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WA State Dairy Ambassador Coronation to be held June 24th in Arlington

June is “Dairy Month” and also the traditional month for the Washington State Dairy Ambassador Contest.  This program provides a tremendous professional and educational opportunity for young women in Washington State.  The young women chosen to serve as Washington’s Ambassadors for Milk receive a generous college scholarship, internships, and extensive communications training.

“It will soon be time to say good bye and thank you to our 2016- 2017 State Dairy Ambassador Alicia Smaciarz (Raymond) and State Alternates Jana Plagerman (Lynden) and Tiana Peterson (Graham). They have done a fantastic job representing the Dairy Farmers of Washington this past year and I’m sure they will continue to be lifelong advocates of our industry. We wish them well as they move on to the next chapter in their lives….” commented Tammi Schoenbachler, State Ambassador Advisor.

Please join us for the 2017 Washington State Dairy Ambassador Coronation Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd, Arlington, WA 98223.  Doors open at 5:00 pm, with the program beginning at 5:30 pm.  This year dinner will not be provided; instead there will be light Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served during a short intermission. Tickets purchased by June 16th will be adults $20, students $10, and under 6 years free. Tickets purchased after June 16th or at the door will be adults $25, students $15, under 6 still free.  We are hoping these changes will make it easier for families, farmers and students to attend. For ticket information, please contact Gloria Edwards by email at or 360.273.7313.



Skagit County Contestant ~ Juliana LeClair from Skagit County, is the daughter of Joe and Annette LeClair of Mount Vernon, WA. She will be graduating from Mount Vernon Christian School this June. Juliana has lived her whole life on her family’s dairy farm feeding calves, doing field work, and other chores needing to be done. She has been a member of the Sunshine Dairy 4-H Club for 9 years where she has completed 14 dairy projects, held club office positions, won top showmanship awards, and was selected as a Washington State Delegate to the National 4 -H Dairy Conference. In 2015, Juliana was selected as the 2015-16 Washington State Jersey Queen Alternate. She plans on attending Washington State University to pursue a degree in Agricultural and Food Business Economics with a minor in Animal Sciences. Juliana would like to own her own dairy and have it open to the public to see how their food is produced.
Claire Leininger, from Whatcom County, is the daughter of Erik and Paula Leininger of Everson, Washington. She will graduate from Nooksack Valley High School this June. As a young girl, Claire had the opportunity help at her grandparents’ farm where they raised replacement heifers. Her father also works at a local dairy where she was able to visit frequently. Learning from these early experiences and with a passion for dairy, Claire was able to secure a job at a local dairy. She has responsibilities that include milking, cleaning stalls, moving cows, heat detecting, and herd health. Claire plans on attending Whatcom Community College to attain her Associates Degree. She then plans to attend Trinity Western Washington University to study Catholic Theology. Claire would like to have her own small farm to raise replacement heifers and have a job as a Catholic youth minister.
Anna Teachman, from King-Pierce Counties, is the daughter of Michael and Lorilyn Teachman of SeaTac, Washington. She has taken classes through Global Connections High School and Valley View Academy where she will graduate in June. Anna did not grow up on a dairy, but has had a deep interest in dairy cows since she was very young. She joined the Barn Buddies 4-H Club in 2012 and has projects in dairy, rabbits, dogs, cavies, and per-forming arts. She has exhibited her projects at both county and state fairs, winning top awards. Anna was selected as a Washington State Delegate to the National 4-H Dairy Conference and also the National 4-H Dairy Conference Planning Committee where she will help with planning the 2017 Conference. She plans on attending Washington State University to pursue degrees in Animal Sciences and Strategic Communications with a career goal of a Communications position with a dairy company or organization.

Washington Dairy Industry Safety Conference, Annual Meeting & Trade Show 2016

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Conference Recap

Dairy farm worker safety expert provides proactive advice at Dairy Federation meeting

by Pete Delaunay, Delaunay Communications

David Douphrate Ph.D., MPT, MBA, a nationally-recognized authority on worker health and safety on dairy farms, encouraged more than 200 attendees, at the Washington Dairy Federation’s Safety Conference and Annual meeting, to demonstrate a commitment to farm worker safety by moving beyond the ‘checkbox’.

