DBA sets Dairy Strong speakers and programs

By Jim Cornall contact

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Speakers at the event will be (left to right): Peter Sheahan, Matt Lewis, Ray Starling and Michael Torrey.
Speakers at the event will be (left to right): Peter Sheahan, Matt Lewis, Ray Starling and Michael Torrey.

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The Dairy Business Association (DBA) in the US has announced the program lineup and keynote speakers for Dairy Strong from January 19 to 21, 2021.

The conference, which will be virtual, will bring together farmers, corporate professionals, government and university representatives, and other partners to explore the future through innovation, sustainability and government policy. Each day of the conference will focus on one of those themes.

“We are excited to provide a rich experience for the people who contribute so much to an industry that is integral to the economy, communities and culture of our dairy states, and to the nation and world through the production of wholesome, affordable food,”​ DBA executive director Tim Trotter said.

The featured speakers will be Peter Sheahan, Matt Lewis, Ray Starling and Michael Torrey.

Peter Sheahan,​ the opening keynote speaker, will talk about business growth and innovation. He is a best-selling author, speaker and founder of Karrikins Group, a global growth-oriented consulting firm.

Matt Lewis​ is the senior columnist for the Daily Beast and an author. He is a CNN political commentator, contributing editor for TheWeek.com and a former senior contributor for the Daily Caller.

Ray Starling​ works in agricultural policy and most recently served as the chief of staff for Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue. He was a clerk for Supreme Court justices, worked in the White House and for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Starling earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina and had a stint with the National Economic Council at the White House.

Michael Torrey​ is the founder of Michael Torrey Associates and provides guidance and management for those in the agricultural industry. He has more than 25 years' experience in legislative and regulatory policy development, fiscal management and lobbying strategy. Torrey is a federal policy consultant for Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, DBA’s sister organization.

The conference will feature breakout sessions with topics such as how employee personality tests could become a normal part of dairy farm management, driving innovation through retail and food service, and research on environmental and economic sustainability.

A panel discussion will focus on the relationship between farms and processors, highlighted by a virtual visit to a dairy and a processing plant.

Click here​ to register.

Registration for the conference is open and farmers who register by December 15 will receive two free passes per farm.

Sponsorships are available by contacting Nicole Barlass at aoneynff@qnvelsbejneq.pbz​ or Rebekah Morrow at ezbeebj@qnvelsbejneq.pbz​. For more information on becoming a sponsor, click here​.

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