This past week, dairy farmers from the state of Washington had the opportunity to gather for a few days at the amazing Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Washington. The main goal of this meeting is to gather representatives from the Washington State Dairy Federation, Washington State Dairy Women, and the Washington State Dairy Products Commission and present information to attendees about issues facing the dairy industry in the Pacific Northwest. Topics included Lagoons – All you ever want to know about a lagoon, Animal Identification – Where are we now, Global Markets – What is happening with dairy products in the global market, and many other topics relevant to dairy production.
Every year, this meeting presents a great opportunity to visit with old friends, learn about new and innovative products for our farms from various exhibitors, and enjoy a little break from the farm. Suncadia Resort was an amazing host for the 2012 meeting. From the beautiful lodge, comfortable rooms, attentive staff, and delicious meals, I recommend any organization looking for a great location for a meeting in the state of Washington please consider Suncadia Resort.
As I look back on my time at the annual meeting, I am so grateful I was able to rekindle friendships, catch up on legislative issues facing the dairy industry, and watch the 2012 Washington State Dairy Ambassador give her school presentation. While my name was not drawn for any of the amazing door prizes and unfortunately I was outbid during the Washington State Dairy Women’s Scholarship auction, there is always next year. Next year the meeting will be at The Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington.