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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 29 of The Dairy Signal™


October 16, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 29 of The Dairy Signal™
Free online episodes offer insights to help producers make informed decisions
 
DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week 29 of The Dairy Signal™ will feature two new speakers, Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Founder & President, Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, Inc., and Jodi Legge, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium.
 
Returning to The Dairy Signal are Gerald Minor, Pittsville, Wis., Fire Chief and Curt Larson, President and CEO of Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
Tuesday’s Dairy Signal talked about building road infrastructure within the dairy industry and featured Mike Koles, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Town Association (WTA); Dean Steingraber, Highway Commissioner for the Outagamie County Highway Department; Kevin Erb, Director of the Conservation Professional Training Program for UW-Madison, Division of Extension; and Attorney Joe Ruth, Legal Counsel for WTA.
 
Erb commented the equipment we use and the narrow time windows we have for harvesting and hauling manure have shifted, creating significantly steady road traffic. There’s been a real financial investment due to the dairy industry needing solid roads to transport their perishable product and commodity to their respective market. As a result, we have taken positive steps to minimize road damage while also building partnerships on the local level.
 
Steingrader encouraged producers to take a look at communicating with your county highway departments and your townships to work on developing solutions to make the whole transportation system safer for everyone. Producers need to be able to transport these products safely and timely for our agricultural system, and ultimately, our economy to keep moving forward.
 
On Wednesday’s episode, Bridget Wasser, Senior Executive Director, Product Research & Education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, shared the virus has had a ripple effect on so many different levels of the beef supply chain. For instance, in a typical year, the foodservice industry accounts for 60 percent of beef sales with the remaining 40 percent heading to the retail chain, and these numbers have essentially flipped this year.
 
In addition, Wasser explained consumers began stocking up on supplies at their local grocery stores at unprecedented rates across the entire country. They continue to stock up on items like beef, and as a result the beef industry saw retail sales skyrocket. Keeping up with retail demand has been one of their biggest challenges this year, which lead to some out-of-stock beef supplies during the pandemic.
 
During Thursday’s episode, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, predicted cheese prices will continue to rise as speculation grows that the Farmer for Family FoodBox program could be extended into quarter one of 2021. He also mentioned U.S. feed values continue to rally amid falling U.S. crop production and record large demand from China. December corn prices are back to $4/bushel with December soymeal rising to $365/ton – the highest in 3 years.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal is updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, October 20
Topic: Farmers take pride in providing the best nourishment for both their land and the animals they raise, but at times, neglect to nurture, replenish and take care of their own bodies. Learn more about proper nutrition management. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Founder & President, Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, Inc.
Wednesday, October 21
Topic: Developing a model for livestock premises registration and traceability is no small task. Find how the premises registration and individual animal identification system continues to develop to protect livestock health, traceability and consumer confidence from farm to fork. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Jodi Legge, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium
  • Curt Larson, President and CEO of Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association
Thursday, October 22
Topic: October is National Fire Prevention Month. Having effective procedures and measures in place can save lives. Tune in to discover procedures and methods to follow to prevent fires.  Episode presenter includes:
  All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible through www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
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October 9, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 28 of The Dairy Signal™
Free online episodes offer insights to help producers make informed decisions
 
DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week 28 of The Dairy Signal™ will feature several new speakers, Mike Koles, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Town Association; Dean Steingraber, Highway Commissioner for the Outagamie County Highway Department; and Bridget Wasser, Senior Executive Director, Product Research & Education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
 
Returning to The Dairy Signal are Kevin Erb, Director of the Conservation Professional Training Program for UW-Madison, Division of Extension and Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
Matt Otto, Resource Conservationist & Special Initiatives Coordinator for the Natural Resources Conservation Services and Dennis Frame, owner of Timber Ridge Consulting, discussed the particulars of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). This program was created within the 2014 Farm Bill and leverages partnerships to multiply investments to reach common conservation goals. Since the 2018 Farm Bill, RCPP is now a stand-alone program with its own funding. NRCS is currently accepting proposals for RCPP Classic projects through Nov. 4, 2020.
 
There is also an enhanced Alternative Funding Arrangement (AFA), allowing NRCS to award up to 15 AFA projects, which are more grant-tailored and rely on partner capacity to implement conservation activities. For more information visit the Wisconsin NRCS website: www.wi.nrcs.usda.gov.
 
On Wednesday’s episode, Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association, shared how the retailers and the entire supply chain have, at times, struggled to keep their doors open to meet the needs of both their customers and employees. “You have to be sensitive to your customers; they have gone through all sorts of changes that no one ever anticipated. Their shopping patterns have changed, their trips to the store have been reduced and they are buying more, but there’s been consistency in the dairy industry,” Scholz explained.
 
Partnering with Scholz was Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. Vincent said post-pandemic, butter sales are up 37 percent, cheese up 20 percent, and milk is up 6 percent. Milk is one of the fastest-moving products in a grocery store. In addition, we gained five years of increased activity on e-commerce purchases in three months. Milk purchases through e-commerce are up 125 percent, and cheese up 114 percent.
 
During Thursday’s episode, Gary Sipiorski, Business and Financial Consultant and Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center for Dairy Profitability, talked about how the balance sheet and income statements come together to generate useful key ratios such as working capital, debt to asset, return on assets and cost of production. The Farm Financial Standards Council recommends a set of 21 ratios to measure and evaluate liquidity, solvency, profitability efficiency and repayment capacity.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal is updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, October 13
Topic: Seasonal weight restrictions serve a purpose. Learn how farmers can minimize road damage and work together with road maintenance crews. Episode presenters include:
  • Kevin Erb, Director of the Conservation Professional Training Program for UW-Madison, Division of Extension
  • Mike Koles, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Town Association
  • Dean Steingraber, Highway Commissioner for the Outagamie County Highway Department
Wednesday, October 14
Topic: The COVID-19 situation has impacted the food industry. Hear how the meat processing industry has reacted, how meat demands have changed, and what the future has in store. Episode presenter includes:
  • Bridget Wasser, Senior Executive Director, Product Research & Education, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Thursday, October 15
Topic: Tune in for an analysis of agricultural markets, current trends and what to expect for the rest of this year and into 2021. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible through www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
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October 2, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 27 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week 27 of The Dairy Signal™ will feature two new speakers, Matt Otto, Resource Conservationist & Special Initiatives Coordinator for the Natural Resources Conservation Services and Dennis Frame, owner of Timber Ridge Consulting.
 
Returning to The Dairy Signal are Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association; Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin; Gary Sipiorski, Business and Financial Consultant; and Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center for Dairy Profitability.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA), discussed the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) second round of assistance for agricultural producers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 or CFAP 2. The application process is now open and will remain active until December 11, 2020. For more details visit the farmers.gov.
 
On Wednesday’s episode, Cheryl Skjolaas, Extension Agricultural Safety Specialist with the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shared that over 1,700 crashes involving farm equipment and motor vehicles were recorded between 2010-2019, resulting in 29 fatalities and 834 injuries. She advises taking a good look at your farm machinery by checking the lights and safety markings, make sure road routes are clear and talk about a communications plan with your team before harvesting.
 
During Thursday’s episode, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, said the U.S. markets will remain volatile and he’s hopeful China will continue their efforts to buy more U.S. dairy products. He also mentioned the Trump administration is still working on a new COVID-19 package worth $2 trillion, and the Commodity Credit Corporation has been reauthorized for another $30 billion. Looking forward to 2021, the economist predicts less political interference and advised knowing your margins to react accordingly.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, October 6
Topic: The Regional Conservation Partnership Program will award up to $360 million to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Learn more details about this program. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Matt Otto, Resource Conservationist & Special Initiatives Coordinator, Natural Resources Conservation Services
  • Dennis Frame, owner of Timber Ridge Consulting
Wednesday, October 7
Topic: As grocery chains navigated their way through the summer months, get a glimpse of what consumers are looking for as we head into fall and winter and what challenges lie ahead. In addition, learn how dairy promotion efforts are continuing to build trust and partnerships that add value for dairy farmers. Episode presenters include:
   
Thursday, October 8
Topic: Learn how the balance sheet and income statements come together to generate useful key ratios such as working capital, debt to asset, return on assets and cost of production. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Gary Sipiorski, Business and Financial Consultant
  • Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center for Dairy Profitability
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible through www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
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September 25, 2020
 
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Contact: Shelly Mayer
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 26 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week 26 of The Dairy Signal™ will feature a new speaker, Cheryl Skjolaas, Extension Agricultural Safety Specialist with the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
Returning to The Dairy Signal are Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
Managing corn silage was the topic of Tuesday’s episode of The Dairy Signal, featuring Dr. John Goeser, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, UW-Madison.

Dr. Goeser reported corn silage quality is testing above average, with less lignification. From a harvesting standpoint, how we seal our bunkers and piles will set the stage for better feed-out quality. Dr. Ferraretto advised producers to take a close look at their corn silage lab results, specifically levels of mycotoxins and nitrates, as there are strategies to litigate these issues.
 
On Wednesday’s episode, Peter Vitaliano, Chief Economist for the National Milk Producers Federation, mentioned the United States is falling behind its dairy competitors when it comes to enacting new bilateral trade agreements. He also touched briefly on round two of the Coronavirus Financial Assistance Program (CFAP). Vitaliano explained that average milk prices will be just shy of $18 per hundredweight (cwt) for the remainder of 2020, but when you tack on the CFAP payments, they will more likely be in the $19.30 to $19.40/cwt range.
 
