Programs & Events

PDPW Financial Literacy for Dairy

Dec. 19-20, 2017; 9:30 a.m. on day one, closing at 4 p.m. on day two | Madison, Wis.

The PDPW Financial Literacy for Dairy Inaugural Class has sold out.  Please call 800-947-7379 or click "Register Now!" to join the "waiting list" and save your seat in the next training.

Join the inaugural class of PDPW Financial Literacy for Dairy starting this fall at the Sheraton Hotel (Room: Reflection A), from 9:30 a.m. on day one and till 4 p.m. on day two in Madison, Wis. This multi-session, multi-date training, led by esteemed dairy industry financial expert Dr. David Kohl, will provide dairy farmers and allied industry the knowledge base and financial acumen necessary to successfully and confidently make daily, annual and long-term strategic decisions in their dairy business.

Intimately familiar with the ins-and-outs of dairy and finance, Dr. Kohl will begin with an exploration of the foundation of financial literacy.  He'll lay the groundwork by first covering goal setting, family finance and financial planning. He'll also navigate participants through the interpretation of standard financial documents, and calculate and evaluate cost of production for your dairy business. 

Later in the training year, as literacy and confidence grows, Dr. Kohl will drill into a deeper level of financial understanding around topics of cash flow budgets, enterprise profitability, cost center tracking, key performance measures and ratios - and beyond. 

Positioning you to succeed, PDPW Financial Literacy for Dairy is designed to increase your confidence and competency in critical financial management topics with like-minded peers of similar skill.

Limited to 30 attendees and with priority to dairy farmers, the training series includes four two-day sessions:

  • Oct. 23-24, 2017
  • Dec. 19-20, 2017
  • Jan. 23-24, 2018
  • Apr. 9-10, 2018

Continuing education units are available for Dairy AdvanCE (up to 60.5).

Registration, set at $1,200 for PDPW Members ($1,400 for non-members), includes training, meals, refreshments, and meeting materials for the full 4-session training curriculum. 

Lodging can be secured at the hotel of your choosing. If you choose to stay at the training site, the Sheraton Hotel is offering attendees a discounted group rate: $129/night for October 2017, $119/night for December 2017, $159/night for January 2018, and $129/night for April 2018. Be sure to mention you are with the Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) group.

For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or

PDPW World Class Webinars "A 2018 Outlook: is a turnaround possible in the U.S. Milk Market?"

Dec. 20, 2017; 12-1 p.m. CT | Online

PDPW brings you the World Class Webinars "A 2018 Outlook: Is a turnaround possible in the U.S. milk market?" with Dan Basse, ag economist, from noon to 1 p.m. CT online, Dec. 20, 2017. 

Dan Basse will put his deep understanding of agricultural price trends to work for participants of this webinar and apply his many years of experience in the commodity business to sort through production agriculture numbers, trends, and forecasts.  Spend time with Dan as you review how the most recent growing season impacted domestic and global supplies. Dan will also sort through projections of what the year ahead holds for dairy producers in regards to forage, corn and protein prices.

PDPW member cost is $100 and for non-members $125/.  Following registration, attendees will receive registration verification by email with unique login instructions.  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 Crisis Management (Kewaunee County)

Jan. 3, 2018; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Kewaunee, Wis.

Join the PDPW Crisis Management Workshop to properly prepare, practice and position your dairy for success when in crisis. The training, led by Judy Rupnow, Senior Counselor with MorganMyers, begins on Wed., Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., at Pagels Ponderosa Dairy, N4893 County Rd. C, Kewaunee, WI 54216.

Exclusive to dairy farmers and held on-farm, the Crisis Management Workshop will provide you a deep-dive into risk management for your dairy business.  We will walk through and create your crisis response materials, the dairy's individual fact sheets, and an emergency response plan to protect you, your family and team members in time of crisis.

Participants can earn up to 7.0 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education (CE) credits.

Registration for PDPW members is $125.00/session ($250 for non-members) and includes certified instruction, training materials, lunch, refreshments and access to a like-minded, progressive dairy farmers. Additional Dairy's Visible Voice leadership and communication training sessions and respective training dates are available for online registration.

