The Dairy Practices Council Annual Conference
A very successful 48th Annual Conference of the DPC was held November 8 - 10 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Buffalo, New York. Many thanks to all of our Sponsors and Attendees that made it so!
2017 Conference Presentations
2017 Conference Photos
Next year's conference will be held November 7-9, 2018 in McKinney, Texas - hope to see you there! -- Program & Registration Information will be available Sept. 1.
The 2017 Conference
The 2017 DPC Annual Conference was held November 8 - 10 in the heart of downtown Buffalo's theater district, within walking distance from shops, restaurants and the Buffalo Sabres arena. 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. Topics included an overview of animal welfare programs; case studies of sustainability on the farm and at the plant; new concepts in farm, tank-truck and plant sampling; an update on grade "A" dairy regulations and changes from the NCIMS meeting; the workings of a model retail program for artisan cheeses; challenges of geographic indicators in international cheese trade; and a discussion of declining fluid milk sales and other economic trends. Full program.
The Task Forces, 6 in total, met Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, where DPC Guidelines were 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 Yancey's Fancy cheese plant Wednesday morning November 8 and a premeeting program designed as a Train-the-Trainer workshop for small and medium dairy plants in need of materials to train employees in food safety, hygiene and environmental monitoring offered Tuesday afternoon, November 7.
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.
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 49th Annual Conference will be held in McKinney, Texas, Nov. 7 - 9, 2018.
The 50th Annual Conference will be held in Portland, Maine, November, Nov. 6 - 8, 2019