For more than 3 decades, the Northeast Dairy Management Conference has brought together progressive dairy farmers from across the Northeast to engage and learn about the latest developments and topics in the dairy industry. The conference is presented as a collaboration between Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA).

This biennial conference is designed to help dairy farms increase productivity and adapt to change with personal and business-wide strategies. With dynamic and informative sessions, participants will gain insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the dairy industry and explore new ideas and strategies for success. The conference also provides the opportunity to connect with other innovative dairy producers and advisors, establishing a network for long-term success. Don't miss out on this incredible event!

March 6 - 7, 2024

Doubletree by Hilton     |     East Syracuse, NY

The conference planning committee is working hard to develop a dairy farmer driven agenda that is both meaningful and timely.  Full agenda will be available in Fall 2023.

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2024 Conference Preview

The upcoming conference will center around the theme of Embracing Opportunities for a Viable Future. The sessions will be focused on strategies that can be utilized to initiate progress, invoke enthusiasm, and develop new leadership strategies to tackle challenges and capitalize on opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from experts in their respective fields, network with peers, and gain valuable insights into the latest topics and developments in the dairy industry. The conference will provide a platform for attendees to share their experiences, exchange ideas, and collaborate on innovative solutions to the challenges that lie ahead.

Janine Stange

Janine Stange is a motivational speaker, singer, and on-air personality.  She is best known for her historic journey to sing the Star-Spangled Banner in all 50 states – a mission she embarked on to honor our brave. Her story is the subject of “National Anthem Girl” a documentary by Kelly’s Filmworks now streaming on Amazon Prime. Janine has been featured on every major television network and appeared on national news shows including: TODAY Show, Fox & Friends, NBC Nightly News, and Fox News @ Night.  She can also be heard every Thursday morning on Sirius XM’s 60’s Gold with Phlash Phelps.

Presentation: 5 Keys to Maintaining Balance: During and After Disruption

As the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, said: “change is the only constant.” Well, Heraclitus would have been amazed if he were able to look around today. This session is a powerful, clear, and concise talk with an interactive activation at the conclusion designed to help your employees and/or members not only spark resilience, but maintain a path of positive growth during disruptive change.  Participants will leave inspired to move in spite of fear and shift their focus to doing “what they can, with what they have, right where they are” in both their personal and professional lives.

Vanessa Bohns

Vanessa Bohns is a social psychologist, professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University’s ILR School, and author of the book You Have More Influence Than You Think. She holds a PhD from Columbia University and an AB from Brown University. Her research has been published in top academic journals in psychology, management, and law, and her research and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Economist, and on NPR's Hidden Brain, among other media outlets.

Presentation: You Have More Influence Than You Think

If you’ve ever felt ineffective, invisible, or inarticulate, chances are you weren’t actually any of those things. While we often assume our actions, input, and requests will be overlooked or rejected, Vanessa Bohns and her research demonstrate that people see us, listen to us, and agree to do things for us much more than we realize — for better, and worse. In this talk, she will use the unappreciated power of a simple ask to reveal why instead of seeking ways to gain influence we should become more mindful of how we are using the influence we already have.

Andrew McCrea

Andrew McCrea is a farmer, rancher, tv and radio broadcaster and speaker. Since 1996 he has traveled the nation, producing the “American Countryside” features that are heard each day on over 110 radio stations and XM satellite radio and on television in U.S. Farm Report.   In addition, his weekend radio show and podcast, “Farming the Countryside” is a popular program heard on radio stations and on XM radio each weekend.  He continues to own and manage the farm where he grew up, McCrea Farms, loocated near Maysville, Missouri, where they own stocker cattle and farm corn and soybeans. 

Presentation: Making Molehills Out of Mountains - Leadership Strategies that Work!

Some of the challenges we face in our business and life may seem like huge mountains to climb.  Certainly, there can be obstacles that have no easy fix, yet many top producing operations find three skills help reduce the “Mountains to Molehills.”  Andrew McCrea will take you on a fun and insightful look at why successful businesses and communities of varying sizes tend to have three shared factors that help them bring people together, focus on the task at hand and produce better results.  In this program Andrew will help you learn skills to better lead others, see the future with a better perspective and build a strong business foundation. 

Barbara Dartt

Barbara Dartt is a principal consultant for The Family Business Consulting Group, assisting businesses with succession strategies, long-term planning, management transitions and family governance implementation, as well as other opportunities and challenges unique to family-owned businesses. Her experience in helping businesses navigate relationships, create structure, and formalize roles brings clarity to her clients’ organizational development needs. Barb brings strong facilitative skills to the areas of strategic design and planning, work group, council and Board formation. She also enjoys applying these facilitative skills to building trust and managing the conflict found within family businesses

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Hotel information and room reservations

Doubletree by Hilton

6310 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 432-0200

Complimentary airport shuttle available.

    Group Room Block and Rate

    $132.00 per night single/double occupancy
    When making a reservation, reference the Northeast Dairy Management Conference (NEDM) to receive the reduced rate.

    Book online

    • Rates apply to reservations between March 5 and 7.  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 4, 2024.  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.

    Some hotel services may have changed.  Please contact the hotel directly at (315) 432-0200 for more information.

    Guest Rooms

    • Restaurant service will be limited to breakfast and evening bar service only.
    • Housekeeping must be requested daily.

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