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2020 Iowa State Dairy Association Annual Meeting

2020 Iowa State Dairy Association Annual Meeting

December 4 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Event Description

Virtual Meeting

Meeting will be held via Zoom.


December 4, 2020

9:00 – 10:00 AM

2021 Farm Economy Outlook
John Newton,
American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist
Dr. Newton has been American Farm Bureau Federation’s Chief Economist since 2018. As Chief Economist, Dr. Newton manages Farm Bureau’s five-person economics department and is responsible for AFBF’s economic policy analysis. In this role he advises Farm Bureau grassroots members, state staff, AFBF staff and AFBF leadership on the economic implications of agricultural policy issues and proposals to help advance the organization’s advocacy efforts.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Pandemic, Prices and PPDs… What will 2021 Offer?
Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis
Mark Stephenson is the Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this position, Dr. Stephenson conducts and coordinates research and outreach activities related to the dairy industry. He is involved in applied research at the firm-level, including milk assembly costs, processing costs, new processing technologies, farm costs and price risk management. He is also active in sector-level performance including dairy policy, spatial milk pricing, international trade and milk price forecasting. Mark has a second title as Director of Wisconsin’s Center for Dairy Profitability. In this capacity, he works with faculty and staff to coordinate a multi-disciplinary approach to dairy farm-level problem solving and planning.

11:00 – 11:30 AM

Washington, DC Landscape
Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President of Government Relations at the National Milk Producers Federation
Paul Bleiberg currently serves as Senior Vice President of Government Relations at NMPF. In this capacity, he leads the organization’s advocacy efforts before Congress, with a focus on farm bill policy, taxation, nutrition, environment, and immigration. Bleiberg also coordinates with the trade team and runs the NMPF PAC. Bleiberg joined NMPF as Senior Director, Government Relations in January 2016. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for former Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) during work on the 2014 Farm Bill and the 2015 Highway Bill which both included key dairy provisions.

11:30 – 11:45 AM

Iowa State University Extension Update

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Midwest Dairy Update
Jenna Finch,
Farmer Relations Manager

Ralph Keeling Award

12:00 – 12:30 PM


12:30 PM

  • Annual Business Meeting (delegates required)
  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Minutes
  • Financial Statement
  • President’s Report
  • Executive Director report
  • By-laws update
  • Elections
  • 2020 Policy Statements
  • Other Business

3:00 PM

Meeting Adjourn