Programs & Events

PDPW Food & Policy Summit

Oct. 25-26, 2016: 12:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. & 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Madison, Wis.

The PDPW Food & Policy Summit will be held October 25-26, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolen Dr., Madison, Wis.  This meeting will build a more proactive and prepared dairy meat and milk sector with dairy farmers, industry and food system leaders at the table.  Join the conversation and raise the bar on transparency and consumer trust within the food system - from farm to consumer. 

The two-day collaborative event, open for one-day or two-day registration, will provide a deeper understanding through unified dialogue with innovative dairy farm owners, industry CEOs, food system department executives and key decision makers and thought-leaders - from farms to processors and brand executives in the value chain.


Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016:

  • 12:30 p.m. - Registration
  • 1:00 p.m. - Summit Opening
  • 6:30 p.m. - Dinner & Evening Session

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016:

  • 8:00 a.m. - Registration
  • 8:30 a.m. - Summit Reconvenes
  • 4:00 p.m. - Conclusion

This training runs in partnership with the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and will be crediting up to 12.5 CE credits.  This high-level, executive meeting is designed to expand your thinking and offer a clearer vision of the state of dairy through the eyes of our processors, customers and end-users.

Make time to be at this critical meeting - lean into the discussion and make a difference.

PDPW Mentor Program

App Deadline: Nov. 1 | Wis.

Wisconsin agriculture is powered by a $43.4 billion dairy industry that’s full of opportunities for the next generation.  By participating in the PDPW Mentor Program, you can grow your network, share ideas and get hands-on experience that will help you build your own future in dairy. 

The goals of the PDPW Mentor Program are to increase opportunities for students to experience modern dairy production systems and to stimulate career planning with production agriculture as an option.  PDPW has developed the PDPW Mentor Program for students of four-year universities, technical schools and Short Course students.

Here are the three easy steps in order to have a fun and successful Mentor Program experience:

  1. Apply! Complete the PDPW Mentor Program student application, resume, and Disclaimer of Liability by November 1st, 2016. PDPW will contact you with your match by November 16th. Fill out the online application at Also, mark your calendar to attend the 2017 PDPW Business Conference March 15-16, 2017. We ask that you do not apply if you know you will not be able to attend the conference.

  2. Go! Contact your mentor and set up a date. Try to set up an entire day so you can get a full grasp of what your mentor does. It’s important to ask questions and get to know each another, because that is what this day is all about! Also, don’t be afraid to ask if you could possibly shadow for more than one day. Remember to bring the completion form to the job shadow. Have your shadow completed, as well as your signed completion form, one-page summary and photo of you with your mentor turned in by February 2nd, 2017.

  3. Business Conference! After the requirements are met and paperwork is finished and submitted, you will receive a complimentary registration to the 2016-17 PDPW Business Conference at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on March 15-16, 2017, including a one-night hotel stay for students attending schools outside of Madison. We expect that you will attend the mentor program breakfast, as this is a tremendous opportunity to catch up with your mentor, network with dairy industry experts and meet new students from around the state!

Application questions should be directed to Jessica Pralle at

PDPW Dairy's Visible Voice Winter Series

Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 16, and Apr. 6; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Wisconsin Dells/Baraboo, Wis.

Join us for the Dairy's Visible Voice - Winter Series.  This 5-part leadership series provides proven communication skills that will position your business for success and amplify the value you bring to your local community.  Develop a comprehensive plan to manage your brand and protect your livelihood as you efectively engage with media and consumers.

NEW this year - Dig in for the full series this winter and enjoy the peer-group experience (greatest value).  Your class will walk through the full curriculum together.  This setting will pull together like-minded dairy farmers into a safe environment to workshop around traditional and digital media, crisis planning, leadership and interpersonal skills, and strategic community relations.

All sessions begin registration at 8:00 a.m., with training running from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Training series includes:
     -  Thu., Nov. 3, 2016 - Media Training*
     -  Thu., Dec. 1, 2016 - Social Media Strategy**
     -  Thu.., Jan. 12, 2017 - Crisis Management**
     -  Thu., Feb. 16, 2017 - Effective Leadership**
     -  Thu., Apr. 6, 2017 - Proactive Communication**

*November Training Site: Buffalo Phil's, 150 Gasser Rd., Wisconsin Dells, WI
**Dec/Jan/Feb/Apr Training Site: Foremost Farms USA, E10889 Penny Ln, Baraboo, WI

If you are not able to commit to the full series, or have previously completed a session and do not need a refresher, please hand-pick the training(s) of your choice. 

