The Dairy Practices Council Annual Conference

The 49th Annual Conference of the DPC will be held
November 6-9, 2018 at the

Sheraton McKinney, McKinney,Texas

2018 Conference Program & Registration
2018 Conference  Hotel Information & Reservations
     Note: The DPC Block expired Oct 15; limited rooms may be available.
2018 Pre-Conference Workshop - Automatic Milking Systems
2018 Pre-Conference Tour - Southwest Dairy Museum

The 2018 Conference at a Glance

The 49th Annual Conference of the DPC will be held at the Sheraton McKinney, modern hotel located in McKinney, Texas a growing suburb north of Dallas. It is close to shopping malls and a short drive / shuttle / ride to Historic Downtown McKinney with eclectic shops and dining. If you are from the North, McKinney will be a welcome relief from our November weather when the Texas weather is at it best, and your trip will provide an opportunity to explore the history and sights of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area (e.g., the "Grassy Knoll," & "The Sixth Floor Museum"; the FW Stockyards; the Cowboys)

This three-day conference, held each fall, allows all 6 DPC Task Forces to meet simultaneously and provides a forum where topics of common interest can be shared with the membership and other attendees. Attendees represented a cross-section of the dairy community including representatives of dairy farm producers and cooperatives; industry manufacturers and suppliers; state, federal and international regulators; and academia.

General Session Programs held Thursday and Friday morning 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, 6 in total, will meet Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Wednesday will include presentations and discussions based on the the TF focus areas with topics including the Economics of Automatic Milking Systems; Water Use and Treatment in Dairy Operations; Genetic Testing & Sequencing for Improving Quality; and Direct Loading of Milk. Additionally DPC Guidelines will be reviewed, revised, and written. Attendees can attend any Task Force session for open discussions and presentations, and to participate in writing and reviewing Guidelines.

In addition, there was be a tour of the Southwest Dairy Museum offered Wednesday morning November 7 and a pre-meeting program designed as on Automatic Milking Systems (Robotics) all day Tuesday afternoon, November 6

The conference is approved by several state departments of agriculture and health for fulfilling Continuing Education Credits towards the requirements under the Processing Plant Superintendent (PPS) and Certified Milk Inspector (CMI) Programs as outlined in the PMO.

General session presentations, photos, and Business Meeting minutes can be found approximately three weeks after the conclusion of the Conference, in the "Past DPC Conference Archives" section linked below.

Sponsorship of the Annual Conference

DPC Sustaining Members and others may participate as vendors and/or sponsors.
Click here for detailed information on how to become a Sponsor at a 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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