The Nebraska State Dairy Association is one of the oldest producer organizations in the state. They have met for annual meetings since 1885.
This year, the NSDA’s annual trade show and meeting will be held on February 22 at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Columbus. The keynote speaker will be Dave Ellis, director of performance nutrition at the University of Nebraska.
The event begins at 8 a.m. with the Nebraska Dairy Industry Review Board meeting, followed by the Nebraska Holstein Association annual meeting at 9 a.m. The first session focuses on the future of robotics in agriculture, presented by Tami Brown-Brandle at 10:30 a.m.
The NSDA annual meeting will take place in the afternoon, followed by an ice cream bar and a Midwest Dairy Checkoff update at 3:45 p.m. Later in the afternoon there will be a Dairy Girl Network event; a wine and cheese reception; and a banquet, awards ceremony, and evening guest speaker.
Fair and Awards
A large trade fair takes place during the day’s events. Among the awards presented each year are the Quality Milk Awards, first launched by the NSDA in 1987, recognizing producers who have demonstrated their ability to consistently produce high quality milk. Milk production awards are given based on pounds of milk and pounds of protein, and are awarded to the top three producing herds of different breeds.
Finally, the Phillip H. Cole Award is given to producers who have achieved excellence in the management of their dairy business, who are leaders in the dairy industry and who are active in their communities. The award is named after Cole, a dairy farmer from Lincoln, Neb., who served as NSDA secretary/treasurer from 1969 to 1984.