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Dairy Manufacturing, Heifer Management, and Hoof Health Discussions on Tap for Week 80 of The Dairy Signal™ from PDPW


 October 15, 2021
 
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Dairy Manufacturing, Heifer Management, and Hoof Health Discussions on Tap
for Week 80 of The Dairy Signal™ from PDPW

Free online episodes connect producers with industry experts and researchers
to stay on top of industry news and trends

 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 80 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will provide an update on dairy manufacturing and markets and recommendations for heifer management and hoof health.
 
Michael Dykes, DVM, President and CEO, International Dairy Foods Association, will share an update from the nation’s dairy manufacturing and marketing industry group. 
 
Dr. Mike Overton, DVM, MPVM, Global Dairy Platform Lead, Zoetis Animal Health and Dr. Matt Akins, Associate Scientist and Extension Dairy Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will provide insights on selecting and raising heifers with a focus on enhancing profitability and productivity of the herd. 
Dr. Gerard Cramer, DVM, DVSc, Associate Professor with the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine of the University of Minnesota, will highlight ways to use hoof health records to make decisions on your dairy.
 
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.
 
The Oct. 12 episode of The Dairy Signal featured Angie Edge, Manager – Dairy Company Communications at Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, with a review of consumer research and trends in cheese and other dairy snacks, and she shared ideas and recipes that are the perfect fit for busy fall schedules. 

Dr. Theresa Ollivett, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal), Assistant Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine section at UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, returned on Oct. 13 with housing, feeding and other calf care recommendations for keeping the youngest members of your herd healthy and preventing respiratory disease as temperatures begin to drop. 
 
Ben Buckner, Chief Grains and Dairy Analyst at AgResource Company, returned on Oct. 14 for a bi-weekly update on dairy markets, feed outlook and export news.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, Oct. 19
Topic: The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), represents the nation’s dairy manufacturing and marketing industry. Learn what IDFA has been involved with recently when it comes to trade and exports, nutrition, innovation and sustainability. Episode presenter includes:
  • Michael Dykes, DVM, President and CEO, International Dairy Foods Association
Wednesday, Oct. 20
Topic:  How do you put a lifetime value on heifer quality? Learn the impact heifer selection can have on your culling decisions and how that can enhance profitability, get a handle on inventory management and hear practical ideas for pre-breeding growth targets and nutrition. Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. Mike Overton, DVM, MPVM, Global Dairy Platform Lead, Zoetis Animal Health
  • Dr. Matt Akins, Associate Scientist and Extension Dairy Specialist, UW-Madison
Thursday, Oct. 21
Topic:  Hear how you can use hoof trimming records to make informed decisions about your hoof health program to set trimming schedules and footbath programs. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. Gerard Cramer, DVM, DVSc, Associate Professor with the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine of the University of Minnesota
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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 8, 2021
 
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Contact: Shelly Mayer
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Week 79 of The Dairy Signal™ from PDPW to Feature Episodes on
Keeping Families, Calves and Bottom Line Healthy

Free online episodes connect producers with industry experts and researchers
to stay on top of industry news and trends

 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 79 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will focus on nutritious dairy snacks, managing respiratory disease in calves and a market and industry update.

Angie Edge, Manager – Dairy Company Communications at Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, will share ideas to keep the entire family fueled with nutritious snacks featuring dairy foods, especially during the busy fall season.  Dr. Theresa Ollivett, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal), Assistant Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine section at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, will share insights on preventing respiratory illness as the temperatures and seasons change.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return for a bi-weekly update on market, industry and export news.
 
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.
 
The Oct. 5 episode of The Dairy Signal featured Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant and Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist with recommendations for ending the 2021 financial year based on your income and expenses to date and projections for the next few months.  They also reviewed key financial statements as producers wrap up 2021 and look ahead to 2022. 
 
Jason Cavadini, Agronomist/Assistant Superintendent, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marshfield Agricultural Research Station, presented the Oct. 6 episode where he shared the latest research and best practices for composting manure and the potential benefits for soil health.  On Oct. 7, Noelle Noyes, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota, provided an overview of rumen microbiome research and examples of how management practices can change the microbiome at various stages of an animal’s life and the potential impact on health and performance.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, Oct. 12
Topic: A well-timed snack can not only combat hunger but also provide a much-needed energy boost between meals. Learn how dairy products and other foods can be paired together to provide crowd- pleasing snacks for the whole family.  Episode presenter includes:
  • Angie Edge, Manager – Dairy Company Communications at Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
Wednesday, Oct. 13
Topic:  It’s that time of the year when changes in weather can affect your animal’s well-being. Learn what’s new with respiratory illnesses and how to take preventative measures to combat them. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. Theresa Ollivett, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal), Assistant Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine section at UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
Thursday, Oct. 14
Topic:  Gain insight on the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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 1, 2021
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shelly Mayer
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From Microbiome to the Balance Sheet, Week 78 of The Dairy Signal™
from PDPW Provides Insights for Dairy Producers  

Free online episodes connect producers with industry experts and researchers
to stay on top of industry news and trends

 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 78 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will focus on financial management, composting manure and the latest in microbiome research.
 
Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant & Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist will provide insights on finishing the financial year strong and preparing for 2022.
 
Jason Cavadini, Agronomist/Assistant Superintendent, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marshfield Agricultural Research Station, will share the latest research on composting manure, and Noelle Noyes, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota, will present learnings from microbiome 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.
 
The Sept. 28 episode of The Dairy Signal featured Matthew Oehmichen, part owner of Short Lane Ag Supply, and David Trimner, General Manager, Miltrim Farms, Inc., Athens, Wis., sharing experiences and practical tips for manure applications to get the most fertilizer value while protecting water and other resources.
 
On Sept. 29, Bethany Dado-Senn, Graduate Research Assistant, Lactation Physiology, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison; Brittney Davidson, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison; and Jimena Laporta, Assistant Professor Lactation Physiology, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences; were featured in the “Rising Stars – Graduate Research Showcase” with their research on the effects of heat stress on dairy cattle and effective heat abatement strategies.
 
Ben Buckner, Chief Grains and Dairy Analyst at AgResource Company, returned to The Dairy Signal on Sept. 30 with a bi-weekly update on dairy markets, production and exports, along with the latest news across the industry.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, Oct. 5
Topic: We know it’s only October but now is the time to evaluate your year-end budgets and make adjustments. Glean tips on how to best prepare for the end of 2021 and track the financial health of your business. Episode presenters include:
  • Gary Sipiorski, Independent Business and Financial Consultant
  • Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist
Wednesday, Oct. 6
Topic:  Hear the latest research with manure compost as it relates to creating better nutrients for crops and building soil health. Episode presenter includes:
  • Jason Cavadini, Agronomist/Assistant Superintendent, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marshfield Agricultural Research Station
Thursday, Oct. 7
Topic:  Microbiome refers to the microbes in a particular environment, such as in the rumen of an animal. Learn about the latest microbiome research and how it affects animal health and nutrition.  
Episode presenter includes:
  • Noelle Noyes, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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 24, 2021
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shelly Mayer
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Week 77 of The Dairy Signal™ from PDPW Features Episodes Focused on
Nutrient Management, Heat Abatement, and Market Updates

Free online episodes offer insights to help producers stay on top of industry news and insights
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 77 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will focus on nutrient management plans, the latest research on heat stress, and dairy market updates.
 
Matthew Oehmichen, part owner of Short Lane Ag Supply, and David Trimner, General Manager, Miltrim Farms, Inc., Athens, Wis., will share insights on effectively managing and getting the most out of nutrient management plans. 
 
Bethany Dado-Senn, Graduate Research Assistant, Lactation Physiology, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison; Brittney Davidson, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison; and Jimena Laporta, Assistant Professor Lactation Physiology, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, will present the next “Rising Stars – Graduate Research Showcase” focused on effects of heat stress on dairy cattle and effective heat abatement.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return to The Dairy Signal for his bi-weekly update on dairy markets and the latest news across the industry.
 
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 the Sept. 21 episode, Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, Department of Animal and Dairy Science and Division of Extension, UW-Madison, shared data and insights on the 2021 corn silage crop based on crop samples to date, and provided recommendations for nutrition and rations based on this year’s crop quality. 
 
Jerry Wulf, Manager and Partner, Riverview LLP Beef, Morris, Minn., and Kelli Retallick, President of Angus Genetics Incorporated, joined The Dairy Signal on Sept. 22 to share recommendations and practical considerations for producers looking to add value to their herd by crossbreeding with beef. 
 
On Sept. 23, Dr. Tera Montgomery, Professor, Dairy and Animal Science and Campus Liaison Dairy Innovation Hub, UW-Platteville, and Troy Runge, Professor and Department Chair, Biological Systems Engineering and Campus Liaison Dairy Innovation Hub, UW-Madison, provided an update on progress of the Dairy Innovation Hub including new faculty members, published and ongoing research and investments in equipment and facility renovations to support future research for the industry.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, Sept. 28
Topic: Dairy manure is a rich resource but requires detailed planning and management to avoid issues with water quality, spreading restrictions and more.  Learn how one dairy producer takes advantage of getting the most out of his nutrient management plan. Episode presenters include:  
Wednesday, Sept. 29
Topic:  The “Rising Stars – Graduate Research Showcase” will feature research on short- and long-term effects of prenatal and postnatal exposure to heat stress in dairy cattle. Learn how to identify heat-stressed animals to effectively provide heat stress abatement, overcome production losses, and promote animal welfare in the face of rising global temperatures.  Episode presenters include:
  • Bethany Dado-Senn, Graduate Research Assistant, Lactation Physiology, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison
  • Brittney Davidson, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison
  • Jimena Laporta, Assistant Professor Lactation Physiology, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison
 
Thursday, Sept. 30
Topic:  Gain insight on the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President, AgResource Company
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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 17, 2021
 
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Week 76 of The Dairy Signal™ from PDPW Features Episodes Focused on
Silage Quality, Crossbreeding Dairy With Beef and Research Updates

Free online episodes offer insights to help producers stay on top of industry news and insights
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 76 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will provide timely insights on silage season results, achieving success in crossbreeding beef and a Dairy Innovation Hub update.
 
Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, Department of Animal and Dairy Science and Division of Extension, UW-Madison, will provide insights on this season’s silage crop and tips for incorporating this crop into feeding programs.
 
Jerry Wulf, Manager and Partner, Riverview LLP Beef, Morris, Minn., and Kelli Retallick, President of Angus Genetics Incorporated, will share perspectives on the potential for crossbreeding with beef.
 
Dr. Tera Montgomery, Professor, Dairy and Animal Science and Campus Liaison Dairy Innovation Hub, UW-Platteville, and Troy Runge, Professor and Department Chair, Biological Systems Engineering and Campus Liaison Dairy Innovation Hub, UW-Madison, will provide an update on research funded by the Dairy Innovation Hub.
 
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.
 
The Dairy Signal episode on Sept. 14 featured Cheryl Skjolaas, Senior Outreach Specialist with the University of Wisconsin Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, and Justin Wege, Ag Mechanics Instructor/Tractor Safety Program Lead, Department Chair for Ag Mechanics, Outdoor Power Equipment, and Farm Business Production Management, Fox Valley Technical College. They shared tips and reminders for equipment maintenance and preparation to stay safe during the busy fall harvest season. 
 
Walt Moore, President/Owner, Walmoore Holsteins, Inc. and Moocha Milk Transportation, Inc., West Grove, Pennsylvania; Tony Brubaker, Partner, Brubaker Farms, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania; and Amanda Arata, General Manager, Kansas Dairy Development, Deerfield, Kansas participated in a panel discussion on Sept. 15.  They shared the considerations and decision factors involved in raising replacement heifers at home or at a custom operation, and how to effectively communicate expectations and performance about calf raising.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, provided a bi-weekly update on Sept. 16 on dairy and agricultural market news including weather impact, exports and production trends.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, Sept. 21
Topic: In many areas of the state, corn silage is well underway or even complete. Hear a summary of how the season is wrapping up and glean tips on how best to incorporate this year’s crop into your feeding program.  Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison
  • Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, Department of Animal and Dairy Science and Division of Extension, UW-Madison 
Wednesday, Sept. 22
Topic:  More and more producers are crossbreeding with beef, and seeing an increase in profits, but it takes planning and selection to meet the market’s needs. Episode presenters include:  
Thursday, Sept. 23
Topic:  Hear an update on the newest research and outreach funded by the Dairy Innovation Hub and their involvement with the upcoming Dairy Summit and Dairy Innovation Summit. Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. Tera Montgomery, Professor, Dairy and Animal Science and Campus Liaison Dairy Innovation Hub, UW-Platteville
  • Troy Runge, Professor and Department Chair, Biological Systems Engineering and Campus Liaison Dairy Innovation Hub, UW-Madison
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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 10, 2021
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shelly Mayer
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PDPW Celebrates Week 75 of The Dairy Signal™ with Episodes Focused on
Farm Safety, Raising Heifers and Dairy Market News

Free online episodes offer insights to help producers stay on top of industry news and insights
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 75 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will provide timely insights on farm safety, raising heifers and dairy market news.
 
Cheryl Skjolaas, Senior Outreach Specialist with the University of Wisconsin Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, and Justin Wege, Ag Mechanics Instructor/Tractor Safety Program Lead
Department Chair for Ag Mechanics, Outdoor Power Equipment, and Farm Business Production Management, Fox Valley Technical College, will provide important information on farm safety as we move into fall harvest season and recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week Sept. 19-25.
 
