Message from the President

Posted By: Keith Hay Industry News, Member News,

Message from DPC President Keith Hay

Mark Your Calendars for

The Dairy Practices Council 54th Annual Conference 

November 7-9th, 2023,  Embassy Suites Nashville Airport

10 Century Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37214

 A very sincere Thank You to everyone who attended our 53rd Annual Conference of the Dairy Practices Council in Bloomington, MN November 2-4th. Our pre-conference workshops on Automatic Milking Systems, PM Best Practices on Pumps, Valves, Gaskets & Heat Exchangers and Environmental Monitoring were well attended and received excellent reviews. Positive feedback was obtained from the conference and the Executive Board has met since the conference to analyze the information received in the post-conference survey. The executive board appreciates the depth of your thoughts and suggestions to enhance the conference and the DPC organization.
As mentioned at the meeting, beginning January 1st, changes in membership structure will occur to provide members greater access to Guidelines and more member discounted registrations while providing the financial support to sustain the organization given the rising costs of services used to operate the organization. 
Click Here to view the new structure.  Mary Wilcox will be transferring your current memberships over to the new structure for your 2023 renewals.  If you have questions or wish to adjust your membership, please contact her at for assistance. 
Your ongoing participation and financial support is critical to our mission of developing and disseminating educational guidelines for the dairy industry related to proper and improved sanitation and production of high quality dairy products,
I would also like to welcome a few new faces to Executive Board. Sofia Stifflemire, the Milk Branch, Manager IV with the Consumer Protection Division of the Texas Department of State Health Services is now our State Regulatory Representative, Dan Foster McFarland the Senior Extension Educator – Agricultural Engineering at Penn State Cooperative Extension will be our Task Force I Director and Alex Beard, the Raw Milk Services Director, Dairy Farmers of America will be our Task Force V Director. 
We look forward to including the many years of dairy experience that these board member possess to further enrich our board and leadership as we plan our conferences and look to the future.
Be sure to mark your calendars to attend our 54th Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.  We will have a new condensed format running 3 entire days from November 7-9, 2022.  Additional information will be posted at and sent out as it is determined.
Please reach out to me ( or Mary Wilcox ( if you have any thoughts or comments. We look forward to seeing you in Tennessee!