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The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will be offering training and educational opportunities to serve both dairy producers and industry professionals this July 2017. As a producer-led group, these trainings and events bring dynamic education in a variety of mediums to help farmers and industry professionals stay at the forefront of issues impacting their businesses and to be on the leading-edge of technologies and practices for managing today’s high-performing modern dairy farm.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) announce Agricultural Professional Partnerships® (APPs), a program designed to provide on-farm training to agriculture industry professionals with limited on-farm experience. The training will be held on southern Wisconsin dairies, July 25-27, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., departing from and returning to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Madison, Wis., each day.
Preserving the quality of one of Wisconsin’s most precious resources – water – is the focus of two daylong tours hosted by Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) in partnership with UW Discovery Farms. The tours will be held Wed. & Thurs., June 21 and 22, departing from and returning to Marshfield and River Falls, Wis., respectively each day. The chartered bus tour will depart at 9 a.m. and return by 3:30 p.m.
The next webinar in the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) World Class Webinars Series, “Weather: more than a guess” will take place on Wed., June 14, 2017 from 12 to 1 p.m. CT. This webinar series is facilitated by weather expert, Eric Snodgrass, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and co-founder of Global Weather and Climate Logistics, LLC.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) announce the 2017 PDPW Youth Leadership Derby® for teens ages 15-18. The two-day event is April 22-23, 2017, with registration at 10:00 a.m. and pick up on day two at 12:15 p.m., from Colby High School.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) announce their PDPW Dairy Dialogue Day Tour, a chartered farm tour facilitated by Dr. Randy Shaver, professor of nutrition at University of Wisconsin-Madison. The tour will be held Thur., Apr. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and features Betley Family Farms and Synergy Family Dairy, both of Pulaski, Wis.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) offer Dairy’s Visible Voice, Proactive Communication Workshop Thur., Apr. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Foremost Farms, USA office in Baraboo, Wis. Exclusive to dairy farmers, this training will provide the ideas and resources needed to build a creative and proactive communication plan for the dairy farm’s local community and beyond.
The 2017 PDPW Business Conference not only marked the organization’s 25th anniversary but also saw an unprecedented number of attendees, speakers, sessions and exhibitors - including four keynote speakers and the debut of a UW-Madison Dairy Research Stage. With nearly 2,000 in attendance and 30 states represented, dairy came together at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., Mar. 15-16, 2017 to take part in the event with their dairy producer peers and allied industry.
Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) introduces Dairy AdvanCE™, a new online, one-stop professional development shop for the dairy industry. “We designed Dairy AdvanCE so farmers can easily take control of their Continuing Education (CE) and position themselves for success,” says PDPW President Mitch Breunig, who owns and manages Mystic Valley Dairy LLC in Sauk City, Wis.
The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation (PDPF) has raised over $31,000 during a silent auction held at the 2017 PDPW Business Conference in Madison. Nearly 100 items sold for a record $31,275 at the March 15-16 event at the Alliant Energy Center.
The Professional Dairy Producers® have three new members on the PDPW Board of Directors. Members elected include Andy Buttles, Lancaster; Katy Schmidt, Fox Lake; and Steven Orth, Cleveland, to a three-year term during the 2017 PDPW Business Conference in Madison, Wis., March 15-16, 2017.
Though times have been tough in the dairy industry in recent years, your agriculture lender could be one of your best resources for getting through periods of financial difficulty. During the Professional Dairy Producers 2017 PDPW Business Conference in Madison, Wis., farm owners had an opportunity to hear from three bankers who provided insight on what options producers have available.
A lot of things have changed over the years when it comes to forage management and feeding dairy cows, but one thing that remains constant is the importance of digestibility in a herd's ration. Dr. Dan Undersander, forage agronomist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, told attendees during the Professional Dairy Producers 2017 PDPW Business Conference in Madison, Wis., that calorie intake is the key to making sure your cows are getting the most energy from their feed.
The 2017 PDPW Business Conference was held last week Wednesday and Thursday in Madison, Wis. At Thursday’s morning Keynote Session, attendees were reminded by Dr. Lowell Catlett, Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business at New Mexico State University, that they play a critical role in feeding the growing world’s population, while embracing technology to advance the industry.