Walt Moore, President/Owner, Walmoore Holsteins, Inc. and Moocha Milk Transportation, Inc., West Grove, Pennsylvania, Tony Brubaker, Partner, Brubaker Farms, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania and Amanda Arata, General Manager, Kansas Dairy Development, Deerfield, Kansas, will lead a panel discussion on decision factors involved in raising replacement heifers at home or at a custom operation.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return for a regular update on dairy markets and news.
 
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 Sept. 7, Amy Wagner, Executive Vice President, Global Innovation Partnerships, Dairy Management Inc., and Karen Doster, Director, Youth and School Programs, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, joined The Dairy Signal to share examples of how DMI partners with companies around the world to encourage dairy products while still staying true to local tastes and preferences.  They also highlighted programs to educate and expand dairy markets in schools.
 
Jim Moriarty, Director Dairy Lending and Dairy Consulting, Compeer Financial, Sam Miller, Managing Director, Group Head, Agricultural Banking, BMO Harris Bank, and Tim McTique, Senior Vice President of Ag Banking with Investors Community Bank, joined the Sept. 8 episode with a panel discussion on issues that dairy lenders are watching for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022, and tips for what producers can do to better manage their financial situation. 
 
Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group returned to The Dairy Signal on Sept. 9 with an update on the beef processing industry including processing capacity and challenges, beef demand and pricing, export news and the introduction of ProteinPACT, a new partnership across animal protein.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, Sept. 14
Topic: National Farm Safety and Health Week is celebrated September 19-25, 2021. Learn ways to keep your fall harvest season safe, including necessary equipment tune-ups. Episode presenters include:
  • Cheryl Skjolaas, Senior Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Justin Wege, Ag Mechanics Instructor/Tractor Safety Program Lead, Department Chair for Ag Mechanics, Outdoor Power Equipment, and Farm Business Production Management, Fox Valley Technical College
 
Wednesday, Sept. 15
Topic:  The decision of whether to raise their own heifers or send them offsite to a custom grower is an important one for many dairy producers. Hear from a panel of producers how they determine what best fits their operation. Episode presenters include:
  • Walt Moore, President/Owner, Walmoore Holsteins, Inc. and Moocha Milk Transportation, Inc., West Grove, Pennsylvania
  • Tony Brubaker, Partner, Brubaker Farms, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
  • Amanda Arata, General Manager, Kansas Dairy Development, Deerfield, Kansas
 
Thursday, Sept. 16
Topic:  Listen to the bi-weekly update on the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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 3, 2021
 
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Trends in Dairy, Banking and Beef Processing on Tap for Week 74 Episodes of The Dairy Signal™ from PDPW
Free online episodes offer insights to help producers stay on top of industry news and insights
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 74 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will provide timely insights on dairy education and export trends, the finance and banking industry and meat processing industry.
 
Amy Wagner, Executive Vice President, Global Innovation Partnerships, Dairy Management Inc., and Karen Doster, Director, Youth and School Programs, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, will join The Dairy Signal to provide an update on programs focused on keeping dairy products at the forefront in schools and international markets. 
 
Jim Moriarty, Director Dairy Lending and Dairy Consulting, Compeer Financial, and Sam Miller, Managing Director, Group Head, Agricultural Banking, BMO Harris Bank, will share insights from a banking and lending perspective.  Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group will return to The Dairy Signal to provide an update on the beef processing industry.
 
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 Aug. 31, Dr. Daryl Nydam, Professor of Dairy Health and Production in the Ambulatory and Production Medicine and Quality Milk Production Services sections at Cornell University, and Faculty Director for the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, and Dr. Franklyn Garry, DVM, Extension Specialist and Veterinarian, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University, provided practical tips for monitoring and recording calf care, health and death records that will provide valuable information to stay ahead of disease issues and improve performance of your calf herd.
 
Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist, Nutrien Ag Solutions, returned to The Dairy Signal on Sept. 1 with a review of recent weather trends from drought, summer storm systems and hurricanes and a look ahead at fall and winter outlooks.  Dan Basse, Economist and President, AgResource Company, joined the program on Sept. 2 with his bi-weekly update on dairy news and market analysis, including the impact of Hurricane Ida on exports and commodity prices, as well as updates on consumption and demand for U.S. dairy products.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, Sept. 7
Topic: Tune in for an update on dairy promotion activities in several areas, including how programs are keeping dairy product at the forefront in schools and how dairy is penetrating international markets. Episode presenters include:
  • Amy Wagner, Executive Vice President, Global Innovation Partnerships, Dairy Management Inc.
  • Karen Doster, Director, Youth and School Programs, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
 
Wednesday, Sept. 8
Topic:  Banking and lending experts will share their expertise and knowledge on industry trends from loans to inflation to refinancing and more, and the potential impact on today’s dairy operations.  Episode presenters include:
  • Jim Moriarty, Director Dairy Lending and Dairy Consulting, Compeer Financial
  • Sam Miller, Managing Director, Group Head, Agricultural Banking, BMO Harris Bank
  • Tim McTigue, Senior Vice President of Ag Banking with Investors Community Bank
 
Thursday, Sept. 9
Topic:  Find out what’s new in the beef processing industry, when it comes to products, pricing, availability and exports. Episode presenter includes:
  • Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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 27, 2021
 
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Week 73 Episodes of The Dairy Signal™ from PDPW to Focus on Monitoring Calf Health
and Insights into Weather Patterns and Dairy Markets

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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 73 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will focus on monitoring calf health as well as insights in weather patterns and dairy markets.
 
Dr. Daryl Nydam, Professor of Dairy Health and Production in the Ambulatory and Production Medicine and Quality Milk Production Services sections at Cornell University, and Faculty Director for the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, and Dr. Franklyn Garry, DVM, Extension Specialist and Veterinarian, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University, will share trends in calf health and the importance of recordkeeping for monitoring your calf herd health.
 
Two Dairy Signal experts will return this week with updates on issues at the top of everyone’s mind: weather and markets. Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist, Nutrien Ag Solutions, will provide an update on recent weather patterns across the U.S. and provide a look ahead at fall and winter outlooks.  Dan Basse, Economist and President, AgResource Company, will provide his bi-weekly update on news and market analysis for the dairy and agriculture industries.
 
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.
 
The Aug. 24 episode featured Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Bill Reyes, Consultant/ Owner, Royal Ag Services, Canyon, Tex., with recommendations for optimizing quality and economic value of this season’s silage crop. They also shared a number of “what if” scenarios in managing through drought stress conditions and the FeedScan app to help monitor current conditions. 
 
Dr. Barry Bradford, Clint Meadows Endowed Chair in Dairy Management, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University, led the Rising Stars Graduate Research Showcase on Aug. 25 along with graduate research assistants Kirby Krogstad and Lynn Olthof.  They shared details on a number of ongoing research studies in nutrition, inflammation, mastitis and more, with a special focus on creating studies that deliver scientifically valid research conducted at and applicable to commercial-scale dairy farms.  This episode was sponsored by Balchem Corporation.
 
Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Founder and President of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, and Laura Saunders, State of Wisconsin Program Manager, Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health and Prevention Technology Transfer Center joined The Dairy Signal on Aug. 26 with valuable background and perspectives on substance use disorders as well as practical strategies for keeping the mind and body healthy during times of stress.  They also shared signs to watch for to be able to help family, friends or employees who may be struggling with stress or substance use disorders.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, August 31
Topic: Healthy calves are the foundation of your herd. Find out what’s been affecting calves lately and what types of information is helpful for monitoring calf health and management including the importance of birth certificates and mortality descriptions. Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. Daryl Nydam, Professor of Dairy Health and Production in the Ambulatory and Production Medicine and Quality Milk Production Services sections at Cornell University, and Faculty Director for the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability
  • Dr. Franklyn Garry, DVM, Extension Specialist and Veterinarian with the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University
 
Wednesday, Sept. 1
Topic:  Hear an overview of how the different weather patterns are affecting the United States and find out what’s in store for fall and winter. Episode presenters include:
  • Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist, Nutrien Ag Solutions
 
Thursday, Sept. 2
Topic:  Gain insight on the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. Episode presenters include:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President, AgResource Company
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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 20, 2021
 
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Tune in starting August 24 for an in-depth look at Fall 2021 Silage Harvest Outlook, Cutting-Edge Graduate Research and Staying Healthy.

Here's a look at a few more details about week 72's presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, August 24
Topic: With corn silage harvest right around the corner, hear projections for harvest timing and quality testing and learn about InField Updates to provide free updates on silage moisture and quality in your region. Also learn some helpful tips from an experienced nutritionist for developing a cost-effective plan if forage is limiting in quality or yield.  Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison
  • Bill Reyes, Consultant / Owner, Royal Ag Services, Canyon, TX
 
Wednesday, August 25
Topic:  Graduate research showcase will focus on translating and evaluating applications of novel concepts on dairy farms, including meta-analysis of studies with wet corn gluten feed, assessing whether Enogen corn silage is ready to feed more quickly post-harvest than conventional silage, econometric analysis of different approaches to dairy farm expansion and commercial farm assessment of post-calving inflammation and associations with health and productivity.  Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. Barry Bradford, Clint Meadows Endowed Chair in Dairy Management, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University
  • Kirby Krogstad, Graduate Research Assistant, Animal Science, Michigan State University
  • Lynn Olthof, Graduate Research Assistant, Animal Science, Michigan State University
 
Thursday, August 26
Topic:  We all know too well the daily pressures of life and work can lead you down the wrong path. Learn the signs of drug and alcohol abuse, the impact it can have on employees and how you can help. Glean tips on keeping your mind and body healthy, from proper food choices to stimulate your mind, to adequate rest to good time management. Episode presenters include:
  • Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Founder and President of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting
  • Laura Saunders, State of Wisconsin Program Manager, Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health and Prevention Technology Transfer Center 
 
 
Week 71 of The Dairy Signal™ from PDPW Features A2 Milk, Keeping Cows Cool and Market Updates
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 71 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will include a panel discussion on opportunities with A2 milk, preventing heat stress, and a market and industry update.
 
Lonnie Holthaus, General Manager, MilkHaus Dairy, Inc., Fennimore, Wis., Tammy Fritsch, Owner/Plant Manager, Two Guernsey Girls Creamery, Freedom, Wis., and Dr. John Lucey, PhD, Director of Center for Dairy Research, Professor of Food Science at UW-Madison, will discuss growing demand and experiences with on-farm processing of A2 milk. 
 
Dr. Nigel Cook, DVM, Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine at UW-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine; Chair of the Department of Medical Sciences and Mike Larson, President and Dairy Manager, Larson Acres, Inc. will provide insights on designing ventilation systems to keep cows cool.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return with his bi-weekly update with timely insights on market conditions and industry news.
 
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.
 
Christopher Clayton, Agricultural Runoff Section Chief, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, joined The Dairy Signal on Aug. 10 with an overview of the state’s administrative rule process and an update on ch. NR 151.  This administrative rule is part of the effort to address groundwater issues and protect drinking water and public health across Wisconsin, and public comments are currently being accepted on the economic impact, with another round of public comments beginning this fall. 
 
On Aug. 11, Chief Gerald Minor, Pittsville Fire Department, and Ron Naab, Allenton Fire Department, led an interactive discussion with recommendations for building relationships with local fire and rescue departments, as well as tips for preventing common farm hazards like grain entrapment, manure and silo gas incidents and more.  
 
The Aug. 12 episode featured Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant and Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist, with financial and management advice for those interested in getting started in the dairy industry.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, August 17
Topic: A2 milk has attracted attention from both consumers and dairy producers, due to its ease of digestion. Hear from two dairy producers about their experiences investing in on-farm processing of A2 milk and cheese.  Episode presenters include:
  • Lonnie Holthaus, General Manager, MilkHaus Dairy, Inc., Fennimore, Wis.;
  • Tammy Fritsch, Owner/Plant Manager, Two Guernsey Girls Creamery, Freedom, Wis. and
  • Dr. John Lucey, PhD, Director of Center for Dairy Research, Professor of Food Science at UW-Madison
 
Wednesday, August 18
Topic:  Keeping cows cooler during hot and humid weather will help maintain steady milk production. Get updated on current research with different ventilation systems and learn first-hand how one producer renovated to keep his cows comfortable.  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
  • Mike Larson, President and Dairy Manager, Larson Acres, Inc.
 
Thursday, August 19
Topic:  Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. Episode presenters include:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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 6, 2021
 
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Farm Rescue Plans, Protecting Groundwater, and Finances for Young Dairy Farmers on Tap
for Week 70 of The Dairy Signal™ from PDPW

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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 70 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will include an update on the Wisconsin administrative rule focused on groundwater, tips on working with local emergency responders and financial strategies for young dairy producers. 
 
Christopher Clayton, Agricultural Runoff Section Chief, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will provide an update on ch. NR 151, and how this administrative rule is part of the effort to address groundwater issues and protect drinking water and public health across Wisconsin. Chief Gerald Minor, Pittsville Fire Department, and Ronald Naab, Allenton Fire Department Assistant Training Officer, will discuss the need for farm rescue plans in partnership with local emergency responders.
 
Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant and Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist, will join The Dairy Signal with financial tips for those just getting started in the dairy industry.
 
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.
 