Since the third week of September is officially recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week, Thursday’s episode keyed in on safety issues, and featured Gerald Minor, Pittsville, Wis., Fire Chief; and Bob Biadasz and Lisa Grezenski, fund administrators for the Mike Biadasz Farm Safety and Educational Memorial Fund.
 
Bob Biadasz, Amherst, Wis., talked about how his son, Mike, died on August 15, 2016 when he was overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas that was being emitted when agitating manure in the open lagoon at his family's cattle feeding operation.
 
Just short of the one-year anniversary of his passing, the Mike Biadasz Farm Safety and Education Memorial Fund presented a $40,000 check to the National Farm Medicine Center and Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach. The money is being used for a rebate program for farmers who rent portable gas monitors.
 
Gerald Minor specifically addressed silo gas emissions, urging folks to stay out of the silo as long as possible, at least three to four weeks following filling. He also encouraged producers to invite their local firemen out to the farm - this is a critical piece for any prevention-related safety issues on today’s farming operations.  
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, September 29
Topic: The USDA’s Farm Service Agency began accepting round two applications last week for the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Learn the new details and how they may differ from the first round of this program. Episode presenter includes:
  Wednesday, September 30
Topic: It’s a busy time of year with fall harvest underway. Learn proper etiquette when sharing the road with farm equipment. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Cheryl Skjolaas, Extension Agricultural Safety Specialist with the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Thursday, October 1
Topic: Tune in for an analysis of agricultural markets, current trends and what to expect for the rest of this year and into 2021. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible through www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
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September 18, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 25 of The Dairy Signal™
Free online episodes offer insights to help producers make informed decisions
 
DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week 25 of The Dairy Signal™ will feature several new speakers, Gerald Minor, Pittsville, Wis., Fire Chief; and Bob Biadasz and Lisa Grezenski, fund administrators for the Mike Biadasz Farm Safety and Educational Memorial Fund.
 
Returning to The Dairy Signal are Dr. John Goeser, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, UW-Madison and Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).

Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
During Tuesday’s 70th episode of The Dairy Signal, Kevin Erb, Director of the Conservation Professional Training Program for UW-Madison, Division of Extension, and Issac Ross, Spills Team Leader – Hydrogeologist Program Coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), talked about handling manure spills.

Accidental manure spills happen. Both Erb and Ross stressed it’s your responsibility to have a manure spill plan in place before it happens so you can react accordingly. Immediately report the spill to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) by calling the Wisconsin emergency hotline at 800-943-0003. Also, inspect your equipment before getting started and make sure your employees are empowered to make decisions. They also advised familiarizing yourself with the many resources offered on both the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and DNR websites.
Tag teaming on Wednesday’s episode was Tim Swenson, Senior Business Consultant at Compeer Financial and Chris Atten, Principal at Atten Babler Commodities. Both financial experts encouraged producers to have a written plan, understand your cost of production, educate yourself on the marketing tools available and have strategies in place to execute. When marketing opportunities arise, don’t be afraid to pull the trigger.
 
On Thursday’s episode, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, said U.S. milk markets remain volatile with October futures swinging back to $19.50 as the Trump Administration reinstated the Farmers for Families FoodBox program. In addition, he shared crop prices have rallied strongly in the past 30 days and China has been active in securing U.S. agricultural products since early August.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, September 22
Topic: Initial field reports indicate strong yields for corn silage this year. Learn how to manage this feed inventory to take advantage of both yield and quality. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Dr. John Goeser, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, UW-Madison
 
Wednesday, September 23
Topic: An update from Washington: How are the dairy-trade export markets trending and what lies ahead in 2021? Also, starting Monday, Sept. 21, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting round 2 applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Learn the details of the second wave of this program. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) 
 
Thursday, September 24
Topic: Learn how one family has become farm safety advocates, turning their tragedy into a learning experience – proving the power of a story. Establishing a farm safety fund, they have created a rebate program for farmers who rent portable gas monitors. Also, as we head into the fall harvesting season, silo gas issues will be on the rise. While we can’t eliminate silo gas emissions, there are practices we can follow to help prevent our exposure to them, including the use of a four-gas meter specifically designed to detect silo gas.
 
 Episode presenters include:
  All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible through www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
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September 11, 2020
 
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Contact: Shelly Mayer
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 24 of The Dairy Signal™
Free online episodes offer insights to help producers make informed decisions
 
DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week 24 of The Dairy Signal™ will feature several new speakers, Chris Atten, Principal at Atten Babler Commodities, Kevin Erb, Director of the Conservation Professional Training Program for UW-Madison, Division of Extension, and Issac Ross, Spills Team Leader – Hydrogeologist Program Coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Returning to The Dairy Signal are Tim Swenson, Senior Business Consultant at Compeer Financial and Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.

Dr. Mark Stephenson, UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability, was the featured expert on Tuesday’s episode of the Dairy Signal. Dr. Stephenson shared his philosophy on the producer price differentials (PPDs) – what they mean, where are they derived from, and how likely will dairy producers see more of this negative PPD trend going forward. He also talked about the Federal Milk Marketing Orders – why they came about and what they were created for. He strongly advised producers to take advantage of every risk management tool available.
 
During Wednesday’s episode, Dr. John Shutske, Ph.D., Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist at the UW-Madison Department of Biological Systems-Engineering, talked about some of the new data released from the National Farm Medical Center regarding farming fatalities. Tractor rollovers remain the most common cause of death nationally. More safety-related content can be found at fyi.extension.wisc.edu/agsafety/. “When dealing with long hours of fatigue, remember to fuel yourself, don’t underestimate the value of 10-minute breaks and practice good ‘sleep hygiene,’” he stressed.
 
On Thursday’s episode, Amanda Harguth, Outreach Specialist for AgrAbility of Wisconsin (AAW), shared their organization is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin Extension and Easter Seals Wisconsin. AAW has created a significant impact on Wisconsin agriculture by providing assistance to 2,900 farmers and farm families who are now able to continue farming or return to the farm worksite through AAW intervention. For more information visit: http://www.agrability.org/.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, September 15
Topic: Let’s talk manure – what’s the definition, how can we avoid a spill, how do we report and manage a spill, and what do we need to know in regards to cleaning up a spill. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Kevin Erb, Director of the Conservation Professional Training Program for UW-Madison, Division of Extension
  • Issac Ross, Spills Team Leader – Hydrogeologist Program Coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Wednesday, September 16
Topic: Learn more about risk-management tools and how to effectively use them to capture opportunity and minimize commodity risk. Episode presenters include: Thursday, September 17
Topic: Tune in for current trends, an analysis of agricultural markets and what to expect the rest of this year and into 2021. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible through www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
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September 4, 2020
 
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800-947-7379
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 New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 23 of The Dairy Signal™
Free online episodes offer insights to help producers make informed decisions
 
DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week 23 of The Dairy Signal™ will feature a new speaker, Amanda Harguth, Outreach Specialist for AgrAbility of Wisconsin.
 
Returning to The Dairy Signal are Dr. John Shutske, Ph.D., Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist at the UW-Madison Department of Biological Systems-Engineering and Dr. Mark Stephenson, UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability.

Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.

On Tuesday’s episode of The Dairy Signal, Scott Stipetich, Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist, Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever, stated their organization’s mission is to make a farm more profitable while providing a habitat and environmental boon for quality and soil health. He touched on numerous alternative field management solutions including cover cropping, grazing, hay, small grains, floodplain easements, wildlife plantings, pollinator/monarch plantings, lease/walk-in hunting access and the Conservation Reserve Program.
 
Teaming up with Stipetich on Tuesday’s episode was Dr. John Goeser, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He talked about a new InField Updates function within the FeedScan app that maps out real-time freshly chopped corn moisture and quality results for any region the user selects, using geotagged feed analysis results.
 
During Wednesday’s episode, Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, addressed the five pillars of sustainability and how they all play varying roles in different parts of the world. Those pillars include environmental quality such as air, water and climate; animal welfare; food safety; workers; and financial reliability. Future sustainability issues include the biodiversity impact of animal-sourced foods and land-use changes.
 
On Thursday’s episode, Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center for Dairy Profitability, discussed the income statement - What is it? How is it constructed? What does it tell me? How can I use it to make better business decisions? “The income statement basically shows you if you’re profitable and where those profits came from,” explained Dr. Bernhardt.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:

Tuesday, September 8
Topic: Recently there have been many discussions around milk checks and producer price differentials (PPDs), which are an accounting means to bring the Federal Milk Marketing Board pricing and pooling functions into balance. Learn more about the mechanics of the PPD and what future milk prices may look like. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. Mark Stephenson, UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability 
Wednesday, September 9
Topic: It’s no secret, the long days of fall harvest are upon us. Key in on some of the top tractor and large equipment safety tips and reminders that may help in preventing accidents. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. John Shutske, Ph.D., Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist at UW-Madison Department of Biological Systems-Engineering
Thursday, September 10
Topic: Even though it can be challenging and potentially a touchy subject, there are ways to continue farming when the mind is sharp but body failing. There are organizations and resources available. Learn what AgrAbility has done for farmers to help keep them working on the farm. Episode presenter includes:  All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible through www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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 August 28, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 22 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week 22 of The Dairy Signal™ will feature a new speaker, Scott Stipetich, Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist, Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever.
 
Returning to the Dairy Signal is Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center for Dairy Profitability and Dr. John Goeser, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
On Tuesday’s episode of The Dairy Signal, Amber Radatz, Co-Director of Discovery Farms, shared their organization has worked with farmers for the past 20 years to develop a better understanding of how their farming practices are impacting water quality.
 
Radatz explained that over their 20-year span, Discovery Farms has worked with 133 farms to reflect the different landscape and soil changes statewide. Farmers participating in Discovery Farms’ water-quality monitoring program sign up for a seven-year commitment where they monitor how the farm’s field practices impact nitrogen, phosphorus, runoff and soil composition.
 
During Wednesday’s episode, Dr. Jeff Bender, DVM, Professor and Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH), University of Minnesota, talked about zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans or vice versa.  In 2017, there were 59 outbreaks linked to animal contact, specifically livestock and poultry. Common enteric zoonotic pathogens include salmonella, campylobacter, cryptosporidium parvum and E. coli 0157:H7. He reminded farmers to think safety daily by stopping, thinking and then reacting and encouraged continued good practice of personal hygiene.
 
On Thursday’s episode, Mary Ledman, Global Sector Strategist for Dairy in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Group, mentioned the real challenge for the rest of the year and into 2021 will be the impact from our number one dairy importer – China, where imports have declined by nearly 15 percent in 2020.
 
When looking to the future, Ledman advised thinking about some of the buzzwords we use – efficiency, profitability, sustainability, traceability. “We could be facing greater competition in the trade markets. We have to look at the labeling of the future being tied to sustainability, carbon, greenhouse gas, environmental footprint and traceability – that is all going to heighten the requirement of dairy producers to be communicators and in some ways data collectors,” she predicts.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, September 1
Topic: There are software programs and apps available to help farmers determine yield data, map out profitability and look at conservation opportunities. Learn more about these programs and an app called FeedScan. A new InField Updates function within the FeedScan app maps out real-time freshly-chopped corn moisture and quality results, for any region the user selects, using geotagged feed analysis results. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Scott Stipetich, Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist, Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever
  • Dr. John Goeser, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Wednesday, September 2
Topic: It is important to gain a global perspective on sustainability and the environment. Discover who are considered leaders in sustainability and what practices we, as farmers, can control and manage. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis
 
Thursday, September 3
Topic: Know your numbers is a common phrase used heavily this year. Learn what numbers lenders are looking for and why they are vital to the success of your business. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center for Dairy Profitability
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible through www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
 
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August 21, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 21 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week twenty-one of The Dairy Signal™ will feature two new speakers - Jeff Bender, DVM, Professor and Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH), University of Minnesota and Amber Radatz, Co-Director of Discovery Farms.
 
Returning to the Dairy Signal is Mary Ledman, Global Sector Strategist for Dairy in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Group.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
On Tuesday’s 58th episode of The Dairy Signal, Randy Romanski, Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, talked about the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, where $41.6 million has been distributed to nearly 12,000 farmers in 71 counties. Since there is still $8.4 million available for distribution from the initial $50 million secured for this Wisconsin-based program, a second round of funding opened Aug. 10; applications are still being accepted until Mon., Aug. 24, until 11:59 p.m.
 
As of Tuesday morning, 3,152 applications had been submitted for round two of the Wisconsin Farm Support Program. Romanski mentioned they were able to expand the eligibility by lowering the income threshold so more farmers will be able to participate. To apply for the round two of the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, go to https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/TaxPro/2020/FarmSupportProgram.aspx or call 608-266-2772.
 
Also on Tuesday’s episode, Senator Howard Marklein, Spring Green, shared insight on the Dairy Innovation Hub, describing the Hub as an intellectual infrastructure - the brains that will carry us into the next decades. Sen. Marklein said $8 million was secured in state funding for year two research projects among three campuses – the University of Wisconsin-Madison, -River Falls and -Platteville. He encouraged dairy producers to reach out to their legislators and let them know how important the Dairy Innovation Hub research is to the industry so funding for this program will continue.
 
During Wednesday’s episode, José Carmona, Research Coordinator at the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center, explained the Center promotes safe workplaces by partnering with workers, employers and communities in transferring solutions to the workplace. Carmona also shared information on different types of heat illnesses and treatments, risk factors involved with heat illnesses and how to keep cool in your home and community.
 
On Thursday’s episode, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, said U.S. milk markets have forged an early seasonal/annual high as U.S. government demand as waned under Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) purchases. Normal domestic cheese demand will cause a narrowing of the Class III and IV futures – this will lower the negative Producer Price Differential (PPD) in the fall and return insurance payments. He also mentioned a new Covid-19 aid package is being debated by President Donald Trump and members of Congress.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, August 25
Topic: Discovery Farms works with farmers across Wisconsin on water quality monitoring and nitrogen use efficiency. Learn more about these on-farm research projects and how you can get involved. Episode presenter includes:
   
Wednesday, August 26
Topic: There’s a reason we don’t “kiss the calves.” Learn more about zoonotic diseases from dairy cows and how they can be transmitted. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Jeff Bender, DVM, Professor and Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH), University of Minnesota
 
Thursday, August 27
Topic: Discover how the global economy is impacting the agricultural industry today and gain insight on how the future may look down the road. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Mary Ledman, Global Sector Strategist for Dairy, RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Group
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible through www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
 
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August 14, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 20 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week twenty of The Dairy Signal™ will feature two new speakers - José Carmona, Research Coordinator at Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center and Senator Howard L. Marklein, Senate District 17, Spring Green.
 
Returning to the Dairy Signal is Randy Romanski, Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
Just minutes before the airing of Tuesday’s Dairy Signal, Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA), said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the remaining 20 percent of payments from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will be hitting producer’s bank accounts in the next few weeks. Producers who applied will automatically get the additional 20 percent income once the payments are signed.
 
The deadline for the CFAP aid has also been extended to September 11. “I encourage dairy producers to make it a point to apply for this program as we are seeing meaningful and significant assistance going out to our dairy producers – all you need to do is apply, sign and return the application to your FSA office,” explained Chalmers.
 
Nationally, FSA has paid out $17 billion in payments to 522,000 producers through CFAP. The top five states that have received assistance are Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin. Specifically, Wisconsin has received almost $400 million in assistance paid out to 16,000 applicants; dairy payments account for $262 million provided to 5,700 producers.  
 
Dr. John Goeser, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, talked about the upcoming corn silage season during Wednesday’s episode.
 
Goeser advised listeners to be proactive and begin scouting – take a look visually at the health of your plants. He encouraged farmers to start taking samples to understand the moisture and nutritional quality of your crop. Soil conditions and fertility change dramatically even within a quarter of an acre, so it’s important to spread out your sub samples and go beyond the headlands and take samples at least 50 to 100 feet within the field. In addition, take stalk samples from three to five locations for adequate field representation.
 
During Thursday’s episode, two financial experts, Gary Sipiorski, Business and Financial Consultant and Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension, zeroed in on why financial records are the key to your success.
 
Dr Bernhardt asked, “Why should you spend time in doing financial analysis work? Financials are a requirement of business, they will help improve profitability and decision-making, and they will show you your return on assets (ROA).” He added, “If you want your financials to work for you, they have to be accurate.”
 
Dr. Bernhardt also shared how financials help answer important questions – What’s the current status of your operation? How do you get there? Which direction are you going? How will you get to be where you want to be? Where and what are the balls and chains holding back profitability? Where should I spend my valuable time tomorrow after breakfast?
 
Financial management is a process – it starts with good financial records to produce management reports such as a balance sheet, income statement, ratio analysis, and cash flow budget, which all lead to better decision making. The two instructors offered tips on working with your balance sheet, particularly liquidity – your working capital, and solvency – your capital structure.
 
Sipiorski concluded, “The future will belong to the people who understand their financials. The balance sheet is a starting point. You also need to understand the cash flow and know how to do projections and then make those projections come to life.”
 
Each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, August 18
Topic: The Wisconsin Farm Support Program is open for the second round of applications and grants will be going out soon under the Food Security Initiative - tune in to learn the details. In addition, the Dairy Innovation Hub provides money in state funding in the 2019-2021 biennial budget for broadly-defined dairy research. Learn how we as an industry and producers can help ensure this money stays with the Hub. Episode presenters include:
   
Wednesday, August 19
Topic: Heat illness is a serious medical condition that can result in heat exhaustion and heat stroke due to the body’s inability to cope with excessive heat. Learn how heat can affect pre-existing health conditions and how wearing different types of fabric and clothing can keep you cooler. Also, discover how humidity and drinking soda versus water can affect your body’s temperature. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • José Carmona, Research Coordinator at Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center
 
Thursday, August 20
Topic: Find out what’s happening with agricultural markets and what to expect the rest of the year and into 2021, including an analysis of the global agricultural markets. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
 
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August 7, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 19 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week nineteen of The Dairy Signal™ will feature two new financial experts - business and financial consultant, Gary Sipiorski and Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center.
 
Also making his a debut is Dr. John Goeser, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
Returning to the Dairy Signal is Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA).
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
 
During this week’s Dairy Signal, Dr. Jennifer Van Os, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Animal Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, listed several benefits for group or paired calf raising, including improved social development and overall increased growth performance. She also said a survey revealed paired housing has a greater appeal to consumers of dairy products.
 
Theresa Ollivett, DVM, Assistant Professor at the UW-Madison Department of Medical Sciences, said all the essential building blocks calves need – passive transfer, hygiene, sanitation, nutrition – are just as important, if not more important when calves are housed in a group setting. She commented, “Have you really observed your calves lately to see what’s going on? It’s very easy for abnormal to become normal when you’re quickly looking at your calves daily. Computer records don’t always tell us the full picture; we need to observe the calves as well.”
Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, talked about climate neutrality and carbon footprints during Wednesday’s episode.
 
