Programs & Events

World Class Webinars - Cropping for Forage Rewards

August 27; Noon-1pm CDT | Online

Join PDPW World Class Webinar, with expert Dr. Dan Undersander, UW Ext. Professor/Agronomy to obtain the greatest rewards for your forage.

  - Wednesday, August 27, 2014  (register by August 20):  FALL SEEDING: STRATEGIES TO MAXIMIZE 2015 STANDS

The webinar will be presented live from noon – 1:00 p.m. CDT.  If you have a date/time conflict, you can watch a fully recorded version at your leisure.  You must be registered to receive a recorded session link.

PDPW’s World Class Webinars are open to all who are interested.  For additional information regarding PDPW’s past or future webinar sessions, please contact us at or by phone at 800-947-7379.

ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings

Aug 18, 26, 27, and 28 | Wisconsin's Dairyland

ACE (Agricultural Community Engagement™) On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings are an opportunity to bring together local community leaders and dairy producers to learn together and discuss important issues.

These meetings are brought to you by the Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Towns Association and the Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) and are open to the public. "This is a free, open-invitation to community leaders, elected officials, conservation officials, dairy and livestock producers and community members interested in learning from each other so Wisconsin communities continue to be green and vibrant," states Shelly Mayer, Executive Director of PDPW.

Those attending one of the ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings will be treated to a 60-minute tour of the hosting dairy, followed by open dialogue and ice cream. The discussion will provide a platform for open communication about issues important to our communities.

The meetings will begin with dairy tours at 6:00 p.m., and from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. ice cream will be served with discussion and open Q&A to follow.

Locations Include:

August 18. Hank & Pam Wagner Family, Wagner Farms Inc.: N6928 County BB, Oconto Falls, Wis.

August 26. Meissner Families, Norm-E-Lane: W267 Panther Creek Rd., Chili, Wis.

August 27. Brian & Yogi Brown Family, Sunburst Dairy: 1003 County Road PB, Belleville, Wis.

August 28. Wolf Family, Sunset Farms: 6600 Sunset Dr., Allenton, Wis. 

This will be an important opportunity for you to connect with Wisconsin dairy and livestock industries, listen to the viewpoints of community leaders, and elected officials. Previous ACE evenings have been insightful, engaging and extremely successful in boosting the learning curve for attendees.

Register your attendance by calling the Wisconsin Towns Association at (715)526-3157 or email  Walk-ins are also welcome.


Calf Care Workshop (Taught in Spanish)

August 26, 27, and 28 | Chili, Belleville, Allenton, Wis.

Our Calf Care workshop is being held August 26, 27, and 28, and taught exclusively in Spanish.  This hands-on workshop will be held on three exception farm sites located throughout Wisconsin.  The focus of this one-day training is on the calf's first two weeks of life, as well as the calf handler's safety and efficiency.


Training Dates & Respective Farm Sites:

  • Tuesday, August 26: Norm-E-Lane, W267 Panther Creek Rd., Chili, Wis.
  • Wednesday, August 27: Sunburst Dairy, 1003 County Road PB, Belleville, Wis.
  • Thursday, August 28: Sunset Farms, 6600 Sunset Dr., Allenton, Wis.


Expert Trainers and Workshop Sessions: 9:45AM - 4:00PM

CALF CARE  FOR THE CRITICAL TWO WEEKS SESSION: Dr. Oscar Durante, DVM.  Dr. Durante is a bilingual trainer dedicated to helping Hispanic workers become highly skilled and confident employees.  Through his personable training style, Dr. Durante will focus on helping attendees understand the "how" and the "why" of first-rate calf care.  Your employees will specifically discuss newborn protocols, when and how much to feed calves, tube and bottle feeding, administering vaccines, signs and symptoms to look for, proper safety around the birthing cow, animal handling, and ensuring food quality, among other important obstetric topics on your dairy farm.