The Aug. 3 episode featured a panel discussion with Carrie Pollard, Co-owner, Pollard Dairy, Rockford, Ill. and Technical Services Manager, Pipestone Veterinary Services, Dekalb, Ill., Stacy Eberle, Owner, Dairy Operator/Manager, EbAcres Orchestrated Dreams, Monroe, Wis., and Geoff Gerrits, Chief Financial Officer, Breeze Dairy Group, LLC, Pine River, Wis., with insights on how to get the most from financial data. They shared specific metrics and approaches to financial management that allow them to make more informed decisions in their operations.
 
Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation, returned to The Dairy Signal on Aug. 4 with an update on dairy-related issues being discussed in Washington, D.C., including infrastructure, farm labor, immigration and more.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company provided his bi-weekly update on Aug. 5  with insights on dairy and beef exports, impact of COVID Delta variant on markets, as well as information on dairy pricing, market and trade news, and a look at renewable biodiesel production capacity and potential impact on soy demand.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, August 10
Topic: As part of the effort to address groundwater issues and protect drinking water and public health across Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources are working with key public and agriculture industry stakeholders, state agencies, the State Legislature, the governor, and the general public to update ch. NR 151. Get an overview of how this administrative rule will affect dairy producers. Episode presenter includes:
  • Christopher Clayton, Agricultural Runoff Section Chief, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
 
Wednesday, August 11
Topic:  Farm accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Learn how local emergency responders and farmers can create a safer work area on the farm for employees and for responders. Episode presenters include:  
Thursday, August 12
Topic:  Getting started in the dairy industry involves planning, whether it’s establishing goals or understanding financial tools. Learn some of the strategies young producers should consider when get started in the industry. Episode presenters include:
  • Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant
  • Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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July 30, 2021
 
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Week 69 of The Dairy Signal™ from PDPW to Feature Sessions on Financial Savvy, Dairy Policy and Market Updates
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 69 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will highlight ways to use financial data to boost operations, as well as updates on national dairy policy and market trends.
 
Carrie Pollard, Co-owner, Pollard Dairy, Rockford, Ill. and Technical Services Manager, Pipestone Veterinary Services, Dekalb, Ill., Stacy Eberle, Owner, Dairy Operator/Manager, EbAcres Orchestrated Dreams, Monroe, Wis., and Geoff Gerrits, Chief Financial Officer, Breeze Dairy Group, LLC, Pine River, Wis., will share how they get the most value from financial data to make informed decisions and improve aspects of the operation.
 
Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation, will return to The Dairy Signal to provide an update on key dairy-related issues being discussed in Washington, D.C., and Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company will deliver his bi-weekly update on dairy pricing, market and trade news.
 
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.
 
Episodes of The Dairy Signal in June and now July are sponsored by Prairie Estates Genetics.  
 
On the July 27 episode, Paul Marik, Captain of Patrol Division, Village of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., shared valuable information about issues with human trafficking in rural areas, including labor trafficking in agricultural jobs. He provided signs that dairy farms can watch for to prevent trafficking incidents in hiring and how to avoid challenging situations.  
 
The “Rising Stars – Graduate Research Showcase” on July 28 featured updates on calcium research presented by UW-Madison researchers Meghan Connelly and Pedro Leopoldo Jeronimo Monteiro Junior. They shared data and insights from experiments to determine the impact of diet on calcium levels and other ongoing research.  Dr. Paul Fricke, PhD, Dairy Reproduction Specialist with UW-Madison, returned to The Dairy Signal on July 29 to review research results and insights on how Body Condition Score impacts reproduction in dairy cows. 
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, August 3
Topic: Financial data is necessary for taxes and lender requirements, but those uses represent only about 20 percent of their value to dairy managers. A panel of three savvy dairy producers will share how they put financials to work to better their operation. Episode presenters include:
  • Carrie Pollard, Owner, Pollard Farms, Rockford, Ill.
  • Stacy Eberle, Owner, EbAcres Orchestrated Dreams, Monroe, Wis.
  • Geoff Gerrits, Chief Financial Officer, Breeze Dairy Group, LLC, Pine River, Wis.
 
Wednesday, August 4
Topic:  Listen to an update on some of the dairy and agriculture-related issues being discussed at the national level, from climate/infrastructure to immigration to trade to economic support. Episode presenter includes:
  • Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation
 
Thursday, August 5
Topic:  Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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July 23, 2021
 
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Week 68 of The Dairy Signal™ from PDPW to Feature Sessions on Calcium and Reproduction Research, Human Trafficking in Rural America
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 68 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will highlight prevention of human trafficking in rural areas, as well as research updates on dairy cow calcium needs and reproduction.
 
Paul Marik, Captain of Patrol Division, Village of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., will share insights on how human trafficking can impact rural America, including farm labor markets. 
 
Dr. Laura Hernandez, PhD, Professor of Lactation Physiology, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison will present another “Rising Stars – Graduate Research Showcase” featuring updates on calcium research presented by UW-Madison researchers Meghan Connelly and Pedro Leopoldo Jeronimo Monteiro JuniorDr. Paul Fricke, PhD, Dairy Reproduction Specialist with UW-Madison, will return to The Dairy Signal to present a program focused on how Body Condition Score impacts reproduction in dairy cows.
 
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.
 
Episodes of The Dairy Signal in June and July are sponsored by Prairie Estates Genetics.
 
The July 20 episode featured Marsha Salzwedel, Project Scientist at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation/National Farm Medicine Center with strategies to address distractions on farms and safely design jobs for employees and family members of all ages. On July 21, Karen Kelley, Owner, Kelley Country Creamery, Eden, Wisc., and James Baerwolf, Owner, Sassy Cow Creamery, Sun Prairie, Wisc., shared their experiences and lessons learned in diversifying their dairy farms by making and selling homestead ice cream.

Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, returned to The Dairy Signal on July 22 with his bi-weekly update and analysis of U.S. and global agricultural markets, delivering insights on how weather is impacting feed supply and quality, as well as inflation and dairy pricing trends.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, July 27
Topic: Thousands fall victim to human trafficking, even in rural areas and agricultural labor markets. Know what signs to look for and how to prevent it from happening on your farm. Episode presenter includes:
  • Paul Marik, Captain of Patrol Division, Village of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
 
Wednesday, July 28
Topic:  Learn from UW-Madison graduate students about new research on the relationship between serotonin and calcium during a cow’s lactation and how calcium levels can affect reproduction hormones around calving time and reproductive health long-term. Episode presenters include:  
Thursday, July 29
Topic:  Body condition score (BCS) is one of the factors limiting reproduction on farms today. Learn the role BCS plays during the transitional period. Episode presenter includes:  
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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July 16, 2021
 
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Week 67 of The Dairy Signal™ from PDPW to Feature Sessions on Hazardous Distractions, Operating an On-Farm Creamery and Current Market Trends
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 67 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will address hazardous farm distractions, take a look inside an on-farm creamery business and dive into the latest market trends.  
 
Marsha Salzwedel, Project Scientist at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation/National Farm Medicine Center will talk about hazardous distractions on farms and how to effectively address them. Karen Kelley, Owner, Kelley Country Creamery, Eden, Wisc., and James Baerwolf, Owner, Sassy Cow Creamery, Sun Prairie, Wisc., will share how they established their farmstead creameries.
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return to The Dairy Signal with his bi-weekly update and analysis of U.S. and global agricultural markets.
 
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.
 
Episodes of The Dairy Signal in July are sponsored by Prairie Estates Genetics.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, July 20
Topic: Hazardous distractions can be found all around your farm. Learn how to identify these distractions and explore an effective communications plan to help prevent these types of distractions from resulting in injuries. Episode presenter includes:
  • Marsha Salzwedel, Project Scientist at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation/National Farm Medicine Center
 
Wednesday, July 21
Topic:  President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. Learn from two entrepreneurs what it takes to operate a farmstead creamery. Episode presenters include:  
Thursday, July 22
Topic:  Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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July 9, 2021
 
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Week 66 of The Dairy Signal™ from PDPW to Feature Sessions on Bovine Tuberculosis, Crop Quality and Water Research
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 66 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will highlight getting ahead of a key disease, a look at crop progress and impact on nutrition programs, and an update on groundwater and nitrogen-use efficiency research.
 
Dr. Darlene Konkle, DVM, MS, DACVIM, State Veterinarian, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Dr. Elisabeth Patton, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Assistant State Veterinarian, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and Steve Maddox, Maddox Dairy, Burrel, California will provide an update on bovine tuberculosis and tips to protect your herd and prevent disease spread.
 
Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Scott Fleming, Nutrient Management Specialist and Sampling Director from Rock River Lab, will review the quality of hay and corn crops and the potential impact on dairy nutritional needs.  Amber Radatz, Co-Director, Discovery Farms and Ryan Heiderman, Nitrogen Projects Coordinator, Discovery Farms will share updates on groundwater and nitrogen-use efficiency 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.
 
Episodes of The Dairy Signal in June and July are sponsored by Prairie Estates Genetics.
 
On July 6, Adam Wehling, Dean of Agriculture, Energy, Construction & Transportation, Chippewa Valley Technical College and Frank Cardoza, Dairy Operations Manager, Philip Verwey Farms, Hanford, Calif., provided practical recommendations on how to evaluate the potential value of alternative energy sources such as solar, wind or geothermal for dairy operations. 
 
The July 7 episode featured Shawn Darcy, Senior Director, Market Research, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association, shared valuable insights on consumer’s perception of beef as a protein source and how COVID-19 and beef prices and supplies have impacted buying behavior.  
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, and Ben Buckner, Economist at AgResource Company returned to The Dairy Signal on July 8 with a bi-weekly update and analysis of U.S. and global agricultural markets. They provided highlights of recent USDA seeding reports, the strengthening U.S. dollar and an update on dairy exports and international markets.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, July 13
Topic: Opportunities exist for bovine tuberculosis (TB) to reemerge in the U.S. Learn how to minimize your herd’s risks for introduction and spread of TB and hear firsthand how one family dairy dealt with this zoonotic disease. Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. Darlene Konkle, DVM, MS, DACVIM, State Veterinarian, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Dr. Elisabeth Patton, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Assistant State Veterinarian, Wisconsin DATCP
  • Steve Maddox, Maddox Dairy, Burrel, California
 
Wednesday, July 14
Topic:  Certain areas of the U.S. have received adequate moisture; other areas are still in a drought-stricken state. Learn how this will affect the dairy state and where we are at in terms of quality and quantity of second-crop harvesting and corn growth. Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Scott Fleming, Nutrient Management Specialist and Sampling Director from Rock River Lab
 
Thursday, July 15
Topic:  Learn how nitrates can affect groundwater and hear the latest update on Discovery Farm’s nitrogen-use efficiency research project as it relates to fine-tuning crop decisions and how this study weaves into the new DNR regulations.  Episode presenters include: All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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July 2, 2021
 
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Week 65 Episodes of The Dairy Signal™ Features Alternative Energy Options, Beef & Market Trends
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 65 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week feature a look at alternative energy sources and the latest beef and marketing trends.
 
Adam Wehling, Dean of Agriculture, Energy, Construction & Transportation, Chippewa Valley Technical College and Frank Cardoza, Dairy Operations Manager, Philip Verwey Farms, Hanford, Calif., will talk about capitalizing on alternative energy sources. Shawn Darcy, Senior Director, Market Research, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association, will share an update on beef marketing trends. Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return to The Dairy Signal with his bi-weekly update and analysis of U.S. and global agricultural markets.
 
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.
 
July episodes of The Dairy Signal are sponsored by Prairie Estates Genetics.
 
Dr. Geof Smith, DVM, MS, PhD, Veterinarian, Dairy Technical Services, Zoetis and Sherry Arnold, Busse’s Barron Acres, Barron, Wis., provided their perspective on keeping calves cool during the summer months on the June 29 episode. Dr. Smith mentioned calf health and performance is affected by excessive heat, especially during the dry cow period. Arnold shared tips for keeping calves cool, including fresh water daily with a small dose of chlorine dioxide to combat bacteria. 
 
The June 30  episode featured two “rising stars” from the research team of Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, University of Wisconsin – Madison -  Ben Saylor, Ruminant Nutrition PhD Candidate and Cole Diepersloot, MS Student, both in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. Saylor’s research efforts focus on understanding how physical and microbiological characteristics of whole-plant corn silage and high-moisture corn interact with storage length to affect fermentation and starch digestibility. Diepersloot’s research project involves improving forage quality and fermentation profiles, specifically in the south and southeast.
 
During the July 1 episode, Kristen Coady, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and David Darr, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, both at Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), discussed new product innovations and their sustainability campaign, how they focus on member relations and the reasoning behind the Dean Foods acquisition.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, June 22
Topic: Learn how the agricultural industry can capitalize on alternative energy resources such as geothermal, solar and wind. Episode presenter includes:
  • Adam Wehling, Dean of Agriculture, Energy, Construction & Transportation, Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Frank Cardoza, Dairy Operations Manager, Philip Verwey Farms, Hanford, Calif.
 
Wednesday, June 23
Topic: Hear the latest consumer research when it comes to e-commerce beef growth, the changes that occurred over the last year on both the retail and consumer side, as well as an outlook on alternative protein sales. Episode presenters include:
  • Shawn Darcy, Senior Director, Market Research, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  •  Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association
 
Thursday, June 24
Topic:  Gain insight on the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and the ag industry. Episode presenter include:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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June 25, 2021
 
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Week 64 of The Dairy Signal Features the Latest in Silage Quality, Keeping Calves Cool and a Look Inside the Country’s Largest Cooperative
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 64 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week feature the latest in silage quality from two “rising stars”, keeping calves cool and comfortable during summer months and a look inside the country’s largest dairy cooperative.
 
