Programs & Events

PDPW Dairy's Visible Voice Winter Series

Jan. 26, Feb. 16, and Apr. 6; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Baraboo, Wis.

Join us for the Dairy's Visible Voice - Winter Series.  This leadership series provides proven communication skills that will position your business for success and amplify the value you bring to your local community.  Develop a comprehensive plan to manage your brand and protect your livelihood as you effectively engage with media and consumers.

NEW this year: enjoy the peer-group experience - lauded by attendees as an incredible value. Your class will walk through the full curriculum together. The setting for this series brings together like-minded dairy farmers in a safe environment to generate ideas and solutions regarding traditional and digital media, crisis planning, leadership and interpersonal skills, and strategic community relations.

All sessions begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by training from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Training series includes:
     -  Thu., Jan. 26, 2017 - Crisis Management
     -  Thu., Feb. 16, 2017 - Effective Leadership
     -  Thu., Apr. 6, 2017 - Proactive Communication

Training site: Foremost Farms USA, E10889 Penny Ln, Baraboo, WI

If you are not able to commit to all above sessions, or have previously completed a session and do not need a refresher, please hand-pick the training(s) of your choice. 

Due to limited space, pre-registration is required for this training and priority is given to active dairy farmers.  To learn more view the flyer or call PDPW at 800-947-7379.

PDPW Dairy Human Resources Workshop

Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 3, 2017; 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Various Locations, Wis. & Iowa

Join the PDPW Dairy Human Resources training on Jan. 31 or Feb. 1, 2017 in Wisconsin, or on Feb. 3 in Iowa.  In all three locations, registration opens at 9:30 a.m., training begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m.  This workshop is designed to help dairy owners and managers hire, retain and engage employees.  As a result, you will decrease frustration, impact productivity and increase quality of care to your animals, facilities, and overall work environment for yourself and your team.

Leave this workshop with take-home hiring tools, retention tips and employee engagement techniques that will make life easier and take the guesswork out of hiring, retaining and engaging great employees.  Gain new ideas, solutions and resources as you walk through the general session, breakouts, producer panel and peer-to-peer networking.

This training runs in partnership with the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and will be crediting up to 5.5 CE credits.

Training locations:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 31: La Sure's Hall, 3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh, WI
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1: Holiday Inn, 4751 Owen Ayres Ct., Eau Claire, WI
  • Friday, Feb. 3: Sioux County Extension Office, 400 Central Ave. NW, Orange City, IA

For more information call PDPW at 800-947-7379 or review the program flyer.

PDPW Mentor Program

One-Page Report Deadline: Feb. 2, 2017 |

The PDPW Mentor Program application deadline has expired.  Use the following information to complete your mentor experience.  All questions should be directed to Jessica Pralle at

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 the the two remaining steps in order to have a fun and successful Mentor Program experience:

  1. Go! 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 possibly 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, 2017.

  2. Business Conference! After the requirements are met and paperwork is submitted, you will receive a complimentary registration to the 2016-17 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 World Class Webinars: Breathe Easy with Ventilation

Jan. 11 & Feb. 15, 2017 | Online

Need access to pros and cons of natural and mechanical ventilation design concepts?  Learn how to keep your cows healthy and comfortable - and at top production, during hot and cold seasons. PDPW brings you a 2-part World Class Webinars series: "Breathe Easy with Ventilation" with Dr. Nigel Cook, professor in the Food Animal Production Medicine section at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine. 

  • CHALLENGES OF NATURALLY VENTILATING COW BARNS: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CST

Following registration, attendees will receive registration verification by email with unique login instruction.  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.

ACE Education Seminar

Feb. 21, 2017; 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Save the date for the 2017 ACE Regional Meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Kalahari Resort, 1305 Kalahari Drive, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.  This collaborative meeting is designed for dairy farmers, community leaders, local elected officials, conservation officials, and other livestock producers. 

Opening with Secretary Ben Brancel of DATCP, come to the table to learn of the latest updates on land, water and neighborhood conservation and improvement strategies.  

This meeting is part of the Agricultural Community Engagement® (ACE) partnership, a joint effort of Wisconsin Towns Association, Wisconsin Counties Association and Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW).