Dr. Douphrate said safety management components are driven by the owner/manager’s commitment to workplace safety. “Hazard identification and control, education and training, and worker participation are key elements in a farm’s written safety policies and programs,” he said. “With a focus on prevention and employee participation, safety training is effective when it is administered in both a language and vocabulary that workers can understand, which is vital given that the current dairy labor force is mostly comprised of non-English speaking workers.”

An Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston School of Public Health, Dr. Douphrate has focused on dairy farm worker safety for more than 13 years.

David Douphrate Ph.D., speaks to hundreds of dairy farmers and farm managers at the 2016 Washington Dairy Federation Safety Conference & Annual Meeting.

“Proactive injury prevention using a safety management blue print enables workers to perform their jobs in safe and effective ways in safe working environments,” he says. “Continuous leadership with a well-structured plan and evaluation system will help prevent injuries but should be evaluated on a regular basis for effectiveness.”

During two presentations and one break-out session, Dr. Douphrate offered four levels of effective training: reaction, or feedback from workers; retention, or how much did they learn; behavior change, or how workers help identify hazards so they can be fixed; and results or a reduction in injuries.

Several experts from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and Washington Farm Bureau led breakout sessions including lagoon safety, online safety resources, cost saving safety inspections, main hazards & compliance, workplace safety policies, delivery of safety training, nutrient balance and nutrient record keeping.

Department of Labor & Industries staff were on hand at the trade show to answer questions and information for required ‘Accident Prevention Program’. They also distributed information about manure storage dangers, large animal handling, machinery and equipment, and a safety checklist that dairy farms can use to identify hazards and steps to correct them.

The 2016 Washington Dairy Safety Conference, Annual Meeting & Trade Show was made possible by the following sponsors: Dairy Farmers of Washington, Washington Department of Labor & Industries, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Bayer, NW Dairy Association, Washington Farm Bureau, Ag-Health Laboratories, Animal Health International, CIH Margin Management, Larson Gross CPS/Consultants, PayneWest Insurance, Regenis, NW Farm Credit Services, Toppenish Livestock Commission, Vaughn, and Zoetis. Bronze sponsors included Agri King, Albers, AllWest Select Sires, Allflex USA, Alltech, Boehringer Ingelheim, CHR-Hansen, CCTV CameraScan, Clifton Larson Allen, Ds Beef Packers, Dairy Records Management Systems, Daritech, Datamars, DeLaval Dairy Services, KHI Provo EZ Fed, Diamond V, High Desert Dairy Lab, INNNVAC, NC Machinery, NW Linings & Geotextile Products, G@ Waste Management, FWO, Land View, Multimin USA/Lactipro, Pacific NW Agricultural Safety & Health, Port of Grandview, Rabo AgriFinance, Schabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Seley & Co, Semex, Simplot Western Stockmen’s, USDA Nat’l Statistics Service, USDA Farm Service Agency, Viterra Pacific Coast Canola, WSDA Animal Services, Washington Beef Commission, Washington State Hay Growers Assn. and Washington State University Extension.

This article was originally published in Dairyland News.
Yakima Valley Edition, Issue 15, Nov/Dec 2016 (here and here)
Whatcom County Edition, Vol. 14, Nov/Dec 2016 (here and here)

Conference Documents



Douphrate – Dairy Safety Current Situation Challenges and Solutions

Douphrate – Mobile Safety Training

Douphrate – Training Effectiveness

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation General Permit

The proposed CAFO permit will be costly!

Your comments on this proposed permit are necessary to protect your interests. Please read these details and provide comments to the Department of Ecology.

Send comments to Ecology. They must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Aug. 31. Send comments to:

Washington State Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program
Attn: Jon Jennings
PO Box 47696
Olympia, WA 98504-7696

It is extremely important to make your voices heard by August 31th.

Here are links to more information to assist in making comments.

Washington State Dairy Federation materials:

Department of Ecology materials:

Other materials: