Registration Open for Dairy Financial and Risk Management Conference


A full conference program brochure and registration information are available for the fourth annual Dairy Financial and Risk Management Conference, scheduled for Tuesday, September 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Central Penn Business Conference, located at 600 Valley Road in Summerdale, Pennsylvania, just outside of Harrisburg. The Center for Dairy Excellence hosts this event annually to provide dairy lenders and financial consultants with insight and strategies to help their dairy clients improve profitability.
"This is a great event for those who work with dairy farm families to gain greater understanding about the volatility of the dairy market," said Alan Zepp, risk management program manager at the Center for Dairy Excellence. "We have three exceptional speakers discussing topics at the conference that will give insight into maximizing their bottom line."
To learn more about the conference, click on "Dairy Financial and Risk Management Conference" under Upcoming Events on the center's home page at The conference's keynote speaker is Greg Bethard, Ph.D., who will draw on his experience as a management consultant to dairy farms around the world to guide Pennsylvania lenders on the benchmarks they should focus on. He will also share his firsthand perspective on the international dairy industry.
Dr. Mark Stephenson, the director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is well-respected for his research on milk assembly and processing costs and efficiencies, as well as dairy policy. Dr. Chuck Nicholson, clinical associate professor with Penn State Smeal College of Business, has developed numerous economic models to analyze dairy price cycles, origins and policy responses to price variability. Stephenson and Nicholson will discuss the new federal dairy policy and its implications for the industry.
Registration for this event is now open and closes September 9. To register, download a registration form from the center's website at Click on the event under "Upcoming Events" on the home page to access the brochure. Or contact the center at 717-346-0849 or by email at
The fee to register is $75. Those listed as a representative of the center's Allies for Advancement will receive a discounted rate of $50. Fax the registration form to 717-705-2342 or mail to Center for Dairy Excellence, 2301 North Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA 17110.
For more information about the conference, visit and click on the event listed under "Upcoming Events."