A record 1,700 dairy farmers, industry professionals and special guests came together Wednesday and Thursday, Mar. 15-16, at the 2017 PDPW Business Conference “Mission Driven” in Madison, Wis. This year’s conference concluded with a keynote message from former Major League baseball player and Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Jim Abbott.
As the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) came together for the 2017 PDPW Business Conference, Tom Thibodeau reminded attendees at the 25th Celebration on Wednesday evening to take time to reflect and celebrate their accomplishments over the past 25 years and take pride in sharing that legacy with the future.
With more dairy processors no longer accepting milk from farms that use rBST, is there a way for dairy operations to make up for that loss of production? The answer is yes, according to two managers who have found other benefits when they stopped using POSILAC. During the Professional Dairy Producers' 2017 PDPW Business Conference in Madison, Dean Strauss of Majestic Crossing Dairy in Sheboygan Falls, Wis., said his dairy herd's health actually improved after they discontinued use of the product.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) 2017 PDPW Business Conference is underway in Madison, Wis. Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech kicked off the 25th Anniversary Business Conference yesterday with a motivating keynote message for the conference attendees.
There's no doubt about the fact that global trade is essential when it comes to the profitability of the U.S. dairy industry. Jay Waldvogel, senior vice president of strategy and global development with Dairy Farmers of America, told attendees of the Business Conference of the Professional Dairy Producers in March that American dairy farmers can be competitive in the world market, despite slower growth here at home.
Dairy and livestock producers who spread manure on their own land will need to be aware of some new changes taking effect next year. During the Professional Dairy Producers' 2017 PDPW Business Conference in Madison, Wis., Nutrient Management and Water Quality Chief Sara Walling from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) explained that revisions are currently in the works for ATCP 50 regulations, which establish the technical standards for animal waste management and nutrients that get applied to agricultural soil.
For the past 25 years, the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) has been dedicated to sharing ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed. This week at the dairy industry’s premier education event, the 2017 PDPW Business Conference, PDPW will celebrate the individuals and organizations that have contributed to their success through the years. Among the celebration will be the unveiling of an exclusive commemorative painting titled – “Faithfully Feeding the Future.”
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will bring four trainings and educational opportunities to the industry in April 2017. They include Dairy’s Visible Voice® - “Proactive Communications,” Dairy Dialogue Day, Youth Leadership Derby® and the first session of the World Class Webinars Series - “Weather: more than a guess.”
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) 2017 Business Conference will bring dairy farmers and other industry professionals together for 61 educational sessions, including 10 with expert producer panels, Mar. 15-16, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), Wisconsin Towns Association and Wisconsin Counties Association invite the industry and community to join local elected officials, community leaders and dairy farmers for a day of learning and dialogue on February 21, 2017 at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. The Agricultural Community Engagement® (ACE) Education Seminar begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3:45 p.m.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) Dairy’s Visible Voice, Effective Leadership training is slated for February 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Foremost Farms, USA in Baraboo, Wis. Exclusive to dairy farmers, this training is focused on building dairy farmers' leadership and management skills.
Optimal air quality and flow tie directly to cow productivity and profits. The next webinar in the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) “Breathe Easy with Ventilation” World Class Webinar Series will address this topic. Dr. Nigel Cook from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine will lead the second webinar discussing mechanical ventilation options on Wednesday, February 15 from noon to 1 p.m CST.
The Professional Dairy Producers® executed the 13th Annual 2017 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals™ focused on “Profit Strategies”, Jan. 17-19, 2017, at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, San Diego, Calif.
Finding, maintaining and enriching employees is a critical component to developing a successful dairy business. The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) is assisting dairy farmers in their quest to identify and develop outstanding employees and is offering the Dairy Human Resources Workshop on January 31, February 1 & 3, 2017 to accomplish this goal.
The 2017 Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) Cornerstone Dairy Academy™ is a two-day, leadership program, beginning March 14, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and concluding March 15 from 7:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The training will be held at the Alliant Energy Center – Exhibition Hall, in Madison, Wis.