The Dairy Signal wraps up in June with presentations from two “rising stars” from the research team of Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, University of Wisconsin – Madison,
including Ben Saylor, Ruminant Nutrition PhD Candidate and Cole Diepersloot, MS Student, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. They will share the latest research updates on silage quality and its nutritive value.
 
Dr. Geof Smith, DVM, MS, PhD, Veterinarian, Dairy Technical Services, Zoetis and Sherry Arnold, Busse’s Barron Acres, Barron, Wis., will share their perspective on keeping calves cool during the summer months. Kristen Coady, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and David Darr, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, both at Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), will share how DFA remains competitive and innovative on behalf of its dairy farmer members.
 
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.
 
The June 30 episode of The Dairy Signal is sponsored by Balchem, and the remaining June and July episodes are sponsored by Prairie Estates.
 
The June 22 episode featured Michelle McBride, Founder & CEO, GoodSport™ Nutrition and Tom Guerin, Research Program Manager, Center for Dairy Research (CDR), providing an inside look at the idea behind the new sports drink made from milk and how the CDR supports these entrepreneurs.
 
On the June 23 episode, Molly Browne, Education Manager, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Tina Peterson, National Program Manager, Media Appearances, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW), shared DFW’s role in driving demand for dairy products while offering tips for different food pairings along with live food recipes. 
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President at AgResource Company, returned to The Dairy Signal on June 24 with a bi-weekly market update and analysis of the most recent ag trends.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, June 29
Topic: It’s officially summer and that equates to hot and humid days. Learn how to maintain calf health during warmer weather and how one producer works daily keeping 8,000 calves comfortable and hydrated. Episode presenter includes:  
Wednesday, June 30
Topic: Hear from two “rising stars” in dairy research talk about some of the recent work on silage quality and its nutritive value. Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Ben Saylor, Ruminant Nutrition PhD Candidate, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Cole Diepersloot, MS Student, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
 
Thursday, July 1
Topic:  Find out how Dairy Farmers of America remains competitive as the largest cooperative in the nation and the innovations keeping them in the forefront of the industry. Episode presenters include:
  • Kristen Coady, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Dairy Farmers of America
  • David Darr, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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June 18, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 63 of The Dairy Signal™
Episodes to feature consumer side of dairy industry, including product development and food trends
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 63 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week feature a look at the consumer side of the dairy industry, including product development and food trends.
 
Michelle McBride, Founder & CEO, GoodSport™ Nutrition and Tom Guerin, Research Program Manager, Center for Dairy Research, will provide a look inside how ideas for new products are generated and the process to develop and market them. Molly Browne, Education Manager, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Tina Peterson, National Program Manager, Media Appearances-Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, will share dairy’s role in the latest consumer food trends and how recipes, food pairings and more drive demand.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return to The Dairy Signal with his bi-weekly update and analysis of U.S. and global agricultural markets.
 
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.
 
Episodes of The Dairy Signal in June and July are sponsored by Prairie Estates Genetics.
 
Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, returned to The Dairy Signal on June 15 with timely information on weather patterns, drought conditions and a weather outlook for the remainder of the growing season.
 
On June 16, Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research and Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison, and Scott Fleming, Nutrient Management Specialist and Sampling Director from Rock River Lab, shared an update on the nutritional analysis of this season’s hay crop, insights on making the most of available feedstocks while managing costs, and agronomic considerations to ensure nutritional content of hay and forage crops.
 
The June 17 episode featured Kristin Quist, Dairy Manager, Minglewood, Inc., Deer Park, Wis., and Heather Moore, Owner, Moore Family Farms and Moore Local, Maquoketa, Iowa, sharing their perspectives on starting and growing on-farm businesses to add value to meat and dairy products.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, June 22
Topic: New products are being developed and marketed at a steady pace, including GoodSport, a hydrating sports drink formulated from milk. Learn the concept behind this product and how the Center for Dairy Research provides product development, research and troubleshooting for those looking to create something new. Episode presenters include:  
Wednesday, June 23
Topic:  Learn about consumer food interests and branding, cheese pairings and tips, recipe appetizers to celebrate dairy and current media efforts to promote Wisconsin’s dairy industry. Episode presenters include:
  • Molly Browne, Education Manager, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
  • Tina Peterson, National Program Manager, Media Appearances-Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
 
Thursday, June 24
Topic:  Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. Episode presenters include:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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June 11, 2021
 
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Weather Update, Hay Quality, Farm Diversification Featured on Next Week’s Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 62 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week feature a weather update, insights into hay quality and farm diversification options.
 
Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, returns to The Dairy Signal to review weather patterns impacting U.S. growing regions and an outlook for growing conditions through the summer. 
 
Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research and Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison, will share nutritional analysis of this season’s hay crop and how to manage feed costs with high quality feeds. Kristin Quist, Dairy Manager, Minglewood, Inc., Deer Park, Wis., and Heather Moore, Owner, Moore Family Farms and Moore Local, Maquoketa, Iowa, will provide insights on starting and growing a successful on-farm business.
 
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.
 
Episodes of The Dairy Signal in June and July are sponsored by Prairie Estates Genetics.
 
On June 8, Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity and president of Look East, provided an update on consumer trends throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and how values are driving consumer choices and opinions on technology and other issues. Dr. Geoffrey E. Dahl, Harriet B. Weeks Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, reviewed research results on the impact of heat stress in dry cows and lactating cows, and provided practical recommendations for heat abatement during the June 9 episode.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, returned to The Dairy Signal on June 10 for a bi-weekly market update, discussing market implications of drought conditions and other timely topics.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, June 15
Topic: Hear an overview of how weather patterns are affecting the United States and find out what’s in store the rest of the summer. Episode presenter includes:
  • Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions
 
Wednesday, June 16
Topic:  The majority of first crop hay has now been harvested. Dive into a nutritional analysis of this crop and how harvesting higher quality feeds can offset overall feed costs. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. John Goeser, PhD, 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, June 17
Topic:  Adding value to your dairy by diversifying on-farm sales is growing in popularity. Glean tips on how to start, market and maintain a successful business. Episode presenters include:
  • Kristin Quist, Dairy Manager, Minglewood, Inc., Deer Park, Wis. 
  • Heather Moore, Owner, Moore Family Farms and Moore Local, Maquoketa, Iowa
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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June 4, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 61 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 61 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week feature consumer behavior insights, strategies for heat abatement, and a market update.
 
Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity and president of Look East, will provide an update on consumer trends and perceptions of new technologies in the food industry. Dr. Geoffrey E. Dahl, Harriet B. Weeks Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, will review the impact of heat stress on every aspect of dairy operations and practical management strategies as temperatures climb.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return for his bi-weekly update on ag markets and trends.
 
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.
 
Episodes of The Dairy Signal in June and July are sponsored by Prairie Estates Genetics. For more than 30 years, Prairie Estates Genetics has helped dairy farmers across the Midwest grow forage their farm can depend on.
 
On the June 1 episode, Dr. Heather White, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ryan Pralle, Assistant Professor of Animal Science and Researcher, Dairy Innovation Hub, UW-Platteville and Henry Holdorf, PhD Candidate, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison, shared highlights and answered questions about ongoing research. They focused on several projects, including sub-clinical ketosis and the impact of rumen-protected choline on cow health during transition period and times of heat stress.
 
Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation, joined The Dairy Signal on June 2 with an update on the new administration and appointments within USDA , as well as status of key issues impacting the dairy industry including infrastructure discussions and environmental and tax policies.  Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant and Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist, outlined key elements of business and financial IQ for today’s dairy farms on the June 3 episode.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, June 8
Topic: Find out what’s trending when it comes to consumer buying habits, what’s the recent perception on plant-based and cell-based alternatives to dairy and meat and how certain new initiatives could affect the dairy industry. Episode presenter includes:
  • Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity and president of Look East
 
Wednesday, June 9
Topic:  Heat stress can affect overall economics, production, fertility and alter milk composition. Learn some of the more effective heat abatement practices and feeding techniques to combat heat stress.
Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. Geoffrey E. Dahl, Harriet B. Weeks Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida
 
Thursday, June 10
Topic:  Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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May 28, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 60 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 60 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week feature the latest developments in dairy research and policy news, as well as a discussion on financial success.
 
The Dairy Signal kicks off June with presentations from two “rising stars” from the dairy research team of Dr. Heather White, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including Ryan Pralle, Assistant Professor of Animal Science and Researcher, Dairy Innovation Hub, UW-Platteville and Henry Holdorf, PhD Candidate, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, UW-Madison. They will share research updates on sub-clinical ketosis and the impact of rumen-protected choline on cow health.
 
Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation, will share updates from Washington, DC, and how changes could impact dairy policy and economy.  Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant and Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist, will outline key elements of business and financial IQ for today’s dairy farms.
 
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.
 
The June 1 episode of The Dairy Signal is sponsored by Balchem, and the June 2 and 3 episodes are sponsored by Prairie Estates.
 
The May 25 episode featured Jeremy Cherny, Founder and President, Tobin Solutions, with insights on options to stay connected with team members as well as keeping data and information safe and private.   Suzanne Fanning, Senior Vice President, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Chief Marketing Officer, Wisconsin Cheese, and Mike Edge, Senior Regional Marketing Director, East, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, wrapped up American Cheese Month on May 26 with updates on the efforts to market Wisconsin Cheese and shared how consumers perceptions of Wisconsin cheese and dairy products continue to evolve.
 
Ben Buckner, Economist at AgResource Company, joined The Dairy Signal on May 27 with a bi-weekly market update and analysis of the most recent ag trends.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, June 1
Topic: Hear two “rising star” dairy researchers share some of their recent work including results from an epidemiological analysis of the impact of sub-clinical ketosis on cows and herds, and findings on rumen-protected choline as a nutritional intervention during heat stress and on overall cow and calf health. Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. Heather White, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology of the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
  • Ryan Pralle, Assistant Professor of Animal Science and Researcher, Dairy Innovation Hub, University of Wisconsin – Platteville and
  • Henry Holdorf, PhD Candidate, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Wednesday, June 2
Topic:  There have been some new appointees on key agricultural legislative committees. Find out who is new and what’s in store when it comes to agricultural and environmental policy, trade and exports and the overall health of the U.S agricultural economy. Episode presenter includes:
  • Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation
 
Thursday, June 3
Topic:  Business IQ is being proven in today’s world of tight margins. What is your business and financial IQ? Are you up for the challenge? Episode presenters include:
  • Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant
  • Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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May 21, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 59 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 59 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week feature technology tips and updates on dairy promotion and ag market news.
 
Jeremy Cherny, Founder and President, Tobin Solutions, will discuss technology options for keeping farm teams connected and communicating effectively on the go.  With National Dairy Month just around the corner, Suzanne Fanning, Senior Vice President, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Chief Marketing Officer, Wisconsin Cheese, and Mike Edge, Senior Regional Marketing Director, East, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, will provide updates on efforts to boost awareness and sales of Wisconsin dairy products with consumers and retailers around the world.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return to The Dairy Signal to provide a bi-weekly market update and analysis of the most recent ag trends.
 
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 May 11, Dr. Mark Stephenson, PhD, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at UW-Madison and Director of Wisconsin’s Center for Dairy Profitability, spoke about economic shocks like the Colonial Pipeline hacking and how they can impact markets and dairy industry, as well as how farms can prepare their businesses to better handle market volatility.
 
The May 12 episode featured an interactive panel discussion with Sarah Daugherty, Workforce Development Manager, Paramount Calves, Darlington, Wis., Katie Gerrits, Director of Human Resources, Breeze Dairy Group, Pine River, Wis., and Kevin Wulf, Community Relations and Employee Education, Riverview LLP, Morris, Minn. They shared the practices and processes on their farms they have implemented to build a strong culture, including improved communications, training, rewards and benefit programs.   
 
Mary Ledman, Global Dairy Strategist, Rabobank, joined The Dairy Signal on May 13 with a market-by-market look at international dairy news and policies and a discussion of potential impact on U.S. producers.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, May 25
Topic: Farmers are always on the go but still need to communicate – how can we connect with our teams through our laptops, phones and other devices? Learn how to stay connected when working remotely and what the future holds for data integration. Episode presenter includes: Wednesday, May 26
Topic: Discover what’s new at Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin as they work to increase awareness and affinity for Wisconsin dairy products and find out what’s happening in the retail marketplace across the United States. Episode presenters include:
  • Suzanne Fanning, Senior Vice President, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Chief Marketing Officer, Wisconsin Cheese
  • Mike Edge, Senior Regional Marketing Director, East, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
 
Thursday, May 27
Topic:  Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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May 14, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 58 of The Dairy Signal™
Online series features panel discussions with dairy producers and leading agriculture experts
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 58 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week feature a discussion of U.S. and international events and policies that will impact dairy producers, as well as insights on motivating employees.
 
Dr. Mark Stephenson, PhD, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at UW-Madison and Director of Wisconsin’s Center for Dairy Profitability, will join The Dairy Signal to outline the impact that fuel shortages in the eastern U.S. might have on dairy and beef producers and food retailers.  Mary Ledman, Global Dairy Strategist, Rabobank, will provide a look at international dairy markets and policy.
 
