2021 Indiana Dairy Forum
French Lick, Indiana
Calendar of Events

Upcoming 2021 Events

May 30th - IDP Forum *Regular* Registration Closes

June 22nd - 23rd: Indiana Dairy Forum: French Lick, IN

November 17th: Partners in Success Luncheon
New IDP Gold Sponsor - D&D Ingredient Distributors

Founded in 1976 by Doc and Dorothy Miller, D&D Ingredient Distributors, Inc. continues to grow as an independent, family-owned business serving the animal food industries in the U.S. and other countries from its home in Delphos, Ohio. Our company’s business includes quality product manufacturing, custom formulation, custom grinding, co-packing, warehousing, transloading, and distribution. 

At D&D, we inventory more than 750 ingredients and specialize in quality products to support dairy animal health, productivity, and efficiency. 

D&D’s quality solutions enable you and your nutritionist or feed supplier to maintain focus on your operation’s core strengths and fulfill your growth strategies. Trust powers strong, long-term relationships with our customers and vendor partners. At D&D, we work hard to earn your trust and help grow your business.

To learn more about D&D Ingredient Distributors, Inc., CLICK HERE
New IDP Gold Sponsor - Dairy Biogas Consultants
Dairy Biogas Consultants (Dairy BC) has assembled a team of expert engineers, anaerobic digester technology providers, biogas technology specialists, regulatory experts, funding sources, legal and monetization experts, and ongoing operations & maintenance specialists. We work directly with Dairymen to develop, build, and operate their own renewable natural gas (RNG) facility located at their dairy.

Dairy BC’s mission is to create financial security for the family dairy and debt-free ownership of the RNG facility within ten years or less. We do this by providing 100% transparency throughout the life of the project. We are your single point of contact to get your project built on time, on budget, and with assurance of production.

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at the Forum in June and presenting “Problems to Profits” during the Day 1 Breakout Sessions.
2021 Indiana Dairy Forum Speakers
Keynote Session:

Rethinking Methane: Dairy's Path to Climate Neutrality

Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Frank Mitloehner is a Professor and Air Quality Specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. He received his MS degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and his PhD degree in Animal Science from Texas Technical University.
Dr. Mitloehner is an expert for agricultural air quality, livestock housing and husbandry. Overall, he conducts research that is directly relevant to understanding and mitigating of air emissions from livestock operations, as well as the implications of these emissions for the health and safety of farm workers and neighboring communities.
Since he joined the UC Davis faculty in 2002, he published 125 peer reviewed publications and obtained $15 million in extramural funds. Dr. Mitloehner has presented over 800 invited talks in front of national and international audiences.
Dr. Mitloehner has served as chairman of a global United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) partnership project to benchmark the environmental footprint of livestock production. He served as workgroup member on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and as member on the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee on “A Framework for Assessing the Health, Environmental, and Social Effects of the Food System”.
Breakout Session:
Let's Talk Check-Off

Mark Doornink
Vice-President of Product Management

Originally from Wisconsin, Mark was raised the family’s dairy farm. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, he worked as a breeding technician and as a dairy nutritionist before going back to work at an 800-cow farm in Wisconsin. While there, Mark started as a milker on the night shift and finished as Herd Health Manager, while working in just about every other position along the way. He learned first-hand how implementing technology could help his operation be more profitable.

In March of 2000, Mark got the opportunity to work for Valley Ag Software. At VAS, he provided technical support to on-farm users and input to product development for DairyComp 305, ParlorWatch and FeedWatch for over a decade. Because of Mark’s herd management experience and deep knowledge of VAS programs, he began working in sales and customer relations. Mark conducted countless training and user meetings in all parts of North America. In 2013, the first Sales and Marketing teams were organized by Mark to help ensure the future success of VAS. Mark was promoted to Vice President of Product Management in 2017 where he developed the strategy and roadmap to move their successful on-premise programs to a cloud-based, collaborative, SaaS platform. Using his deep dairy industry knowledge and relationship development skills, Mark also managed the business-to-business relationships with key industry partner companies.

