Programs & Events

PDPW Mentor Program

One-Page Report Deadline: Feb. 2, 2017 |

The PDPW Mentor Program application deadline has expired.  Use the following information to complete your mentor experience.  All questions should be directed to Jessica Pralle at

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 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 the two remaining steps in order to have a fun and successful Mentor Program experience:

  1. Go! Contact your mentor and set up a date. Set up a full 8-10-hour day so you can receive a full grasp of what your mentor does on the farm each day. 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.

  2. Business Conference! After the requirements are met and paperwork is 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!

Cornerstone Dairy Academy - Attendee Confirmation

March 14-15, 2017 | Madison, Wis.

This registration page is for selected Cornerstone Dairy Academy participants by invite only.

Congratulations for being selected to the Cornerstone Dairy Academy!   Get ready for a great experience.

Please confirm attendance and hotel needs and pay the $150 registration fee through the "Register Now" link below or tab above.   This registration fee covers one day of the PDPW Annual Business Conference on March 15th.  Should you also like to attend the conference on March 16th, you will have the option to add this to your registration for an additional $200.  We look forward to seeing you on March 14th!


CORNERSTONE DAIRY ACADEMY™ will be held March 14 & 15 in conjunction with the 2017 Business Conference. Focusing on the training and development needs of farmers or other industry professionals needing to communicate, collaborate and lead more effectively, as well as, students pursuing dairy related careers and individuals wanting to retool because they are at a crossroads in their dairy career.


This two-day professional development program offers three different courses, each focusing on a different suite of communication and leadership skills.  Both programs culminate with putting concepts into practice while you network at the PDPW Business Conference.


Cornerstone Dairy Academy is a product of PDPW and underwritten by Professional Dairy Producers Foundation.


Should you have additional questions, please contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or


2017 PDPW Business Conference - 25th Year, Mission Driven

Mar. 15-16, 8 a.m. Wed. till 4 p.m. Thur. | Madison, Wis.

Join fellow dairy men, women and other industry professionals for the 2017 PDPW Business Conference: "Mission Driven" Wednesday and Thursday, March 15-16, 2017, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Join like-minded dairy farmers in pursuit of professional development and continuous improvement as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of PDPW, honoring past, present and future.

In addition to the celebration, the Conference will feature cutting-edge topics from world-renowned speakers presenting dynamic sessions and offering hands-on labs. And, most popularly, you'll have access to unmatched peer-to-peer networking with the industry's greatest from around the nation - and world.

Attendees will take the knowledge gleaned from presenters, keynote speakers and other producers back to their businesses to further their goals and strategies, setting the stage for the next 25 years of business success.

PDPW Board of Director: 2017 Candidates

Mar. 16, 2017; submit by 1 p.m. | Madison, Wis.

PDPW is a dairy farmer-led organization — founded by farmers and led by farmers with the mission to serve farmers. To stay connected with our grassroots vision, review and vote for one of the candidates listed below.  PDPW bylaws allow one vote per dairy farm member.

PDPW’s Board of Directors has three available positions, and each PDPW dairy farm member may vote for up to three candidates.

Learn more about each of your candidates:

You can cast your ballot in one of two manners:

  1. Attend and submit at PDPW’s Business Conference, March 15-16, 2017, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., or
  2. Mail your marked ballot to PDPW. Must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Mailing address: PDPW, 820 N. Main, Suite D, Juneau, WI 53039

All votes will be kept confidential and will be counted by the PDPW ballot clerks at the 2017 PDPW Business Conference. Ballots will also be available at the Business Conference show office. All votes must be cast by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 16.  If you have questions about the process, candidates or your ballot, please call PDPW at 800-947-7379.

PDPW Dairy's Visible Voice - Proactive Communication Workshop

Apr. 6, 2017; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Baraboo, Wis.

Join fellow dairy farmers for the Dairy's Visible Voice - Proactive Communication Workshop April 6, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Foremost Farms USA, E10889 Penny Ln, Baraboo, Wis. Registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Exclusive to dairy farmers, this training is focused on building a proactive communication plan for your farm, which will end result in growing the public's confidence in what you do every day.

Key trainings points:

  • Evaluate your business mission, goals and objectives
  • Discuss community engagement actionables, specific to your dairy
  • Build a robust, living community relation program

Leave this session armed with a proactive communication plan for your dairy.  Your target audiences, messages, activities, timing and expenses necesary to execute a plan and the metrics to evaluate your activities will all be in your communication plan.

PDPW Youth Leadership Derby

April 22-23, 2017 | Colby, Wis.

Set your high school student's calendar to join the PDPW Youth Leadership Derby for a two-day, overnight educational experience.  The program will run April 22-23, 2017 at the 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 college students and dairy industry leaders.

PDPW prides itself in developing best-in-class educational experiences, securing expert speakers, and offering a networking opportunity that is unmatched by any other organization of this caliber.  

More information on keynote speakers, breakout sessions and tour specifics will be available soon.  If registering for a group, please REGISTER ONE ATTENDEE AT A TIME or download the group registration excel worksheet or contact program manager Tracy Propst at 800-947-7379.  Be sure to complete and submit your parental contact information and waivers for each attendee. 

2017 PDPW International Dairy Tour: Ireland - SOLD OUT

Aug. 12-22, 2017 | Dublin, Ireland

The 2017 PDPW International Dairy Tour: Ireland is SOLD OUT.  Call PDPW at 800-947-7379 to learn how you can secure your name on the waiting list for Ireland and/or future PDPW international trips.

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.

2018 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals

January 16-18, 2018 | TBD, TBD

Save the date for the 2018 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals.  This long-standing, execuitve-level professional development training is designed for the most savvy dairy producers and other allid dairy managers, owners and executives.  We will have more information to share mid-year on location and content focus.

Did you see the recap from the 2017 Manager's Academy? A special thank you to Progressive Dairyman for producing:

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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