The annual meeting of the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation is Thursday, March 16, at Iowa’s Dairy Center in Calmar. Registration begins at 10 a.m.
The events for the day start at 10:30 a.m. and include a presentation from Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Extension & Outreach farm management specialist, discussing managing employer and employee expectations on the dairy farm. O’Rourke will outline considerations for hiring and getting new employees off to a good start with a goal to better employee motivation and retention.
“The Farm Babe,” Michelle Miller, will also explain her thoughts on how to better communicate the story of agriculture with the general public. Miller was once a big city girl who moved to rural Iowa for love. Once here, she learned her original thoughts of modern agriculture were inaccurate and she now enjoys debunking agricultural myths. She has more than 50,000 Facebook followers.
The annual meeting will begin after lunch and includes the election of officers. In addition, there will be displays from leading dairy industry businesses that support the Dairy Foundation.
Current members and anyone interested in learning about the Dairy Foundation are invited to attend; however, an RSVP is requested for lunch. For more information about becoming a member, contact Megan at 563-534-9957, ext. 107, or email
Iowa’s Dairy Center is supported by the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, a non-profit, grassroots organization formed to prepare young men and women to operate dairy farms, provide ongoing education for existing dairy farmers and serve as a public educational facility. The center includes an educational facility with classrooms and labs, a milking parlor, Lely robots, freestall barn and calf barn. For more information, visit