In January of 2020, Mark was hired as the Vice President of Product Management at VES Environmental Solutions. In January 2021, VES merged with Artex Barn Solutions to form VES-Artex. At VES-Artex, Mark developed and implemented a roadmap to create a cloud-based platform that transitions VES-Artex from a “bent metal” company to a software solutions provider for the dairy industry. Mark also manages the key industry alliances with other service providers in the dairy industry.

Mark and his wife, Joanne, live in Wisconsin with their four children, Turner (25), Jaden (23), Keenan (21) and Tessa (18). In his spare time, Mark enjoys baseball, bird hunting and gardening.

Breakout Session:
Dairy Market Update

Mike Rusch
Regional Sales Director – Total Farm Marketing- Wisconsin

Mike first joined Stewart-Peterson in 1998 and has held roles that have included sales, market analysis, and product development. As Regional Sales Director for Iowa, Indiana, and Wisconsin, Mike connects producers to marketing solutions that suit their goals and objectives. From individual on-farm meetings or large group settings at conferences, Mike is known for his ability to simplify and clarify crucial marketing concepts to producers. 
Closing Keynote:
Leadership Building the Relationship

Dr. Tom Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau is the Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University where he has been teaching for thirty five years. He is the founder of the Master’s degree in Servant Leadership at Viterbo University, the only Master’s degree of its kind in the nation. Tom is a husband, father, grandfather, active community member, and part owner of a country tavern. Tom speaks nationally to professionals, community leaders, public servants, and citizens about creating servant led communities.

Breakout Session:
Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Kala Jenkins
Agriculture Consultant
K-Coe Isom

With a passion for helping producers preserve their legacy, Kala works to make sure farmers are financially stable and have the right transition/succession plan in place. As a consultant with K-Coe Isom, the nation’s leading food and agriculture consulting and accounting firm, Kala helps with cash flow strategies and debt optimization. Kala’s experience in grain marketing and agricultural lending helps agriculture businesses build a bridge to profitability in today’s challenging agriculture industry.
Breakout Session:
New Forage Technologies

John Winchell 

John Winchell has worked in the dairy industry all his life, 25 years as a dairy nutritionist and 15 years as a forage specialist. Graduating from Ohio State University in Dairy Science, he has been a sales representative with Alltech for 5 years, specializing in mycotoxins and forage quality. John, his wife Jodi, and their 4 children reside in Eden, NY.

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce the upcoming Indiana Grazing Schools, hosted by the Indiana Forage Council.

The sessions will take place June 4th & 5th for Southern Indiana, and June 11th & 12th for Northern Indiana.

Click HERE for more information!
Zeeland Farm Services
-Ingredient Update-
As spring brings us a few curveballs in weather, so has the CME Futures this quarter on the marketing. They started out hand in hand based on weather late last summer/fall, as export demand took strong hold on the corn market, and now again, as dryness continues, only this time in the U.S. as well as South America, and world markets. Which seems now is turning into record low inventories on some supplies and a world demand finish to the game. Even as we plant our fields inventories bear down around the globe supplies, promoting a Food vs. Feed. Don’t get caught in short supplies on farm and have to go to the later summer market.
Co-products can help in these situations, for instance,
DDGs, is still a good energy and protein value vs. buying corn alone, even though export market demand is driving this up too. Contracts to ship May-July are open.

Read the full report HERE
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Individual membership in the Indiana Dairy Producers is $50. Encourage your dairy farming friends to join IDP! Also, any individual who is not a dairy producer but would still like to support IDP can join as an associate member. Download a membership/associate brochure here.  
We appreciate our industry supporters. They make it possible for IDP to support the dairy industry in many ways. If your company is interested in finding ways to join IDP, download an information sheet here.

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IDP Corporate Sponsors

There is a growing list of companies that recognize IDP's value to Indiana's dairy industry. Please visit our list of companies that have become Corporate Sponsors for only $100. If you know of a company that may have an interest in supporting IDP at some level, please download a brochure here.
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Calf Notes and Links
Check out the resources available to you on the 
Purdue University Dairy Extension site: Topics on nutrition, business management, animal health and many more topics related to our dairy industry and animal care