February 2017 is power-packed with educational events and programs brought to the dairy industry by the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW). The month will kick off with the PDPW Dairy H.R. Workshop and will continue with the World Class Webinars Series, Dairy’s Visible Voice® and the ACE Education Seminar.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) Dairy’s Visible Voice® session “Crisis Management” is set for Thur., January 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This training is held exclusively for active dairy farm owners, managers or other key farm team members that would manage the farms’ crisis plan. The training will be held at Foremost Farms USA in Baraboo, Wis.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) is set to bring best-in-class educational events to the dairy industry this January 2017. Trainings include the World Class Webinars “Challenges of Naturally Ventilating Cow Barns”, Dairy’s Visible Voice® Crisis Management, Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals™ and the Dairy Human Resources Workshop.
Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) bring Dairy’s Visible Voice®, Social Media Strategy – leadership through effective communication training to dairy farmers Thur., Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Foremost Farms USA in Baraboo, Wis.
PDPW national leadership trainings include Dairy’s Visible Voice Winter Series, the 2017 Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals™, Cornerstone Dairy Academy™ and the 2017 PDPW Business Conference. Among other excellent PDPW meetings, these four advanced trainings are dairy’s go-to resources for best-in-class dairy education.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) is pleased to announce the PDPW Herdsperson Conference, December 6, 7, and 8, 2016. This hands-on training is designed to equip herd managers and other dairy professionals with the skills and management strategies to operate a successful dairy business.
Transitioning the family farm to the next generation can present challenges. Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) is launching a two-part World Class Webinars series “Farm & Family Business Transition” to help address common challenges and meet your evolving farm goals and objectives. The first webinar in the series, title “Solving Common Challenges to Farm Transfers”, will be led by Attorney Troy Schneider on Wed., Nov. 9 from noon to 1 p.m CST.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) December educational schedule is filled with programs developed to enhance the businesses of dairy farmers and the industry as a whole. The December trainings include: Dairy’s Visible Voice® Media Training, World Class Webinars “Farm & Family Business Transition” and Herdsperson Conference. All PDPW training programs are developed by producers to further the interests of the dairy industry.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will be helping dairy farmers and industry professionals follow the path to innovation with the PDPW Nutrient Innovation & Dairy Technology Tours scheduled for November 9 and 10, 2016. These tours will showcase six elite dairy farms, over the course of two days, and highlight different nutrient and technology management practices.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will bring numerous educational events to the dairy industry this November. The events planned for November are the Dairy’s Visible Voice® Media Training, the Nutrient Innovation & Dairy Technology Tours and the World Class Webinars “Solutions to Common Farm Transfers”. All these training events are developed by producers to assist dairy farmers and industry professionals with furthering their businesses and understanding the dynamic dairy industry.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will be hosting the PDPW Food & Policy Summit on October 25-26, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel, Madison, Wis. This cutting-edge event will bring together dairy farmers, processors, regulators and allied industry to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities facing today’s dairy operations.
Healthy, thriving calves are the foundation for a strong dairy future. The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) understands their importance and will be offering three Calf Care Connection, repeating workshops on October 18, 19, 20. The goal of this training is to educate and challenge the most seasoned dairy farmers, from calf care managers, calf feeders and on to other key team members that work alongside young stock and newborn calves.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will be hosting their next World Class Webinar Series “U.S. and World Impact of 2016’s Crops and Markets” on October 12. Specifically, this second webinar in the series, “Global Markets: The Impact”, will discuss key influencers and the impact their market trends hold around the world. Basse will analyze the current global market trends in areas such as the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and China and what the future may hold based on these trends.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will be offering training and educational opportunities in October. These events include the PDPW World Class Webinars “Global Markets: The Impact”, the PDPW Calf Care Connection® and the PDPW Food and Policy Summit. Developed by dairy producers, these opportunities bring dynamic training and education to help farmers and other industry professionals to further their business goals and remain in the forefront of the issues impacting their on-farm management practices.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) is pleased to present their next World Class Webinar Series “U.S. and World Impact of 2016’s Crops and Markets”. In this webinar series, well known Economist Daniel Basse will share his deep understanding of agriculture price trends and commodity markets to assist participants in sorting through agriculture numbers, trends and forecasts. The first webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21 and the second is on Wednesday, October 12. Both run from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CDT.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) is committed to bringing dairymen and the industry the tools they need to enhance their businesses. The next year’s educational program and event calendar is packed with the educational events and elite training opportunities that are key to assisting dairy farmers and industry professionals alike in strategically managing their businesses for success.
