Programs & Events

2017-18 PDPW Educational Program & Event Calendar

2017-18 | Dairy's Professional Development Organization

Our 2017-18 PDPW Educational Program & Event Calendar has arrived – 74+ days of education, over 100 expert speakers, and presenting 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 abonomie@pdpw.org or by phone at 800-947-7379.

Dairy AdvanCE

| Online, Visit www.DairyAdvance.org

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 dairyadvance.org

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 www.dairyadvance.org, email mail@dairyadvance.org, 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.

PDPW World Class Webinars - Abating Weather-Related Stress in Dairy

July 26 & Sept. 27, 2017, Noon-1 p.m. |

PDPW brings you a 2-part World Class Webinars series: "Abating Weather-Related Stress in Dairy" with Dr. Geoffrey Dahl, of University of Florida on July 26, and with Dr. Geof Smith, of North Carolina State University on Sept. 27, 2017 from noon to 1 p.m. CT online. 

  • DRY COW COOLING:  IT'S NOT ALL A VACATION: Recorded Webinar (register to watch)
  • MINIMIZING THE EFFECTS OF WEATHER ON CALVES: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CT

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 Calf Care Connection

Oct. 10, 11, 12, 2017; 9:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Chilton, Eau Claire, and Fennimore, Wis.

Geek out on calves at the PDPW Calf Care Connection® training on Oct. 10, 11, 12, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. - 3: 45 p.m., in Chilton, Eau Claire, and Fennimore, respectively.  This workshop is designed to challenge the most seasoned calf care managers, calf feeders and other team members that work alongside young stock and newborn calves.

Walk away with improved, practical SOPs and protocols to better manage the health of your youngstock and improve the growth and long-term-performance value in your herd.

Training Locations:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 10: Fox Valley Technical College, 1200 E. Chestnut Street, Chilton, Wis.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 11: Best Western Conference Center, 3340 Mondovi Rd., Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12: Southwest Technical College, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, Wis.

This training runs in partnership with the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and will be crediting up to 5.7 CE credits, with the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) crediting up to 5.0 CE credits, and new for Dairy Farmers and allied industry, Dairy AdvanCE crediting up to 4.75 CE credits.

A special thank you to our Event Sponsor: Calf-Star LLC for their long-time support of this excellent educational training.

For additional information, please call 1-800-947-7379 to talk with a team member.

PDPW World Class Webinars "Hooves are Made for Walking"

Oct. 18 & Nov. 22, 2017 | Online

PDPW brings you a 2-part World Class Webinars series: "Hooves are Made for Walking" with Karl Burgi and Dr. Nigel Cook, both to run noon to 1 p.m. CT online on Oct. 18 and Nov. 22, respectively. 

 

Hoof health is critical to the success of a high-performing, high-production dairy cow and herd.  Karl Burgi, dairy hoof health consultant and owner of Hoof Care, Inc., and Dr. Nigel Cook, DVM, Chair of the Deptartment of Medical Sciences and a Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine from the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, will provide you the ideas, solutions, and the tips and tricks needed to create a solid plan that will reduce lameness and implement a strategy to achieve excellence in your herd, all while protecting your dairy's bottom line.

 

"Hooves are Made for Walking" 2-Part Series:

  • THE FUNDAMENTALS OF GOOD HOOF HEALTH, Karl Burgi, Wed., Oct. 18
  • MINIMIZING THE EFFECTS OF WEATHER ON CALVES, Dr. Nigel Cook, Nov. 22

 

PDPW member cost is $100/webinar; and for a savings, registrter for the 2-part series for $175.  Non-Members can purchase the webinar at $125/webinar; and for a savings, register for the 2-part series for $225.

 

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 Financial Literacy for Dairy

Oct. 23-24, 2017; 9:30 a.m. on day one, closing at 4 p.m. on day two | Madison, Wis.

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

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 curricuum. 

Lodging can be secured at the hotel of your choosing.  If you choose to stay at the training site, the Sheraton Hotel - Madison is offering attendees a discounted group rate, which includes $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 that you are with the Professional Dairy Producers - PDPW group.