Sarah Daugherty, Workforce Development Manager, Paramount Calves, Darlington, Wis., Katie Gerrits, Director of Human Resources, Breeze Dairy Group, Pine River, Wis., and Kevin Wulf, Community Relations and Employee Education, Riverview LLP, Morris, Minn., will participate in a panel discussion on training, rewarding and motivating employee teams on high-performing dairy farms.
 
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.
 
The May 11 episode featured Pam Hodgson, Master Cheesemaker at Sartori Cheese, Chris Renard, Owner and Master Cheesemaker of Renard’s Cheese Store and Rosewood Dairy, Inc., and Andy Johnson, Assistant Coordinator Cheese Industry & Applications for the Center for Dairy Research and Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Program Coordinator.  They shared information about the unique and innovative Wisconsin Master Cheese Maker Program, resources available through partnerships with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Center for Dairy Research, and the advantages the program provides to the industry as well as consumers.
 
Marsha Salzwedel, Project Scientist at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation/National Farm Medicine Center and Diane Rohlman, Assistant Professor and Director of the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, reviewed safety considerations for teenagers working on farms on May 12.  They provided recommendations on assigning tasks and responsibilities based on an individual’s abilities instead of simply by age.  Safety resources are available at CultivateSafety.org/Work.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, returned to The Dairy Signal on May 13 with an update and analysis of dairy and ag markets, exports and inflation indicators.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, May 18
Topic: Gain insights on how the hacked pipeline between Texas and New York will affect fuel supply and the potential impact on dairy and beef producers, as well as consumers buying trends at the grocery level. Session will also include an overview of milk and commodity pricing trends and policies that could affect producers. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. Mark Stephenson, PhD, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at UW-Madison and Director of Wisconsin’s Center for Dairy Profitability
Wednesday, May 19
Topic: Managing employees is a full-time responsibility. Glean ideas from several dairy producers on how they motivate and educate their employees. Episode presenters include:
  • Sarah Daugherty, Workforce Development Manager, Paramount Calves, Darlington, Wis.
  • Katie Gerrits, Director of Human Resources, Breeze Dairy Group, Pine River, Wis.
  • Kevin Wulf, Community Relations and Employee Education, Riverview LLP, Morris, Minn.
 
Thursday, May 20
Topic:  Hear an update on domestic and international dairy markets and policy, activity in our key dairy exporting regions around the world and what products are having the biggest impact on the U.S. economy. Episode presenter includes: All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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May 7, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 57 of The Dairy Signal™
Online series features panel discussions with leading cheesemakers, academics and analysts
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 57 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week feature the Wisconsin’s Master Cheesemaker Program, tips for keeping teens safe on the farm and market analysis.
 
Pam Hodgson, Master Cheesemaker at Satori Cheese, Chris Renard, Owner and Master Cheesemaker of Renard’s Cheese and Rosewood Dairy, Inc., and Andy Johnson, Assistant Coordinator, Cheese Industry & Applications for the Center for Dairy Research and Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Program Coordinator, will share details about the unique and innovative Wisconsin Master Cheese Maker Program and the resources available to dairy producers and cheesemakers. 
 
As farms prepare for teenagers to return to farm work over the summer, Marsha Salzwedel, Project Scientist at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation/National Farm Medicine Center and Diane Rohlman, Assistant Professor and Director of the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, will provide tips and recommendations for managing this important, yet challenging, workforce. 
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return to provide a bi-weekly market update and analysis of the most recent ag trends.
 
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 May 4 , Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Founder and President of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, and Josie M. Rudolphi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, shared practical tips and recommendations to reduce stress and develop habits for better mental health in today’s farming operations.
 
The Dairy Signal kicked off American Cheese Month on May 5 with Jake Feltz, Manager of Feltz’s Dairy Store, Ben Shibler, Cheese Manager and Head Cheesemaker at Ponderosa Farmstead, and Alise Sjostrom, President and CEO of Redhead Creamery, who shared their experiences in building and expanding their farmstead cheese operations and answering viewer questions.
 
Dr. Jason Kroll, Livestock Veterinarian at Lodi Veterinary Care, and Sherri Meinholz, General Manager at Blue Star Dairy Farms, joined the May 6 episode to discuss the use of ultrasounding for detecting pneumonia in calves and their experiences and real-world tips for incorporating into a calf-raising operation.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, May 11
Topic: Wisconsin is celebrating 180 years in the cheesemaking industry. Learn about the Master Cheesemaker program and how several cheesemakers have taken advantage of the program. Episode presenters include:
  • Pam Hodgson, Master Cheesemaker at Satori Cheese
  • Chris Renard, Master Cheesemaker and owners Renard’s Cheese and Rosewood Dairy Inc.
  • Andy Johnson, Assistant Coordinator, Cheese Industry & Applications for the Center for Dairy Research and Coordinator, Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Program
 
Wednesday, May 12
Topic: Teenagers are an important part of the summer workforce on many dairy farms today. Learn about teen characteristics, possible distractions and impulsive behaviors, and find out how to tap into a free online training course aimed at supervising young agricultural workers.
Episode presenters include:
  • Marsha Salzwedel, Project Scientist at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation/National Farm Medicine Center
  • Diane Rohlman, Assistant Professor and Director of the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest
 
Thursday, May 13
Topic:  Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry.
Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company,
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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April 30, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 56 of The Dairy Signal™
Online series features panel discussions with leading veterinarians, academics and farmers
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 56 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week feature a focus on mental health for farm families, insights from farmstead cheese entrepreneurs, and a discussion of lung ultrasounding for calf health.
 
Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Founder and President of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, and Josie M. Rudolphi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will kick off May Mental Health Awareness Month with the latest research on farm mental health and recommendations for reducing stress.
 
May is also American Cheese Month, so Jake Feltz, Manager of Feltz’s Dairy Store, Ben Shibler, Cheese Manager and Head Cheesemaker at Ponderosa Farmstead, and Alise Sjostrom, Co-Owner/Head Cheesemaker at Redhead Creamery and Co-Owner at Jer-Lindy Farms, will share their experiences in farmstead cheese operations.
 
Dr. Jason Kroll, Livestock Veterinarian at Lodi Veterinary Care, and Sherri Meinholz, General Manager at Blue Star Dairy Farms, will provide insights on the use of ultrasounding for detecting pneumonia in calves and practical tips for implementing in herds.
 
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.
 
Dennis Frame, owner of Timber Ridge Consulting, and Eric Cooley, Co-Director of Discovery Farms, joined The Dairy Signal on April 27 to discuss the evolution of nutrient management plans to meet individual farm goals as well as productivity and environmental targets, and provided recommendations on creating plans with special considerations when working with tile drainage.  On April 28, Laura Raatz, Herd Manager and Calf Manager at Wagner Farms, and Christine Bender, Owner/Herd Manager at McFarlandale Dairy LLC, shared their experiences with moving to a “buddy system” in their calf housing program.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, returned to The Dairy Signal on April 29 with his bi-weekly update and analysis of dairy market trends, news and weather. 
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
Tuesday, May 4
Topic: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Learn how farmers can reduce stress to combat mental health issues and why a healthy diet along with plenty of rest plays a role in overall mental health. Tune in to hear the latest research on farm adolescence and mental health.  Episode presenters include:
  • Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Founder and President of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting
  • Josie M. Rudolphi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
 
Wednesday, May 5
Topic: Farmstead cheese operations are beginning to populate the countryside. As we celebrate American Cheese Month, hear the story of these entrepreneurs and managers as they share their experiences establishing and maintaining their businesses, from quality control to traceability.
Episode presenters include:
  • Jake Feltz, Manager of Feltz’s Dairy Store
  • Ben Shibler, Cheese Manager and Head Cheesemaker at Ponderosa Farmstead
  • Alise Sjostrom, Co-Owner/Head Cheesemaker at Redhead Creamery and Co-Owner at Jer-Lindy Farms
 
Thursday, May 6
Topic:  Ultrasounding allows you to look at calf lungs for evidence of damage from calfhood pneumonia and provides information quickly. Discover how ultrasounding works and why it’s a beneficial tool for dairy producers.  Episode presenter includes:  
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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April 23, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 55 of The Dairy Signal™
Online series features nutrient management planning, calf housing and market updates
from leading experts

 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 55 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week feature a market update along with a focus on nutrient management plans and calf housing systems.
 
Dennis Frame, owner of Timber Ridge Consulting, and Eric Cooley, Co-Director of Discovery Farms, will provide recommendations on creating effective nutrient management plans and considerations when working with tile drainage.  Laura Raatz, Herd Manager and Calf Manager, Wagner Farms, Inc., Cecil, Wis. and Christine Bender, Owner/Herd Manager, McFarlandale Dairy LLC, Watertown, Wis., will provide insights on their experiences moving to a “buddy system” in their calf housing program.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return to The Dairy Signal with his bi-weekly update and analysis of dairy market trends and news. 
 
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 April 20, Kevin Erb, Director of the Conservation Professional Training Program for UW-Madison, Division of Extension, shared insights for a comprehensive approach to nutrient management planning and the entire farm from animal nutrition to soil health and crop production. He also shared best practices for manure hauling and instructions on what to do in the event of a manure spill. 
 
Dr. Frank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis, returned to The Dairy Signal on April 21 to provide an update on how California dairy farmers are effectively reducing methane production by producing biogas and converting it into renewable natural gas. He shared ongoing research into methane reduction, including answering questions about feed additives and options for smaller farms.
 
A dairy producer panel of Yogi Brown, Sunburst Dairy, Rosario Ibarra, Grotegut Dairy Farm, Inc., and Heidi Fischer, Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm, LLC, shared their experiences and learnings with calf pasteurizer feeding systems on the April 22 episode.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, April 27
Topic: Learn the basic components of an effective nutrient management plan and other considerations when working with tile drainage. Episode presenters include:  
Wednesday, April 28
Topic: Paired calf housing is becoming a more popular way to raise calves. Learn from two calf managers how they have successfully incorporated the “buddy system” into their calf operation. Episode presenters include:
  • Laura Raatz, Herd Manager and Calf Manager, Wagner Farms, Inc., Cecil, Wis.
  • Christine Bender, Owner/Herd Manager, McFarlandale Dairy LLC, Watertown, Wis.
Thursday, April 29
Topic:  Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry.  Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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April 15, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 54 of The Dairy Signal™
Online series features best practices for manure management, calf feeding
and opportunities for methane reduction

 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 54 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week feature leading experts on manure management and reducing methane production, as well as a panel of dairy producers to share expertise with calf feeding systems.
 
Kevin Erb, Director of the Conservation Professional Training Program for UW-Madison, Division of Extension, will share best practices for sustainable and profitable manure management and information on what to do in case of a manure spill. Dr. Frank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis, will return to The Dairy Signal with a presentation on reducing methane production on dairy farms, including examples of how California dairy farmers are effectively reducing production by generating electricity.
 
A dairy producer panel of Yogi Brown, Sunburst Dairy, Rosario Ibarra, Grotegut Dairy Farm, Inc., and Heidi Fischer, Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm, LLC, will share their experiences and learnings with calf pasteurizer feeding systems.
 
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 the April 13 episode, Cheryl A. Skjolaas, Agricultural Safety and Health Specialist, Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, UW-Madison/Division of Extension, and Marsha Salzwedel, Project Scientist at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation/National Farm Medicine Center, looked beyond the statistics and shared farm safety best practices for all ages and all farm sizes as the 2021 growing season nears.
 
Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, returned to The Dairy Signal on April 14 with an outlook on spring and summer 2021 weather patterns including potential for drought conditions across much of the U.S.  Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, provided his regular market update and analysis on April 15.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, April 20
Topic: Proper manure management is important to help protect the environment and increase farm profitability. Hear about best practices for managing manure and key steps to take if a manure spill occurs. Episode presenter includes:
  • Kevin Erb, Director of the Conservation Professional Training Program for UW-Madison, Division of Extension
 
Wednesday, April 21
Topic: California passed a law requiring dairy farms to cut methane production by 40% by 2030. Learn how that state’s farmers have already reduced methane production by 25%. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis
 
Thursday, April 22
Topic:  Learn from a producer panel about their experiences in switching to a calf pasteurizer feeding system and how the new system fits into their operation. Episode presenters include:  
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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April 9, 2021
 
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 New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 53 of The Dairy Signal™
Online series kicks off second year of production with outlook and analysis for coming growing season
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 53 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week mark the start of the online series’ second year, and will focus on farm safety and provide updates and outlooks for weather and markets as the 2021 planting season nears.  
 
Cheryl A. Skjolaas, Agricultural Safety and Health Specialist, Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, UW-Madison/Division of Extension, and Marsha Salzwedel, Project Scientist at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation/National Farm Medicine Center will provide a review of safety practices for all ages for the upcoming season.
 
Two popular presenters  — Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, and Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company — will return to The Dairy Signal to share insights and analysis on weather and market trends. 
 
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.
 
Dan Venteicher, owner/manager, Honey Creek Dairy LLC, Jared Feltz, co-owner, Feltz Family Farms & Dairy Store, and James Salfer, Extension Professor, Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Minnesota, joined The Dairy Signal on April 6 to provide insights on their experience with robotic milkers and factors involved in selecting, installing and ramping up new equipment on their farms.  

The April 7 episode featured  Zoey Nelson, COO of Brooks Farm 1855 LLC, and Heather Johnson, Calf Barn Manager, Alfalawn Farm, sharing their experiences with automatic calf feeders and the protocols they’ve established for calf care on their farms.

Terry Allen, North American Business Development Manager, Consumer Physics, and Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, UW-Madison, discussed the importance of testing forages and feed ingredients and shared new SCiO Cup technology for measuring and analyzing rations during the April 8 episode.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the interactive platform.
 