Dr. Mitloehner explained the carbon that’s contained in the methane our livestock emit is not new carbon – it’s recycled carbon – that originates in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), goes into plants, the animals eat the plants, and belch out the methane. After 10 years the carbon in the methane becomes CO2 again. In other words, it’s a so-called biogenic carbon cycle – a process that recycles existing carbon. Dr. Mitloehner stressed, “Dairy farmers need mechanisms in place to incentivize ways to reduce the carbon footprint and be part of the solution,” he said.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, said U.S. milk markets have forged an early seasonal/annual high as the U.S government demand has waned under Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) purchases while Farmers To Families Food Boxes will continue into Sept. Slowing domestic cheese demand has caused a fall in Class III milk futures and the U.S. foodservice industry is operating at only 43 percent capacity.
 
Some good news he shared - Initial field reports reflect record large Wisconsin/U.S. corn and soybean yields.  In addition, a new COVID-19 aid package is being debated by President Donald Trump and Congress.
 
Each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, August 11
Topic: Hear updates on the CARES Act, specifically what has been paid out to dairy farmers both nationally and right here in Wisconsin. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA)
 
Wednesday, August 12
Topic: Growing conditions and initial field reports indicate strong yields for forage crops (corn and alfalfa), which is very unlike 2019. Learn proactive management practices for producing quality feed, and consider alternative feeding strategies to utilize this year's and the remaining of last year's feed. dEpisode presenter includes:
 
  • Dr. John Goeser, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Thursday, August 13
Topic: When talking with your lender, it’s important to know your numbers. Learn what numbers they are looking for and why annual balance sheets and income statements are vital to the success of your business. Episode presenters includes:
 
  • Gary Sipiorski, Business and Financial Consultant
  • Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center.
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
 
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July 31, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 18 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week eighteen of The Dairy Signal™ will feature two university experts discussing group pairing calves – Dr. Jennifer Van Os, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Animal Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Theresa Ollivett, DVM, Assistant Professor at the UW-Madison Department of Medical Sciences.
Returning to the Dairy Signal is Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis and Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
 
John Lucey is Professor of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Center for Dairy Research (CDR). During this week’s 49th episode of the Dairy Signal, Dr. Lucey said CDR supports dairy companies with research projects, training and product development. CDR had 1,400 interactions with manufacturers, suppliers and entrepreneurs across 346 companies in 2019.
 
Dr. Lucey also mentioned the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) direct-to-business grant program. The grants will assist dairy farmers, dairy processors and dairy cooperatives in developing new revenue streams through farm diversification, creating value-added food and beverage products containing dairy ingredients and focus on export opportunities for farm-scale and processor dairy products. Applications are due August 14, 2020. To learn how to tap into this national assistance coming to this region, visit: https://turbo.cdr.wisc.edu/dairy-business-innovation-alliance/ or contact Karen Nielsen, DBIA Program Coordinator, 608-265-1491 or knielsen@cdr.wisc.edu.
 
The 50 episode of The Dairy Signal, Wednesday, July 29, featured a farmer panel addressing the topic of corn silage. Brody Stapel, Double Dutch Dairy, LLC, Cedar Grove, Wis., said growing corn silage is a year-long process – it starts with seed selection the year prior as you are out in your fields analyzing how certain varieties fared. “You have one chance, about a week long, to get this product harvested, packed and stored for year-long feeding. Continue to improve each year by leaning from your mistakes,” Stapel said. Brett Bonlender, Clover Hill Dairy, LLC, Campbellsport, Wis., echoed Stapel’s remarks, advising producers to listen to their crops, their ground and their animals.  
 
Dr. Mark Stephenson, UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability and Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), rounded out this week’s 51st episode.
 
They touched on factors influencing the positive turnaround in net milk prices including the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, payouts through the Dairy Margin Coverage and Dairy Revenue Protection programs, along with the direct farmer payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
 
Despite this turnaround, they both agreed dairy farmers are not out of the danger zone yet. Dr. Stephenson advised farmers to look at all risk management tools available, keep your eye out for opportunity and consider signing up for the upcoming Dairy Margin Coverage program. “Many people can attest this year they had a better year than anticipated because they had risk management protection,” Dr. Stephenson concluded.
 
Each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, August 4
Topic: Group housing can present benefits in growth performance, animal welfare and consumer acceptance. Discover whether group housing is an option for you. Episode presenters include:
   
Wednesday, August 5
Topic: What does it mean to be climate neutral? How do we as dairy farmers and an industry make positive advances into making this initiative a reality? Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis
 
Thursday, August 6
Topic: Get the latest updates on marketing trends in the dairy, crop, beef, milk and ethanol markets, both domestically and globally. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
 
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July 24, 2020
 
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Farmer Panel Part of Week 17 Line-up of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week seventeen of The Dairy Signal™ will feature a farmer panel discussing corn silage. Panelists will include: Brody Stapel, Double Dutch Dairy, LLC, Cedar Grove, Wis.; Mitch Breunig, Mystic Valley Dairy, LLC, Sauk City, Wis. and Brett Bonlender, Clover Hill Dairy, LLC, Campbellsport, Wis.
 
Pairing up on The Dairy Signal will be Dr. Mark Stephenson, UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability and Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).  Returning to the Dairy Signal is John Lucey, Professor of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Center for Dairy Research.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
 
During this week’s episode of the Dairy Signal, Dr. John Shutske, PhD, Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist at UW-Madison Department of Biological Systems-Engineering, said stress affects our relationships and communications with people, including our family and community members. However, we shouldn’t be afraid of stress – it’s necessary for our survival, it helps us grow, it’s part of being a person, and it can be a great lever for change. For more information about managing stress, visit: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/farmstress/.
 
Dr. Cheston Price, MD, Medical Director for Mobile Migrant Health Services at Family Health La Clinica (FHLC), suggested farmers look at their work place and employee housing facilities to identify where modifications can be made to facilitate social distancing and provide adequate hand-cleaning stations. Workers should be encouraged to wear masks and the same safety measures practiced at the farm should be enforced at home. Dr. Price also highly recommends the flu shot this fall for all employees.  
 
Mariah Hennen, Legal Action of Wisconsin and Farmworker Project Program Manager, talked about the Wisconsin Farm Workers Coalition, a statewide, issues-oriented coalition that advocates for the migrant and seasonal farmworkers that work and live in Wisconsin.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company talked about a concept he termed as “Milk Class Wars,” where Class III prices have soared to near historical highs while other classes lag behind. This has resulted in negative correlations on milk checks referred to as Producer Price Differential or PPD. Unfortunately, this milk class war will persist amid a U.S. food service industry that is struggling with expanding U.S. COVID-19 cases.
 
Basse also mentioned a new COVID-19 aid package is being debated by President Donald Trump and Congress. The U.S. economy is in dire need of more assistance; a $20 billion expansion in Commodity Credit Corporation spending authority has been asked for.
 
Each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, July 28
Topic: The Center for Dairy Research is one of the premier dairy research centers in the United States. Find out what the research team is currently working on and what the dairy industry has to look forward to down the road. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • John Lucey, Professor of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Center for Dairy Research
 
Wednesday, July 29
Topic: When formulating today’s dairy ration, corn silage starts at the foundation. Panelists will discuss how they balance their rations taking into account their soil composition and cow health. Farmer panelists include:
  Thursday, July 30
Topic: Hear an update from Washington. Find out what’s coming down the pike in agriculture and what policies are being discussed that will impact our industry. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Dr. Mark Stephenson of UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability
  • Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) 
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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July 17, 2020
 
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New Presenters Part of Week 16 Line-up of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week sixteen of The Dairy Signal™ will feature three new presenters - Dr. John Shutske, PhD, Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist at UW-Madison Department of Biological Systems-Engineering, Mariah Hennen, Farmworker Project Program Manager and Paralegal for Legal Action of Wisconsin, and Dr. Cheston Price, MD, Medical Director for Mobile Migrant Health Services at Family Health La Clinica (FHLC).
 
Making a return appearance is Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
 
During this week’s episode of the Dairy Signal, Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group, said nationwide beef slaughter levels have matched year over year numbers. Retail demand for beef remains high and the export market is steady, with Asia leading the way. Curt Larson, President and CEO of Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association, said plants are running close to full capacity and they are seeing a high demand for good quality bull calves.
 
Emily Yeiser Stepp, Vice President of The National Dairy FARM Program, National Milk Producers Federation, talked about the new 4.0 version rolled out that looked at one set of unified standards for the industry that is not only facility and size neutral but also cow centric and outcome-based. For more details, visit https://nationaldairyfarm.com/.
 
On Thursday’s 45th episode, Tammy Vaassen, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Beef Council, shared how we have a great story to tell here in Wisconsin. Nationally, the dairy sector contributes about one-fifth of the beef for the U.S. commercial supply and about one-fifth of the prime beef going out to consumers nationally comes from Holstein steers.
 
The mission of the Wisconsin Beef Council board of directors is to build demand for beef that facilitates an industry that is sustainable for future generations. “Our goal is to educate our Wisconsin consumers and grow demand for beef both within our borders and internationally,” Vaassen explained. For more information regarding the beef program, visit: unitedwesteak.com and/or beeftips.com.
 
