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Three Dairy Farms to Host ACE Twilight Meetings, August 25, 26, 27

August 10, 2020
Contact: Shelly Mayer
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Three Dairy Farms to Host ACE Twilight Meetings, August 25, 26, 27
Event will include farm tours, ice cream and conversations about rural issues
DAIRY NEWS – In a continued effort to encourage dialogue in rural communities, three Wisconsin dairy farm families will open their doors for an evening of conversation, tours and ice cream as part of the 2020 ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings to be held August 25, 26, and 27, 2020, in Darlington, Stevens Point, and Eden, Wis.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Towns Association, Wisconsin Counties Association and Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the free, open-to-the-public meetings are geared toward community leaders, elected officials, educators, conservation specialists, dairy farmers and area community members.
Each evening, the ACE twilight meetings kick off at 6:00 p.m. with a farm tour and ice cream. A facilitated discussion will follow, and focus on key issues such as water quality, community development, resource management, changes in agriculture and rural communities, roads and transportation, and other critical topics.
“The goal for each evening is that Wisconsin farm and non-farm neighbors will discover, together, how all can thrive and be stronger by partnering with one another,” said Shelly Mayer, Executive Director of PDPW and dairy farmer from Slinger, Wis.
The 2020 ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings will be hosted on:
  • Tue., Aug. 25, at Highway Dairy Farms, 16639 State Road 23, Darlington, Wisc. Siblings Jay and Jean Stauffacher and their families manage over 900 head of Holsteins. The herd is milked three times a day and averages nearly 95 pounds of milk per head per day. They crop 1800 acres of corn and alfalfa and manage 16 full- and part-time employees.
  • Wed., Aug. 26, at Feltz Family Farms Inc. and Feltz’s Dairy Store Inc., 5796 Porter Drive, Stevens Point. Ken Feltz owns and manages their enterprise with his wife Jackie and their family. Their Stevens Point, Wis., dairy consists of 570 cows that are milked in a double-12 parallel parlor with an additional 110 cows milked with 2 robots. The robotic barn is attached to the retail store where cheese, milk, ice cream, meat, chocolates and many other products are sold. The family operation employs 16 full-time people for work at the farm and dairy store.
  • Thur., Aug. 27, at Second-Look Holsteins, N3832 Hwy. W, Eden, Wis. Corey and Tammy Hodorff, along with his brother, Clint, are part of the fourth generation to own and operate their family’s century farm with their parents Doug and Linda Hodorff. They milk 1,000 cows and crop 1,200 acres. In addition to the dairy entity, the family business also includes Peniel Acres, Ltd. and Hodorff Seeds and Agronomy.
“A tour of the farm, followed by ice cream and a Q&A discussion is the perfect place to learn about modern agriculture and meet leaders in your community,” said Corey Hodorff, host of one of the 2020 ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings and a PDPW board member. “Open discussions with those that live and work in the community is important in order to realize common goals and solutions that will benefit and strengthen our rural neighborhoods.”
Bring your questions and be part of the discussion to share ideas and examine important rural issues during the free and open-to-the-public ACE-On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings. To learn more and to register, visit or contact PDPW at 800-947-7379.  Follow along digitally in advance of and during the event by following @dairyPDPW on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
This event will follow and abide by CDC guidelines recommended for COVID-19.
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.