For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or mail@pdpw.org.

PDPW Dairy Dialogue Day Tours

Oct. 26, 2017 | Black River Falls, Wis.

Join the PDPW Dairy Dialogue Day Tour Thu., Oct. 26, 2017.  The tour will depart by chartered bus from the Best Western Arrowhead Lodge & Suites, 600 Oasis Rd., Black River Falls, Wis., promptly at 9:30 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. and tour two dairies.  *Limited to the first 50 dairy farmer registrations.

 

This chartered bus tour, facilitated by Dr. Paul Fricke of UW-Madison, is designed to connect you directly with fellow dairy owners and managers. We'll visit 2 dairy farms in north-central Wisconsin: Selz-Pralle Dairy (Selz-Pralle family, Humbird, Wis.) and Heller Farm (Heller family, Alma Center, Wis.).  Dr. Paul M. Fricke, Ph.D., is a Professor of Dairy Science and Extension Specialist in Dairy Cattle Reproduction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research program focuses on understanding the biology underlying the many reproductive problems presented by modern dairy cattle.

 

Registration, $60/PDPW member and $185/non-member, incudes transportation, guided tours, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

 

This training is offered in cooperation with Dairy AdvanCE and has been approved for up to 3.75 continuing education (CE) credits. Dairy AdvanCE is a continuing education accreditation provider for dairy producers and other dairy industry professionals. Learn more.

 

For more information on the Dairy Dialogue Day Tour, call PDPW at 800-947-7379. 

PDPW Milk Quality Workshop

Nov. 1 & 2, 2017 | LaCrosse & Fond du Lac, Wis.

Join hundreds of dairy owners, herdspeople, and other managers, as Dr. Pam Ruegg and other dairy milk quality experts present during two one-day Milk Quality Workshop trainings in LaCrosse and Fond du Lac on November 1 & 2, 2017, respectively.

Attendees will explore animal health, record keeping, stall bedding, and other best management practices and techniques to ensure quality milk.

More infomration will be coming soon.

PDPW Dairy's Visible Voice Series (Kewaunee County)

Nov. 1, Dec. 13, 2017 & Jan 3, Feb. 16, and Apr. 4, 2018; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Kewaunee, Wis.

Join fellow dairy farmers for the PDPW Dairy's Visible Voice® - leadership development through effective communication training series, beginning Wed., Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., at Pagels Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee, Wis.  This leadership training provides proven communication skills that will position your business for success and amplify the value you bring to your local community.

Walk away with a comprehensive plan to manage your dairy brand and protect your livelihood as you effectively engage with media and consumers - traditionally and digitally.

Suggested Training Dates (to be finalized by peer group):

  • Wed., Nov. 1: Media Training
  • Wed., Dec. 13: Crisis Management
  • Wed., Jan. 3: Effective Leadership
  • Fri., Feb. 16: Proactive Communication
  • Wed., Apr. 4: Social Media Strategy

Registration for PDPW members is $625.00 ($800 for non-members) and includes five on-farm training sessions, training materials, lunch, refreshments and access to a like-minded, progressive dairy "peer group."

PDPW Dairy's Visible Voice Series (Clark County)

Nov. 2, Dec. 14, 2017 & Jan 4, Feb. 15, and Apr. 5, 2018; 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Greenwood, Wis.

Join fellow dairy farmers for the PDPW Dairy's Visible Voice® - leadership development through effective communication training series, beginning Thur., Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., at Boon Farms in Greenwood, Wis.  This leadership training provides proven communication skills that will position your business for success and amplify the value you bring to your local community.

Walk away with a comprehensive plan to manage your dairy brand and protect your livlihood as you effectively engage with media and consumers - traditionally and digitally.