Each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, July 21
Topic: There’s a lot going on in our day-to-day operations, making it hard to balance life as we know it. This often leads to stress. Learn how to “slow the world down” and navigate through these stressful times.
Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dr. John Shutske, PhD, Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist at UW-Madison Department of Biological Systems-Engineering
 
Wednesday, July 22
Topic: Get the latest on a new COVID-19 model addressing workplace modifications and testing for migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. Learn how it applies to the dairy industry and find out what community resources are available to these employees. Episode presenters includes:
 
  • Mariah Hennen, Farmworker Project Program Manager and Paralegal for Legal Action of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Cheston Price, MD, Medical Director for Mobile Migrant Health Services at Family Health La Clinica (FHLC)
Thursday, July 23
Topic: Learn how the dairy, crop, ethanol and meat markets are responding both domestically and globally and what’s going on in the export market. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
 
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July 10, 2020
 
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Week 15 Line-up of The Dairy Signal™ Features New Presenters
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week fifteen of The Dairy Signal™ will feature two new presenters - Emily Yeiser Stepp, Vice President of The National Dairy FARM Program, National Milk Producers Federation and Tammy Vaassen, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Beef Council.
Making a return appearance is Curt Larson, President and CEO of Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association and Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
 
During the 40th episode of the Dairy Signal, Tuesday, July 7, Matt Ruark, Associate Professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shared the long-term benefits of incorporating cover crops into your cropping system to help improve soil health. Some major benefits of cover crops include: reduced erosion, improved soil quality, and increased soil organic matter and water holding capacity.
 
Ruark said farmers interested in establishing cover crops should ask themselves about what percent of their corn silage acres can be feasibly planted with cover crops and how will you incorporate these cover crops into your manure system? For university-based cover crop recommendations, visit: Midwest Cover Crops Council.
 
Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis, conducts research in quantifying the impact animal agriculture has on the environment. He referenced a study that cautioned foregoing meat, dairy and other animal-sourced products. The study notes that humans could not satisfy their nutritional needs because animal-sourced food is so nutrient dense; something very difficult to replace with plant-based products.
 
Dr. Mitloehner mentioned there is a growing interest about what impact food being consumed will have on the environment and animal welfare.  “People are asking questions. You as dairy producers are authentic - nobody knows your dairy or your cows better then you. If you are asked questions, answer them - show empathy and show that you care because the people asking these questions are your customers.  This is your lifestyle and business.”
 
On Thursday’s episode, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, said Class III milk has become the best performer of all the commodities out there – we are now getting back to the 2014 all-time high of $24.50 per hundredweight. As long as the government keeps purchasing product, he predicts the milk markets will continue to perform. He also mentioned the Farmers for Families Food Box program has been deemed a success, with 32 million boxes donated.
 
Basse advised farmers to think forward to October and beyond and analyze your risk management profiles. You need to be proactive at looking at your margins and take some protective steps.
 
Each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, July 14
Topic: Find out how meat processing plants have fared through the coronavirus pandemic, how they are adapting going forward, and what precautions have been taken for both food and worker safety. Episode presenters includes:
 
  • Curt Larson, President and CEO of Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association
  • Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group
 
Wednesday, July 15
Topic: There’s been some changes with the National Dairy FARM Program. Get the scoop on what these additions are and how they will impact your farm. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Emily Yeiser Stepp, Vice President of The National Dairy FARM Program, National Milk Producers Federation
 
Thursday, July 16
Topic: How does the Beef Checkoff impact dairy farmers?  Learn how beef and byproducts find their way into the export market while also taking a look at the structure of the beef checkoff program nationally. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Tammy Vaassen, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Beef Council
“We talk a lot about managing risk and knowing your numbers. Keep in mind one of our greatest risks is the health of the people on our teams, within our families and ourselves – make sure you take care of yourself and take a step away from your business to get a clearer view. Spend some quality time with your loved ones,” advised Shelly Mayer, Executive Director of PDPW and dairy farmer from Slinger, Wis.
 
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
 
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July 2, 2020
 
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Week 14 Line-up of The Dairy Signal™ Features New Presenter
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week fourteen of The Dairy Signal™ will feature a new presenter Matt Ruark, Associate Professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, addressing cover crops.
 
Making a return appearance is Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis and Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
 
During this week’s episodes of The Dairy Signal, Rick Findlay, Vice President of Food Service and International for Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, noted we not only have 8,000 to 9,000 farmers but also 150 different manufacturers making the best Wisconsin quality cheese possible.
 
In their marketing message, Findlay stresses to the foodservice industry when it comes to the experience, quality and efficacy of dairy products, Wisconsin wins hands-down. One of the best tools they have when working with food manufacturers is developing new recipes or product launches featuring the 600 cheese varieties produced in Wisconsin.
 
Findlay said, “I would encourage producers through these challenging times to continue to embody quality, tradition, passion, and innovation as well as help maintain environmental stewardship and animal care.”
 
Mike Edge, Marketing Director of the Eastern Division for Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin mentioned everyday it is their goal is to get up and represent Wisconsin dairy farmers to their retail partners. “We tell the stories of our Wisconsin dairy farmers and manufacturers through marketing tactics such as e-commerce and other digital platforms. During these recent times, we’ve taken the time to reflect and understand the needs and wants of our manufacturers and dairy farmers and have taken that information and shared it with our retailers,” Edge said.
 
Dr. David Kohl, Ph.D., President of AgriVisions, LLC and Professor Emeritus in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department at Virginia Tech, mentioned one thing we can expect in the dairy industry is extreme volatility. “You have to know your cost of production because then you can lock into these windows of profitability. You need extreme discipline in marketing and risk management,” he said.
 
Dr. Kohl also advised conducting a mid-year financial check-up of your business by re-evaluating your income statement, balance sheet and cash flow and re-access your goals to get prepared for 2021-2022.
 
Dr. Nigel Cook, DVM, Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine at UW-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medical Sciences, shared there are several ventilation systems to choose from, including natural, hybrid, tunnel and cross. However, merely ventilating the barn isn’t enough – you need to also look at barn, pen and stall environment.
 
One of the best ways to check the ventilation system in your cow-resting area, Dr. Cook explained, is to sit in a stall and actually feel the air movement.  “Don’t underestimate the value of a good ventilation system to provide fast-moving air,” Dr. Cook said.
 
Dr. Jennifer Van Os, PhD, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Animal Welfare at UW-Madison, stressed shade is not optional, but the baseline starting point. You need to manage what you measure – keep checking that your ventilation system is working properly.
 
Each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, July 7
Topic: Figure out what type of cover crops are ideal for your operation by zeroing in on your goals and how they will impact your overall business. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Matt Ruark, Associate Professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Wednesday, July 8
Topic: With 70 percent of all agricultural land use in the world deemed marginal and unsuitable for growing human foods, learn how livestock become “upcyclers”, utilizing this marginal land by producing some of the most nutritious food worldwide. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis
 
Thursday, July 9
Topic: Learn how the dairy, crop, ethanol and meat markets are responding both domestically and globally and what’s going on in the export market. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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June 26, 2020
 
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New Speakers part of the Week 13 Line-up of The Dairy Signal™ 
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week thirteen of The Dairy Signal™ will feature two new presenters from Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW), Rick Findlay, Vice President of Food Service and International and Mike Edge, Marketing Director - Eastern Division.
 
Also new to The Dairy Signal next week are Dr. Nigel Cook, DVM, Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medical Sciences and Dr. Jennifer Van Os, PhD, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Animal Welfare at UW-Madison. 
 
Making a return appearance is Dr. David Kohl, Co-owner of Homestead Creamery in Wirtz, Va., and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodesair live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
 
Each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW. 
 
During this week’s Dairy Signal, Randy Romanski, Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection,gave an update on the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, which will provide $50 million in direct aid payments to Wisconsin farmers who have experienced losses due to COVID-19. Since the program opened June 15, over 10,000 applications were received. He encouraged farmers to apply online by no later than June 29, 11:59 p.m., through the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR): https://revenue.wi.gov, or call 608-266-2772 for assistance. 
 
John Lucey, Professor of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Center for Dairy Research (CDR), talked about the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA). 
 
DBIA will administer a $220,000 direct-to-business grant program to assist dairy farmers, dairy processors and dairy cooperatives in developing new revenue streams through farm diversification, creating value-added food and beverage products containing dairy ingredients and focus on export opportunities for farm-scale and processor dairy products. Applications are due August 14, 2020. To learn how to tap into this national assistance coming to this region, visit: https://turbo.cdr.wisc.edu/dairy-business-innovation-alliance/ or contact Karen Nielsen, DBIA Program Coordinator, 608-265-1491 or knielsen@cdr.wisc.edu. 
 
Dr. Tera L. Montgomery, Associate Professor of Dairy and Animal Science in the UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Animal Science Program Coordinator, Dr. Steve Kelm, Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Dr. Heather White, Assistant Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, gave an update on the Dairy Innovation Hub. 
 
Dr. White explained funding for the Dairy Innovation Hub is divided across the 3 campuses – UW-Madison, UW-River Falls, and UW-Platteville. Funds were specifically approved to build research capacity and recruit top talent both at the student, researcher and faculty level to support innovative research to move our industry and our dairy community forward and to engage in outreach and instruction. 
 
Dr. White said, “Collaboration among the three campuses has been paramount – collaboration leads to the greatest solutions. We are striving to balance short-term victories with long-term vision.”
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, shared the July milk futures market reached a six-year high of $22.43 per hundredweight. The dairy rally has been a domestic affair based on Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) buying for Farmers to Families Food boxes, foodservice restocking and Chinese demand. USDA will also purchase an additional $1.16 billion of fresh food boxes through Aug. 30 – that’s on top of the $1.2 billion agreed upon from May 15 through June 30. 
 
