Event Details

February 26 - 27, 2018

Salem Convention Center
200 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR 97301

Calling all Dairy Farmers, Associate Members and allied industries to attend the 2018 Annual Convention scheduled for February 26 – 27, 2018 at the Salem Convention Center in Downtown Salem.  The Convention is the time each year for our members to network, participate in Association discussions, and learn about new technology and research advancements.   We understand that as Dairy Producers, your days are long and the needs of your herd require constant attention.  The Annual Convention is structured so that you can participate over a day and a half and return to your operation refreshed and ready to apply the knowledge obtained in the learning sessions.

Join your fellow Dairy Producers, Exhibitors and Sponsors at the 2018 Annual Convention. Please refer to the schedule posted below for program times and keynote speakers. We look forward to welcoming you to the Annual Convention.

Hotel Accommodations

A block of hotel rooms is available for Convention Attendees at The Grand Hotel which adjoins the Salem Convention Center.  The Room Block is in effect for two dates preceding and two days following our Annual Convention.  Additional room types are available in the room block. The room block is available until January 26, 2018.  

For Reservations, contact:
The Grand Hotel 
(877) 540-7800
Request the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Rate

Convention Schedule

Monday, February 26, 2018

11:00Registration Open
11:30 –

Opening Ceremony & Lunch

  • Presentation of Colors – FFA State Officers
  • Pledge & Invocation
  • Alexis Taylor, Director Oregon Department of Ag – Welcome
1:00 –
General Session with Keynote Speaker – Gary Sipiorski, Economist
“Dealing with the Financial Milky Waves”
2:30 –
Milk Break with Exhibitors
3:30 –
  • Zero Tolerance for Contagious Mastitis, Dr. Allan Britten, Udder Health Systems
  • The “Scoop” on Legislative Issues, Tammy Dennee, ODFA Legislative Director
  • Pest Birds on Dairies: Minimizing Economic Losses and Improving Cow Welfare, Amber Adams Progar, WSU
4:30 –
  • Dairy Genomics – Strategies for Using Information to Improve Herd Health and Profitability, Dave Erf, MS, Geneticist, Dairy Technical Services, Zoetis
  • Healthcare Climate and Real Solutions Employers Should Consider, Matt Henderson, PayneWest Insurance
  • Enjoy OSU Cheese Paired with Wine, Lisbeth Goddik, OSU
5:30 –
Wine & Cheese Reception with Exhibitors
7:00 –
Dinner & Entertainment –
OSU Dairy Club Report & Ice Cream Social
Alex Zerbe – Juggler & Zaniac

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

8:00amRegistration & Exhibit Hall Opens
Breakfast on own
9:00 –
General Session with Keynote Speaker – Dr. Frank Mitloehner, UC Davis –
“Dairies, Air Quality, and Climate Change – Where the Industry Stands”
10:30 –

Milk break with Exhibitors

11:15 –
  • Meeting the Needs of Calves During Environmental Stress, Amber Adams Progar, WSU
  • What’s it Going to Take to Make a Profit in the Dairy Business? Gary Genske
  • Niche Markets Panel, Todd Koch, TMK Creamery; Frank Barcellos, ODA; Sarah Masoni, Food Innovation Center; Moderated by Jenifer Cruickshank, OSU Extension
Awards Lunch & Hot Topics
1:45 –
General Session Keynote – Damian Mason – Humorist
“Agriculture Because Starvation Sucks!”
3:00 –
Milk Break with Exhibitors
4:00 –
  • Getting Ahead of Animal Activism, Michele Ruby
  • Technology Tips & Tricks Producer Panel, Moderated by Jenifer Cruickshank, OSU Extension
  • What Drives Financial Success on a Dairy? Doug Hammon, DVM, PhD, Managing
    Veterinarian, Dairy Technical Services, Zoetis
5:00 –

Beer & Cheese Reception

6:30 –

Oregon Dairy Women Dinner & Scholarship Auction

Event Exhibitors