Suggested Training Dates (to be finalized by peer group):

  • Thur., Nov. 2: Media Training
  • Thur., Dec. 14: Crisis Management
  • Thur., Jan. 4: Effective Leadership
  • Thur., Feb. 15: Proactive Communication
  • Thur., Apr. 5: Social Media Strategy

Registration for PDPW members is $625.00 ($800 for non-members) and includes five on-farm training sessions, training materials, lunch, refreshments and access to a like-minded, progressive dairy "peer group."

PDPW Dairy Tours - Virginia

Nov. 6-9, 2017 | Blue Ridge Mountains, Va.

Join 50 dairy farmers for the PDPW Dairy Tours - Virginia program, as they tour the Blue-Ridge Mountains in Virginia, beginning with a Welcome Reception on Mon., Nov. 6 at 6 p.m., and tours beginning Tue., Nov. 7 at 7:30 a.m. and concluding Thu., Nov. 9 at 8:00 p.m. 

The group, led by Dr. David Kohl, dairy economisits and financial expert out of Virginia Tech, will travel from the northeast to the southwest, touring dairies and creameries, including Dr. Kohl's Homestead Creamery. Farmers will walk away seeing firsthand how dairy farmers in the "Old Dominion" state take charge and successfully manage their thriving and innovative dairy businesses. 

Suggested Airports (airfare is on your own):

  • Fly-In: Monday, Nov. 6 (before 5 p.m.): Roanoke - Blacksburg Regional Airport
  • Fly-Out: Thu., Nov. 9 (after 8 p.m.) or Fri., Nov. 10 at convenience: Washington Dulles International Airport

Registration is $900 for PDPW members and $1,100 for non-members, and an additional $650 for second person from same farm.  Registration includes welcome reception, 3-night lodging (M-W), 8 meals, tour transportation, and training materials.  ***Airfare is not included in registration. 

For additional information, please call 800-947-7379 or mail@pdpw.org.

PDPW Mentor Program

Applications Due Nov. 10, 2017 |

The PDPW Mentor Program application deadline is November 10th, 2017.  Use the following information to complete your mentor experience.  All questions should be directed to Danielle Warmka at dwarmka@pdpw.org.

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 three easy ssteps in order 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 10th.  PDPW will contact you with your match by November 17th.  You can apply by filling out the online application, by selecting "Apply Today" above, or download the forms and email them to dwarmka@pdpw.org.  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, as well as your signed completion form, one-page summary and photo of you with your mentor turned in by February 2nd, 2018

  3. 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 15-16, 2017, including a one-night hotel stay for students attending schools outside of Madison. We expect that you will attend the mentor program breakfast, as this is a tremendous opportunity to catch up with your mentor, network with dairy industry experts and meet new students from around the state.

PDPW Feed & Nutrition Conference

Nov. 14 & 15, 2017 | Marshfield & Arlington, Wis.

Join hundreds of dairy owners, feed managers and and other industry professionals for the one-day PDPW Dairy Feed & Nutrition Conference, Nov. 14 & 15, in Marshfield and Arlington, Wis.

  • Tue., Nov. 14: Training Site TBD, Marshfield, Wis.
  • Wed., Nov. 15: Arlington Agricultural Research Station – Public Events Building, N695 Hopkins Rd., Arlington, Wis.

Attendees will learn the best-management practices  including management of molds, inoculants, storage supply challenges and feed quality techniques.

Attend to get exposure to the most dynamic experts in the calf-care field:

  • Dr. Paul Kononoff, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will focus on the relationship between forage quality and ruminal fermentation in dairy cattle.  The primary objective is to extend the current understanding of forage quality and the effect on rumen fermentation and milk production.
  • Dr. John Goeser, Rock River Labs' animal nutrition research and innovation director, will discuss carbohydrate digestion, forage management and trends, and feed hygine.
  • Dr. David Combs, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will explain research in forage utilization and ruminal digestion of fiber and explore utilization of pastures and development of energy and protein supplement programs for grazing cattle, as well as intake regulation in a high-producing herd.  Dr. Combs will also address "what's new" regarding fiber and low-lignin forages and diets and BMR Sudan grasses, while keeping a cow-centric and cost-effective approach in mind. 

