February 1, 2023



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Ag Partners Presents

2022 TOP

(Team of Professionals)

Dairy Producer Seminar

Wednesday, November 30 – Thursday, December 1, 2022

Join us at Treasure Island Resort & Casino for this overnight event (2pm-12pm)! Our dairy nutrition staff has put together an educational and hands-on program where you can hear from, and connect with, industry experts. Presenters will focus on the areas of feed efficiency, finance, forage, robotics and transition cow success. Also enjoy networking, great food, activities and entertainment! Register now!

Registration includes one hotel room. Pre-register by October 26, 2022 to have your fees waived. After October 26 there is a registration fee of $50 per person, and a hotel room cannot be guaranteed. Pre-registered attendees will also get a chance to win a Traeger® grill or one of two Bison® hard-sided coolers. *Must be present to win.


DAY 1:

  • Registration/check-in table will be open at 2 pm.
  • A welcome and update from Ag Partners starting at 2:30 pm.
  • General sessions start at 3 pm.
  • Dinner and activities in the evening.

DAY 2:

  • Breakfast will be provided starting at 6:30 am.
  • Interactive learning pathways at 8 am:
    -Forage, Robotics, or Transition Cow
  • A final general session and wrap-up at 10 am.
  • Door prizes will take place just before 11:30 am. This will conclude our Dairy Seminar.
  • A boxed lunch will be available.



Dr. Marin Bozic

“Dairy Market Outlook” and “Long-Term Policy and Industry Trends”

The dairy market outlook will cover current market factors such as price, supply, demand, exports, and feed costs that will impact Midwest dairy producers in the coming year. The long-term sector trends will address the bigger picture issues that dairy producers will face in the coming decade relating to policy issues such as FMMO reform, Farm Bill legislation, exports and global milk production trends.

Dr. Marin Bozic is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. Marin’s research program covers dairy markets and policy and livestock risk management.

Dr. Bozic is also the founder and CEO of Bozic LLC, a global provider of technology solutions for commodity markets analytics and risk management with close to 100 clients on four continents. Bozic LLC also owns intellectual property rights to all three major livestock insurance programs in the United States – Dairy Revenue Protection, Livestock Risk Protection and Livestock Gross Margin. In crop year 2021, DRP, LRP and LGM were used to protect over $14 billion in dairy and livestock revenue.

Dr. Bozic is an advisor to several dairy trade associations, a nationally popular speaker on economics of dairy markets, and a frequent consultant on important dairy market and policy issues.



Dr. Heather White
“Practical Farm Applications of Feed Efficiency and Feed Intake Predictions”

and “Metabolic Disease Monitoring: Options, Treatments and Nutritional Strategies”

Dr. Heather White will be presenting during a general session as well as leading a hands-on experience during Thursday morning’s “learning pathways.”

Dr. White is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the area of dairy cattle nutritional physiology. Dr. White’s research program focuses on the health and nutrition of dairy cows during the transition period and is centered on hepatic and whole-animal nutrient partitioning and metabolism.

Notably, Dr. White’s research strives to determine the mechanism of nutrient partitioning, feed efficiency, and metabolic health in order to provide science-based solutions and interventions to improve dairy cow health and productivity. Heather is also a “hands on” researcher and mentor at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Additionally, Dr. White is serving as the Faculty Director of the Dairy Innovation Hub that spans University of Wisconsin-Madison, Platteville, and River Falls and focuses on dairy related research that can improve animal health and welfare, enhance human nutrition, steward land and water resources, and grow farm businesses and communities.


Leta Larson
“Improving Alfalfa Seedling Establishment and Health”

Leta Larsen is an Alfalfa and Forage Specialist and Wheat Associate Manager with the CROPLAN by WinField United Forage and Diversified Field Crops team. Larsen grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Western Michigan and received a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management and agronomy from Michigan State University in 2020. In May of 2022, Larsen received a master’s degree in applied plant sciences-agronomy at the University of Minnesota where her research focused on improving alfalfa seedling establishment and understanding and managing the components of wet soil syndrome in alfalfa. Currently, Leta resides in her home state of Michigan where she covers the Great Lakes region as an alfalfa and forage specialist.


Tom Anderson
“Robotic Dairy Benchmarking”

Tom Anderson has been an Adult Farm Business Management Instructor with Riverland Community College for the past twenty three years.   He works with over 60 dairy farms mostly in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin assisting them with farm financials, including cost of production, farm analysis, farm transition and farm growth.

Anderson has worked with robotic milking technology since 2007.  Since then, his robotic travels have taken him to Europe, and Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Florida, Virginia and throughout Minnesota.   Currently, he has several robotic dairy farms enrolled in his farm management program and has assisted numerous dairy operations from across the country to develop their robotic dairy cash flow projections and business plans.

Tom, along with his colleagues of the Minnesota State system work with farms all across the state to determine farm profitability through an annual analysis system.  Riverland collaborates with The Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota, to create a data base entitled “Finbin”, which queries farm financial and production data to provide benchmarks for crop and livestock producers.


Dr. Meghan Connelly
“Transition Cow Success”

During the “learning pathways” Thursday morning, Dr. Connelly will be leading an udder dissection lab to show how dry cow treatments look on the inside.

Dr. Meghan Connelly is a Dairy Nutritionist and technical services specialist for Vita Plus. She provides support for special research and technical projects across Vita Plus. She is based in southeast Minnesota and provides nutrition and management expertise to help dairy producers reach their production goals.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in dairy science and agricultural business from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She became the Vita Plus Dairy Fellowship Student at UW-Madison in 2016 and continued there to complete her doctorate in dairy science with an emphasis in lactation biology. Connelly’s research focused on understanding calcium metabolism in the transition cow and the relationship between calcium and serotonin during lactation.  top

Dr. Luiz Ferraretto
New Insights on High-moisture Corn Fermentation & Nutritive Value”

Dr. Luiz Ferraretto is originally from Brazil where he earned his B.S. in Animal Science from São Paulo State University in 2008. Immediately after the completion of his B.S. Degree, Luiz joined University of Wisconsin-Madison for an internship (2009) followed by a M.S. (2011) and Ph.D. (2015) in dairy science with focus on applied dairy nutrition and forage quality.

After the completion of his Ph.D., Luiz joined The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute as a Post-doctoral Research Associate. From 2016 to 2020, he worked as Assistant Professor of Livestock Nutrition at University of Florida. Currently, Luiz is an Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his research interests are applied dairy cattle nutrition and management with emphasis on starch and fiber utilization by dairy cows, corn silage and high-moisture corn quality and digestibility, the use of alternative by-products as feed ingredients, and supplementation of feed additives to lactating cows.  top

Michael Perry
Motivational Farm Comedy!!

Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin.

Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom. Raised on a small Midwestern dairy farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a ranch in Wyoming, then wound up writing by happy accident. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an amateur pig farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down Records). He has recorded three live humor albums including Never Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues, is currently finishing his first young adult novel, and can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com.

Perry’s essays and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Backpacker, Outside, Runner’s World, Salon.com, and he is a contributing editor to Men’s Health magazine.

Of all his experiences, Perry says the single most meaningful thing he has ever done is serving 12 years beside his neighbors on the New Auburn Area Fire Department.  Mike says: If I had to sum up my ‘career’ in one word, it would be gratitude. I get to write and tell stories all around the country, then come home to be with my family and hang out at the local feed mill complaining about the price of feeder hogs. It’s a good life and I’m lucky to have it.


Your Ag Partners Dairy Rep is happy to assist with any questions or concerns you may have. top


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