In a continued effort to encourage dialogue in rural communities, four Wisconsin dairy farm families are opening their dairies to the public August 22, 23, 24, and 25. 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.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) is pleased to announce their next World Class Webinars session “Making the Right Decisions With Cover Crops” featuring Matthew Ruark, Associate Professor at the UW-Madison, Department of Soil Science. This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CDT.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) is presenting the World Class Webinars Series, “Success During an Economic Reset” with financial guru, Dr. David Kohl. The second and final webinar in this series “Financial and Management Strategies in the Dairy Economic Reset”, will be held on Wednesday, July 6 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CDT.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) and UW Discovery Farms have one Water Quality Tours locations to explore in the Oconomowoc region, completing their three tours around the state, to highlight the dairy industry’s investment in water quality. The third and final tour will take place on Tuesday, June 21 in Oconomowoc, Wis.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) and UW Discovery Farms have two water quality regions yet to explore. Tours will take place Tuesday, June 14 in Green Bay and June 21 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) is set to bring the World Class Webinars Series, “Success During an Economic Reset” presented by respected financial guru, Dr. David Kohl. The first webinar in this series “Position your dairy for economic success”, takes place on Wednesday, June 8 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CDT.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) and UW Discovery Farms are partnering to bring Water Quality Tours to three key Wisconsin regions – Cashton, Green Bay and Oconomowoc on June 7, 14, 21, 2016 respectively. The first tour will take place Tuesday, June 7, 2016. The bus will depart from the Country Inn and Suites, 737 Avon Road, Sparta, Wis., at 9:00 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m.
With dairy farmers facing ever changing economic conditions, Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) is set to offer the World Class Webinars Series, “Success During an Economic Reset.” The two-part series is presented by Dr. David Kohl and will be held on Wednesdays, June 8 and July 6, 2016 from 12 p.m. noon to 1 p.m. CDT.
Water quality is a crucial aspect of agriculture, and directly impacts the dairy industry and rural communities. The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) understand the need to bring together agricultural business leaders and consumers to openly discuss and learn how the dairy industry is invested in water quality. The Water Quality Tours, held Tuesday, June 7, 14, 21, are brought to you as a partnership effort between UW Discovery Farms and PDPW.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) is dedicated to assisting producers in developing the skill set to enrich their businesses. The latest of their program offerings, which will be offered Thursday, April 28 in Chilton, Wis., is the fifth training module of the Dairy Visible Voice® - Leadership Development through effective communication series.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) brings ideas and solutions to the table to help dairy farmers manage their businesses with success. Developed by dairy farmers for dairy farmers, the current PDPW World Class Webinars’ series targets “Feed Quality to Ensure Production.”
The 2016 Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) Youth Leadership Derby will be held at Brillion High School in Brillion, Wis. on April 16-17. It is once again a powerhouse career development event with interactive learning experiences for today’s youth.
Healthy cows are productive and profitable and lameness can have a major impact on a cow’s ability to perform well in a herd. For this reason, the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will be offering a highly interactive hoof care workshop geared towards helping astute cow gurus identify common on-farm hoof health issues and develop the best treatment protocols to address them.
The annual PDPW Business Conference was once again the must attend industry event of the spring offering 30 hours of inspirational keynote speakers, informational specialty sessions, exclusive hands-on hubs and professional networking opportunities.
With finances and the economy being at the forefront of many conversations among dairy farmers, the opening session of the 2016 PDPW Business Conference offered attendees a glimpse into global markets and where those trends will take the industry.
Dr. Bruce Jones says there isn't necessarily a right decision on whether to buy or lease farmland when it becomes available as long as you have the right information to make a good decision. A professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Jones discussed the topic during the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) annual meeting in Madison.