New this year: registration will be completed online with PDPW.  Click the "Register Now!" button to complete your online registration.

PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy

March 14-15, 2017: 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. & 7:15 a.m.-9:30 p.m. | Madison, Wis.

PDPW CORNERSTONE DAIRY ACADEMY™ will be held March 14-15, 2017 at the Alliant Energy Center - Exhibition Hall, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, Wis., on day 1 from 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and on day 2 in conjunction with the 2017 PDPW Business Conference, also at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., from 7:15 a.m.-9:30 p.m., through the evening banquet.

The application-based professional development training will focus on the needs 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 7.2 UW-SVM CEUs)
  • Visionary Leaders - Ethics, Leadership and Outlook (*up to 8.1 UW-SVM CEUs)
  • Servant Leadership - Serve, Grow, Lead (*up to 8.7 UW-SVM CEUs)

*This training runs in partnership with the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and will be crediting as noted above.  For more information on each pillar, reference the full training flyer.

Important dates:

  • January 31 - Application deadline
  • February 15 - Applicants notified of acceptance 
  • March 14 - Cornerstone Dairy Academy begins (Alliant Energy Center)
  • March 15 - 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

2017 PDPW Hall of Ideas & Equipment Trade Show

Mar. 15-16, 2017 | Madison, Wis.

Have you secured your exhibit booth? Don't delay. Last year's tradeshow was a sellout. Sign up today to ensure your 2017 booth space.  Join PDPW during your premier national dairy event: 2017 PDPW Business Conference at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis. on March 15-16, 2017.

Don't be left behind - be proactive and secure your exhibit space at the 25th Anniversary celebration during the 2017 PDPW Business Conference. 


  • 2015 and 2016 show was sold out with over 1,600 in attendance
  • Access to pre-qualified, progressive, active 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: Mission Driven
  • The 2017 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 both in creative pre-marketing strategies as well as on-site at the Conference.
  • **New this year. We will be using the New Holland Building for even more educational hands-on learning. Be sure to check this out.


Move-In and Set-Up: Tuesday, March 14: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and/or Wednesday, March 15: 6:00 - 8:00 a.m. Exhibits must be completely set up by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Tear down begins only after 4:30 p.m., following closing keynote and closing remarks (no exceptions).


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 shipment, electrical requirements and other equipment needs must be ordered directly through The Alliant Energy Center at Booth number is not required to secure these items in advance of booth placement.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is a maximum speed of 512k, which is good for light internet surfing and checking emails. There is now a second option, the user is asked to select either the complimentary Wi-Fi, which is 512k or upgrade to a 1.5 meg. for $6/day. If you choose the 1.5 meg., you can pay with credit card directly to the WIFI service provider. Exhibitors can order high speed internet connections online at if you want a stable internet connection. Depending on the quality of user, those who only rely on their wireless accessibility (no data plan) may have some connection issues if there are many similar users.


1. PDPW Business Conference has a convenient event app for you! Put the conference happenings at your fingertips by downloading the app in 3 easy steps:

     - Find and download the FREE "Crowd Compass Directory" app in your respective App Store (e.g. Google Play, App Store).  This will work for Apple and Android devices.

     - In the Crowd Compass Directory, look for the "2017 PDPW Business Conference" event in the search field.  Click the event to download it.

      - Enter the EVENT CODE: dairy2017.

NOTE: for BlackBerry & Non-Smart phone devices, open your web browser and download the mobile app at:


To view the site click on the Virtual Trade Show. The 2017 Hall of Ideas Virtual Trade Show will remain on the site until September 1, 2017, 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!


If you would like to take your engagement with the 2017 PDPW Business Conference to the next level and surpass your competition, contact Amy Bonomie at 800-947-7379 or for further discussions. All sponsorships are secured on a first-come-first-serve basis.


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.

2017 PDPW Business Conference - 25th Year, Mission Driven

Mar. 15-16, 2017 | Madison, Wis.

