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Published October 08, 2010, 12:00 AM

North Dakota Dairy Convention scheduled Nov. 3 in Mandan

Making producers’ voices heard is the theme of the 44th annual North Dakota Dairy Convention scheduled Nov. 3 at the Best Western Seven Seas Inn in Mandan.

Making producers’ voices heard is the theme of the 44th annual North Dakota Dairy Convention scheduled Nov. 3 at the Best Western Seven Seas Inn in Mandan.

“This year’s event will address the emerging issue of animal welfare, the proposed right-to-farm law for North Dakota, the impact of the European Union’s new requirements on milk exported from the U.S., and how you need to embrace activism with your voice for agriculture,” says J.W. Schroeder, North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist and a conference coordinator.

Participants also will be able to attend informational sessions on herd health, promoting agriculture, why milk quality is important to producers and consumers, and renovations and innovations in cow comfort.

Sarah Bedgar Wilson is the featured speaker. She and her husband raise corn, wheat, soybeans, edible beans and field peas near Jamestown.

She was part of the fifth generation to grow up on her family’s diversified farm in Maryland, which, through the years, has included dairy, beef, swine, egg, hay, crop, vegetable and fruit production. She also was an avid 4-H and FFA member.

Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science in animal science from the University of Maryland and completed six internships, from a ranch in Texas to a dairy farm in France.

She completed a master’s degree in animal sciences at North Dakota State University and helped found the NDSU Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter.

The convention also will include a trade show, the Milk Producers Association of North Dakota’s annual meeting and a banquet. The Milky Way Award, Merit Award and Award of Dairy Excellence will be presented during the banquet.

Registration for the conference is at the door. For more information, contact Schroeder at (701) 231-7663 or jw.schroeder@ndsu.edu, or visit http://tinyurl.com/dairyconvention.

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