Due to limited space, pre-registration is required for this training and priority is given to active dairy farmers.  To learn more view the flyer or call PDPW at 800-947-7379.

PDPW Nutrient Innovation & Dairy Technology Tours

Nov. 9 & 10, 2016; 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Chilton, Wis.

Join the PDPW Nutrient Innovation & Dairy Technology Tours on Nov. 9-10, 2016.  Registration is available for one-day or two-day registration.  Both tour days will depart by chartered bus, promptly at 9 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. from Fox Valley Technical College, 1200 East Chestnut St., Chilton, Wis.

This chartered bus tour is designed to allow you to hear directly from fellow dairy owners and managers, as we will be visiting 6 dairy farms in NE Wisconsin. See and learn about their new technologies: water purification, manure and sand separation, nutrient capture systems, methane digesters, rotary parlors, soil mapping, recycled bedding methods, and other state-of-the-art technologies.

As you sit along-side fellow dairy farmers on the bus, gain new ideas, solutions and resources as you tour and engage in peer-to-peer networking.

This training runs in partnership with the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and will be crediting up to 5.4 CE credits on the day 1 tours and up to 4.8 CE credits on the day 2 tours; and in partnership with the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) and will be crediting up to 4.5 CE credits on the day 1 tours and up to 4.0 CE credits on the day 2 tours; and, lastly, in partnership with the Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) which will be crediting up to 9 CE credits for both days, total.

For more information call PDPW at 800-947-7379 or review the program flyer.

PDPW World Class Webinars Series: Farm & Family Business Transition

Nov. 9 & Dec. 7; 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. |

PDPW brings you a 2-part World Class Webinars series: "Farm & Family Business Transition" with family farm lawyers, Attorneys George Twohig and Troy Schneider.  Together you will explore the best solutions to common farm transfers with Attorney Schneider, and hone in on keeping your farm succession plan up to date as a living document with Attorney Twohig.

  • SOLVING COMMON CHALLENGES TO FARM TRANSFERS : Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CST
  • YOUR FARM SUCCESSION PLAN IS A LIVING DOCUMENT: Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CST

The two-part series requires pre-registration per session by Nov. 2 and Nov. 30, respectively, in order to receive the verification email with unique login instruction.  For more information on content please review the program flyer.  For additional tech support on how to login please call PDPW at 800-947-7379.

PDPW Herdsperson Conference

Dec. 6, 7, 8, 2016; 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Multiple Locations, Wis.

The PDPW Herdsperson Conference is your one-stop-shop for mid-manager professional development, scheduled for December 6, 7, and 8, 2016, registration beginning at 8:30 a.m., training beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 3:45 p.m.  These three, one-day dairy herd health trainings highlight the need for herdsmen, other mid-level managers, and on-farm consultants to gain the skills and confidence needed to lead and execute with success. 

Training Locations (8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.):

  • Tues., Dec. 6 - Fox Valley Technical College - Chilton, 1200 E. Chestnut St., Chilton, WI 53014
  • Wed., Dec. 7 - Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701
  • Thur., Dec. 8 - Southwest Technical College (Lenz Center), 1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore, WI 53809

Each of the training days will tap into a specific focus of herd health, in order to enhance your operation's key production management areas:

  • Dry Cow & Facility, led by Dr. Gordie Jones, DVM, Dairy Consultant, Central Sands Dairy LLC
  • Feed & Nutrition, led by Dr. Randy Shaver, Professor, Nutrition, UW-Madison, Dept. of Dairy Science
  • Reproduction, led by Dr. Richard Pursley, Professor, Repro. Mgmt., Michigan State, Dept. of Animal Science
  • Transition Cow, led by Dr. Heather White, Asst. Professor., Nutritional Physiology, UW-Madison, Dept. of Dairy Science

This training runs in partnership with the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and will be crediting up to 7.0 CE credits, and with the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) and will be crediting up to 5.0 CE credits.

2017 Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals

Jan. 17-19, 2017 | San Diego, Calif.

