Programs & Events

Cornerstone Dairy Academy - Attendee Confirmation

March 17-18, 2015 | 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, confirm hotel needs and pay the $100 registration fee through the "Register Now" link below or tab above.   We look forward to seeing you on March 17th!


CORNERSTONE DAIRY ACADEMY™ will be held March 17 & 18 in conjunction with the 2015 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.



CORNERSTONE DAIRY ACADEMY™ offers two 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.



OPTION 1: INFLUENTIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership, Interaction and Influence

Success in today’s workplace requires an ability to interact with others to solve complex problems. Today’s employers are seeking employees with “soft skills” – the entire suite of skills related to personality, social skills, communication abilities and aptitudes.  Sessions cover leadership, teamwork skills, communicating with different generations and personality and leadership styles, conflict resolution, business etiquette and professionalism.  

***This session of the Academy is an accredited training programs with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive up to 8.7 CEUs for the training. 

OPTION 2: VISIONARY LEADERS - Business Ethics, Leadership and Outlook

Good leadership is ethical leadership. Discover who you are as a leader and identify which of your character strengths can positively influence others to succeed in business. Then take those strengths and weave them with the mega forces and trends of agriculture as presented by Dr. David Kohl. You’ll discover how to be an impact player who leads others through a turbulent, changing global economy.  

***This session of the Academy is an accredited training programs with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive up to 9.0 CEUs for the training. 


Day 2 - Both Programs


2015 PDPW Business Conference

For more than 20 years, dairy leaders and decision makers have counted on PDPW's Business Conference for the best information and resources in the dairy industry.  Explore the latest technologies, learn about the newest research, be inspired by world-class speakers and rub elbows with dairy industry influencers. 


Open application period closed February 15, 2015.  For a quality experience, this is an application-based program with a limited number accepted into each program.  If accepted, pay just $100 to attend.  Support from the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation covers the balance of your registartion, including meals and room-share lodging (value $500).  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by February 27.  


Cornerstone Dairy's 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

PDPW Board Candidates

March 18-19, 2015 | Madison, Wisconsin

PDPW Board of Director Candidates

PDPW is a dairy producer-led organization—founded by producers, led by producers and serving producers.

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

You can cast your ballot in one of two manners:

  1. Attend and submit at PDPW’s Business Conference, March 18-19, in Madison, Wis.
  2. Mail your marked ballot to PDPW. Must be postmarked by Monday, March 2, 2015. 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 2015 Business
Conference. Ballots will also be available at the Business Conference. All votes must be cast by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.

If you have questions about the process, candidates or your ballot, please call PDPW at 800-947-7379.

Transition Cow Conference

April 7, 8, 9, 2015; 9:30am-4:00pm | Appleton, Fennimore, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Exceptional attention to details in your transition cow program is the difference between surviving in the dairy business and your dairy business thriving. Take a day to fine-tune your transition cow knowledge and gather new insight that you can apply immediately. PDPW’s has gathered the industry’s dream-team on transition cow research and knowledge – making this one-day Conference a must attend if your business is dairy farming.

This one-day workshop is designed to help take cow management skills from excellent to exceptional. It is for dairy cow experts pursuing the latest research, insight and techniques for furthering transition-cow management abilities.

  • Dairy owners and herdspersons responsible for the transition cows
  • Dairy veterinarians
  • Professional dairy nutritionists

The PDPW Transition Cow Conference will be held in three locations:

  • April 7: Fox Valley Technical College, D.J. Bordini Center, 5 N. Systems Drive, Appleton, Wis.
  • April 8, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, 1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore, Wis.
  • April 9, Sleep Inn and Suites Conference Center, 5872 3rd Ave., Eau Claire, Wis.

The PDPW Transition Conference is an accredited training programs with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive up to 5.4 CEUs for this one-day Conference​The Conference has also been approved by ARPAS and attendees will receive up to 4.0 CEUs for this one-day Conference.

Dairy Facility Tour

April 14, 15, 16, 2015 |

More information coming soon.

2015 Youth Leadership Derby

April 18 - 19, 2015 | Waupun, WI, Wisconsin

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS......Ready for an amazing weekend?  Want to Dive-In, Dissect and Discover Dairy? How about a chance to meet Greg Peterson?  Greg and his brothers are known for their agriculture music parodies on YouTube!

Join PDPW for a two-day, overnight educational experience at Youth Leadership Derby! Youth Leadership Derby is for high school students like you - students wanting to dive into and explore future career opportunities.  With hands-on, lab dissection and exposure to diverse careers,you will see the opportunities agriculture has for you. Take the next step to grow your leadership, communication, technical and life skills.

Top Reasons YOU Should Attend:

  • Explore more than 20 dynamic agricultural, science and dairy industry careers.
  • Dissect alongside veterinarians and dairy experts at Hilltop Dairy.
  • Dig into your choice of sessions from sire selection, seed technology, social media advocacy, financial basics, dairy food science and more.
  • Get inspired by world-class key note speakers including YouTube Sensation Greg Peterson, from the Peterson Farm Brothers music parodies, and the energetic and engaging, Ed Slowikowski, who represented the USA at the 1987 Pan Am games and 1990 USA Track and Field Team in London England and who held the fastest college indoor mile (3 minutes 58 seconds) record in the nation in 1990.
  • Ask questions and learn as you talk with an Agriculture Career Panel
  • Connect and have fun with students with similar interests.
  • Take the next step towards your school and career goals.

This youth-focused event is designed for students between the age of 15-18.  Students are asked to bring a sleeping bag, towels for showering, and necessary toiletries. Participants are also strongly encouraged NOT to bring any valuables to this overnight event.  A parent signed waiver will be required of each participant.


Free Ride Share Locations Available: Eau Claire/Tomah/Wisconsin Dells OR Wausau/Marshfield/Steven's Point OR Plattville/Madison.

For more information please contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379 or at

2015 Barnstorming with PDPW

April 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21; 11:30AM- 3:00PM | See Flyer


We want to hear your ideas and find new ways to help fellow dairy farmers succeed. You must be a PDPW member to attend.

PDPW is hosting face-to-face meetings from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. throughout and one tele-conference call at 1:00 p.m. on April 21 for our dairy farm members that are unable to attend in person.  Click the post card tab to view all dates and their respective locations.  

Join to enjoy a complimentary lunch and a listening ear. Hearing your input shapes program, and how PDPW serves your business, the next generation, and our industry.

If you, or a dairy farm member you know are interested in attending, we ask that you submit your online registration, call us at 800-947-7379 or email us at to secure your seat today.

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.

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 18 & 19, 2015
  • March 16 & 17, 2016
  • March 15 & 16, 2017
  • March 14 & 15, 2018


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For calls originating outside of the U.S. - dial 920.386.9430

Professional Dairy Producers™
820 North Main Street, Suite D
Juneau, WI 53039


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