Vermont Dairy Producers Conference
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, Burlington, Vt.
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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On-line Registration SitePlease register online (below) for the conference. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Peggy Manahan at 802-524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130 ext. 431 by February 11, 2013 so we may assist you.
Meet Our Speakers
Greg Bethard received his bachelor's and master's degrees and Ph.D. in dairy nutrition and management from Virginia Tech. Following graduate school, he worked on the faculty at New Mexico State University and then as a technical services specialist for Monsanto Dairy Business. Since 2000, Greg has operated G&R Dairy Consulting, Inc. with his wife Rachel. G&R Dairy Consulting, Inc. has served clients throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico, focusing on nutrition, facilities, management, business planning, and financial and records-analysis services. In 2009, Greg joined Dairy Records Management Systems in Raleigh, N.C., focusing on improving records analysis software. Greg has published articles in the Journal of Dairy Science, written articles for various dairy industry magazines and presented to dairy industry professional in the United States, Mexico and Italy.
Laura DiPietro is currently the agricultural resource management deputy director at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets where she manages the water quality technical assistance, financial assistance and regulatory programs. She holds a master's degree in plant and soil science from the University of Vermont, and a bachelor's in environmental studies from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at the State University of New York. Laura has a publication in the Journal of Environmental Quality on "Dairy Diet Phosphorus and Rainfall Timing Effects on Runoff P from Land-Applied Manure" and has also researched dietary phosphorus and manure storage types and their impact on surface runoff. She has worked on manure digestion system research and development methods, has implemented rotational grazing systems for various livestock types on her own homestead and various other farms in Vermont, and has researched several forms of phosphorus in agricultural and non-agricultural sources through research and consulting services.
Mike Hutjens was raised on a 313-acre, 70-cow grade Holstein farm near Green Bay, Wis. where he was active in 4-H and the Future Farmers of America. His bachelor's degree was completed in 1967 at the University of Wisconsin and his master's degree involved mastitis detection at Wisconsin. In 1971, he earned his joint doctoral degree in dairy science and nutritional science with a minor in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mike was an Extension dairy specialist at the University of Minnesota from 1971 to 1979. From 1979 until his retirement in 2010, he was a member of the University of Illinois Dairy and Animal Sciences Departments as Extension dairy specialist. Mike writes feed columns for publications including Hoard's Dairyman, Dairy Today, Western Canadian Dairy Magazine, Wisconsin Agri-View and Dairy Herd Management. He has authored technical journal articles and abstracts, press articles, computer programs and other resources, and in 1989, co-authored a textbook entitled Principles of Dairy Science. Mike received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2011 Honorary State Farmer Award from Illinois FFA, Honorary Member of the American Association of Bovine Practioner (AABP) for his 37 years of service (as only the third recipient of this national recognition), and the "Eagle Award" for service excellency for the Illinois Farm Bureau Association. Mike served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve ending as a specialist five with an honorable discharge. He continues to teach part-time, and resides in Savoy, Ill., with his wife Carol, five children, and five grandchildren.
Julie Moore is the water resources management group leader at Stone Environmental in Montpelier. Julie has led the successful implementation of a variety of projects related to agricultural stewardship, stormwater management and riparian corridor protection. Recently, she played a key role in the identification and assessment of critical source areas of phosphorus pollution in the Missisquoi watershed and is currently leading an effort to evaluate the effectiveness of a suite of conservation practices on six farms in the Champlain basin. In addition, she has overseen the design and construction of water quality treatments on active dairy farms, as well as numerous low-impact development practices, including bioretention treatment areas and subsurface gravel treatment wetlands. Prior to joining Stone, Julie worked for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources where she was the director of the Clean and Clear Program. In that role, she managed the state's efforts to implement the TMDL (total maximum daily load) for phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain. Julie is a registered professional engineer in Vermont.
Marli Rupe is the agricultural water quality specialist with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation. She is responsible for the CAFO permitting program, and ag water quality programs and policies in coordination with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Marli has a bachelor's degree in animal sciences from UVM and a master's degree in environmental sciences from Green Mountain College. After working on several farms after college, including managing the former UVM Milk Quality Research Herd, she was an Extension dairy specialist with UVM Extension for five years, and then manager of the Poultney Mettowee Conservation District for the past fifteen years, before starting with ANR in 2012. Marli will be updating us on the most current regulatory framework for agricultural water quality, including the status of the Lake Champlain TMDL, the CAFO program and the Ag Agency permits and AAP's.
Normand St-Pierre is professor of animal sciences at The Ohio State University. He grew up in Québec, Canada, where he received his bachelor's degree in animal science and master's degree in animal nutrition from Université Laval in Québec City. He received his Ph.D. in dairy science in 1985 from The Ohio State University. Following graduation, he spent a year in New Zealand as a post-doctoral fellow, working on various issues of farm production economics and systems modeling. After working for tens years in the private sector, he joined the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University in 1997, where he is conducting research and extension programs in the areas of dairy farm management, decision support systems and nutritional economics. Dr. St-Pierre has published over 400 articles in various publications and has received numerous awards for his research and extension work.
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