Programs & Events

PDPW Dairy's Visible Voice - Leadership Through Active Listening

Thu., September 3, 2015; 10AM-3PM | Eau Claire, Wis.

This PDPW Dairy’s Visible Voice training series will focus on leadership development through effective communications. Through this training you will enhance your listening, traditional media, social media, farm communications, and crisis communication skill-sets. 

As a group, we will execute the full 5-part training series over the next 12-15 months, meeting 5 times in total in Eau Claire, Wis. 

  • Dairy’s Visible Voice – Leadership Through Active Listening (Mod. 1 of 5)
  • Date/Time: September 3, 2015; 10AM-3PM
  • Meeting Site: Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center, 5872 33rd Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54703

Please be sure to bring your calendars and availability options to plan for the next training of this series: Sharing Your Message with the Media.  Please access the Registration tab above or below to complete your registration process and submit your trainingn fee.

Contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 should you have questions regarding this training series.

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

Aug. 19, Sep. 23, Oct. 21 | Online

Wednesday, August 19 (register by August 12) - 12PM-1PM CST



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 23 (register by September 16) - 12PM-1PM CST


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 21(register by October 14) - 12PM-1PM CST


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

2016 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals

Jan. 19-21, 2016 | San Antonio, Texas

More information coming soon....

2016 PDPW International Dairy Tour: New Zealand - SOLD OUT

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

The 2016 PDPW International Dairy Tour: New Zealand is SOLD OUT.

Discover the breathtaking countryside and extraoridinary dairy sector on the 2016 PDPW International Dairy Tour: New Zealand.  Join PDPW for the opportunity of a lifetime - experience New Zealand's tourist attractions, and experience the culture and beauty of both New Zealand islands on February 1-13, 2016.  Our itinerary covers the traditional and highly developed regions such as the Waikato, North Island, but also includes the newer rapidly developing regions of the Shouth Island - Canterbury.

Gather a breathtaking look at the country and the dairy sector - a sector that has traditionally been defined by its all-grass, low-cost production systems.  See firsthand why some New Zealand dairy farmers are modifying their businesses to capitalize on high global prices by shifting to higher input, higher-cost management systems. 

Travel Package Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Hotels
  • Transportation by private motor coach
  • Entrance fees for field trips and sightseeing
  • Most meals
  • Ag Specialist Tour Manager
  • Miscellaneous travel materials
  • All current taxes and NZ Goods and Services Tax

*See full detail in New Zealand Rate Info Sheet (tab above/button below) for all inclusions and exclusions. Space was limited to the first 46 participants. 

All cancellations received by PDPW before December 1, 2015 will incur a fee of $500 per person.  Cancellations received after December 1 will not recieve a refund of their registration fee.

For more detailed information regarding the itinerary, pricing and policy, please see the respective tab above/button below.  For all additional questions, please call our team at 800-947-7379.

2016 PDPW Business Conference: Hall of Ideas & Equipment Show

Mar. 16-17, 2016 | Madison, Wisconsin

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

Mar. 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. 

2016 Youth Leadership Derby - SAVE THE DATE

April 16-17, 2016 | Brillion, Wisconsin

While you await the big announcement....set your high school students calendar to join PDPW Youth Leadership Derby for a two-day, overnight educational experience.  The program will run April 16-17, 2016 at the Brillion 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.

PDPW prides itself in developing exceptional 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.

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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