The Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Adaptations Conference is a 2-day conference and an optional third day of tours, being held July 29 to 31 at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY.  This event will feature an opportunity for attendees to learn about emerging dairy housing and manure management systems in conjunction with regional climate trends and national and international market force drivers.  Climate adaptation strategies for the Northeast and upper mid-western U.S is also a major conference focus.

The keynote speaker for the event is Nestlé’s Hans Jöhr, their Corporate Head of Agriculture.  The conference program is also packed with experts in the field, including Frank Mitloehner (UC Davis), John Fiscalini (Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese, California), William Hohestein (USDA), and Art DeGaetano (Cornell University).

The conference will feature an optional day of tours featuring four different tour options that showcase on-farm integrated waste handling/treatment systems and on-farm climate adaptation strategies.  Some highlighted tour stops include Cayuga Milk Ingredients, the Cornell Lake Source Cooling facility, Shepherd’s Way milking sheep farm, Lawnhurst Dairy Farm and anaerobic digester facility, and Fessenden’s dairy farm.

Overall, the main goals are to equip attendees with state-of-the-art knowledge on manure handling systems and climate adaptation strategies, as well as to explore the intrinsic connection between climate trends for the Northeastern U.S., on-farm adaptation strategies, and related dairy environmental management issues.