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Registration Open for Remaining Seats on PDMP Tour
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 05/16/2018

The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP) are mixing it up this year with it June bus tour by adding different types of farm operations to dairy for a Business To Business exchange.

"Our 'outside the box' thinking goes outside dairy this year," said PDMP President Doug Harbach of Schrack Dairy in Clinton County. "The B2B adds beef and hog operations to the mix so we can get even more insights and ideas on everything from diversification to direct marketing."

The day-long bus tour on June 7 begins in the morning in Bedford County and includes lunch at the second stop at Vale Wood Dairy in Cambria County.

"While our species or segment of the ag industry may not be identical, we have more shared challenges and goals than we might ever give thought," added Harbach. "We share the goal of controlling our destiny, of growing a family sustaining business and many of the same things help us succeed, like breeding, quality, and the use of technology, just as we share many of the same challenges like regulatory pressures and costs, consumer purchasing decisions and anti-animal ag groups that want to shut us all down."

In addition to visiting Vale Wood Dairy, where the Itle family bottles and delivers their milk to homes throughout the region, the tour includes stops at BearDance Farm where Paul Slayton raised the top-indexing Hereford recently at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center, and a former crop farm that has transitioned to a 4,800 hog finishing operation and has secured a contract with Country View Family Farms.

Reservations for the B2B Tour are secured on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats on the bus are filled. NEDPA producer members are also able to attend at the PDMP Member Rate of $50 while the non-member rate is $100 per person. Interested dairy producers can download the registration form or register online at or contact the registration office toll free at 877-326-5993 or email

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