Conference Misson

The Northeast Dairy Management Conference is designed for producers and agriservice professionals to interact and relate to the latest thinking and issues in the dairy industry. Dynamic and informative sessions will challenge your thinking to re-energize your business and improve performance. Connect with other progressive dairy producers and advisors to build your network for long term success.

March 9 - 10, 2022

Syracuse/Liverpool, NY

Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Registration information will be available in mid-December 2021.


Agenda At-A-Glance

8:00 AM


9:00 AM

Pre-Conference Sessions - Group A

9:55 AM

Pre-Conference Sessions - Group B

10:50 AM

Pre-Conference Sessions - Group C

11:35 AM


12:45 PM


1:00 PM

Setting the Tempo for Success
Paul Vitale, Matt Birk and Company

The momentum an individual brings into any environment sets a tempo that affects the end result.  During this dynamic presentation, Paul shares concepts that demonstrate the necessity for controlling one’s approach and energy regardless of the surrounding variables and circumstances.  Through strategic positioning of actions, reactions, and attitude, each member of a team is directly responsible for the success of the unit as a whole.  Research indicates that no matter the industry or employment position, individuals control the outcome of success through the tempos set.  Paul developed the proven methods shared during this empowering training to embolden participants to take command of their influential personas in order to improve their environments.

2:05 PM

Lean Implementation in a Small Business:  Key Points & Lessons Learned
Dr. Abbot McGinnis, University of Kentucky Lean Systems Program

In this session, the major key points and lessons learned primarily from the business owner’s perspective will be presented, along with a general outline of the strategy and major lean implementation activities taken in cooperation with the owner-operator of 2 Chick-fil-A restaurants in Lexington, KY.  

Over the 10+-year period we have been working together, these 2 stores have developed a variety of important innovations which have been adapted corporate-wide, including the development of the new straight-line flow store design which is becoming the standard upgrade for many existing stores nation-wide.

3:05 PM

Tradeshow and Break

4:00 PM

Popp Undergraduate and Leadership Award Presentations

4:30 PM

NEDPA Update

4:45 PM

Panel Discussion: Producers, Processors and Policy Makers

6:00 PM

Networking Dinner Reception

6:30 AM


7:00 AM

NEDPA Annual Meeting - Open to all

8:00 AM


8:05 AM

Adapting and Changing in an Ever-Changing World
Holly Green, The Human Factor

Staying positive, focused & productive when things seem out of control. Uncertainty is uncomfortable for adult humans! It causes stress, anxiety, and a lack of focus.  Thankfully, we are amazing creatures that can adapt and thrive even in tough situations. Learn the ‘secrets’ to using your brain well in difficult times and during periods of constant change.

You’ll get techniques and tips you can use to prompt your own brain and the brains of others so that you continue to be successful. We’ll explore the factors of resiliency – why do some people bounce back quickly while others stew in misery. What are the prompts you can use to set yourself up to stay focused and productive? What determines your own attitude and how can you shape the attitude of others? How can you spring back, bend, and adapt to achieve?

9:10 AM

Professionalizing HR on Farms: Why and What This Means
Dr. Richard Stup, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development

10:00 AM


10:30 AM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

11:30 AM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

12:15 PM


1:30 PM

NEDPA Update

1:45 PM

Panel Discussion: Sustainability on the Farm and the Net Zero Initiative

2:45 PM

How to Get 5 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart
Haydn Shaw, People Drive Results

3:45 PM


Hotel Information

Ramada by Wyndham (formerly Holiday Inn)

441 Electronics Parkway
Liverpool, NY 13088
(315) 457-1122

Complimentary airport shuttle available.

Group Room Block and Rate

$129.00 per night single/double occupancy
When making a reservation, reference the Northeast Dairy Management Conference to receive the reduced rate.

Book online until February 16, 2022

  • Rates apply to reservations between March 8 and 10.  If you choose to make a reservation beyond these dates, the system will respond with no availability.
  • You may cancel your individual reservation up to 48 hours before your arrival without charge.
  • Reservations may be made online until February 16, 2022.  After this date, reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly. 
  • Reservation requests made after the deadline will be honored only if rooms are still available. 
  • All hotel rates are subject to state, local and occupancy taxes.

2020 Webinar Series

While we were not able to meet in person for the biennial 2020 Northeast Dairy Management Conference due to COVID-19, we were pleased to host the Northeast Dairy Management Webinar Series.

More Information

Heather Darrow, Conference Coordinator
Phone: (607) 255-4478
Email: dmconf [at]