Becky and I just got back from a couple of days in Wisconsin Dells where we attended Dairy Summit. Dairy Summit is an annual conference put on by our main feed supplier, Vita-Plus. We attend every year as it is generally a very good conference.
This year was no different. We listened to speakers on various talks including how and why consumers are being misled about modern agriculture, global economics effecting our industry, what “sustainable” REALLY means, worker safety, how technology can help us, new research on animal health and forages, along with other business related topics.
I think one of the main benefits of going to conferences like this is just coming home excited about what we are doing! It gets easy, for me anyway, to get burdened down in the daily grind of all the work that needs to be done around the farm. Sometimes it hardly seems like I have time to look ahead! Going to conferences like this leave my head full of new and exciting things to try, and I look forward to seeing what our results will be!
I don’t mean to turn this blog into a discussion about what is right or wrong about various forms of agriculture or how anyone should be eating. I do want to point out that there is a LOT of misinformation around about modern agriculture. Things like Food, Inc., Micheal Pollan, etc. have really given modern agriculture a bad reputation, and so much of their message is just plain incorrect. One of the speakers at Dairy Summit was Dr. Jude Capper, she has a nice blog that addresses some of the common misleading information that are so often passed off as fact when people talk about food. She has some interesting information on that buzzword that is so popular today: Carbon Footprints. Anyway, here is a link to her Blog: Bovidiva.com.