Agriculture: Living Beyond a Pandemic - Dairy: Milk dumping and National Dairy Month

Weekly updates and expertise to assist agriculturists in making management and production decisions for future viability.

Speakers: Carrie "Dairy Carrie" Mess, Mike Helmar, and Dr. Kenneth Coll. 

This session will be streamed via Facebook Live on the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (Douglas) Facebook page ( -- you do NOT need to have a Facebook profile to watch this or previous sessions. 

Carrie Mess is a mom, dairy farmer, speaker and agvocate for agriculture. Her efforts to be a part of the conversation on food and farming, have led her to be selected as the 2014 Social Media Farmer of the Year and 2017 Wisconsin Ag Woman of the Year. Her writing has been featured in The Guardian, Huffington Post and several industry publications. She also serves on the board of directors for the Dairy Girl Network and AgSource Cooperative. 

Mike Helmar is Research Manager at the University Center for Economic Development at the University of Nevada, Reno. The primary focus of his research is agricultural market modeling and policy analysis. He is associated with the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), and annually produces the institute’s 10-year International Crops Baseline as part of the basis from which FAPRI conducts economic and policy analyses related to crops and livestock. The primary constituents are the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives respective Agriculture Committees. In addition to international crops analysis, he is also involved in analyzing Nevada agriculture and prices including those for cow-calf, dairy, sheep and wool, and alfalfa. Mike received his M.S. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1984. Prior to joining the University Center for Economic Development at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2010, Mike worked with FAPRI at Iowa State University, IHS Markit (formerly WEFA) as the Director of International Agriculture, and Moody’s Analytics where he was the Director of Industry Services.

Kenneth Coll, PhD, is the former dean of the College of Education and former acting dean of the School of Social Work, both at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Coll now serves on special assignment as the University’s Clinical Partner in a comprehensive community initiative to better serve youth and young adults who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

Much of Coll's career and research have focused on educational psychology and counseling, specialties that overlap with student development at all levels from pre-kindergarten through higher education. Coll spent nearly a decade working as a counselor in higher education settings early in his career before joining the faculty at University of Wyoming, followed by Boise State University, where he coordinated the Educational Psychology and Counseling Programs and directed the Chemical Abuse Resource Centers.

The author of roughly 90 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Coll has led multiple grants and contracts to-date. His research has primarily been on school and mental health risk and resilience factors and effective assessment and counseling interventions with struggling adolescent and young adult populations. Coll has received numerous awards for his research.

Tuesday, May 26 at 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Virtual Event