2023 Maine Dairy Seminar and MDIA Annual Meeting

Thursday March 16, 2023, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Elks Lodge Waterville, Maine

Welcome to the organizational page for the 2023 Maine Dairy Seminar. This annual meeting gives us an opportunity to come together as a dairy industry, learn from subject matter experts and attend a trade show. This year we are extremely excited to welcome a renowned person within the dairy industry, Dr. Michael Hutjens to discuss dairy nutrition, specifically feeding strategies. We look forward to welcoming you once again to our event. (Schedule and Speaker Bio)

Sincerely, Glenda Pereira, UMaine Extension Dairy Specialist, and the Maine Dairy Industry Association Executive Committee


For Farmers:

Advanced registration is FREE (Sponsored by the Maine Dairy Industry Association, additional Event Sponsors listed below) and includes refreshments and lunch (general and food accommodation information at the bottom of this page).

Register Online (Constant Contact)

For Sponsors:

Coming soon.


Please contact either Melissa Libby Babcock, at melissa.libby1@maine.edu, phone: 207.581.2788, or contact Glenda Pereira, at glenda.pereira@maine.edu, phone: 207.581.3240.

Schedule of Events, March 16, 2023

9:00 a.m. — Registration, Refreshments, and Trade Show

9:30 a.m. — State dignitary

9:50 a.m. — Keynote Speaker Dr. Michael Hutjens, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois

11:05 a.m. — Break

11:15 a.m. — MDIA Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members

11:45 a.m. — Maine Dairy Shrine Awards

12:00 p.m. — Featured Speaker from Dairy Management Inc.

12:45 p.m. — Introduction of Trade Show Participants

1:00 p.m. — Buffet Lunch and Trade Show

1:30 p.m. — Virtual Tour Maine Dairy Farm Family of the Year

2:00 p.m. — Socialize and Adjourn

Speaker Bio

Dr. Michael Hutjens
Professor Emeritus
University of Illinois, Urbana

Dr. Michael Hutjens, featured speaker at the 2023 Maine Dairy Seminar
Dr. Michael Hutjens
Professor Emeritus
University of Illinois, Urbana

Mike Hutjens was raised on a 313 acre, 70 cow grade Holstein farm near Green Bay, Wisconsin. His bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees were awarded from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

From 1971 to 1979, Dr. Hutjens was extension dairy specialist at the University of Minnesota where he coached the national champion team in 1978 at the World Dairy Expo. Since 1979, he has been a member of the University of Illinois Animal Sciences Departments as extension dairy specialist. He speaks at 60 to 70 meetings at conferences in 46 states, 17 foreign countries, and nine Canadian provinces. Mike writes feed columns for Hoard’s Dairyman, Progressive Dairyman, and hosts the Hoard’s Dairy monthly webinars.

Award recognitions include the Undergraduate Teaching Purina Award from the American Dairy Science Association, National DeLaval Extension Worker Award, ADSA, Applied Nutrition Award from ADSA, Outstanding Extramural Instructor (University award) in 1993 and 2000, and two citations from the Minnesota Board of Regents,.   Mike was president of the American Dairy Science Association.  In 2008, he was selected “Service Person of the Year” by World Dairy Expo. In 2009, he received the Award of Honor from ADSA and Fellow, the “Eagle Award” from the IL Farm Bureau Association, the national DHI Service in 2013, and the Dairy Shrine Person of the Year in 2019.

He resides in Savoy, IL, with his wife, Carol and five children and seven grandchildren. Mike served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve. Mike retired from the University of Illinois on Dec 31, 2010.

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact either Melissa Libby Babcock, at melissa.libby1@maine.edu, phone: 207.581.2788 or Glenda Pereira, at glenda.pereira@maine.edu, phone: 207.581.3240 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.