Future Dairy's Visible Voice Trainings:

  • Feb. 1: Effective Leadership
  • Feb. 16: Proactive Communication
  • Apr. 4: Social Media Strategy

PDPW Crisis Management (Clark County)

Jan. 4, 2018; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Greenwood, Wis.

Join the PDPW Crisis Management Workshop to properly prepare, practice and position your dairy for success when in crisis. The training, led by Judy Rupnow, Senior Counselor with MorganMyers, begins on Thu., Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., at Boon Farms: N6634 State Hwy 73, Greenwood, Wis.

Exclusive to dairy farmers and held on-farm, the Crisis Management Workshop will provide you a deep-dive into risk management for your dairy business.  We will walk through and create your crisis response materials, the dairy's individual fact sheets, and an emergency response plan to protect you, your family and team members in time of crisis.

Participants can earn up to 7.0 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education (CE) credits.

Registration for PDPW members is $125.00/session ($250 for non-members) and includes certified instruction, training materials, lunch, refreshments and access to a like-minded, progressive dairy farmers. Additional Dairy's Visible Voice leadership and communication training sessions and respective training dates are available for online registration.

Future Dairy's VIsible Voice trainings:

  • Feb. 2: Effective Leadership
  • Feb. 15: Proactive Communication
  • Apr. 5: Social Media Strategy

2018 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals

Jan. 16-18, 2018 | Orlando, Fla.

The 2018 Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals is set for January 16-18, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. This executive-level three-day training brings together CEOs, dairy owners and managers, industry directors, processors, marketers and distributors.

​Attendees will learn from Walt Disney World Resort's former Executive Vice President Lee Cockerell and Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus in the agricultural and applied economics department at Virginia Tech. Cockerell and Kohl will share secrets of hiring right and training employees to have the right attitude. The event will include a tour of a Disney park so attendees can discover how the Disney culture, protocols and systems directly relate to dairying. 

Participants will also hear from Jim Sleper, CEO of Southeast Milk, Inc. as he shares how they partner with large fluid processors such as Publix Super Markets, Dean Foods and Borden's. In addition, attendees will tour the Iron Bridge Regional Water Reclamation Facility in the Orlando Easterly Wetlands and learn how the facility 'polishes' highly treated water before discharging it into the St. Johns River system.

Continuing education units are available for Dairy AdvanCE (up to 16.25) and School of Veterinary Medicine (up to 19.5).

8:00 a.m. - Training begins (Tue., Jan. 16)
3:30 p.m. - Training concludes (Thu., Jan. 18)

Managers Academy arrival airport:

*Orlando International Airport

Training site & lodging:

*Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort
1850 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Hotel reservations (closes 12/23/17):

Secure your hotel reservation by calling 800-624-4109 or online (mention you're with the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin block); $169/night

Registration is open for members at $700 and non-members at $875. All second registrations from the same farm receive a rate of $600. Registration includes training, tour transportation, training materials, refreshments and meals. 

*Travel and lodging are the responsibility of the attendee.

A special thank you for our 2018 Managers Academy partners:
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Progressive Dairyman
Rabo AgriFinance

For additional information call PDPW at 800-947-7379 or email at


Future Managers Academy Dates:

  • January 15-17, 2019
  • January 14-16, 2020

Did you see the recap from the 2017 Managers Academy? A special thank you to Progressive Dairyman for producing it. Check it out:

PDPW Business Transition Workshop

Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, 2018; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Wisconsin Dells & Green Bay, Wis.

Join dozens of dairy families, owners, senior and junior owners, managers and other dairy professionals to address successful management of family and non-family team roles, expectations and responsibilities. This training will be led by Nicole Bettinger, family business expert, on Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, 2018 in Wisconsin Dells and Green Bay, respectively.

Nicole Bettinger will address the sometimes-complex interdependence of family and business and offer tips for a smoother succession. With roots in the family-business field, she can speak pointedly to best practices and pitfalls to avoid. A case study will give participants an opportunity to take a closer look at generational motivators, transition-plan development and negotiating skills for both family and non-family partners.