Basse advised, “I encourage all of our dairy and crop farmers to look at your margins. With all of the uncertainty around the world consider doing something such as locking down 50 percent of your margin to give yourself some comfort. Remember where you were, where you are today and think forward to the opportunities of locking in margins for the future.”
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available. 
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, June 30
Topic: Hear about what’s happening around the country in cheese sale efforts and what strategies are being taken to promote Wisconsin dairy products. Presenters include: 
 
  • Rick Findlay, Vice President of Food Service and International for Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
  • Mike Edge, Marketing Director – Eastern Division for Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
 
 
Wednesday, July 1
Topic: Pressure-test your business and zero in on manageable areas such as feed and labor to help navigate risk going forward. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dr. David Kohl, Co-owner of Homestead Creamery in Wirtz, Va., and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
 
 
Thursday, July 2
Topic: Learn the most practical and cost-effective ways to maximize cow comfort year-round, but specifically during the hottest days of the season. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Dr. Nigel Cook, DVM, Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine at UW-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine; Chair of the Department of Medical Sciences 
  • Dr. Jennifer Van Os, PhD, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Animal Welfare at UW-Madison
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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June 19, 2020
 
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New Speakers part of the Week 12 Line-up of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week 12 of The Dairy Signal™ will feature several new experts, including John Lucey, Professor of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Center for Dairy Research, Dr. Tera L. Montgomery, Associate Professor of Dairy and Animal Science in the UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Animal Science Program Coordinator and Dr. Steve Kelm, Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
 
Returning to The Dairy Signal will be Dr. Heather White, Assistant Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm and Randy Romanski, Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
 
Each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
During this week’s Dairy Signal, Mary Bauer, Compliance Assistance Specialist of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the Eau Claire Area, mentioned the CDC and Department of Labor have issued a new COVID-19 Guidance for agricultural workers and employers. Included in these guidelines is how to implement sanitation protocols, providing personal protective equipment and screening workers and visitors. For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-agricultural-workers.html.
 
Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), touched on factors influencing the positive turnaround in the dairy industry including the continued increase in retail sales, the coop-based plans that help reduce the growth we were seeing in milk production and the financial governmental support for the dairy community.
 
Mulhern said, “We are still seeing significant increases in milk, butter and cheese sales – there’s been a real shift in consumer behavior coming back to the real natural, wholesome, goodness of milk.” He added the best thing we can do today is keep supply and demand in relative balance by not increasing our milk production levels.
 
According to Susan Quam, Executive Vice President of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, before the pandemic hit, restaurant operators were running full-steam ahead with their usual business plans. Now there’s a pivot to react more quickly to consumer’s needs by becoming more innovative and shifting their business mottos. “Food safety is one our specialties in the restaurant industry. We need support from our agriculture community in spreading the word about the safety of being out in the public.”
 
Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association, shared grocers will remain as flexible as possible accommodating customer’s needs while protecting their employees. Grocers are doing everything in their power to give customers confidence in entering their stores so they can shop with confidence.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, June 23
Topic: Hear an update on the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, which is providing $50 million in direct aid payments to Wisconsin farmers who have experienced losses due to COVID-19 and what direct-to-business grants are available for assistance. Presenters include:
 
  • Randy Romanski, Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • John Lucey, Professor of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Center for Dairy Research
 
Wednesday, June 24
Topic: Producers will hear a research update from all three universities involved in the Dairy Innovation Hub. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dr. Heather White, Assistant Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dr. Tera L. Montgomery, Associate Professor of Dairy and Animal Science in the UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Animal Science Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Steve Kelm, Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
 
Thursday, June 25
Topic: Learn how the dairy, crop, ethanol and meat markets are responding both domestically and globally. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
 
“As we go forward in the food system, we can rely on the fact that we have the safest and best food supply anywhere in the word because of our regulatory processes, best management practices and how we care for our food. It’s important that we as an industry come tighter together, stay in step and continue to ensure America’s food is truly sustainable as we move in the future,” said Shelly Mayer, Executive Director of PDPW and dairy farmer from Slinger, Wisc.
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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June 12, 2020
 
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Timely Information Revealed During Week Ten of The Dairy Signal™ 
New Presenters Part of Week 11 Line-up
 
DAIRY NEWS – It’s been a busy week for many dairy producers, as they finish planting and harvesting first crop in between the rain. 
 
It’s also been a big week on The Dairy Signal™, a weekly series of free educational episodes, developed by fellow dairy farmers from the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) Board of Directors, offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. 
 
The episodesair live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Each live session offers viewers the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com,by entering event code #myPDPW. 
 
Randy Romanski, Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), announced the timeline and eligibility requirements of the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, which will provide $50 million in direct aid payments to Wisconsin farmers who have experienced losses due to COVID-19. Applications for this funding, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, will be accepted starting June 15 and close on June 29. Eligible farmers should apply online through the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR): https://revenue.wi.gov. Farmers who cannot apply online may call 608-266-2772.
 
Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the Wisconsin FSA, announced $16 billion is also available to producers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Those eligible and apply by Aug. 28, will receive payment. As of Tuesday, June 9, $1.4 billion in assistance had already been paid out to producers, with the dairy industry specifically receiving $337 million. More information is available through Farmers.gov
 
Reviewing the dairy economic landscape, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm, said Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) purchases, the food service industry opening up, and China buying more dairy product has kept June Class III milk at its best price levels since November 2019 - over $20/cwt. He advised producers to think forward and protect your quarter three and four milk margins. 
 
In addition, Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, said their organization is figuring out new ways to tell the dairy story, especially during June Dairy Month, where they interviewed 40 to 50 dairy farmers across the state and are now airing those segments on a variety of social media and news outlets. 
 
This is just a glimpse of what viewers heard this week on The Dairy Signal. More in-depth details and full episodes are available on the PDPW website at www.pdpw.org.  
 
The line-up for week 11 of The Dairy Signal
This week’s episodes will feature several new faces and topics including Mary Bauer, Compliance Assistance Specialist of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)for the Eau Claire Area, Dr. Casper Bendixsen, Director of the National Farm Medicine Center, Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association, and Susan Quam, Executive Vice President of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.
 
Returning to the line-up are Dr. Mark Stephenson of UW-Madison, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability, and Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). 
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available. 
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, June 16
Topic: Hear anupdate from Washington. Find out what we have to look forward to in agriculture and what policies are being discussed that will impact our industry. Presenters include: 
 
  • Dr. Mark Stephenson of UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability 
  • Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) 
 
Wednesday, June 17
Topic: A COVID-19 outbreak on a farm could be catastrophic by jeopardizing the health of the team members and getting essential product to market. Learn about OSHA and CDC interim guidelines for Agricultural Workers and Employers to keep essential workers safe. Episode presenters include:
   
 
Thursday, June 18
Topic: Experts will talk about how and what kind of impact the COVID-19 situation has had on different sectors of the food industry, specifically restaurants and grocery stores and what the future holds when it comes to vulnerability and opportunity. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association
  • Susan Quam, Executive Vice President of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association
 
We need to continue to connect through conversation. Chad Vincent said, “People need to hear the dairy story and they need to hear it from farmers – consumers want to know their dairy comes from farms that know how to treat the land, animals, environment, and water.”
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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Speakers released for Week Ten of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week ten of The Dairy Signal™ will feature two representatives from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) -  Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the Wisconsin FSA, along with colleague Beth Mueller, County FSA Executive Director serving Marathon, Lincoln, Langlade, Oneida, Forest, Florence, & Vilas counties.
 
Also on the line-up are Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm, Eric Snodgrass, principal atmospheric scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, and Randy Romanski, Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
 
Each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
During this week’s Dairy Signal, Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity and President of Look East, said consumers are moving toward a growing desire for healthier, wholesome and simple foods. Dairy has a great story to tell – dairy products offer a complete nutritious package. In fact, bestfoodfacts.org just released an animated infographic that tracks the path of protein from farm to plate that can be used to tell dairy’s story.
 
Sam Miller, Managing Director, Head of Agriculture for BMO Harris Bank, shared when working with clients they look at what risk management tools will be needed, and that’s where knowing your cash flow and working capital needs, both short- and long-term are a must. He’s been very pleased with how communications, as a whole industry, has ramped up. “We are seeing better conversations with employees, vendors, bankers, processors and their families. That’s a positive that has come out of all of this,” Miller said.
 
The featured speaker on Thursday’s Dairy Signal, Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis, mentioned the amount of methane produced by our cows is equal to the amount of methane they destroy, and that’s great news because here in the U.S. we have decreased herd size. So, in reality, the dairy industry has managed to reduce their carbon footprint or methane footprint and that induces cooling.
 
Dr. Mitloehner emphasized dairy producers are the world’s most authentic communicator – no one knows what’s being done on your farm better then you. Take this opportunity to talk to your community about what you do and why. Society doesn’t just want to buy your products; they want to have a good feeling about consuming it.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, June 9
Topic: New information and progress on the sign-up period for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and other supportive resources available to help farmers succeed. Presenters include:
 
  • Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA)
  • Beth Mueller, FSA County Executive Director serving Marathon, Lincoln, Langlade, Oneida, Forest, Florence, & Vilas counties
 
Wednesday, June 10
Topic: Producers will learn what they need to do to capture state dollars now being offered to the agriculture industry and what the sign-up deadline is. They will also hear an update on the movement of dairy products into food banks and the growing partnership with The Hunger Task Force. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
  • Ran, Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
 
Thursday, June 11
Topic: Learn how the weather is impacting harvesting conditions and what future weather patterns will bring and how the dairy and crop markets are responding both domestically and globally.  Episode presenters includes:
 
  • Eric Snodgrass, principal atmospheric scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
 
“As farmers we don’t have a lot of idle time right now, but we do have the opportunity for more quiet time to think. We are also spending more time with our families but don’t forget to reach out to others. Look at your phone – find someone who is just starting out in the dairy business– share your perspective and give them a moment of strength. They also see the world differently and can help us discover things we’ve become complacent to,” said Shelly Mayer, dairy producer from Slinger, Wis., and Executive Director of PDPW.
 