Save the date for the 2017 Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals is set for January 17-19, 2017, in San Diego, Calif.  Join like-minded professionals and CEOs: dairy owners and managers, industry directors, processors, marketers and distributors for this three-day national executive education training.

After touring and discovering the common ground that the dairy industry shares with the San Diego Zoo and Sea World - and learning their fresh approaches to long-standing and surprise in-the-news challenges, you will settle into the classroom with two of agriculture's most preeminate agricultural econonomists: Dr. Mike Boehlje of Purdue University and Dr. David Kohl of Virginia Tech.

The high-level professional development for dairy business economic success will challenge and grow those with even the most astute and proficient management skills, while soaking in the climate of southern California.  This training runs in partnership with the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and will be crediting up to 12.5 CE credits.

Make time to pull away from the farm or your dairy business, and join Drs. Boehlje and Kohl to interact one-on-one with first-class minds and leaders from across the country.  See you in San Diego!

PDPW Dairy Human Resources Workshop

Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 3, 2017; 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Various Locations, Wis. & Iowa

Join the PDPW Dairy Human Resources training on Jan. 31 or Feb. 1, 2017 in Wisconsin, or on Feb. 3 in Iowa.  In all three locations, registration opens at 9:30 a.m., training begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m.  This workshop is designed to help dairy owners and managers hire, retain and engage employees.  As a result, you will decrease frustration, impact on production, and increase quality of care to your animals, facilities, and overall work environment for yourself and your team.

Leave this workshop with take-home hiring tools, retention tips and employee engagement techniques that will make life easier and take the guesswork out of hiring, retaining and engaging great employees.  Gain new ideas, solutions and resources as you walk through the general session, breakouts, producer panel and peer-to-peer networking.

This training runs in partnership with the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and will be crediting up to 5.5 CE credits.

Training Locations:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 31: La Sure's Hall, 3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh, WI
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1: Holiday Inn, 4751 Owen Ayres Ct., Eau Claire, WI
  • Friday, Feb. 3: Sioux County Extension Office, 400 Central Ave. NW, Orange City, IA

For more information call PDPW at 800-947-7379 or review the program flyer.

PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy

March 14-15, 2017: 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. & 7:15 a.m.-9:30 p.m. | Madison, Wis.

PDPW CORNERSTONE DAIRY ACADEMY™ will be held March 14-15, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolen Dr., Madison, Wis., on day 1 from 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and on day 2 in conjunction with the 2017 PDPW Business Conference, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., from 7:15 a.m.-9:30 p.m., following the evening banquet.

The application-based professional development training will focus on our farmers or other industry professionals' needs to effectively communicate, collaborate and lead more effectively.  The training is also designed to provide continuing education for college-age students pursuing dairy-related careers and individuals wanting to retool and are at a crossroads in their dairy career.

Three Training Pillars (choose one):

  • Influential Leaders - Interact and Influence (*up to 7.2 UW-SVM CEUs)
  • Visionary Leaders - Ethics, Leadership and Outlook (*up to 8.1 UW-SVM CEUs)
  • Servant Leadership - Serve, Grow, Lead (*up to 8.7 UW-SVM CEUs)

*This training runs in partnership with the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and will be crediting as noted above.  For more information on each pillar, reference the full training flyer.

Important Dates:

  • January 31 - Application deadline
  • February 15 - Applicants notified of acceptance 
  • March 14 - Cornerstone Dairy Academy begins (Sheraton Hotel)
  • March 15 - Cornerstone Dairy Academy ends (Alliant Energy Center)

If accepted, applicants pay $150.00 registration fee, with Professional Dairy Producers Foundation funding the remaining costs. Cornerstone Dairy Academy is a product of Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) and is underwritten by the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation.  Should you have questions, please contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or

2017 PDPW Business Conference & Hall of Ideas Trade Show - Celebrating 25 Years!

Mar. 15-16, 2017 | Madison, Wisconsin

We invite you to be a part of the 25th PDPW Business Conference, March 15-16, 2017 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI.   

The recent 2016 conference reached over 1,600 dairy farmers from 23 states and three countries.  We are already planning next year’s event and looking forward to a big, big celebration highlighting PDPW’s 25th year.

To secure your exhibition space, please print the contract below and return to Julie Gabris at or fax to 920-386-9440.