Join fellow dairy men, women and other industry professionals for the 2017 PDPW Business Conference: "Mission Driven" Wednesday and Thursday, March 15-16, 2017, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Join like-minded dairy farmers in pursuit of professional development and continuous improvement as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of PDPW, honoring past, present and future.

In addition to the celebration, the Conference will feature cutting-edge topics from world-renowned speakers presenting dynamic sessions and offering hands-on labs. And, most popularly, you'll have access to unmatched peer-to-peer networking with the industry's greatest from around the nation - and world.

Attendees will take the knowledge gleaned from presenters, keynote speakers and other producers back to their businesses to further their goals and strategies, setting the stage for the next 25 years of business success. 

Need hotel accommodations?  Here are the hotels that have PDPW blocks secured:

  • Clarion Hotel ($144)               608.284.1234
  • Sheraton ($129/$139)            608-251-2300
  • Country Inn & Suites ($127/$137)  608.221.0055
  • Holiday Inn Express ($159)    608.709.5050
  • Comfort Inn ($100)                 608.255.7400

Hotel block deadlines close February 1, 2017.

Additional information will be made available in the coming weeks as the Conference agenda and line-up of speakers and topics is finalized. Stay tuned...

PDPW Board of Director: 2017 Candidates

Mar. 16, 2017; submit by 1 p.m. | Madison, Wis.

PDPW is a dairy farmer-led organization — founded by farmers and led by farmers with the mission to serve farmers. To stay connected with our grassroots vision, review and vote for one of the candidates listed below.  PDPW bylaws allow one vote per dairy farm member.

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

Learn more about each of your candidates:

You can cast your ballot in one of two manners:

  1. Attend and submit at PDPW’s Business Conference, March 15-16, 2017, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., or
  2. Mail your marked ballot to PDPW. Must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 1, 2017. 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 2017 PDPW Business Conference. Ballots will also be available at the Business Conference show office. All votes must be cast by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 16.  If you have questions about the process, candidates or your ballot, please call PDPW at 800-947-7379.

PDPW Youth Leadership Derby

April 16-17, 2016 | Colby, Wisconsin

Set your high school student's calendar to join PDPW Youth Leadership Derby for a two-day, overnight educational experience.  The program will run April 22-23, 2017 at the Colby 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  college students and industry leaders.

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.  If registering for a group, please REGISTER ONE ATTENDEE AT A TIME or download the group registration excel worksheet or contact Tracy Propst at 800-947-7379.  We need to make sure we have parental contact information and waivers for each attendee.  Thank you!

2017 PDPW International Dairy Tour: Ireland - SOLD OUT

Aug. 12-22, 2017 | Dublin, Ireland

The 2017 PDPW International Dairy Tour: Ireland is SOLD OUT.  Call PDPW at 800-947-7379 to learn how you can secure your name on the waiting list for Ireland and/or future PDPW international trips.

Discover the serene countryside and Ireland's unique dairy industry on the 2017 PDPW International Dairy Tour: Ireland.  Join like-minded dairy farmers for the opportunity of a lifetime - enjoy the stunning landscape as you experience a country steeped in history and filled with charm, August 12-22, 2017. 

This program is open exclusively to dairy farmers and is set at a maximum capacity of 50 attendees.  Tour cost: $4,600/PDPW Member and $5,100/Non-Member.  The cost is based on two people sharing a hotel room.  For single-room rate, add $839.00.

The tour fee includes airfare, hotel accommodations (one night is in a castle), land transportation via motor coach bus, 7 technical visits (farms/research centers), 13 sightseeing ventures, 21 meals plus a fulltime tour guide.

To learn more on itinerary, policy guidelines, and registration, please contact PDPW Member Resource Manager, Julie Gabris, at 800-947-7379.

2018 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals

January 16-18, 2018 | TBD, TBD

Save the date for the 2018 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals.  This long-standing, execuitve-level professional development training is designed for the most savvy dairy producers and other allid dairy managers, owners and executives.  We will have more information to share mid-year on location and content focus.

Future PDPW Business Conference Dates

| Madison, Wis.

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 capture 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 15 & 16, 2017
  • March 14 & 15, 2018
  • March 13 & 14, 2019


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, 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 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 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
  • 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.

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