The Center for Dairy Excellence is asking Pennsylvania dairy farm owners and managers to complete the "2012 Pennsylvania Dairy Industry Producer Survey" and return it by September 15. The four-page survey was mailed earlier this month to 6,500 dairy farms located across Pennsylvania. It can also be found on the center's web site at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org
"Pennsylvania's dairy farmers continue to produce food in an increasingly more volatile and changing industry," said John Frey, executive director of the Center for Dairy Excellence. "By conducting the survey, we are hoping to receive input on how the volatility and changes are affecting Pennsylvania's dairy farm families and the future of our dairy industry."
The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and includes questions on the milking herd, production acres, operational structure and future plans of the dairy farm. By now, recipients should have received the survey in the mail. Anyone who would like to complete it and did not receive a copy may do so by downloading it from the center's web site at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org
Results of the survey will be used in a broad "Pennsylvania Dairy Futures Analysis" the center is working on with several partners, including the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pennsylvania and Saint Joseph's University School of Food Marketing. The survey data will provide a baseline of producer trends that will be used to identify future opportunities and threats to the industry.
"We are asking all Pennsylvania dairy farm families to take the time to complete the survey and return it to the center," Frey said. "By doing so, you are providing us with information that we will use to identify future programs and resources to benefit the industry and Pennsylvania's individual dairy operations."
For more information about the producer survey, call the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849 or visit the center's web site at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org