Hosted by the Center for Dairy Excellence and Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, 2015 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, being held at the Lancaster Marriott in Penn Square, 25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA, Feb. 4-5, is expecting to draw more than 500 participants.

A block of reserved rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis now until the extended date of January 20. The Summit Discounted Group Rate is $119 per night for single/double/triple/quad occupancy, plus state and local taxes (8.5%). To make hotel reservations please call 1-888-850-6146 and ask for the Dairy Summit Rate. Normal hotel rates apply after the deadline.

Registration for the summit can be done online at www.padairysummit.org. Thanks to grants and support from the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP), registration fees for dairy producers and all farm employees are only $125 for the first registrant and $100 for each additional person from the farm. The non-producer rate to register for the summit is $225 per person, with additional guests from the same business discounted to $175 per person.
Advanced registrations are due by January 23, 2015.

This year’s Pennsylvania Dairy Summit is filled with opportunities for learning, networking and inspiration. Keynote speakers for the two-day event include Charlie Arnot, with the Center for Food Integrity, and Mark Thomas, seven-time International Hot Rod Association Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion. Business showcases will feature The Hershey Company, Homestead Dairy, and Masser Potato Farm. Nine breakouts are also planned, covering best management practices from farm to fork, and this year’s trade show will offer additional learning opportunities with “Side Serving” discussions and demonstration areas.

Continuing education credits are also available for attending the 2015 Dairy Summit include: Up to 12 continuing education credits are available through the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, Up to four (4) SmartStart credits for the entire two-day conference (2 SmartStart credits for each day) are available, and the “Why Cows Die” Breakout has been certified for 1.0 CEU by the Pennsylvania State Board of Veterinary Medicine. Learn more at www.padairysummit.org by clicking on “Scholarships/Credits”.