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2020 PDPW Business Conference - Virtual Conference
March 18 & 19, 2020

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PDPW Business Conference is a Go – Virtually!

To protect the public's health, and in step with the recommendations of our President and Governor, the PDPW Board of Directors have decided to offer the PDPW Business Conference in a “Virtual Conference” format, rather than in-person.

Our goal is to ensure all registered participants have access to the world-class speakers they need and deserve. In additional to live-stream viewing during the Virtual Conference, registered attendees can access the digital trade show "PDPW Prime" and watch all recorded sessions on-demand at their leisure.

Registration “to attend” is still open by clicking “Register Now”. Please watch PDPW's website and the PDPW mobile app for details on how to access the Virtual Conference and recorded sessions.

We continue to serve our mission to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.

Welcome to the 2020 PDPW Business Conference

If there was ever a year to cast a laser focus on your business, this is the year. The past few years have come and gone in a blur – now 2020 lies ahead beckoning dairy producers to commit to a clear vision.

When time, money and labor on the farm become limiting factors, it's imperative to maximize your time away. There's nowhere else in the industry you can go to receive the quality and quantity of education, passion and solution-oriented ideas and connections in a mere two days.

With the help of your fellow dairy producers, we've put together an agenda abounding with leading-edge information and the latest in education, innovations and research. We've also got a few new things in store for you.

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The Future

The PDPW annual Business Conference offers best-in-class education and networking that strives to provide education and inspiration for a vibrant and thriving dairy infrastructure, leaving a positive legacy for generations to come.


We bring together thousands of dairy farmers and agribusiness people from around the globe. This is dairy's go-to educational event. With 70 percent of attendees representing dairy farm owners and managers, you are exposed to the movers and shakers in dairying. Who else attends? Food companies, marketers, distributors and other food system professionals that rely on the continuous improvement and viability of a strong dairy sector.

Leading Experts

Take away actionable insights from over 50 of the best and brightest leaders across the globe. Take in the most advanced ideas, latest technologies and management practices available. Gain real-world teaching that leads to real results.

Personal & Professional Skill

Advance your capabilities through dozens of educational sessions. Discover new leadership paradigms; cultivate team building and elevate internal and external communications; strengthen your business strategy; and amplify your herd production, health, performance and beyond.

Refine your Expertise

With four educational tracks in animal care/food safety, business/financial, HR/management/next gen and social license (consumer trust, environment, policy), there is something for everyone. Deepen your understanding in a specific discipline, trend or technology, or advance in multiple areas.

Enjoy & Relax

Business Conference is all inclusive. You'll have every opportunity to talk with a fellow producer over lunch, rub elbows with agribusiness leaders over the Connection "Wisconsin-Style Cheese, Beer and Wine" Reception. This is your time to shine; meet new people and make connections that will shape your profession for a lifetime.

Conference Venue

It's all under one roof! Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, Wis.


Compeer Financial

We support PDPW because of their commitment to moving the dairy industry forward, being a powerful ‘voice’ and providing all dairy farmers with educational opportunities and more. At Compeer Financial, supporting dairy farmers is a big part of what we do, partnering together to develop financial strategies that meet their goals.  Ultimately, our success depends on their success.  And PDPW plays an important role in helping to cultivate that knowledge and success.     – Steve Schwoerer, Senior Dairy Lending Specialist


Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

PDPW provides cutting-edge educational seminars and distributes critical information about the most up-to-date technology to dairy producers and veterinarians across Wisconsin.  Boehringer Ingelheim is proud to partner with PDPW because we believe in the mission of PDPW: to promote healthy, profitable milk production.  Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to supporting community organizations that educate consumers and dairy producers about the importance of solid management practices and the use of quality animal health products to improve the production of healthy meat and milk.  PDPW is a stellar example of such an organization and we are very proud to be a Mission sponsor.   – Tom Heiman, Senior Territory Manager

Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin builds awareness of Wisconsin-produced dairy products by creating national publicity, managing digital advertising, and driving sales, distribution and trials through retail and foodservice promotions. It also supports in-school education about the benefits of dairy and funding for the UW Center for Dairy Research.  This organization exists to be tireless advocates, marketers and promoters for Wisconsin dairy farmers and to drive demand for Wisconsin dairy products. – Chad Vincent, CEO

Land O' Lakes

Land O Lakes, Inc. is proud to be a founding Mission Sponsor of PDPW. As a farmer-owned cooperative, we share PDPW’s mission of advancing our industry to meet evolving customer and consumer needs – and ultimately help feed the growing global population. The educational and leadership opportunities provided by PDPW helps reinforce dairy farmers’ longstanding reputation as committed stewards of their land and animals, and trusted producers of the highest quality milk.     – Glenda Gehl, Master Dairy Advisor Program Director, Member Relations


The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin is a rare, one-of-a-kind organization: farmer led, forward-thinking leaders who drive change through education for the betterment of dairy farmers, the food system and consumers. From ensuring food safety to your passion for cow care and respect for natural resources, PDPW helps dairy farmers not only stay in step with but also build trusted relationships with customers and consumers. As dairy’s professional development organization, PDPW is about helping enable continuous improvement at the farm-level. It’s not hard to want to support and get behind something like that, especially when our own roots are in dairy. Thank you for the opportunity to sponsor and serve you!     – Linda Wenck, Principal Director, Corporate Affairs & Social Responsibility

Professional Dairy Producers Foundation

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation is a mission sponsor of PDPW because we believe that education is the key to healthy and vibrant dairy communities.  PDPW fulfills that promise by providing programs that are consistent with the Foundation strategic vision of a professional, proactive and prepared dairy community.  PDPW is the perfect platform for the Foundation to focus support in these key areas: raising up the next generation of the dairy community and maintaining public trust in dairy’s people and products.   – Janet Keller, Executive Director