FARM SAFETY SESSION: Yurany Ninco Sanchez, community outreach trainer with the National Farm Medicine Center will provide a culturally appropriate session about health and safety to your Hispanic dairy workers.  Yurany will focus on protecting your Hispanic calf care handlers from injury and accidents on your dairy farm, by the standards set by OSHA.  Discussion will lend itself to topics including zoonosis exposures, electrical safety, and hazardous communication including noise, personal protective equipment, chemicals, heat/cold stress, and animal handling.

HANDLING THE DOWN COW SESSION: Dr. Robert Leder, DVM.  As a practicing veterinarian and with experience on the WVMA executive board and Large Animal Welfare Subcommittee, Dr. Leder provides an expert training on handling a variety of animal welfare topics.  Topics will include euthanasia, transporting and carrying a newborn calf in a safe manner for both the calf and calf handler, and he will focus on shortening a potential downer cows dangerous experience.  


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This certificated program will provide your employees with the ideas, solutions and resources needed to be efficient, safe and care for your animals with the highest standard.  Click register to secure your Hispanic workers training seat today.

Dairy's Visible Voice™ - Leadership Through Active Listening

September 24, 2014 | Baldwin, Wis.

The popular Dairy’s Visible Voice™ - Leadership development through effective communication is designed to enhance one’s leadership skills in the dairy industry through improved communication. The track “Leadership Through Active listening” is our focus for this session and a foundational skill for all forms of communication. 

During this module, you’ll learn:        

  1. Effective communication principles        
  2. Asking vs. telling      
  3. The power of a conversation opener        
  4. How to uncover real motivations        
  5. Skills to more effectively handle questions        
  6. The value of practice

This training will be held September 24, 2014 from 8:30a.m. through 5:00p.m. at AgStar Financial Services, 540 Baldwin Plaza Drive, Baldwin, WI.

For additional information on this training, or Dairy’s Visible Voice Communications trainings, please register online here or call 1-800-947-7379.  Due to limited space, pre-registration is required. The registration fee covers expert training, classroom materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the training.

Calf Care Connection®

Oct. 28, 29, 30 | Arlington, Chilton, Marshfield, Wis.

Calf Care Connection® will provide calf managers and on-farm calf experts with information and a learning experience that you cannot find anywhere else. It is geared towards the on-the-ground calf manager who is responsible for developing every newborn heifer calf into a profitable cow.

A workshop geared towards all-things-calves, this hands-on workshop will cover housing considerations for calves and heifers, colostrum management and an exploration session under the hide of the calf. The Table Talk session will also provide down time for you and your peers to have facilitated conversations with seasoned calf managers during an interactive sharing session.

The one-day workshop will be offered on three separate days and locations from 9:30AM-4:15PM:

  • October 28: Arlington Agricultural Research Station Public Events Bldg. N 695 Hopkins Rd., Arlington, Wis.
  • October 29: Fox Valley Technical College - Chilton, 1200 E. Chestnut St., Chilton, Wis.
  • October 30: Marshfield Agricultural Research Station, 2611 Yellowstone Dr., Marshfield, WIs.

Calf Care Connection runs in partnership with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and will be crediting up to 5.7 CE credits with this workshop; and in partnership with ARPAS will be crediting up to 4.0 CEUs.

Texas Dairy Tour

November 4-5, 2014 | Amarillo, Texas

The Texas Dairy Tour will be visiting the great state of Texas, with the starting point in Amarillo.  More information will be coming soon.

World Class Webinars - Dan Basse, New Times for Dairying - Risks and Rewards

Sep, 17, Oct. 8, Nov. 12; Noon-1PM CDT | Online

Join PDPW World Class Webinar, with expert Dan Basse to experience his three-part series on "New Times for Dairying - Risks and Rewards".  Mr. Basse is President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm located in Chicago, which forecasts domestic and world agricultural price trends. He is an economist that has been in the commodity business since 1979. Raised on a dairy/grain farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mr Basse has a keen sense of production agriculture.