Episodes of The Dairy Signal through April 15 are presented by ProAGtive Technologies, an organization of independent nutritionists that bring a team approach to the farm. Through nutrition, and customized value added service, ProAGtive is defining and gaining profitability for producers, by understanding their needs and goals.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, April 13
Topic: Tune in for a refresher on top safety concerns for the upcoming planting and growing season and learn what tasks are age-appropriate for youth helping on the farm. Episode presenters include:
  • Cheryl A. Skjolaas, Agricultural Safety and Health Specialist, Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, UW-Madison/Division of Extension
  • Marsha Salzwedel, Project Scientist at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation/National Farm Medicine Center
Wednesday, April 14
Topic: Hear about the climate and weather trends that will influence spring planting and effect the 2021 growing season. Episode presenter includes:
  • Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions
Thursday, April 15
Topic:  Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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April 2, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 52 of The Dairy Signal™
Online episodes focused on technologies to improve dairy productivity and profitability
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 52 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will provide insights and updates on technologies revolutionizing the dairy industry, including panel discussions with producers at the cutting edge of these innovations.
 
Dan Venteicher, owner/manager, Honey Creek Dairy LLC, Jared Feltz, co-owner, Feltz Family Farms & Dairy Store, and Dr. James Salfer, Extension Professor, Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Minnesota, will share firsthand experiences with robotic milking systems and an update on how the technology has evolved. 

Zoey Nelson, COO of Brooks Farm 1855 LLC, and Heather Johnson, Calf Barn Manager, Alfalawn Farm, will review how automated calf feeders have fit into their operations.

Terry Allen, North American Business Development Manager, Consumer Physics, and Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, UW-Madison, will share how the SCiO Cup is being used to revolutionize the measurement and analysis of feed ingredients and rations.
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 the Mar. 30, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Randy Romanski, Secretary-Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection joined The Dairy Signal with updates on agricultural investment in the state, reflections on COVID response, and a look ahead at the dairy industry.
Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants, provided strategies during the Mar. 31 episode to conduct effective stay interviews at your business to improve employee engagement, improve retention, reduce turnover and get feedback on key areas of your workplace.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, returned to The Dairy Signal on April 1 with an update on trade, weather and industry trends and their impact on dairy markets.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.
 
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.
 
Episodes of The Dairy Signal through April 15 are presented by ProAGtive Technologies, an organization of independent nutritionists that bring a team approach to the farm. Through nutrition, and customized value added service, ProAGtive is defining and gaining profitability for producers, by understanding their needs and goals.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, April 6
Topic: Robotic milking systems are becoming more common. Hear what producers have learned first-hand as they share their experiences with their robotic milking systems. Episode presenters include:
  • Dan Venteicher, owner/manager, Honey Creek Dairy LLC
  • Jared Feltz, co-owner, Feltz Family Farms & Dairy Store
  • Dr. James Salfer, Extension Professor, Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Minnesota
 
Wednesday, April 7
Topic: Automatic calf feeders can be used as a tool to reduce labor and improve calf nutrition, but still come with challenges. Learn how two producers are managing their automated calf feeders for profitability. Episode presenters include: Thursday, April 8
Topic:  Tune in to learn more about the SCiO Cup used by consultants and some dairy producers on the farm to measure dry matter in haylage, corn silages, small grain silages and other feed ingredients within a few minutes. Episode presenters include:
  • Terry Allen, North American Business Development Manager, Consumer Physics
  • Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, UW-Madison
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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March 26, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 51 of The Dairy Signal™
Free online episodes offer insights to help producers make informed decisions
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 51 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will provide dairy producers with an update from Wisconsin state leaders, as well as key market information and strategies to better manage employee teams.
 
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Randy Romanski, Secretary-Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will join The Dairy Signal to provide an update on the state’s investment in the dairy and agricultural industries. 
 
Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants, will introduce the concept of a “stay interview” for employers to understand why employees stay at a job and what might cause them to leave.  And, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return to provide a market update and analysis of the most recent agricultural trends.
 
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 the Mar. 23 episode, Will Babler, Principal, Atten Babler Commodities LLC, returned to look at risk management from a practical standpoint, reviewing and tracking examples of past programs, then considering new fundamentals and new opportunities.  Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation, provided an update on Mar. 24 on the new administration and legislative and policy updates from Washington, D.C., including possible impacts on the dairy industry.
 
Matthew Oehmichen, part owner of Short Lane Ag Supply, and Peter Graff, dairy producer from Stetsonville, Wis., joined The Dairy Signal on Mar. 25 to share experiences with cover crops, soil health and working with a community watershed program to manage farm landscape systems.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.
 
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.
 
Episodes of The Dairy Signal through April 15 are presented by ProAGtive Technologies, an organization of independent nutritionists that bring a team approach to the farm. Through nutrition, and customized value-added service, ProAGtive is defining and gaining profitability for producers, by understanding their needs and goals.
 
Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:
 
Tuesday, March 30
Topic: Learn how the state of Wisconsin is investing in its agriculture economy and dairy farm families. Episode presenters include:
  • Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers
  • Randy Romanski, Secretary-Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
 
Wednesday, March 31
Topic: Learn the keys of an effective “stay” interview to understand what employees value most about their current role in your organization. Episode presenter includes:
  • Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants
 
Thursday, April 1
Topic:  Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and the ag industry. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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March 19, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 50 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 50 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will provide dairy producers with updates that will impact multiple aspects of their operations, including finances, government policies, and agronomics.
 
Will Babler, Principal, Atten Babler Commodities LLC, will provide insights on risk management strategies that can help dairy producers navigate volatile market conditions. Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation, will share the latest news from Washington, D.C., and possible impacts on the dairy industry.
 
Matthew Oehmichen, part owner of Short Lane Ag Supply, and Peter Graff, dairy producer from Stetsonville, Wis., will share experiences with cover crops and how they can be incorporated in cropping plans.
 
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 the March 9 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, and Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant, returned to The Dairy Signal discussing “The Dairy Dozen,” a set of 12  key factors, ratios and information that are used by lenders as they work with dairy producers.  They shared insights on how to calculate these ratios for each operation and what they mean for a dairy farm.
 
Amber Radatz, Co-Director of Discovery Farms, provided an update on March 10 of ongoing work, research priorities and opportunities for farmers to get involved in on-farm research and grant opportunities within the Discovery Farms system. 
 
The March 11 episode featured Jeremy Cherny, Founder and President, Tobin Solutions, who shared tips for conducting a security assessment on computer systems, backing up critical data, evaluating cyber liability insurance options, and more.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.
 
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, March 23
Topic: Take a step back and evaluate some of the risk management strategies dairy producers are utilizing to manage amid current market trends and conditions. Episode presenter includes:  
Wednesday, March 24
Topic: Get the latest update on what’s happening on the national level and how it will affect the dairy industry. Episode presenter includes:
  • Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation
 
Thursday, March 25
Topic:  Learn the benefits of cover crops and how they impact productivity and sustainability of the land.
Episode presenters include:  
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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March 5, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 49 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 49 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will provide producers with tips to identify cybersecurity risks and prepare for conversations with lenders, as well as a review of on-farm research and resources.
 
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 Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant, will return to The Dairy Signal to introduce “The Dairy Dozen” set of financial ratios.
 
Discovery Farms Wisconsin performs research on privately-owned farms across the state.  Amber Radatz, Co-Director of Discovery Farms, will introduce research programs and resources available to dairy farmers.
 
Jeremy Cherny, Founder and President, Tobin Solutions, will provide insights on developing a cybersecurity plan for businesses.
 
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.
 
The Dairy Signal episodes for the weeks of March 1 and March 8 are sponsored by Encore Consultants.
 
Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants, returned to The Dairy Signal on March 2 to share best practices for family members working together in all levels of a farming operation or business, including setting vision, core values and expectations for each member’s role.  On March 3, Jon Meiman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Occupational and Environmental Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Lisa Olson, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, provided details on how currently available COVID-19 vaccines work, resources and expected timeline for vaccine rollouts across the state, including when producers and agricultural workers will be eligible.
 
Mitch Breunig, dairy producer and chair of the Dairy Innovation Hub advisory council, and Dr. Heather White, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology of UW-Madison, provided a look inside research happening at Wisconsin universities through the Dairy Innovation Hub, and the potential impact on farmers, consumers and communities, on March 4.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.
 
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, March 9
Topic: Hear about the “Dairy Dozen,” or the 12 key financial ratios that lenders follow that are easy for dairy producers to calculate and understand. Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center for Dairy Profitability
  • Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant
 
Wednesday, March 10
Topic: Learn about the latest on-farm research projects and resources available at Discovery Farms that may be applicable on your dairy operation. Episode presenter includes:  
Thursday, March 11
Topic:  The amount of business and personal data producers share in cyberspace is ever increasing. Learn how to identify a potential risk or attack and develop a cybersecurity strategy for your business.
Episode presenter includes:  
All Dairy Signal episodes are available to the public at no cost, with current and past episodes 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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February 27, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 48 of The Dairy Signal™
Free online episodes offer insights to help producers make informed decisions
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 48 of The Dairy Signal™. This week’s presenters will provide a timely update on COVID-19 vaccine rollout, as well as the latest news from the Dairy Innovation Hub and valuable strategies to help family businesses operate smoothly.  
 
Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants, will return to The Dairy Signal to share insights on ensuring that family members are in the right roles on the farm. Jon Meiman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Occupational and Environmental Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Lisa Olson, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, will answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and provide the latest news on vaccine distribution.
 
Mitch Breunig, dairy producer and chair of the Dairy Innovation Hub advisory council, and Dr. Heather White, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology of UW-Madison, will provide a look inside research that is underway at the Dairy Innovation Hub.
 
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.
 
This week The Dairy Signal is sponsored by Encore Consultants.
 
Dr. John Lucey, PhD, Director of the Center for Dairy Research, and Professor of Food Science at UW-Madison, provided an update in the Feb. 23 episode on dairy foods education, research and innovation underway at the leading institution. He gave insights on new research programs that will impact the industry, as well as resources available to dairy farmers, cheesemakers and processors of all sizes. 
 
On Feb. 24, Nicole Bettinger Zeidler, Consultant with Family Business Consulting Group, shared real-world strategies and tips for engaging the next generation of family members and employees to build future leaders.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, returned to The Dairy Signal on Feb. 25 with an update on agriculture and dairy markets and highlights from the recent USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.
 
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, March 2
Topic: Family and management should go hand-in-hand, but sometimes the same vision and values are not utilized. Learn how to determine if your family members are in the right management position and glean tips on how to restructure management roles. Episode presenter includes:
  • Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants
Wednesday, March 3
Topic: Learn the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, what phase dairy producers fall into and other vaccine-related questions. Episode presenters include:
  • Jon Meiman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Occupational and Environmental Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Lisa Olson, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
 
Thursday, March 4
Topic:  Hear about the latest Dairy Innovation Hub-funded projects and how they will affect the dairy industry. Episode presenters include:
  • Mitch Breunig, dairy producer and chair of the Dairy Innovation Hub advisory council
  • Dr. Heather White, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology of UW-Madison
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, with current and past episodes 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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February 22, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 47 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 47 of The Dairy Signal™. This week’s presenters will share insights on managing the next generation of leaders in your business, as well as a look ahead at exciting dairy industry research and market news.
 
Dr. John Lucey, PhD, Director of the Center for Dairy Research, and Professor of Food Science at UW-Madison., will provide an update on research underway at the center and potential implications for the dairy industry.  Nicole Bettinger Zeidler, Consultant with Family Business Consulting Group, will share strategies for managing expectations and developing leadership skills of team members.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return to The Dairy Signal to provide an update on agriculture and dairy markets and trends.
 
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.
 
February episodes of The Dairy Signal are presented by Bremer Bank, a regional financial services company offering banking, mortgage, investment, wealth management, trust and insurance in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
 
On the Feb. 16 episode, John McHugh, Director of Public Relations, Kwik Trip, shared how the company has maintained its culture by focusing on customer service and quality as it has grown to more than 700 stores and 30,000 co-workers across several states.
Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group, and Keith Lindsay, President and CEO, Salm Partners, provided a summary of the beef processing industry during the Feb. 17 episode. During their discussion, they shared how COVID-19 impacted processing plants and consumer demand while looking ahead at expectations for 2021.
 
Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, returned to The Dairy Signal on Feb. 18 to provide insights on current winter storms impacting the country, as well as an outlook on weather and soil moisture conditions as the winter months are wrapping up and moving toward the spring planting season.   
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.
 
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, February 23
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:
  • Dr. John Lucey, PhD, Director of Center for Dairy Research, Professor of Food Science at UW-Madison
Wednesday, February 24
Topic: Tune in to learn how we can best prepare the next generation of employees and managers for success by developing their leadership skills while managing everyone’s expectations. Episode presenter includes:  
Thursday, February 25
Topic:  Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and the ag industry. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, with current and past episodes 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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February 12, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 46 of The Dairy Signal™
Free online episodes offer insights to help producers make informed decisions
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 46 of The Dairy Signal™. This week’s presenters will share insights on managing growth in a changing marketplace and provide an update on weather conditions and predictions for the months ahead.
 
John McHugh, Director of Public Relations at Kwik Trip, will provide perspective on managing people during a time of accelerated growth for the retailer. Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group, will share how the beef processing company is keeping up with consumer demand and what opportunities and challenge are ahead in 2021. Pairing up with him will be Keith Lindsey, President and CEO, Salm Partners.
 
Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, will return to The Dairy Signal to provide an update on the weather outlook as he looks ahead to spring planting.
 
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.
 
February episodes of The Dairy Signal are presented by Bremer Bank, a regional financial services company offering banking, mortgage, investment, wealth management, trust and insurance to customers in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
 
On Feb. 9, Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Famers of Wisconsin and Paul Ziemnisky, Executive Vice President, Global Innovation Partnerships, Dairy Management Inc., provided an update on consumer demand and perceptions of milk, cheese, butter and other dairy products through the COVID-19 pandemic and expectations for the future. They also outlined how state and national checkoff programs are working with retailers, restaurants and other partners to strengthen dairy demand and build new market and product opportunities.
 
Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants, provided strategies for giving and receiving feedback and answered questions about best practices for handling challenging situations during the Feb. 10 episode.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company returned to The Dairy Signal on Feb. 11 with updates on how political, economic and COVID-related developments are impacting U.S. and international agricultural markets.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.
 
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, February 16
Topic: Kwik Trip has quickly become a one-stop shop for food, fuel, household and other consumer needs. Discover how this company is managing their accelerated growth and learn its philosophy for providing opportunities to team members. Episode presenter includes: Wednesday, February 17
Topic: Learn how one of the largest beef processing companies in the U.S. has adapted through an unprecedented year in 2020, along with one of their suppliers. Find out how they are keeping up with consumer demand and what lies ahead in 2021. Episode presenter includes: Thursday, February 18
Topic:  How will La Nina affect weather patterns in 2021? Hear about the climate and weather trends that will impact the remaining winter months, influence spring planting and effect the 2021 growing season. Episode presenter includes:
  • Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, with current and past episodes 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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February 5, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 45 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 45 of The Dairy Signal™. Popular presenters will return this week to provide updates on the consumer marketplace and trends, agricultural markets and help dairy producers build stronger teams.  
      
Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Famers of Wisconsin and Paul Ziemnisky, Executive Vice President, Global Innovation Partnerships, Dairy Management Inc. will share insights on consumer trends for 2021 that will impact the dairy industry, including a focus on how fluid milk is competing with other beverages. 
 
Liz Griffith, Market Development and Human Resource Consultant with Encore Consultants, will provide practical tips and strategies for giving and receiving feedback with all members of your team.  Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company will return to The Dairy Signal to provide an update on agricultural markets and trends that will impact the industry through 2021.
 
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.
 
February episodes of The Dairy Signal are presented by Bremer Bank, a regional financial services company offering banking, mortgage, investment, wealth management, trust and insurance in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
 
The Feb. 2 episode featured 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 Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant, with an introduction of the DuPont System of Financial Analysis. They shared strategies and examples of how the system can be used to evaluate dairy farm profitability and build a framework for more effective decision-making.
 
Will Babler, Principal, Atten Babler Commodities LLC, reviewed dairy market fundamentals and practical risk management strategies including the Dairy Revenue Protection program and securing feed supplies and pricing in today’s tight markets on the Feb. 3 episode.
 
On Feb. 4, Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, and Dr. Alex White, Advanced Instructor, Department of Dairy Science, Virginia Tech, shared insights on the global economic recovering and repositioning from the COVID-19 pandemic and what growers should expect and watch for as they plan for their operations. 
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.
 
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, February 9
Topic: Learn about the consumer trends that will drive the dairy industry in 2021 and how the industry is partnering with companies for promotional efforts. Also, hear about how fluid milk is competing with other beverages, especially dairy alternatives, in today’s marketplace. Episode presenters include:
  • Chad Vincent, CEO, Dairy Famers of Wisconsin 
  • Paul Ziemnisky, Executive Vice President, Global Innovation Partnerships, Dairy Management Inc.
 
Wednesday, February 10
Topic: The foundation of a strong team is giving and receiving feedback. Learn effective ways to provide constructive feedback and communication with your team members. Episode presenter includes:
  • Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants
 
Thursday, February 11
Topic: Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, with current and past episodes 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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January 29, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 44 of The Dairy Signal™
Online episodes feature strategies for farm profitability from industry experts
 
DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 44 of The Dairy Signal™. Presenters during this week’s episodes will dive into the factors that drive dairy farm profitability and share strategies and tips to help producers achieve their financial goals amid volatile market conditions.
      
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 Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant, will introduce the DuPont System of Financial Analysis and explain how the system can help producers understand profitability and make more effective management decisions.
 
Will Babler, Principal, Atten Babler Commodities LLC, will outline practical risk management tools and strategies that can be tailored to each operation. 
 
Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, will return to The Dairy Signal along with Dr. Alex White, Advanced Instructor, Department of Dairy Science, Virginia Tech, to provide insights on how dairy producers can manage most effectively as the global economy and dairy markets recover and reposition from the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
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.
 
February episodes of The Dairy Signal are presented by Bremer Bank, a regional financial services company offering banking, mortgage, investment, wealth management, trust and insurance in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
 
In the Jan. 26 episode, Amber Radatz, Co-Director, Wisconsin Discovery Farms and Tim Radatz, Coordinator, Minnesota Discovery Farms Coordinator, shared results of research on runoff, nitrogen management and other studies, as well as updates on regulations and policies that could impact dairy farmers in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. 
 
Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association, and Darrin Keuhn, Senior Director of Operations, Festival Foods, provided an update on Jan. 27 about grocery demand and trends as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and shared thoughts on which trends will continue in the future. 
 
On Jan. 28, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company provided his regular update on dairy and commodity markets and export numbers. During this episode, he shared insights on milk production, the 2021 North America growing season and other key issues impacting markets.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.
 
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, February 2
Topic: Every manager is asking how profits are made and what is holding back greater profitability. Learn about the DuPont System for Financial Analysis, and how to break down elements of profitability and make the most of management decisions on your farm. Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center for Dairy Profitability
  • Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant
 
Wednesday, February 3
Topic: Review market drivers, trends and fundamentals for both milk and feed markets. Learn about practical risk management tools and example strategies on how to apply them to the current market opportunities. Episode presenter includes:  
Thursday, February 4
Topic:  Get an update on the global dairy industry as markets around the world recover and reposition from the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, learn what producers can do to remain price competitive and avoid the “angry bird” phase when managing through changing times. Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Alex White, Advanced Instructor, Department of Dairy Science, Virginia Tech
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, with current and past episodes 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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January 23, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 43 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 43 of The Dairy Signal™. This week’s episodes will provide insights on key trends important to both dairy farmers and the consumers they serve, including environmental issues, grocery demand, and the broader ag marketplace.      
 
Amber Radatz, Co-Director, Discovery Farms and Tim Radatz, Minnesota Discovery Farms Coordinator, will provide updates on ongoing research and highlight trends in sustainability and environmental issues that producers should be aware of.  Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association, will return to the Dairy Signal with an update on consumer demand in the grocery industry. He will be joined by Darrin S. Kuehn, Senior Director of Store Operations, Skogen’s Festival Foods – De Pere Support Office. 


 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company will provide his regular update on agricultural markets and trends.
 
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. Jud Heinrichs, Professor of Dairy Nutrition, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, reviewed best practices for calf nutrition on the Jan. 19 episode, with a focus on ensuring that calves are meeting nutritional needs during the weaning transition period.
 
On Wed., Jan. 20, Ermith Ocampo, Livestock Director, Milk Source, LLC and Stacy Jauquet, Owner, Jauquet’s Hillview Dairy LLC, shared their practices to make sure calves are healthy at every stage and the important roles that attention to detail, training, and recordkeeping play in caring for individual calves and improving farm protocols.
 
Dr. Theresa Ollivett, Assistant Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine section at UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, shared research and practical strategies to protect calves from cold stress and prevent winter pneumonia during the Jan. 21 episode.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.
 
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, January 26
Topic: Hear the latest updates on water quality and cover crop research, as well as the environmental issues that dairy producers should be aware of in 2021. Episode presenters include:  
Wednesday, January 27
Topic: Find out what grocery trends and consumer demands from 2020 will continue into the future, including the use of online grocery shopping and possible marketing opportunities for dairy producers. Episode presenter includes:
  • Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association
  • Darrin S. Kuehn, Senior Director of Store Operations, Skogen’s Festival Foods – De Pere Support Office
 
Thursday, January 28
Topic:  Get the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and the ag industry through 2021. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, with current and past episodes 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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January 16, 2021
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 42 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 42 of The Dairy Signal™. Healthy calves are the foundation of a dairy farms’ future production and profitability, so this week’s episodes will feature leading researchers and producers sharing the latest research and management techniques to get calves off to the best start.  
 
Dr. Jud Heinrichs, Professor of Dairy Nutrition, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, will provide insights on effectively weaning calves, and Dr. Theresa Ollivett, Assistant Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine section at UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, will share the latest research on winter pneumonia.
 
A panel discussion featuring Ermith Ocampo, Livestock Director, Milk Source, LLC and Stacy Jauquet, Owner, Jauquet’s Hillview Dairy LLC, will focus on recordkeeping and calf care practices to make sure calves are top priority on farms.
 
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 the Jan. 12 episode, Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants, shared strategies for building effective teams, including tips for recruiting, hiring and training new employees.  Nicole Bettinger Zeidler, Consultant, Family Business Consulting Group, focused Wednesday’s episode on best practices for communications and resolving conflicts, especially between current and next generations of dairy farm leadership.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company provided timely updates on dairy and commodity markets, including the impact of increasing commodity prices and feed costs for dairy farms.  He also provided a look at possible regulatory and policy changes with the incoming Biden administration.
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.
 
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, January 19
Topic: Learn how the calf’s rumen develops and hear tips to make the weaning transition period more successful, including cost-effective ways to begin introducing weaned calves to heifer rations.  Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. Jud Heinrichs, Professor of Dairy Nutrition, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences
 
Wednesday, January 20
Topic: Gain insight from a panel focused on practical ways to make calf care a top priority on your farm, including calf care techniques, record-keeping systems and working with the entire dairy team. Episode presenters include:  
Thursday, January 21
Topic:  Pneumonia is the most common disease in growing calves, and is especially challenging in winter months.  Tune in for the latest updates on preventing and treating this disease.  Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. Theresa Ollivett, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal), Assistant Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine section at UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, with current and past episodes 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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January 8, 2021
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 41 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 41 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes will focus on effective communications with employees and leadership teams and provide helpful strategies for proactive communications and well as conflict resolution. 
 
Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants, will share communication techniques to build an effective employee team. Nicole Bettinger Zeidler, Consultant, Family Business Consulting Group, will focus on best practices for communications and resolving conflicts, especially between current and next generations of dairy farm leadership.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will return with the first update on agricultural markets and trends in the new year.
 
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 Jan. 5, Dr. Gerard Cramer, DVM, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota, led a discussion on strategies and protocols for preventing and treating lameness. He emphasized the importance of early detection and treatment, as well as developing a record-keeping system that will allow dairies to track incidence and trends in herd hoof health.
 
Dr. Heather White, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology of UW-Madison, provided an update on the Dairy Innovation Hub on Jan. 6, including research projects and additions to research and faculty at all three collaborating universities. She shared the latest research on feed efficiency and nutrient utilization including opportunities for genetic selection and how feed efficiency varies between first and later lactation cows.
 
The Jan. 7 episode was packed with information from George Twohig and Troy Schneider, Partners and Attorneys at Twohig, Rietbrock, Schneider & Halbach Law Office. Twohig shared insights on creating and staying current with succession plans. Schneider reviewed potential issues and questions that landowners should consider when approached with renewable energy projects such as wind or solar developments or manure digesters. 
 
Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.
 
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, January 12
Topic: Learn on-board training techniques, effective ways to retain and reward employees and ways to communicate using other means of technology when in-person meetings are unavailable. Episode presenter includes:
  • Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants
 
Wednesday, January 13
Topic: Learn how to provide constructive feedback and manage challenging conversations. Find out what the next generation needs to know in order to be a successful contributor to the business. Episode presenter includes:  
Thursday, January 14
Topic: Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends as we move into 2021.  Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
 
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, with current and past episodes 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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December 31, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 40 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 40 of The Dairy Signal™. The first episodes of 2021 provide insights for dairy producers to start the year on the “right foot” with updates on herd hoof health and nutrition research, as well as strategies for succession planning.
 
Dr. Gerald Cramer, DVM, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota, will share updates on management practices and trimming protocols to reduce herd-level incidence of lameness.  Dr. Heather White, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology of UW-Madison, will provide insights on feed efficiency trials predicting individual cow feed intake and how they utilize nutrients differently and give an update on the Dairy Innovation Hub.
 
George Twohig and Troy Schneider, Partners and Attorneys at Twohig, Rietbrock, Schneider & Halbach Law Office will share hurdles in succession planning and estate planning and how farms can stay in-line with their business goals.
 
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.
 
Week 40 episodes will also feature a new look for The Dairy Signal, including updated graphics, a new searchable archive of past episodes, and recognition of sponsors that make it possible for PDPW to provide The Dairy Signal at no cost to viewers.
 
Dr. Paul Fricke, PhD, Dairy Reproduction Specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison, shared latest research findings on Tuesday, Dec. 29.  He discussed the latest research results on the role that timing of artificial insemination can play in optimizing fertility of sexed semen in lactating dairy cows and non-lactating dairy heifers.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, wrapped up the 2020 season with his top ten predictions for 2021 across the U.S. and global economy, as well as agriculture and dairy sectors.
 