  • Wed., Jan. 31: Glacier Lodge Conference Center, 45 Hillman Rd., Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
  • Thur., Feb. 1: Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 2040 Airport Dr., Green Bay, Wis.

Up to 5.5 Dairy AdvanCE CEs can be earned.

For additional information, call PDPW at 800-947-7379 or

PDPW Dairy Wellbeing Workshop

Feb. 7 & 8, 2018; 8 a.m. - 3: 30 p.m. | Green Bay, Wis.

Join 50 dairy owners, feed managers and and other industry professionals for the one-day PDPW Dairy Wellbeing Workshop. Register to attend either Feb. 7 or 8; both programs will be held in Green Bay, Wis.

Join leading animal welfare and livestock management industry experts. Together, in conjunction with a tour of the American Foods Group slaughter and packaging plant, participants and facilitators will discuss key issues on animal welfare, taking into consideration both the science and social science aspects. 

You'll dive into emerging animal-welfare issues like lameness, body condition scoring, and cull-cow management. You'll also discuss the future of assessments, reviews and audits that are becoming more common in the dairy sector. The workshop will conclude with the sensitive discussion around humane euthanasia to avoid animal suffering and ensure employee safety.

Continuing education units are available for ARPAS (up to 7), Dairy AdvanCE (up to 6) and School of Veterinary Medicine (up to 6.9).

For more information call PDPW at 800-947-7379.

PDPW Agricultural Community Engagement (ACE) Regional Meeting

Feb. 20, 2018 | TBD, Wis.

Join hundreds of dairy farmers, community leaders, local elected officials, conservation officials, and other livestock producers during the 2018 Agricultural Community Engagement® (ACE) Regional Meeting, Tue., Feb. 20, 2018.

This meeting is part of the ACE partnership, a joint effort of Wisconsin Towns Association, Wisconsin Counties Association and Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW).

Additional information will be made available soon.

PDPW Mentor Program

Applications Due Nov. 10, 2017 |

The PDPW Mentor Program application deadline is November 10th, 2017. Use the following information to apply and complete your mentor experience.  

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 three simple steps to have a fun and successful Mentor Program experience:

  1. Apply!  Complete and submit the PDPW Mentor Program student application, resume, and Disclaimer of Liability by November 10, 2017.  PDPW will contact you with your match by November 17, 2017. You can apply by filling out the online application: select "Apply Today" above, or download the forms and email them to Danielle Warmka at  Also, mark your calendar to attend the PDPW Business Conference March 14-15, 2018.  We ask that you do not apply if you know you will not be able to attend.

  2. 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 potentially shadow for more than one day. Remember to bring the completion form to the job shadow. Have your shadow completed and submit your signed completion form, one-page summary and photo of you with your mentor by February 2, 2018

  3. Attend Business Conference! After the requirements are met and paperwork is submitted, you will receive a complementary registration to the 2018 PDPW Business Conference at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on March 14-15, 2018, including a one-night hotel stay for students attending schools outside of Madison. We expect that you'll attend the mentor program breakfast, as this is a tremendous opportunity to reconnect with your mentor, network with dairy industry experts and meet new students from around the state.

All questions should be directed to Danielle Warmka at

PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy

Mar. 13-14, 2018; 9:30 - 9:30 p.m. | Madison, Wis.

PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy™ will be held March 13-14, 2018 at the Alliant Energy Center - Exhibition Hall, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, Wis., from 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., on the 13th and in conjunction with the 2018 PDPW Business Conference on the 14th, also at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., from 7:15 a.m.-9:30 p.m., concluding with the evening banquet.

The application-based professional development training will equip farmers and other industry professionals with the tools to effectively communicate, collaborate and lead more proficiently. The training is designed to provide continuing education to college-age students pursuing dairy-related careers or individuals wanting to retool or those who are at a crossroads in their dairy career.