  - Wednesday, September 17, 2014  (register by September 10):  THE  NEW LANDSCAPE OF FEED COSTS FOR DAIRYMEN - HOW BEST TO PROTECT AND PROFIT INTO 2016


  - Wednesday, November 12, 2014  (register by November 5):  HOW LONG WILL GOOD TIMES LAST? THE MERGIN OF US DAIRY AND BEEF INDUSTRIES' PROFIT CYLCLES

The webinar will be presented live from Noon – 1:00 p.m. CDT.  If you have a date/time conflict, you can watch a fully recorded version at your leisure.  You must be registered to receive a recorded session link.

PDPW’s World Class Webinars are open to all who are interested.  For additional information regarding PDPW’s past or future webinar sessions, please contact us at or by phone at 800-947-7379.

Meet the New PDPW President

2014-15 |


Keith York from Lake Geneva is the newly-elected president of the PDPW Board of Directors. PDPW board members are elected to three-year terms by you, the members. Here’s what Keith has to say about his new role:

“Member input is very important to keeping PDPW a grassroots, producer-led organization that helps dairy producers succeed. It’s very important that you share your opinions about what you need to be successful. I know from experience that it is not possible to be at every meeting. We all have businesses to run. For that reason, PDPW keeps its finger on the pulse of issues that impact dairy farmers, and we make sure that dairy farmers are present wherever our voices need to be heard.”

Read all of Keith’s letter to members by clicking here.

Hall of Ideas 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, and at any time.  

For our Farmers

Use the Virtual Trade Show as your go-to resource to secure information and solutions to your farming needs.  Whether you are looking for the latest technology, the phone number of a company representative you ran into at the PDPW Business Conference Trade Show, or a listing of a options in a specific sector of the industry, this is one-stop-shop to secure it.

For our Industry

Use the Virtual Trade Show as your company's window to PDPW's most progressive and talented farming community.  Farmers look to the Virutal Trade Show for quick access to the most reputable and dedicated in the industry.  Take 5 minutes to upload you sales team's contact information, company profile and product/data pdfs you would want your clientele to use in making their decision to choose you over your competator.  

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 live-link to access your profile.

2015 Youth Leadership Derby™ Survey


PDPW's Youth Leadership Derby™ is raising the next generation of qualified and enthusiastic professionals - farmers, allied industry, community leaders and beyond!  The next generation is critical to our industry and community's long-term success and sustainability.  

The 24-hour lock-in is a traveling two-day educational program for youth ages 14-18.  Whether your high school student is interested in production ag, life sciences, medicine, or bio-chemistry, this leadership development experience will provide your future leaders with the confidence, skill-set and hands-on learning needed for exceptional success in high school, college and future career aspirations.

Can't see the Survey?  No worries, click HERE.


The 2015 Youth Leadership Derby will be developed in the coming months.  Additional location, date, program content and expert trainers will be defined in the Fall of 2014.

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.

PDPW 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: 2015 PDPW Business Conference at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. on March 18-19, 2015.


  • Access to pre-qualified, progressive, active dairy farmers 

  • Attendance anticipated at 1,500+, with 60% dairy farmer representation

  • Expanded exhibitor hall 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: Connections 

  • The 2015 PDPW Business Conference is on Wednesday and Thursday again this 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 17: 12:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. and/or Wednesday, March 18: 6-9:00 a.m.  Exhibits must be completely set up by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning.  Tear down begins at 4:00 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!

Electrical 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 they want a stable internet connection.  


EXTEND YOUR VISIBILITY - Virtual Hall of Ideas Trade Show

To view the site go to and click on the Virtual Hall of Ideas. The 2015 Hall of Ideas Virtual Trade Show will remain on the site until September 1, 2015, 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.

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

Additional information and detail on the 2015 PDPW Business Conference event will be available in the fall of 2014.

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