Event Details

March 04 - 05, 2019

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

Calling all Dairy Farmers, Associate Members and allied industries to attend the 2019 Annual Convention scheduled for March 4-5, 2019 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 2019 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 February 15, 2019.

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

Convention Schedule

Monday, March 4, 2019

11:00 Registration Open
11:30 –

Opening Ceremony & Lunch

  • Presentation of Colors – FFA State Officers
  • Pledge & Invocation
  • Congressman Kurt Schrader, Welcome
  • Alexis Taylor, Director Oregon Department of Ag – Welcome
1:00 –
General Session with Keynote Speaker – “The Conflict-Positive Path: Engaging Conflict through Consultation, Advocacy, and Negotiation”
Gregg Walker, OSU
2:15 –
Milk Break with Exhibitors
3:15 –

Educational Breakout Sessions (Attendees will choose from 3 concurrent Sessions)

  • Dealing with Workplace Conflict: Progress and Improvement,
    Gregg Walker, OSU
  • Growing Corn 101, Dan Lewis
  • Hoof Health: Using New Technology to Solve an Old Problem, Amber Adams Progar, WSU
4:15 –

Educational Breakout Sessions (Attendees will choose from 3 concurrent Sessions)

  • Shape Your Future: Taking Control and Maximizing Returns, Mark Kirkpatrick, DVM, MS, Managing Veterinarian, Dairy Technical Services, Zoetis
  • The “Scoop” on Legislative Issues, Tammy Dennee, ODFA Legislative Director
  • Zero Tolerance for Contagious Mastitis, Dr. Allan Britten, Udder Health Systems
5:00 –
Wine & Cheese Reception with Exhibitors
6:30 –
Dinner & Entertainment –
OSU Dairy Club Report & Ice Cream Social
Cowboy Poet

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

8:00am Registration & Exhibit Hall Opens
Breakfast on own
9:00 –
General Session Keynote
Precision Dairy Management: Tools for Better Health
Dave Erf, MS, Geneticist, Dairy Technical Services, Zoetis
10:30 –
Milk Break – Exhibit Hall
11:15 –

Educational Breakout Sessions (Attendees will choose from 3 concurrent Sessions)

  • Preparing for Successful Farm Tours, Stacy Foster and Melissa Collman
  • Milk Quality/High Bacteria Counts, Dr. Allan Britten, Udder Health Systems
  • Dairy Revenue Protection Panel, Dennis Gamroth, Michael McMillan, George Harris; and Janelle Huserik, FSA; Moderated by Jenifer Cruickshank, OSU Extension
Awards Lunch
1:45 –
General Session KeynoteClint Swindall, CSP – “The Good Revolution! Building a Culture Focused on the Good Stuff”
3:00 –
Milk Break with Exhibitors
4:00 –

Educational Breakout Sessions (Attendees will choose from 3 concurrent Sessions)

  • Forages for Today, Dan Lewis
  • How to Train your dragon Cows: the Key to Injury Prevention, Amber Adams Progar, WSU
  • Nutrition Panel – Joel Edmonds, John Rosecrans and Vic Wilkerson; Moderated by Troy Downing, OSU Extension
5:00 –
Beer & Cheese Reception
6:30 – Oregon Dairy Women Dinner & Scholarship Auction

Event Exhibitors