Iowa State Dairy Association Hosting Virtual Annual Meeting

ANKENY, Iowa – The Iowa State Dairy Association (ISDA) will hold its Virtual Annual Meeting on December 4, 2020. All ISDA members are invited to attend, along with anyone interested in dairy who wishes to explore opportunities for becoming a member. Registration is free.

This year’s meeting will kick off on Dec. 4th with some great speakers.  Dr. John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation’s Chief Economist, will discuss the outlook for U.S. crop, livestock and dairy production, and issues surfaced in the dairy industry during 2020. Dr. Newton will also discuss how the election could affect farm policy and the many factors that will influence U.S. farm profitability in 2021.

Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will cover a wide variety of topics including the pandemic, dairy prices and PPDs. Dr. Stephenson will look at the current landscape in the dairy industry and will highlight what 2021 will offer.

With the 2020 elections having just concluded by this point, Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President of Government Relations at the National Milk Producers Federation, will present an update on the federal legislative and policy landscape.  Bleiberg will provide initial insight into how the election results will impact key dairy industry priorities including agricultural labor, trade, and of course, further COVID-19 relief.  It will take time for all of the pieces to fall into place in 2021, but Bleiberg will lay out a number of possibilities that may impact various issues.

The business meeting on Dec. 4thincludes ISDA’s officer reports and activity updates. In addition, changes to ISDA policy will be discussed and voted on by the ISDA voting delegates.

There is no cost to attend. A detailed agenda, registration details, and current ISDA policy can be viewed at www.iowadairy.org/registration​.

For more information, contact Mitch Schulte at 319-775-3451 or mitchschulte@iowadairy.org

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