All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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Speakers during Week Nine of The Dairy Signal™ to Address Consumer Buying Habits and Environmental Impact of COVID-19
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) – week nine of The Dairy Signal™ will feature an all-new line up of speakers addressing a variety of topics, from banker perspectives to consumer buying trends to current COVID-19 environmental impacts. 
 
All new to the episodes will be: Sam Miller, Managing Director, Head of Agriculture for BMO Harris Bank; Steve Schwoerer, Senior Dairy Lending Specialist at Compeer Financial; Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity and President of Look East; and Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis.
  
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
 
Each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code myPDPW.
 
During The Dairy Signal this week, Tim Swenson, Senior Business Consultant, Compeer Financial, advised producers to establish their cash flow needs and tweak those financial needs to the current situation. He also suggested making changes that fit your business model and system.
 
During Wednesday’s episode, Barbara O’Brien, President of Dairy Management, Inc. (DMI) and the Dairy Innovation Center, talked about how DMI saw the need to shift quickly and enable volume-driving programs that would keep dairy moving in the marketplace. DMI is sharing the message that farmers are working tirelessly to ensure a safe and consistent supply of dairy products.
 
On Thursday, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm, shared a snapshot of the current dairy markets, indicating June Class III milk futures have rallied to new 2020 highs near $18.00/cwt, the best price since November 2019. He encouraged producers to make it a priority to call their FSA office and sign up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program at farmers.gov/cfap. In addition, use the mindset of a businessperson and lock in markets as they will continue to show volatility.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, June 2
Topic: What details do you need to provide to your lender and what do producers need to know about the banking world. Presenters include:
 
  • Sam Miller, Managing Director, Head of Agriculture, BMO Harris Bank
  • Steve Schwoerer, Senior Dairy Lending Specialist, Compeer Financial
 
Wednesday, June 3
Topic: Learn how consumer buying habits have shifted during these unchartered times and what future trends could look like. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity and President of Look East
 
Thursday, June 4
Topic: Hear how the COVID-19 situation has impacted the environment and how the industry is responding.  Episode presenter includes:
 
  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis
 
“As fellow dairy farmers, we create our opportunities by the decisions we make today and there is a bright future in the dairy industry. The most important crop that we bring as farm families to America is our youth, so we as an industry have a lot to look forward to,” said Shelly Mayer, dairy producer from Slinger, Wis., and Executive Director of PDPW.
 
The Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public and accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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May 22, 2020
 
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New Line-Up of Speakers for Week Eight of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) – several new speakers are part of the line-up for week eight of The Dairy Signal™.  New to the episodes will be Victor Cabrera, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Specialist in Dairy Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Tim Swenson, Senior Business Consultant at Compeer Financial; and Barbara O’Brien, President of Dairy Management, Inc. Rounding out the team is Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
 
Each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers through www.slido.com and entering the code #myPDPW.
 
During The Dairy Signal this week, Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), shared details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to America’s farmers.
 
In addition to this direct support to farmers, USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat and deliver boxes to Americans in need.
 
Long-term, Mulhern said, the steps we have taken within the industry to manage supply are starting to become effective and we need to continue to encourage consumption of dairy products.
 
Mary Ledman, Global Sector Strategist for Dairy of Rabobank in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Group, shed light on dairy farming around the world and how other countries are being impacted. She mentioned our generation has never experienced this type of wide-spread food scarcity. “The combination of the strength of the U.S. dollar, our self-sufficiency and the strength of our food supply with keep us a major global leader,” Ledman said.
 
Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Tom Brandt, FSA Farm Loan Chief, teamed up during Thursday’s episode. According to Chalmers, CFAP sign up, facilitated by the FSA office, begins May 26, and ends August 28, 2020.
 
Information on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program is now live on farmers.gov/cfap, where you will find details on payment rates, eligibility, and records needed for the application, along with an online calculator to help streamline the process.
 
Chalmers emphasized using the website, farmers.gov/cfap, and the online calculator will speed up the application process, along with gathering your production and sales records in advance. “We are 100 percent committed to getting this assistance out as quickly as possible,” Chalmers said.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at this week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, May 26
Topic: Take a look at dairy producer scenarios and how these scenarios can maximize net profit. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Victor Cabrera, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Specialist in Dairy Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tim Swenson, Senior Business Consultant, Compeer Financial
 
Wednesday, May 27
Topic: Learn what Dairy Management, Inc. is doing to increase demand for dairy product consumption. Episode presenter includes:
   
Thursday, May 28
Topic: Tune in for the latest economic trends, the ongoing global impact and how re-opening some parts of our industry is affecting the overall economy. Episode presenter:
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
 
In a former episode of The Dairy Signal, Dr. David Kohl, Co-owner of Homestead Creamery in Wirtz, Va., and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., offered some sound advice. “Surround yourself with individuals that have the attitude of engaging learners and also practitioners that can put it to practice. And don’t forget your physical and mental health.”
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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May 15, 2020
 
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New Presenters Announced for Week Seven of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – Professional Dairy Producers® – PDPW has released the speaker and content line up for week seven of The Dairy Signal™.  New to The Dairy Signal team, includes Mary Ledman, Global Sector Strategist for Dairy in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Group, and Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency, along with colleague Tom Brandt, Farm Loan Chief.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering timely insights and resources for fellow producers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain.
 
Each episode, speakers of The Dairy Signal break down the day’s dairy business and market dynamics and offer tools to get farmers through the day and weeks ahead until the world stabilizes. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
 
During The Dairy Signal this past Tuesday, Governor Tony Evers acknowledged, “Dairy is absolutely critical to Wisconsin’s landscape. Plain and simple, dairy is super essential – you’re part of the reason there is and will be a safe food supply available in Wisconsin.”
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for timely and accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at this week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, May 19
Topic: Hear an update from Washington and what kind of direct assistance is coming to rural America. Episode presented by:
 
  • Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) 
 
Wednesday, May 20
Topic: Discover how the global economy is impacting the agriculture industry today and gain insight on how the future may look down the road. Episode presented by:
 
  • Mary Ledman, Global Sector Strategist for Dairy in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Group
 
Thursday, May 21
Topic: Hear updates on the CARES Act and possible details on how to tap into federal funds and learn of existing programs available. Episode presented by:
 
  • Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency
  • Tom Brandt, Farm Loan Chief, USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency
 
 
All episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or email mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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Content Now Available for Week Six of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – Professional Dairy Producers® – PDPW has released the speaker and content line up for week six of The Dairy Signal™.  Highlights include Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Randy Romanski, Interim Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, addressing the state of the dairy industry and how federal funds might be distributed here in Wisconsin, Tue., May 12, 2020.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering timely insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain.
 
Each episode, speakers of The Dairy Signal break down the day’s dairy business and market dynamics and offer tools to get farmers through the day and weeks ahead until the world stabilizes. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day. The Spanish translation, La Señal Lechera™, is also available via recording.
 
During last week’s Dairy Signal, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, offered this advice to dairy producers, “Think forward toward risk management to capture every opportunity available.”
 
Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group, echoed Basse’s thoughts, adding, “Stay calm, think things through and communicate. There are a ton of resources out there. You’re not in this alone – we can sort it out together.”
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at this week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, May 12
Topic: The state of the dairy industry and how federal funds could be distributed in Wisconsin. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Tony Evers, Governor of Wisconsin
  • Ran, Interim Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
 
 
Wednesday, May 13
Topic: Hear the latest market updates, how consumers are reacting, and find practical steps to make the right decisions for your operation, including cow-feeding strategies. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, UW-Madison
  • Dr. David Kohl, Co-owner of Homestead Creamery in Wirtz, Va., and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
 
 
Thursday, May 14
Topic: Tune in for the latest economic trends, the ongoing global impact and what to expect later down the road. Episode presenter:
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
 
“There’s a lot of people that will discover dairy in a whole new way. We have to get through to tomorrow – the way we do that is with resiliency, information, making better decisions and sticking together and taking care of one another,” said Shelly Mayer, Executive Director of PDPW and dairy producer from Slinger, Wis.
 
All episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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Content Now Available for Week Five of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – Professional Dairy Producers® – PDPW has released the speaker and content line up for week five of The Dairy Signal™.  Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain.
 
Each day during The Dairy Signal, respective speakers break down the day’s dairy business and market dynamics and offer tools to get farmers through the day and weeks ahead until the world stabilizes. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day. The Spanish translation, La Señal Lechera™, is also available via recording.
 
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, guest speaker on last week’s episode of The Dairy Signal on April 28th, explained that Wisconsin is receiving about $2 billion in federal funds from the recently passed CARES Act and that his staff is currently working on how to distribute those dollars appropriately.
 
Gov. Evers said, “The agricultural industry in Wisconsin was the first essential business identified by us – not only is it part of our heritage but also part of our future. The last thing we want is people suffering and not having the food and nutrition the hard-working farmers in Wisconsin provide. We will continue to make sure we are advocating for farmers at the federal and state level.”
 
