Programs & Events

PDPW World Class Webinar - "Manage Your People So They Will Stay"

Jul 29, Aug 26, Sep 30, Oct 14 | Online

Wednesday, July 29 (register by July 22)


The past rules used in managing employees no longer work with the generations represented in today’s workplace. Employers and managers must learn new ways and creative approaches to balance, motivate and manage the clash between veterans, boomers, generation Xers and nexters. This session includes information on:

  • Characteristics of each generation
  • Learning to motivate in different ways
  • What skills are needed to manage each generation
  • Developing commitment and discretionary effort


Wednesday, August 26 (register by August 19)


Difficult people are a fact of life and can keep you from doing your best. But, getting along with your coworkers, no matter how difficult, is one of the keys to success. Learn how to manage difficult personalities in order to remain productive on the job. This session contains information on:

  • Managing staff friction, what you control
  • How to tell someone "no" in a skillful manner
  • Ways to control your anger
  • Basic types of difficult people, what to do about them
  • Keeping your sense of humor


Wednesday, September 30 (register by September 23)


The #1 reason really good people leave their position is because they are dissatisfied with their relationship with their immediate supervisor or manager. You may have heard the old saying, "People join companies, but they leave their managers." It takes a lot to pry great people away from "Magnetic Managers." This session contains information on:

  • The Platinum Rule - manage people the way they prefer to be managed
  • Accountability - hold yourself and your team accountable for accomplishing specific goals and tasks
  • Recognition - the importance of recognition and validation in the workplace, and we aren’t talking money!
  • Positive mental attitude - attitudes are contagious – using the “four C”s” to keep a winning mental attitude


Wednesday, October 14 (register by October 7)


Are your teams working as well as they should? The ability to build a strong team is a critical element of leadership. Whether you are a member of a team or its leader, certain elements must be present in order for a team to be successful. This session contains information on:

  • The eight components of a successful team
  • Building a sense of ownership in your team
  • Dealing with non performing team members
  • Barriers to team performance
  • Team assessment and teambuilding tools

PDPW Dairy Tour to New Zealand - SAVE THE DATE

Feb. 1-13, 2016 | Auckland, New Zealand

Brochure and Registration will open soon.  Come back to see the brochure for full detail of program itinerary, travel needs and package inclusions.  Space is limited and will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Call 800-947-7379 for immediate needs.

This technical dairy tour will give participants a thorough introduction to the New Zealand dairy sector – a sector that has traditionally been defined internationally by its all-grass, low-cost production systems.  Currently it is changing times in the NZ dairy sector, as many producers are moving to take advantage of high global prices by shifting to higher input, higher-cost regimes to lift production.

The tour will begin Monday, February 1, departing out of Madison, Wisconsin, traveling to Los Angeles, and our final destination will be Auckland, New Zealand. Our group officially assembles for our flight from Madison to Los Angeles, where we board Air New Zealand’s B-747 non-stop flight for Auckland.

Our itinerary will cover both the more traditional and highly developed regions such as the Waikato, North Island, but also one of the newer rapidly developing regions of the South Island – Canterbury. In this southern region, economies of scale and irrigation are the main points of difference, with a range of feed supplement levels.

Also covered in the tour are R&D, processing, and agri-technology aspects of dairying, through visits to the Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), the NZ Agribusiness Centre, and the Lincoln University Dairy Farm.

Other sectors of the New Zealand’s agricultural industry are not neglected, with visits to top quality kiwifruit, sheep & beef, and high-country properties as well, where you get to meet and talk with farming family owners – the real face of New Zealand farming. And all along the way, New Zealand’s varied and beautiful landscape forms a stunning backdrop to your stimulating tour – an experience for both the heart, and the mind!

2016 PDPW Business Conference: Hall of Ideas & Equipment Show

March 18-19, 2015 | Madison, Wis.

Have you secured your exhibit booth?  Exhibitors, join PDPW during your premier national dairy event: 2016 PDPW Business Conference at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. on March 16-17, 2016.


  • 2015 show was sold out with highest attendance in conference history
  • Access to pre-qualified, progressive, active dairy farmers 

  • Attendance anticipated at 1,700+, with 70% dairy farmer representation

  • New layout with more interactive presentations and activities to increase engagement and more time with dairy farmers

  • Develop your knowledge during keynotes and educational sessions, elbow-to-elbow with your target audience - farmers!

  • Complimentary year-round access to PDPW Virtual Trade Show portal - update your newest product-line and services throughout the year!



  • Conference Theme: Inspire

  • The 2016 PDPW Business Conference is on Wednesday and Thursday again next year. 

  • The Hall of Ideas and Equipment Show will be held in Hall A, B & C of the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center.  

  • As you plan, be creative! The PDPW Hall of Ideas has expanded space for you to demonstrate your products, showcase your solutions and meet with prospects. Think about how you can engage people and create interaction with our members.



Move-In and Set-Up: Tuesday, March 15: 12:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. and/or Wednesday, March 16: 6-9:00 a.m.  Exhibits must be completely set up by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning.  Tear down begins at 4:30 p.m. after closing keynote and closing remarks.



Exhibit area includes 8’ back drape, 3’ side drapes, 1 skirted 6' or 8’ table (whatever size you selected on your contract) and 2 chairs. The drapes will be black and white and the Hall of Ideas will be covered in black carpeting---including the exhibit areas!

Booth shippment, electrical requirements and other equipment needs must be ordered directly through The Alliant Energy Center at  

Complimentary wifi is a maximum speed of 256k, which is good for light internet surfing and checking emails.  Exhibitors can order high speed internet connections online at if you want a stable internet connection.  


EXTEND YOUR VISIBILITY - Virtual Hall of Ideas Trade Show

To view the site click on the Virtual Trade Show. The 2016 Hall of Ideas Virtual Trade Show will remain on the site until September 1, 2016, so producers can check out your products and service long after the conference concludes --- this is an added benefit to you – dairy’s preferred supplier.  You can even update your information throughout the year!



You can submit both your payment and Trade Show Contract online safely and securely by clicking: Online TS Contract.  If you would prefer to complete a hard copy contract and submit a manual payment, click: Hard-Copy TS Contract tab above. Mail form to: PDPW, 820 N. Main St., Juneau, WI 53039. Or, email form to: mail  Feel free to call with any questions at 800-947-7379.

2016 PDPW Business Conference - SAVE THE DATE

March 16-17, 2016 | Madison, Wisconsin

The 2016 PDPW Business Conference, March 16-17, 2016 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. dates are already secured and the line up is under development. 

2015 was an amazing year of success for this premier educational event.  We had a record breaking 1,600+ attendance, a sold-out trade show and the highest level of speaker talent and content depth to date.

Join the PDPW Business Conference next year to connect with a new idea, an old friend, a global perspective, a preferred supplier, an inspiring attitude, a leading expert, the latest technology, and a trusted resource.

Dairy producers and other professionals who attend will hear from keynote speakers, engage in hands-on labs, choose from specialty sessions, and learning lounge presentations during the two-day conference. In addition, the Hall of Ideas & Equipment Show features the largest number of exhibitors in the Conference history.

The 2016 PDPW Business Conference theme is “INSPRIE,” highlighting all the ways dairy producers can inspire one another and themselves to achieve true greatness. 

Some of the Conference sessions will be accredited trainings with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive CEUs. The Conference will also be considered by American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) and animal scientists may receive CEUs for their training time. 

Future PDPW Business Conference Dates

| Madison, Wisconsin

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 realize 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 16 & 17, 2016
  • March 15 & 16, 2017
  • March 14 & 15, 2018


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, hand-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.

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Juneau, WI 53039


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