The Dairy Practices Council Annual Conference

Mark Your Calendars - it's our Golden Anniversary:
The 50th Annual Conference of the DPC will be November 6-8, 2019 in Portland, Maine ..... get your lobster & dairy too!

Conference Hotel: Holiday Inn by The Bay, Portland, ME
Program & Registration Material will be available Sept 1, 2019


The DPC had a Successful 49th Annual Conference
November 6-9, 2018 in McKinney, Texas

Speaker Presentations & Conference Photos are in the DPC Meeting Archives
Summary Below

The 2018 Conference at a Glance

The 49th Annual Conference of the DPC was held at the Sheraton McKinney, a modern hotel located in McKinney, Texas, a growing suburb north of Dallas. Over 120 dairy professionals were registered for the conference.

The three-day conference, held each fall, is formatted with General Sessions that present a wide range of topics from farm to plant and Task Force Sessions that allow all 6 DPC Task Forces to meet simultaneously, providing a forum where topics of common interest can be shared with the membership and other attendees. Attendees at this year's conference represented a cross-section of the dairy community including representatives of dairy farm producers and cooperatives; industry manufacturers and suppliers; state and federal regulators; and academia.

General Session Programs held Wednesday afternoon (11/7) and Thursday and Friday morning (11/8-9) featured topics of current interest to the Dairy Industry, from farm to plant to the consumer. Global Perspectives of Dairy Markets, Chris Allen (Dairy Farmers of America); Anaerobic Digestion for Acid Whey and Dairy Manufacturing Wastes. Overview of Changes to NCIMS Documents & Appendix T Food Safety Plan Requirements; Mentoring, Training and Education of Future and Current Dairy Industry Employees of the Dairy; Dairy Industry Regulations; Nutritional Labeling and GMOs; Appendix N Pilot Program Update; Defending U.S. Dairy Exports; Producer Welfare in Tough Times; Pathogen Control in Rising Up from a Recall; NMPF's Regulatory & Environmental Pursuits. FULL PROGRAM.

The DPC Task Forces met Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Wednesday included presentations and discussions based on the TF focus areas. Speaker topics included the Economics of Automatic Milking Systems (TF-I); Water Use and Treatment in Dairy Operations (TF-II); Genetic Testing & Sequencing for Improving Quality (TF-III); and Direct Loading of Milk (TF-V). Additionally, the TF Groups worked on updating a number of DPC Guidelines, allowing all attendees the chance to contribute and participate in the review and update process. For information on the specific guidelines addressed at the meeting and in process, contact the appropriate Task Force Directors.

In addition to the General and Task Force sessions, a tour of the Southwest Dairy Museum was offered Wednesday morning November 7 to the delight of 30 plus participants willing to rise early for the trip. On Tuesday Nov 6, a pre-meeting short-course on Automatic Milking Systems (Robotics) was given and well received by 32 dairy professionals involved with dairy farms and inspections.

General session presentations, photos, and Business Meeting minutes will be available soon and can be found in the "Past DPC Conference Archives" section.

Sponsorship of the Annual Conference

DPC Sustaining Members may participate as vendors and/or sponsors.

Sponsorship Options at the 2019 DPC Annual Conference

2018 Sponsors


Past DPC Conference Archives

Click here to view programs, photos, speaker presentations, and Business Meeting minutes from past Annual Conferences.

Mark Your Calendars for Future Conferences:

The 50th Annual Conference will be held in Portland, Maine, November, Nov.  6 - 8, 2019
The 51st Annual Conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nov. 4 - 6, 2020

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