The Dairy Business Association's 2014 Access Symposium is slated for Feb. 18-19, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
On the first day of this year's conference, the program will include three state government leaders — Sec. Cathy Stepp, Department of Natural Resources, Sec. Mark Gottlieb, Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Sec. Ben Brancel, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Their presentations will deal with current regulations facing producers. After each discussion, producers will have the opportunity to interact with staff and the agency secretaries.
Organizers said these small group interactions are intended to give producers the opportunity to ask clarifying questions on policy implementation, share some of the challenges they face, and work with the staff members to come up with collaborative implementation solutions.
The second day focuses on down-cow crisis management. Several experts, including Al Setka of public relations firm Wixted and Co. and Attorney David Crass from Michael Best and Friedrich, will discuss best management practices on how to humanely take care of down and sick cattle on dairy operations.
In addition, there will be a crisis workshop where producers will learn firsthand how to handle crisis situations at their dairy operations.
To view more information and view the full event schedule, visit www.widba.com/events.