Just as thousands of exhibitors arrive in Madison for the World Dairy Expo, youth from around the country will be on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus for the 2010 National 4-H Dairy Conference September 26-29. More than 200 students from 30 states are expected to attend the conference, where they will learn about new farm technologies and careers in the dairy industry.
This year’s conference will focus on niche marketing in the dairy industry, including visits to the Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese facility in Waterloo and the Sassy Cow Creamery in Sun Prairie. These trips will teach delegates about small-scale, artisanal operations in Wisconsin.
Delegates at National 4-H Dairy Conference are high-school students who participate in their local 4-H Dairy Programs. While on campus, the students will attend seminars through UW-Madison’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on topics such as farm finance, dairy food quality and producing alternative dairy products from sheep and goats. The conference also includes a trip to World Dairy Expo, where young people considering careers in dairy production can learn about the latest technology and business practices being implemented around the world.
National 4-H Dairy Conference has been held in Madison since 1970, giving young people from around the country an opportunity to learn about the dairy industry from established professionals. For more information on National 4-H Dairy Conference, visit http://4h.uwex.edu/events/dairyconf/index.cfm.