More information will be made available soon.

PDPW Food & Policy Summit

Dec. 6-7, 2017 | Madison, Wis.

The PDPW Food & Policy Summit will be held Dec. 6-7, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolen Dr., Madison, Wis.  This meeting will build a more proactive and prepared dairy meat and milk sector with dairy farmers, industry and food system leaders at the table.  Join the conversation and raise the bar on transparency and consumer trust within the food system - from farm to consumer. 

The two-day collaborative event, open for one-day or two-day registration, will provide a deeper understanding through unified dialogue with innovative dairy farm owners, industry CEOs, food system department executives and key decision makers and thought-leaders - from farms to processors and brand executives in the value chain.

More information will be made available soon.

PDPW Transition Cow Workshop

Dec. 12 & 13, 2017 | Eau Claire & Appleton, Wis.

Join hundreds of fellow dairy owners, managers and other key dairy resources at the one-day 2017 PDPW Transition Cow Workshop on Dec. 12 & 13 in Eau Claire and Appleton, Wis., respectively.  Attendees will fine-tune their transition cow knowledge and gather new insight that you can apply immediately.

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

Additional information will me available soon.

PDPW World Class Webinars "Dairy Economic Forecast & Trends"

Dec. 20, 2017 | Online

PDPW brings you the World Class Webinars "Dairy Economic Forecast & Trends" with Dan Basse, ag economist, to run noon to 1 p.m. CT online, Dec. 20, 2017. 

 

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.

 

More information will be made available soon.

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.  You will meet and network with like-minded professionals, including CEOs, dairy owners and managers, industry directors, processors, marketers and distributors for this three-day national executive education training.

 

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 reservation by calling 1-800-624-4109 or by Online Reservation (mention you are with Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin block); $169.00/night

 

Registration is open for members at $700 and non-members at $875.  All 2nd registrations from same farm receive a rate of $600.  Registration includes training, tour transportation, training materials, refreshments and meals.  *Travel and lodging is the responsibility of the attendee.

 

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

 

For additional information call PDPW at 800-947-7379 or email mail@pdpw.org.

 


Future Managers Academy Dates:

  • January 16-18, 2018
  • 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

Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, 2018 | Green Bay & Wisconsin Dells, 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, led by Nicole Bettinger, family business expert, on Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, 2018 in Green Bay and Wisconsin Dells, respectively.

More information will be available soon.

PDPW Dairy Wellbeing Workshop

Feb. 7 & 8, 2018 | Green Bay, Wis.

Join 50 dairy owners, feed managers and and other industry professionals for the one-day PDPW Dairy Wellbeing Workshop, Feb. 7 & 8, in Green Bay, Wis.

Attendees will explore and discuss animal handling practices, body condition scoring, cullin-management decisions, antibiotic use and other welfare challenges on today's dairies.

More information will be made available soon.

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 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., on day 1 from 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and on day 2 in conjunction with the 2018 PDPW Business Conference, 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 focus on the needs of farmers and other industry professionals have to effectively communicate, collaborate and lead more proficiently.  The training is also designed to provide continuing education - whether to college-age students pursuing dairy-related careers or individuals wanting to retool or those who are at a crossroads in their dairy career.

Three training pillars (choose one):

  • 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 crediting 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 mail@pdpw.org.

 

 

 

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 is scheduled for 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. 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 the Oregon High School and traveling to the UW-Madison for hands on labs and workshops.

For non-farm and farm students, this is a must-attend program as they prepare for the next step in securing an education and career in the dairy industry.  YLD 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

Registration is set at $79 and is open to the public - 15-18-year-olds and includes training, meals and tour transportations.  For additional inforation call 800-947-7379 or email mail@pdpw.org.

***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 your parental contact information and waivers 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; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 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.  

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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 mail@pdpw.org to register and receive your link to access your profile.

PDPW Commemorative Painting "Faithfully Feeding the Future"

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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 hangs 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 mail@pdpw.org or by phone at 1-800-947-7379.

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

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