“Cows still get milked every day, and the land is still getting planted. Dairy farmers are people that believe in the future. Their passion is still rooted in feeding America,” said Shelly Mayer, Executive Director of PDPW and dairy producer from Slinger, Wis. “We need to lean into one another, helping each other be strong, navigating forward, because forward is the best and only direction we know.”
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at this week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, May 5
Learn up-to-date market insight and where the industry is headed and get an inside look at how the cheese industry has been impacted. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Dr. Mark Stephenson of UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability
  • John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association
 
Wednesday, May 6
Hear about the latest market updates and practical steps to make the right decisions for your operation and protocols necessary for farm safety. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Charles Palmer, Partner and Sub-practice Leader, Workplace Safety and Health, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
  • Dr. David Kohl, Co-owner of Homestead Creamery in Wirtz, Va., and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
 
Thursday, May 7
Tune in for updates on current news, economic trends and the ongoing global impact and what’s ahead and also hear how the Defense Production Act is affecting the meat processing industry. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
  • Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group
 
Randy Romanski, Interim Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, teamed up with Gov. Evers on The Dairy Signal during the April 28th episode. He wrapped up the session saying, “Thank you dairy farmers for the work you do every day, and the work you’ve been doing every day throughout the Covid-19 impact that feeds Wisconsin, America and the world.”
 
All episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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April 24, 2020
 
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Governor Evers featured on Tuesday’s The Dairy Signal™
Free online episodes offer insights to help producers make informed decisions
 
DAIRY NEWS – Professional Dairy Producers® – PDPW has released the speaker and content line up for week four of The Dairy Signal™., held Apr. 28-30, 2020. Highlights include Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Randy Romanski, Interim Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, addressing the state of the dairy industry, Tue., Apr. 28.
 
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain.
 
Each day during the Dairy Signal, respective speakers break down the day’s dairy business and market dynamics and offer tools to get farmers through the day and weeks ahead until the world stabilizes. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day. The Spanish translation, La Señal Lechera™, will also be available via recording.
 
“On the shoulder of successful dairy farmers rests a successful dairy industry sector. Be proactive in taking care of the most important part of your dairy business – your mind,” said Shelly Mayer, dairy producer from Slinger, Wis. and Executive Director of PDPW. “Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital.”
 
Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here’s a look at this week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, April 28
Topic: The state of the dairy industry. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Tony Evers, Governor of Wisconsin
  • dy Romanski, Interim Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
 
Wednesday, April 29
Topic:  Market forecast and financial stability and business management through uncertainty. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Liz Griffith, Market Development and Human Resource Consultant for Encore Consultants
  • Dr. David Kohl, owner of Homestead Creamery and Stoney Brook Farm in Wirtz, VA, and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
 
Thursday, April 30
Topic: Market stability and dairy outlook. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
 
During last week’s The Dairy Signal, Dr. Heather White, Assistant Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said, “There are some things that will come out of this to make us all better – whether it’s that people will remember how important agriculture is in this country to ensure they have food on their plates and in their refrigerators every day or how we have reconnected with so many people we have lost touch with. Take a minute to appreciate some of the positives to protect yourself, your health and your family.”
 
All episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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April 23, 2020
 
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PDPW Launches La Señal Lechera
Free on-demand version of The Dairy Signal™, delivered in Spanish
 
DAIRY NEWS – Professional Dairy Producers® – PDPW launches La Señal Lechera, an all-new free Spanish version of The Dairy Signal, starting Thu., Apr. 23, 2020. Developed for our Spanish-speaking audience, La Señal Lechera will offer translated insights and resources on business, market, finance, and animal care and nutrition, which previously aired on The Dairy Signal.
 
“The purpose of La Señal Lechera is to bring resources to our Spanish-speaking audience so they have access to the same information offered to our entire dairy industry during these unprecedented times,” said Shelly Mayer, Executive Director of PDPW and dairy farmer in Slinger, Wis. “We need to stay together and united and be a resource for everyone. We don’t want anyone to bear the weight of this situation alone.”
 
Translated and recorded by students from Viterbo University, content on La Señal Lechera will be available on-demand weekly. No registration fee is necessary, and all episodes will be available at www.pdpw.org.
 
For more information on La Señal Lechera or The Dairy Signal, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally by following @dairyPDPW and using #PDPWDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. This new resource is designed to bring our community together while providing resources to help navigate through these challenging times.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources, and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
 
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April 20, 2020
 
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Content now available for week Three of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – Professional Dairy Producers® – PDPW has released the speaker and content line up for week three of The Dairy Signal™.  Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain.
 
Each day during the Dairy Signal, respective speakers break down the day’s dairy business and market dynamics and offer tools to get farmers through the day and weeks ahead until the world stabilizes. The episodes air live-stream from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
 
“It’s during our most difficult and challenging times when leadership and leaders are needed most,” said Andy Buttles, dairy producer from Lancaster, Wis., and PDPW board member. “We need to stay together and united and be a resource for each other. The PDPW Board hopes you find The Dairy Signal a valuable tool.”
Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital.
Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Here is a look at this week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, April 21
Learn up-to-date market insight and cow-side implications of various business changes. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Dr. Mark Stephenson of UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability
  • Dr. Heather White, Assistant Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Wednesday, April 22
Hear the market forecast and proposed marketing plans to assist dairy producers and processors. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) 
  • Dr. David Kohl, owner of Homestead Creamery and Stoney Brook Farm in Wirtz, Va., and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
 
Thursday, April 23
Cover market stability and outlook, and gain insights on cow-feeding strategies. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
  • Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor, Livestock Nutrition, University of Florida
 
 
During last week’s Dairy Signal, Dr. David Kohl said, “We can’t make knee-jerk decisions during these times. We need the government, financial lenders and producers all working together to create short- and long-term solutions.”
All episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
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April 10, 2020
 
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The Dairy Signal™ connects dairy producers with up-to-the-minute resources  
Free online episodes offer dairy insights to help producers make informed decisions
 
DAIRY NEWS – Professional Dairy Producers® – PDPW has released the speaker and content line up for week two of The Dairy Signal™.  Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain.
 
On the heels of its first week of live streaming, The Dairy Signal will continue to disseminate real-time and cutting-edge content from dairy-specific financial and business experts.  Each day, the respective speakers break down the day’s dairy business and market dynamics and offer tools to get farmers through the day and weeks ahead and until the world stabilizes.
 
The episodes air live-stream from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 
 
“Ultimately we are stronger together and none is more hopeful, stronger, creative and better at finding solutions then dairy farmers,” said Shelly Mayer, Executive Director of PDPW and dairy farmer in Slinger, Wis.
 
During each live session, attendees connect via live Q&A to ask direct questions of the day’s presenters. In addition to the live episodes, all sessions are made available for on-demand viewing later in the evening.
 
Here’s a look at this week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, April 14
Presenters will offer invaluable real-time market insight and take a look at how the markets are responding. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Dr. Mark Stephenson of UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability
   
Wednesday, April 15
Presenters will talk about employee health protocol and focus on human resource management and enhancing employee engagement.  Episode presenters include:
   
  • Jason Karszes, Senior Extension Associate with Cornell University and the PRO-DAIRY program
 
Thursday, April 16
Farmers will get an inside look at one of the critical factors outside our control – the weather and take a look at feeding strategies. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Eric Snodgrass, principal atmospheric scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions
 
  • Dr. David Kohl, owner of Homestead Creamery and Stoney Brook Farm in Wirtz, VA, and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
 
During one of the first live sessions, Dr. David Kohl addressed economic strategies dairy farmers can use to manage their businesses, maximize their viability and stay nimble during these times. “Manage the things you can manage and manage around the things you can’t,” Kohl said. Kohl is owner of Homestead Creamery and Stoney Brook Farm in Wirtz, VA, and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
 
All episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available. Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. This new resource is designed to bring our dairy community together while providing resources to help navigate through these challenging times.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
 
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April 6, 2020
 
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PDPW launches The Dairy Signal™
Free online resource brings up-to-the-minute dairy insights for informed decisions
 
DAIRY NEWS – Professional Dairy Producers® – PDPW launches The Dairy Signal™, an all-new free online resource providing dairy farmers insights for informed decisions. Three times a week, over the next several weeks, leading-edge presenters will share resources and strategies for managing dairy’s rapidly shifting industry.
 
Developed by PDPW for dairy farmers, processors and other industry leaders, The Dairy Signal episodes will feature a variety of business and economic speakers and topics that will live-stream from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the weeks ahead. A recording and podcast of the episodes will also be made available for on-demand access after each live episode. During each live session, during and following each episode, attendees will engage in open Q&A and interact with expert speakers.
 
No registration fee is necessary, and all episodes will be available at www.pdpw.org.
 
Here’s a look at the first week’s presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, April 7
Presenters will address what’s happening in the marketplace, how long farmers can expect current situations to last, and what the dairy sector can do right now to mitigate the impacts.  Episode presenters include:
 
  • Dr. Mark Stephenson of UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability
   
Wednesday, April 8
Addressing economic strategies head-on, dairy farmers can use the real-time insights to manage their businesses, maximize their viability and stay nimble during these times. Presenters will also address new tools as they become available.  Episode presenters include:
 
  • Dr. David Kohl, owner of Homestead Creamery and Stoney Brook Farm in Wirtz, VA, and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
 
  • Jason Karszes, Senior Extension Associate with Cornell University and the PRO-DAIRY program
 
 
Thursday, April 9
Farmers will hear up-to-date market analysis, practical tips and strategies for making decisions in an uncertain, chaotic environment; plus, a look at what the new world may look like after this pandemic subsides.  Episode presenters include:
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
 
  • Jay Joy, founder of Milk Money LLC
 
For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #PDPWDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
 
Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available. Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. This new resource is designed to bring our dairy community together while providing resources to help navigate through these challenging times.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
 
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