The Center for Dairy Excellence and the Penn State Extension Dairy Team will host a special statewide DairyPRO’s breakfast meeting focused on dairy farm business transformation, at Ag Progress Days August 19, from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., in the Theatre area.

“We are excited about our lineup of speakers for this meeting,” said Emily Yeiser, dairy initiatives manager at the Center for Dairy Excellence. “We have four exceptional panelists who will provide their insight on the start to the finish of a building project.”

Discussion will focus on farm transformation, the permitting process, and cash flowing the project. Dairy producer, Tim Kurtz owner of Kurtland Farm from Berks County, will speak on his experience of completing an expansion project, while Jeff Ainslie, vice president of RedBarn Consulting, Inc., will walk through the permitting process. Dan McFarland, agricultural engineer educator for Penn State Extension, will talk to issues related to new animal shelter design and existing facility improvement, while Tim Beck, Penn State Extension, will speak to cash flow need for the process.

Exclusively for dairy professionals, Dairy PRO’s is designed to provide the opportunity for participants to gain information that could help their customers go from “good” to “great.” The August meeting is intended to give those dairy professionals already attending Ag Progress Days an opportunity to learn more about topics that will impact their customers.

Pre-registration by August 12 is encouraged. To register, contact the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849 or by email at