Accepted applicants have three training pillars from which to choose (just one pillar):

  • Influential Leaders - Interact and Influence (*up to 7.8 UW-SVM CEUs & 7.5 Dairy AdvanCE CEUs)
  • Visionary Leaders - Ethics, Leadership and Outlook (*up to 7.7 UW-SVM CEUs & 6.25 Dairy AdvanCE CEUs)
  • Servant Leadership - Serve, Grow, Lead (*up to 8.4 UW-SVM CEUs & 6.25 Dairy AdvanCE CEUs)

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

Important dates:

  • January 15 - Application deadline
  • February 1 - Applicants notified of acceptance 
  • March 13 - Cornerstone Dairy Academy begins (Alliant Energy Center)
  • March 14 - 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




2018 PDPW Business Conference "Dairying to Thrive"

Mar. 14-15, 2018 | Madison, Wis.

Save the date for dairy’s premier educational event: the 2018 PDPW Business Conference, March 14-15, 2018 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

The conference will feature on-point topics and dynamic educational sessions presented by world-renowned speakers. Dairying is your craft and not one for the faint at heart.  It is a business, a science and an art.  Your business, cows and your family count on you each and every day to be on your A-Game.  As the business evolves at an execrate rate, PDPW goes worldwide in search of the most comprehensive, leading-edge information you can take 48 hours to fill up on knowledge. 

Invest in yourself.  A producer committee of active dairy producers is currently working on the 2018 agenda, speaker line-up and entertainment showcase.

Count on the 2018 PDPW Business Conference to deliver:

  • expert speakers and producer panelists
  • powerful keynote sessions
  • relevant specialty and breakout sessions
  • smaller-group learning lounge sessions
  • new research previews
  • hands-on labs

Business Conference is where you’ll connect with a new idea, an old friend, a global perspective, the latest technology and a trusted resource.

Future Business Conference Dates:

  • March 14-15, 2018
  • March 13-14, 2019
  • March 18-19, 2020
  • March 17-18, 2021
  • March 16-17, 2022

PDPW Youth Leadership Derby

Apr. 7-8, 2018 | Oregon, Wis.

Join 100 farm and non-farm 15-18-year-olds for the 2018 PDPW Youth Leadership Derby (YLD) on Apr. 7-8, 2018.  The two-day overnight educational and career-building experience will be held at Oregon High School and will include travel to the UW-Madison for hands-on labs and workshops as well as a tour of Sassy Cow Farm and Creamery.

For non-farm and farm students, this is a must-attend program in preparation for securing an education and career in the dairy industry.  YLD is designed to allow students to take a deep-dive exploration in leadership, science and 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

Registration is $79 and open to 15-18-year-olds and includes training, meals and tour transportations.  For additional information call 800-947-7379 or email

***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 parental contact information and waiver for each attendee.

PDPW Wisconsin Dairy Tours

Apr. 18 & 19, 2018 | TBD

Join a bus-full of fellow dairy producers and industry professionals for a close-up view of high-performing dairies during the Wisconsin Dairy Tours, April 18 & 19, 2018. 

The farm tours will focus on animal science, ecology, and business management practices.  Attendees will take back ideas and solutions to their dairy business to care for their herd, sustain their land, and protect their business' bottom line.

Additional details will be defined by the producer committee this fall.


Agricultural Professional Partnerships (APPs) for Non-Farm Professionals

May 22-24, 2018; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Madison, Wis.

Join fellow food system professionals for the PDPW Agricultural Professional Partnerships (APPs), an on-farm training designed exclusively for "non-farm" professionals with limited on-farm experience. 

The training will be held May 22-24, 2018, departing at 9 a.m. and returning at 5 p.m. to the Crowne Plaza Hotel - Madison, located at 4402 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704.  Transportation will be provided to and from each respective host farm.

Held on dairy farms throughout southern Wisconsin, our farmers open their barn doors to allow you a safe experience to explore their animal care practices, environmental stewardship techniques, employee management, and the economics of production agriculture.

Attendees will leave the training with:

  • 20+ hours of hands-on, on-farm experience
  • Enhanced knowledge of modern agriculture
  • A comprehensive understanding of farm management practices and relevant acronyms
  • Access to training resources and go-to experts
  • Direct connection and relationship with host farm owners/managers
  • Network of like-minded industry peers

Attendee registration includes on-farm experience, access to training experts and educational resources, lunch, snacks and refreshments each day, as well as the transportation to and from farm.

