The Dairy Practices Council Annual Conference

Join us at The 52nd Annual Conference Nov. 3-5, 2021 Doubletree by Hilton, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


We invite you to join us for our annual gathering of dairy industry, academic, and regulatory professionals to learn how the dairy industry will be poised for 2022 and increase your knowledge and network through our task force sessions, technical session and pre-conference workshop attendance.

 2020 Conference Recap

The 51st Annual Conference of the DPC was held virtually and attracted over 150 dairy professionals from a cross-section of the dairy community representing dairy farm producers and cooperatives; industry manufacturers and suppliers; state and federal regulators; and academia. Those who attended were very pleased overall!

General Session Programs were held Wednesday afternoon. Featured topics of current interest to the Dairy Industry, from farm to plant to the consumer, with high caliber speakers from industry and  regulatory agencies occurred. The conference opened with a presentation on Changing Consumer Behaviors during COVID-19 from Rachel Kyllo, Sr. Vice Presdient Marketing and Innovation, DFA Dairy Brands. General session topics that followed further addressed topics from cow to cup, from animal health and producer concerns to updates on food safety policies. Dr. Jamie Jonker, V.P. Sustainability & Scientific Affairs, National Milk Producers Federation and Dr. Joe Scimeca, Sr. V.P. Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association shared their perspectives on what to expect in 2021. 

DPC Task Forces met jointly on Thursday. Presentations (Milk Cooling, Storage, Control Technologies, Food Defense, and Testing Supply Technologies) were shared by industry experts. The TF Groups provided updates on DPC Guideline progress and a short video highlighting the new Guideline template was shared with participants.

On Friday morning, a Joint Technical Session with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy took place.  Speakers and a panel discussion on Emerging Research Topics such as Controlling Listeria, Efficacy of
Antimicrobials/Protective Cultures/Hydrogen Peroxide, and Cold Plasma Technology to extend shelf-life were discussed.

The Annual Business Meeting followed highlighting the work of the board during COVID-19, recognizing our Honorary Lifetime Membership recipient Cary Frye and the Eugene T. Wolff Inductuee Rebecca Piston.  The launch of the new website/member management system was also discussed.

A virtual workshop ideal for dairy producers, veterinarians, milk inspectors, regulatory personnel, milking equipment providers and milk quality consultants interested in AMS installations and operations also took place.  Participants received a link for 4 hours of virtual instruction on AMS best practices and key considerations related to engineering, regulatory requirements, and operations to maintain milk quality followed by a 1 hour Q&A session with subject matter experts.

Sponsorship of the Annual Conference

2020 Conference Sponsors

DPC Thanks it's loyal Sponsors who helped make the 2020 Conference a success!  Visit their company sites by clicking on their logos from the banner displayed at the bottom of our website and check out our Gold Sponsor Featured Content.

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

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