Finding good job candidates can be challenging for any company or organization. But once you finally make that hiring decision, what is the best way to get them off to a good start? Trevina Broussard works as an Associate Trainer with Humetrics, where she helps employers extend their unique insights and common sense approaches to better recruiting, hiring and retention.
Profit is all about managing margins when running a successful dairy operation. And with so many tools available and scenarios to consider, what are the best strategies to manage income over feed costs? Dr. Mike Hutjens addressed different ways for profitability during the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) annual conference.
Members of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin have re-elected three members to its board of directors. During the group's annual meeting in Madison on Thursday, Mitch Breunig, Sauk City; Brian Forrest, Stratford; and Marty Hallock, Mondovi, were chosen to serve another three-year term.
In the name of equipping dairy producers with a clearer look at what consumers want from their food providers and dining experiences, a panel of industry leaders shared recent trends in the food system and restaurant industry at the recent 2016 PDPW Business Conference. Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, led a panel discussion that also featured Craig Culver, Co-Founder and Board Chairman of Culver’s Franchising Systems, Inc., and Annika Stensson, Director of Research Communications for the National Restaurant Association.
Closing out the information-packed 2016 PDPW Business Conference was FDNY Chief Richard Picciotto, the Battalion Commander who served as chief of one of the first units to respond to the tragedy at the World Trade Center in Manhattan on September 11, 2001.
There is a voluntary effort within Wisconsin’s dairy industry to establish a proactive way to help farmers treat their sick cows in a manner that keeps milk and meat products safe for consumers, while ensuring the farm has a cost-effective method to keep their animals healthy.
Despite challenging times in agriculture right now, farmers do have tools at their disposal to help weather the storms created by low milk and commodity prices. Dr. Allan Gray is an agricultural economics professor at Purdue University, and also serves as director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business.
What happens in the first six hours of a calf's life can impact how that animal produces well into her days as a milk cow. That's according to Dr. Daryl Nydam, DVM, an associate professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.
2016 PDPW Business Conference, Infused with Farmer Panels
Next week, dairy farmers and industry professionals from around the globe will come together at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. on March 16 and 17 for the highly anticipated 2016 PDPW Business Conference. This two-day Conference was developed by dairy farmers, to share ideas and solutions, and will offer these insights through six captivating farmer panels...
Interactive Learning with Hands-On Hub at PDPW Business Conference
The 2016 PDPW Business Conference is just two weeks away and will be packed with training, networking and career building opportunities, and is open to the public. The Hands-On Hub will be available on both March 16 and 17 of the PDPW Business Conference in Madison, Wis. Participants will gain experience in diagnosing animal diseases through hands-on exploration with dairy cows on site in the New Holland Pavilion.
Financial Management: Top of Mind at 2016 PDPW Business Conference
Dairy farmers are always closely monitoring their finances and this year is no exception. Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) understands the industry’s concern with financial forecasting and for this reason have incorporated top business minds like Allan Gray, Ph.D. into the 2016 PDPW Business Conference.
Find Inspiration at the 2016 PDPW Business Conference
The 2016 PDPW Business Conference is right around the corner, Mar. 16-17, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Dairy’s premier educational event is poised to bring dairy owners, managers, heifer raisers, farm consultants, processors, scientists, and other related dairy industry professionals two powerful days of training, networking and career building.
Prepare to “Be Inspired” at the 2016 PDPW Business Conference
As dairy’s premier educational event, the 2016 PDPW Business Conference will not hold back. Look to gain strategies and tools needed to prepare your dairy business for success. The industry’s leading experts and most progressive farmers will share the latest information and technologies to inspire the world of dairy for great innovations. This year’s event will take place March 16-17 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.
PDPW Brings Executive Level Training Opportunities to Dairy Industry
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will be offering three executive high-level national trainings in early 2016. As PDPW’s most advanced leadership programs, Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals, Cornerstone Dairy Academy and the 2016 PDPW Business Conference are power-packed with ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences to further develop tomorrow’s dairy leaders.