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Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:16 AM

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TOLEDO — Dairy farming is not a nine to five job. Many would sum it up as a passion, lifestyle and livelihood.

Ohio alone has 268,000 dairy cows across 2,931 dairy farms, ranking the state fifth in the nation in milk production plants and 11th in overall milk production.

Also home to several large scale yogurt, cheese and ice cream manufacturers, Ohio is largely responsible for fueling both our state and the nation’s strong appetite for dairy products.

Karen Bakies, nutrition affairs director, American Dairy Association (ADA) Mideast, will talk about nutrition, products, trends, innovations, research and the overall benefits of dairy at the monthly Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum from 8 to 9:30 a.m. July 18.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. with informal networking prior, hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, north of Bowling Green.

On behalf of dairy farmers, ADA Mideast provides timely, science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier society, including educators, school nutrition directors, health professionals, academia, industry, consumers and media. Their staff is comprised of registered dietitians, school wellness specialists and marketing and communications experts dedicated to educating the public about dairy foods’ important role in a healthy lifestyle.

The Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum is an educational networking opportunity to provide information on current issues, trends and programs available to the agricultural community and those who support its advancement. The cost is just $10 per person (cash or check at the door) which includes breakfast and networking opportunities.

The Agricultural Incubator Foundation is located at 13737 Middleton Pike (St. Rt. 582) in Bowling Green.

Directions: I-75 to St. Rt. 582, exit 187 (Luckey/Haskins). Travel west on St. Rt. 582 approximately 2.2 miles.

The Agricultural Incubator Foundation is located on the south side of St. Rt. 582. Walk-ins are welcome but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About the Center for Innovative Food Technology

The Center for Innovative Food Technology is a developer and provider of technical innovations and solutions for the food processing, agribusiness and agricultural sectors of the economy in our region, our state and beyond. These innovations and solutions are developed in order to enhance the economic performance of the food processing and agricultural sectors. More information is available at


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