ADSA: More Than Just a Conference

Written By: Madison Hire

In just two short days this freshman got to connect in the industry, learn new techniques, and connect with some close family members. Miriam Cook, studying Applied Agriculture Economics, had the opportunity to attend the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) conference with the Purdue Dairy Club. When asked to speak about the conference her response was, “I would love to tell you about one of the best conferences I have yet to attend!” Although Cook grew up on a dairy farm she thought attending ADSA would be a great way for her to get more involved in the industry professionally and make connections. This conference was full of speakers, tours, and presentations about new and innovating things going on within the dairy industry. 

Cook had the opportunity to visit Hansen Dairy in Waterloo, Iowa not only were they a dairy, but they had their own creamery and a large agritourism market. Students were able to visit about eight different locations from dairies to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Two of the main speakers were Dwayne Faber and Dr. Leo Thomas. Faber is from Faber dairy and talked to the students about growing their own business and taking a small herd to a larger successful herd. He was very inspiring to many of the students about following their dreams. Dr. Thomas taught a workshop about different types of dairy technology and how they have changed over time. “I walked away from that workshop with a bag full of money with the idea to introduce on our family farm in Michigan as if you put money in one end you should get money out the other right,” said Cook.

Cook was inspired to attend this conference by her older sister, Cameron Cook, who attends Michigan State University. Her sister has attended this conference many times since starting college and has enjoyed and learned something significant each time that she has attended which inspired Cook even more. She had the opportunity interact with students from 11 different colleges across the Mid-West and even catch-up with some old dairy friends that she hadn’t seen in a while. Overall her trip was a major success and would suggest to students who have an interest in the Dairy industry to join the Purdue Dairy club and to attend the conference. 

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