Enroll yourself or your team member today to better serve your dairy farm clients by increasing your professional credibility and understanding of a modern dairy business in a more meaningful, safe and knowledgeable manner.

PDPW Virtual Trade Show

Year-Round | Online

Your PDPW Virtual Trade Show is a year-round benefit to both dairy farmers and industry leaders throughout the United States.  This value-added onine resource can be viewed and updated throughout the year.  

For our farmers

Use the Virtual Trade Show as your go-to resource for information and solutions to your farming needs. Whether you're looking for the latest technology, the phone number of a company representative you met at the PDPW Business Conference Trade Show, or a list of a providers in a specific sector of the industry, this is your place to find it.

For our industry partners

Use the Virtual Trade Show as your company's storefront to the progressive and talented dairy-farmer base that is the membership of PDPW. Farmers look to the Virutal Trade Show for quick access to the most reputable and dedicated service and product providers in the industry. It takes just minutes to upload your sales team contact information, company profile and product, service and data pdfs. And then your prospects have all the details you want them to have so they can decide to choose you over your competitor.  

Sign me up!  

If your company is interested in being a part of the PDPW Virtual Trade Show, please contact us at 800-947-7379 or send an email to to register and receive your link to access your profile.

PDPW Commemorative Painting "Faithfully Feeding the Future"


If you are interested in purchasing a painting, please call 800-947-7379 to place your order Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm.

Sizes and prices are as listed below:

  • Canvas – 30 X 22.5           $425
  • Canvas – 24 X 18              $325
  • Print – 30 X 22.5              $160
  • Print – 24 X 18                 $135
  • Print – 16 X 12                 $110

*Pricing includes shipping and handling.

Thank you to a group of active dairy farmers, past board members and board advisors for their generous purchase of the original oil painting which they purchased on behalf of Professional Dairy Producers. The painting is on display at PDPW headquarters.

To see more about the painting live auction, visit us on Facebook to watch.

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-lifetime 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 college-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 is tailored to the needs of both student and farm owner / manager. Students should gain an array of experiences including business management, hands-on farm experience and involvement in special projects.

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

Dairy AdvanCE

| Online, Visit

Dairy AdvanCE™ is your new online, one-stop shop for professional development in the dairy industry.  Find vetted, high-quality dairy education and training programs, workshops and accredited CE opportunities on a wide range of topics including animal care, human resources, financial management, environmental stewardship and more. All available from trusted education providers, you can track your upcoming and completed trainings and report your continuing education through your official transcript at

PDPW developed Dairy AdvanCE so that farmers have easy access to education that will position their businesses and the dairy brand for success. We seek the utmost in quality from our third-party education providers in training submission content and speaker expertise with assurance of non-promotional content. 

While PDPW developed Dairy AdvanCE for farmers, anyone in the dairy industry can subscribe, including allied industry professionals such as veterinarians, nutritionists, technicians, field and sales representatives, as well as food system, legal and public service professionals.

Dairy AdvanCE is free for dairy farmers, farm managers and on-farm team members. For all others, there is a $50 annual subscription fee. To learn more or subscribe to Dairy AdvanCE visit, email, or call 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
  • Weather
  • 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.

2017-18 PDPW Educational Program & Event Calendar

2017-18 | Dairy's Professional Development Organization

Our 2017-18 PDPW Educational Program & Event Calendar is established! We'll provide more than 74 days of education, over 100 expert speakers, and present 38 best-in-class trainings to thousands of our nation's dairy farmers! 

As dairy’s professional development organization, we reach our nation’s most forward-thinking, leading-edge dairy farmers:

  • 1,750+ farm entities
  • Thousands of dairy professionals
  • 39 states
  • 1.5+ million dairy cattle

A special thank you to our PDPW Mission, Corporate and Event Sponsors for ensuring adequate funding to build the best-in-class dairy education provided to our nation's dairy farmers.

National and event sponsorships are available.  To learn more about PDPW or to request our sponsorship guide, please contact Amy Bonomie at or by phone at 800-947-7379.

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