The Dairy Iowa Meeting took place on June 8th at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, IA. Kurt Wierda, Chair of Dairy Iowa, kicked off the meeting, and Kevin Murphy, with Food Chain Communications, was the keynote speaker at the meeting.
Kevin discussed the “Food Morality Movement,” how activists have surrounded the agricultural industry, and how they are swaying public opinion, even in rural America. He ended his presentation with tools producers can use to effectively respond to consumer questions.
A producer panel followed, and producer panel members included Gary and Megan Kregel, Dennis Mashek, Kurt Wierda, and Jay Hansen. Panel members discussed the technology they use on their farms and how it is benefiting their operations.
Secretary Bill Northey also attended the meeting, and he provided attendees with a brief agricultural update. The meeting ended with an industry panel, and panel members discussed how they are helping build the dairy industry in Iowa, how they are building consumer trust, and how they are helping build the next generation of Iowa dairy leaders.