Expo Seminars

Presented daily by industry leaders in the Mendota 1 meeting room of the Exhibition Hall, these seminars address topics centered around finances, climate, management practices and dairy markets. Seminars consist of a 45-minute presentation and time for questions and answers. 2022 Expo Seminars will be held at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday - Friday. 

Each Expo Seminar is approved for one continuing education credit for members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS).

Tuesday, October 4

12:00 p.m.

Milking Quickly, Gently, and Completely: Can We Consistently Achieve All Three?

Presenter: Paul D. Virkler, DVM, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Sponsored by: Conewango Products Corp. 

Wednesday, October 5

12:00 p.m.

Carbon Credits: What Do They Mean and How Do They Affect Dairy?

Presenter: Jamie Vander Molen Boehl, Vice President, Sustainability Initiatives & Outreach, Newtrient

Sponsored by: McLanahan Corporation 

Thursday, October 6

12:00 p.m.

Could Activists Carry Away Your Dairy?

Presenter: Abby Kornegay, Manager, Issues and Engagement, Animal Agriculture Alliance

Sponsored by: Effercept

Friday, October 7

12:00 p.m.

The Future of Our Dairy Markets - What Reforms Are Needed?

Panelists: Dana Coale, Deputy Administrator, USDA-AMS-Dairy Program

Roger Cryan, Ph.D., Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

Andrew Novakovic, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Jim Sleper, Managing Partner, Sleper Consulting, LLC

Moderator: Mark Stephenson, Ph.D., Former Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sponsored by: National Milk Producers Federation


Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. 
Milking Quickly, Gently, and Completely: Can We Consistently Achieve All Three?
Presenter: Paul D. Virkler, DVM, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Sponsored by: Conewango Products Corp.

The industry has traditionally talked about a tradeoff between milking a cow quickly, gently, and completely, but does this still hold true? This seminar will delve into the details of the milking routine and explore the topic of bimodal milk flow curves and how to avoid them on your dairy. Discover the latest research which shows that getting it right on every cow on your dairy can pay big dividends not only by decreasing milking time and the risk of mastitis but also by increasing the amount of high-quality milk produced.

Paul Virkler obtained both his BS and DVM from Cornell University and spent seven years as a cattle veterinarian at Attica Veterinary Associates in Western New York. Currently, Dr. Virkler is working as an extension veterinarian for Quality Milk Production Services at Cornell University, providing science-based advice to producers and veterinarians regarding udder health and milk quality. He also teaches milk quality-related courses and is involved in ongoing applied research on udder health, milking equipment, mastitis, and milk quality.


Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 12:00 p.m.
Carbon Credits: What Do They Mean and How Do They Affect Dairy?
Presenter: Jamie Vander Molen Boehl, Vice President, Sustainability Initiatives & Outreach, Newtrient
Sponsored by: McLanahan Corporation

Many companies are looking to dairy as a key climate solution. Dairy farms provide a variety of climate-smart solutions that can yield revenue streams through environmental credits. While existing and emerging environmental markets offer tremendous opportunity, they also come with significant challenges in navigating the complex space. This session will highlight the current and future environmental markets for dairy farms and discuss how to weigh the risks and rewards.

Jamie Vander Molen is the Vice President of Sustainability Initiatives & Outreach at Newtrient. In this role, Vander Molen is responsible for leading outreach and projects to advance technology and practices, ecosystem services markets, manure-based products, and renewable energy markets. Before joining Newtrient, she began her career at Dairy Management Inc., where she led communication efforts, translating technical information to be understandable and actionable for dairy farmers, policymakers, technology vendors and supply chain partners. She has a passion for the dairy industry and work that provides innovative solutions and technologies to reduce the environmental footprint of dairy and make it economically viable to do so.


Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 12:00 p.m.
Could activists carry away your dairy?
Presenter: Abby Kornegay, Manager, Issues and Engagement, Animal Agriculture Alliance
Sponsored by: Effercept

State legislative measures dictating animal care are often lobbied for by animal rights activist extremist organizations and have the potential to impact farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to provide safe, nutritious, and affordable animal products for all. These activist-led ballot initiatives and other legislative measures also spread misinformation about animal agriculture and create conversation and precedent for more extreme measures to be introduced in the future. In this session, attendees will learn about recent legislative campaigns impacting the dairy community and what can be done to safeguard the future of dairy. 

As manager, issues and engagement, Abby Kornegay leads animal activist monitoring and crisis management strategy for Animal Agriculture Alliance. She communicates with farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals about activist strategy and what we can do to provide a counter voice. Kornegay holds a B.S. and M.A.S in animal science from North Carolina State University. She joined the Alliance team in May of 2022 after working in the poultry industry, focusing on animal welfare.


Friday, October 7, 2022 - 12:00 p.m.

The Future of our Dairy Markets—What Reforms Are Needed?
Presenters: Dana Coale, Deputy Administrator, USDA-AMS-Dairy Program; Roger Cryan, Ph.D., Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation; Andrew Novakovi?, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; Jim Sleper, Managing Partner, Sleper Consulting, LLC; Moderated by Mark Stephenson, Ph.D., Former Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sponsored by: National Milk Producers Federation

Federal Milk Marketing Orders have been regulating aspects of U.S. dairy markets for more than 80 years. They have evolved over that time to accommodate changes in technology, consumer preferences, and structure of the industry. However, their basic tools—classified pricing and pooling—are not fundamentally different than they were in the 1940s. The panel will examine what substantial changes are needed for future U.S. dairy market regulation.

The seminar panelists are:

  • Dana H. Coale is the Deputy Administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services Dairy Program, where she administers the Federal Milk Marketing Orders as well as managing dairy market news reporting, development of dairy product standards, dairy quality grading and inspection, export certification services, and oversight of the Fluid Milk and Dairy Promotion and Research Programs.
  • Roger Cryan, Ph.D., Chief Economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, is familiar with providing insight on a wide range of market and policy issues. Before joining American Farm Bureau, he served as part of the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), and the Federal Milk Market Administrator in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Andrew Novakovic, Ph.D., has focused his 45-year career on the economics of dairy markets and policy. He has worked closely with congressional and USDA staff on the analysis and development of dairy programs, specifically as a senior economist in the USDA Office of the Chief Economist.
  • Jim Sleper, Managing Partner of Sleper Consulting, LLC., has extensive knowledge of dairy economics and policy thanks to his prior positions at Southeast Milk, Inc., Foremost Farms USA, Land O’Lakes, Dean Foods, Milk Marketing, Inc., and the USDA’s Federal Milk Marketing Order program.

This panel is moderated by Mark Stephenson, the recently retired Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Throughout his 40-year career, Dr. Stephenson conducted applied research on the impacts of dairy markets and policy at the farm, plant, and sector levels, and has worked on many projects looking at Federal Milk Marketing Orders.