Annual Meeting Seminars and Incentive Program

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Seminars and Incentive Program

Seminars

Each year we put forth great effort to provide quality annual meeting seminars consisting of a variety of topics and speakers that we believe will be of interest to attendees. We hope members will plan to attend as many as seminars as your schedule permits.

It is not necessary to pre-register for most annual meeting seminars, but this year we ask that you do complete a registration form for the two kids seminars “Healthy Eating” and “Learn all about “Spuds”From the Ground Up” as well as the two Friends of Ag Foundation Lab Activities for kids.

Incentive

For every seminar you attend, you will receive a raffle ticket upon completion of the evaluation form. Two winning tickets will be drawn at Monday’s dinner from those collected throughout the day on Monday, and two tickets will be drawn at Tuesday’s dinner for those collected from Tuesday’s seminars.

The more seminars attended, the greater the chance of winning a prize. Good luck!

2:00 – 3:15

How are you Feeling? Let’s Talk About Mental Health!

Presenter: Andrea Brown, UPMC
The aim for this session is to bring attention to the need to be comfortable talking about mental health. Participants will learn various signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression and how technology can help when seeking treatment.


2:00 – 3:15

Introduction to Home Food Preservation 

Presenter: Andy Hirneisen, Penn State Extension
Canning, freezing, and drying are preventative methods that allow you to enjoy seasonal foods all year long. Participants will learn the scientific reasoning behind today’s recommended methods for home food preservation while dispelling food preservation myths and unsafe practices of the past.  A canning demonstration will be done.


3:30 – 4:45     

Augmented Reality Technology

Presenters: James Ladlee, College of Ag Science, PSU and Daniel Dotterer, Dotterer Farms, Clinton County
Augmented reality has the potential to transform agriculture, including how we tend to our animals, fix our equipment and market our products. But what is augmented reality and how does it apply to the business of farming? This interactive, three-dimensional experience combines real world views with computer generated images. You’ll be able to see and experience augmented reality in this can’t-miss session.

8:45 – 10:00

More Produce Vendors Please!

Presenter: Brian Moyer, Penn State Extension
Since the pandemic, there has been an increased interest in local foods. This has lead to demand at farmers markets, however a number of markets do not have enough produce vendors. This session will look at the “pros” and “cons” of participating in farmers markets, display and signage principals and best practices to be a successful vendor. Information presented will apply to anyone interested in being a vendor.


8:45 – 10:00

Succession Planning Through Family Harmony

Presenter: Henry Mondschein, Connect Financial Group
Succession planning is more than technology, it is also about human relationship management. Learn how to have the important family discussions


10:15 – 11:30

Three Leadership Growers

 Presenters:  JD Dunbar, RULE; Dr. Suzanna Windon, Penn State; Tara Homan, RULE
Three Penn State Extension leadership practitioners will join forces for a triumvirate of leadership skills. This session will include information about a profile of a “new breed” volunteer, volunteer audience engagement and leadership competencies.


10:15 – 11:30

Learn all about “Spuds” – From the Ground Up  (*Register Children)

Presenters:  Lela Reichart, Sterman Masser, Nathan Tallman, PA Potato Growers Cooperative
Hands on activities and lessons for children of all ages.  A special appearance by “Spud”.


1:45 – 3:00     

Healthy Eating for Kids (*Register children)

Presenter: Katie Greenawalt, Penn State Extension
Healthy eating is important at every age. In this session, youth will participate in hands-on learning activities featuring MyPlate and the 5 food groups to set them up for a healthy future.


1:45 – 3:00

More Produce Vendors Please!

Presenter: Brian Moyer, Penn State Extension
Since the pandemic, there has been an increased interest in local foods. This has lead to demand at farmers markets, however a number of markets do not have enough produce vendors. This session will look at the “pros” and “cons” of participating in farmers markets, display and signage principals and best practices to be a successful vendor. Information presented will apply to anyone interested in being a vendor.


3:15 – 4:30

Stop the Bleed!

Presenter: Amy Bollinger, Penn State Health Children’s Hospital
Stop the Bleed is a national program designed to teach non-medical people effective ways to act as an immediate responder and stop life threatening bleeding. Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to identify life-threatening bleeding and intervene to potentially save a life.


3:15 – 4:30

What Is a Certified Crop Advisor and Why Should I Use One?

Presenter: Dean Collamer, PA Certified Crop Advisor Program
This session will explore what training and certification is required to become a certified crop advisor and why it is important to utilize their services when developing a farm crop plan.