PDPW Youth Leadership Derby - Save the Date

Apr. 22-23, 2017 | Colby, Wis.

Set your high school students calendar to join the 2017 PDPW Youth Leadership Derby for a two-day, overnight educational experience.  The program will run April 22-23, 2017 at Colby High School.  Students must be 15-18 years old.

This is a must-attend program as your child prepares for the next step in securing an education and career in the dairy industry.  Youth Leadership Derby has been designed to allow students to take a deep dive exploration in leadership, science & communication activities, while participating in dairy operation tours and hands-on breakout sessions that will benefit their future success in either an academic or work place environment.

  • Career-building opportunities include:
  • Keynote speakers
  • Communication & team building workshops
  • Industry networking
  • Interactive leadership activities
  • Industry tours

Students will network with both UW-Madison college students and industry leaders from around the country.  More information on keynote speakers, breakout sessions and tour specifics will be available soon. 

2017 PDPW International Dairy Tour: Ireland

Aug. 12-22, 2017 | Dublin, Ireland

Discover the serene countryside and Ireland's unique dairy industry on the 2017 PDPW International Dairy Tour: Ireland.  Join like-minded dairy farmers for the opportunity of a lifetime - enjoy the stunning landscape as you experience a country steeped in history and filled with charm, August 12-22, 2017. 

This program is open exclusively to dairy farmers and is set at a maximum capacity of 50 attendees.  Tour cost: $4,600/PDPW Member and $5,100/Non-Member.  The cost is based on two people sharing a hotel room.  For single-room rate, add $839.00.

The tour fee includes airfare, hotel accommodations (one night is in a castle), land transportation via motor coach bus, 7 technical visits (farms/research centers), 13 sightseeing ventures, 21 meals plus a fulltime tour guide.

To learn more on itinerary, policy guidelines, and registration, please contact PDPW Member Resource Manager, Julie Gabris, at 800-947-7379.

Future PDPW Business Conference Dates

| Madison, Wis.

Have you attended PDPW Business Conference in the past?  Thinking about attending in the future?  Take the opportunity to be exposed to your industry's leading experts and most demanded motivational speakers.  Make connections and capture the greatest innovations our industry has to offer. Take all of your learnings back to your farm to increase efficiencies and overall profitability.

PDPW's premier educational event is the place to share best practices, build relationships with your peers and continue to grow your farms professional portfolio.  You won't be disappointed.

Future Dates:

  • March 15 & 16, 2017
  • March 14 & 15, 2018
  • March 13 & 14, 2019


PDPW Enhanced Internship Program

Year-Round | Wisconsin

Are you interested in making a difference for a student interested in pursuing a profession in the dairy and food industries?  Or, are you a student looking for that once in a life time opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge onto a dairy farm?  Now's the time!

The purpose of this program is to provide a platform and resource for collegiate-level students to partner with an active dairy producer in order to participate in an educational, hands-on, on-farm professional experience.  This program is limited to those interested in pursuing a profession in the dairy and food industries.

The internships are designed to be a win-win experience for both the host farm and student. This program tailors to all the needs of the student and mentor. Students should gain an array of experiences including: business management, special project and hand-on farm experience.

For additional information regarding the Enhanced Internship, or to learn more about PDPW, feel free to contact PDPW at or by phone at 1-800-947-7379.

PDPW World Class Webinars Library

Open Access | Online

You asked for it. We delivered. Sign up for your online webinar session today online or call PDPW at 800-947-7379! 

PDPW has launched the PDPW World Class Webinars Library - a collection of the greatest online ideas, solutions, and resources, and from your industry's leading experts, brought to one place by PDPW. 

Topics include:
  • Business & Dairy Markets
  • Calf Care
  • Feed and Nutrition
  • Human Resources
  • Milk Quality
  • Special Edition Topics

Over the past 5 years, PDPW has executed online webinars that are made available for viewing at your convenience, as each session is recorded.  Never before available, the full library is now accessible for purchase. 

Please click on the "Webinar Library" button to review the 30+ webinars currently available, as well as make selection and purchase for your own personal viewing, or to use as a teaching tool at your next team meeting.

Note: All webinars are purchased on a per-computer basis, as each link is unique to the purchasing computer.

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