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, January 5
Topic: Learn the latest hoof trimming methods, herd level factors that influence lameness incidence and how dairy producers can reduce the incidence of lameness. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. Gerald Cramer, DVM, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota
 
Wednesday, January 6
Topic: Hear an update on transition cow research and feed efficiency trials predicting individual cow feed intake and how they utilize nutrients differently, as well as an update at the Dairy Innovation Hub.
Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. Heather White, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology of UW-Madison
 
Thursday, January 7
Topic: Farm estate and transfer plans are only effective if they are kept up to date. Learn action plans to keep your farm succession plan and estate plan current and in line with business and personal goals. 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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December 23, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 39 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 39 of The Dairy Signal™. The final week of 2020 features Dr. Paul Fricke, Dairy Reproduction Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, with the latest on dairy fertility research, and the final agricultural market update of 2020 from 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.
 
On Tuesday’s episode, Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison, and Dr. Matt Akins, Assistant Scientist and Extension Dairy Specialist at UW-Madison, shared results of research to date comparing starch quality and fiber quality of 2020 silage samples with previous years. They also provided strategies and research for optimizing forage supplies for feeding both milking herd and replacement heifers.
 
Dr. Neil Michael, Manager of Ruminant Field Technical Services with Arm & Hammer, led Wednesday’s episode with a review of critical factors in managing heifers and cows during the transition cycle, including nutrition, managing pen space and group movements, and understanding your dairy’s unique needs.  
 
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, December 29
Topic: Learn the latest research findings in optimizing fertility of sexed semen in lactating dairy cows and non-lactating dairy heifers. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. Paul Fricke, PhD, Dairy Reproduction Specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Wednesday, December 30
Topic: Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends as we close out 2020 and look ahead into 2021. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company
 
There will not be an episode of The Dairy Signal on Thursday, December 31.
 
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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December 18, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 38 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 38 of The Dairy Signal™ educational programs.  Episodes this week will focus on management strategies in nutrition and the transition period to help dairy producers start the new year strong. 
 
Dr. John Goeser, Ph.D., Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison, and Matt Akins, Assistant Scientist and Extension Dairy Specialist at UW-Madison, will uncover hidden nutrition and feed cost opportunities that elite and progressive dairies have discovered, and provide feed inventory management strategies to make the most of forage supplies. Dr. Neil Michael, Manager of Ruminant Field Technical Services with Arm & Hammer will focus on cow-side care during the transition period to ensure dairy producers are setting cows up for a successful lactation and reproductive cycle. 
 
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.
 
Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, shared an update on the Tuesday episode on how the food system has adapted to the changes in both consumers’ buying behavior and perceptions of food during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also shared insights on how the dairy industry can respond to meet consumer demand and addressed questions of sustainability and nutrition of our products. 
 
On the Wed., Dec. 16 episode, John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO, Medical College of Wisconsin, provided an update on the spread of coronavirus in Wisconsin and answered questions about the available vaccines and plans for distribution across the state and country. Mary Bauer, Compliance Assistance Specialist of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Eau Claire area, shared resources for employers to keep employees safe and comply with appropriate state and federal reporting requirements. 
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company returned on Thurs., Dec. 17, with a look at dairy and feed market outlooks for 2021. He outlined expectations for both record large milk production and record large demand, as well as less volatility in markets as COVID-19 vaccine distribution ramps up during the year.
 
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, December 22
Topic: Take a look at the top nutrition trends in 2020 and hear about some of the hidden opportunities in nutrition management, feed costs and inventory management to take your dairy to the next level in 2021. Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Matt Akins, Assistant Scientist and Extension Dairy Specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Wednesday, December 23
Topic:  Learn practical tips on optimizing the transition cow period for top milk production and reproductive performance. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. Neil Michael, Manager of Ruminant Field Technical Services with Arm & Hammer
 
There will not be an episode of The Dairy Signal on Thursday, December 24. 
 
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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December 11, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 37 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 37 of The Dairy Signal™. Episodes this week will look at the impact of the coronavirus from multiple perspectives, including the food industry, rural health and ag markets. 
 
Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, will provide insights from consumer research and industry experts on how coronavirus has impacted consumers’ attitudes toward food and agriculture.  Mary Bauer, Compliance Assistance Specialist of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from the Eau Claire area, and John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO of Medical College of Wisconsin, will share updates on the COVID-19 vaccine as well as updates to OSHA and CDC guidelines for workplace and employee safety.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company will return with updates on agricultural markets and trends.
 
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 Tues., Dec. 8, Emily Johannes, Category Manager – Ethical Sourcing for Nestle, and Karen Scanlon, Senior Vice President of Environmental Stewardship for Dairy Management, Inc., provided insights on how companies like Nestle are working with industry organizations and producers to meet sustainability goals. They also highlighted their efforts to share stories about dairy farmers and the role that the dairy industry is playing in solving environmental and sustainability challenges. 

In the Wednesday episode, Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations of National Milk Producers Federation, provided an overview of the upcoming changes to key leadership in the U.S. House and Senate as well as the administration following the recent election. He shared the potential policy implications for agriculture and dairy industry.
 
Phil Harris, Co-Founder and President of ripe.io, reviewed how blockchain technology works, and how digitizing information can make it more efficient and insightful for the entire supply chain. He shared examples and case studies of how blockchain technology presents opportunities to improve transparency and verify production information in the food industry, including dairy.  
 
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, December 15
Topic: Take a look at the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on consumer attitudes toward food and agriculture, and dig deeper into which trends will be short term and which will last. Episode presenter includes:  
Wednesday, December 16
Topic: Hear an update on how COVID-19 has affected the health of dairy industry team members, how this essential product is getting to market, as well as an update on the latest OSHA and CDC guidelines and vaccine progress. Episode presenters include:
  • Mary Bauer, Compliance Assistance Specialist, of Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Eau Claire Area
  • John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO, Medical College of Wisconsin
 
Thursday, December 17
Topic: Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends as we close out 2020 and look ahead 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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December 4, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 36 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 36 of The Dairy Signal™ educational programs.  On tap for this week’s episodes is a look ahead at some of the most important trends in the dairy industry, including sustainability, traceability and changing political environment.
 
Emily Johannes, Category Manager – Ethical Sourcing, Nestle, will share how the company views global sustainability and how they work with suppliers of high-quality agricultural ingredients to meet consumer demands and ensure long-term business viability. Teaming up with Johannes is Karen Scanlon, Senior Vice President, Environmental Stewardship, Dairy Management, Inc. Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation, will provide an insiders perspective on what the dairy industry can expect from Washington D.C. in 2021, including how the change in presidential administration may impact policy, regulatory and market environments.
 
Finally, Phil Harris, Co-Founder and President, ripe.io, will explain blockchain technology and its potential for dairy producers and the entire industry.
 
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, Dec. 4, Gary Sipiorski, independent 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, gave practical tips and case studies for calculating cost of production and using it as both a metric and a tool for making business decisions on dairy farms. 
 
The Wednesday session featured a panel of ag lenders including Tim McTigue, Senior Vice President of Ag Banking, Investors Community Bank; Doug Lambert, Assistant Vice-president, Farmers & Merchants Union Bank; and Jim Moriarty, Director – Dairy Team, Compeer Financial, who provided perspectives on the volatility of dairy markets in 2020 and insights on how dairy producers can wrap up the year in a strong financial position and work with their lenders in 2021.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, returned to The Dairy Signal on Thursday with an update on how dairy markets are reacting to transition of presidential administration, as well as expectations for dairy demand to return to more normal levels in 2021 as large-scale coronavirus vaccines are on the horizon.
 
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, December 8
Topic: Learn from global food industry leaders about their work with suppliers and customers to secure high-quality agricultural ingredients that meet global sustainability goals. Episode presenters includes:
  • Emily Johannes, Category Manager – Ethical Sourcing, Nestle
  • Karen Scanlon, Senior Vice President, Environmental Stewardship, Dairy Management, Inc.
 
Wednesday, December 9
Topic: Hear an update on how the changing of the political guard in Washington might impact dairy policy, regulations and markets in 2021 and beyond.  Episode presenters include:
  • Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation
 
Thursday, December 10
Topic: Understand the basics of blockchain and how it could be a tool for the dairy industry now and in the future.  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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November 27, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 35 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 35 of The Dairy Signal™.  As the calendar year winds down, this week’s episodes will focus on the financial side of dairy farming to help producers analyze year-end financials as well as make decisions to start strong in 2021.
 
Gary Sipiorski, independent 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, will review ways to calculate and analyze cost of production and how it can be used to fine-tune risk management decisions.  A panel of ag lenders will share their perspectives on the lessons learned in 2020 and what producers can do to plan for 2021.  Panel members will include Tim McTigue, Senior Vice President of Ag Banking, Investors Community Bank; Doug Lambert, Assistant Vice-president, Farmers & Merchants Union Bank; and Jim Moriarty, Director – Dairy Team, Compeer Financial.
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, will be returning to The Dairy Signal to provide market updates and outlooks for the remainder of the year.

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.
 
Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, head lined the 100th episode on Tuesday, Nov. 24 reviewing weather patterns over the past several months and provided an outlook for winter months, including the impact of the La Nina pattern.   
 
On Wednesday, a panel of Scott Seward, Seward-Folly Dairy, and Bennet Crochet, Dairy Focus Consultant with Cargill shared strategies for herd management and raising youngstock, as well as how they manage forage crops and develop the most efficient rations to support a high production herd.  They answered questions about balancing diets based on each year’s forage and crop quality and availability.
 
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, December 1
Topic: Understand options for calculating cost of production and how each approach can help make management decisions and manage risk. Episode presenters include:
  • Gary Sipiorski, Independent 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
 
Wednesday, December 2
Topic: Hear about agriculture and the dairy outlook from the lender point of view, including lessons learned from 2020 and tips for planning ahead for 2021, including prepaying, refinancing, and other options.  Episode presenters include:
  • Tim McTigue, Senior Vice President of Ag Banking, Investors Community Bank
  • Doug Lambert, Assistant Vice-president, Farmers & Merchants Union Bank
  • Jim Moriarty, Director of Dairy Teams, Compeer Financial
 
Thursday, December 3
Topic: Get the latest news and 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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November 20, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 34 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 34 of The Dairy Signal™ educational programs.  As dairy farmers across the country prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, this week’s topics address some of the most popular farm table discussions: the weather and their cows. 
 
Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, returns to The Dairy Signal to provide a look at weather patterns for the upcoming winter season.  A panel with Scott Seward, Seward’s Dairy, and Bennett Crochet, Cargill Dairy Focus Consultant, will highlight practices and protocols of a high-performing dairy herd and answer questions from participants.
 
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. Madhuri Rao, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, University of Minnesota, shared information about lung cancer prevention, screening and treatment on Tuesday’s Dairy Signal. While lung cancer is still responsible for 25 percent of the nation’s total cancer deaths, programs for screening and treating early stage cancer have improved significantly.  Dr. Rao emphasized the role of a healthy lifestyle in preventing cancer risk, including avoiding or stopping smoking, choosing a healthy diet and exercise, and avoiding exposure to high risk situations such as radon and asbestos.
 
On Wednesday’s episode, Dan Goehring, Livestock Procurement Coordinator for Johnsonville Sausage, Dr. Gretchen May, DVM, Veterinary Program Manager - Division of Animal Health, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and Dr. Darlene Konkle, DVM, Wisconsin State Veterinarian, Wisconsin DATCP, discussed traceability and animal identification systems.  They shared case studies from the poultry and pork industries when the state’s premise identification system was valuable in identifying and containing disease outbreaks, and highlighted the value of traceability to export markets and for transparency with consumers.
 
Finally, Kathrine Barnes, MS, MPH, Project Manager, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, shared ongoing findings from the WISC study comparing immune systems of children raised on farms to children raised in rural areas but not on farms.  The same study group is being used for the HEROES study to analyze COVID-19 spread in rural areas.  She also provided recommendations for agricultural employers, including grouping workers into cohorts, ensuring masks, face shields, hand washing and sanitizing stations are in place, and having a plan for operations in case the virus spreads in your business.  The CDC Ag employer checklist is also a good reference.
 
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, November 24
Topic: Learn about the weather patterns for upcoming months and get the inside look at the winter weather outlook. Episode presenter includes:
  • Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions
 
Wednesday, November 24
Topic: Hear from a dairy producer panel about the management practices, technologies and tools needed to maintain a high production herd.  They will share their experiences and provide insights to help raise the bar on production.  Episode presenters include: There will not be a Dairy Signal broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 26. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
 
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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November 13, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 33 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 33 of The Dairy Signal™ educational programs.  In recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, Dr. Madhuri Rao, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, University of Minnesota, will provide insights on cancer in rural communities. 
 
Dan Goehring, Livestock Procurement Coordinator for Johnsonville Sausage, Dr. Gretchen May, DVM, Veterinary Program Manager - Division of Animal Health, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and Dr. Darlene Konkle, DVM, Wisconsin State Veterinarian, Wisconsin DATCP, will share information about identification and traceability programs in livestock industries and important roles they play in crisis situations and ensuring human and animal health. 
 
Finally, Kathrine Barnes, MS, MPH, Project Manager, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, will provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in Wisconsin, provide recommendations on keeping our families and communities healthy now and through the holiday season and share results of a study they conducted.
 
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 Dairy Signal, Katie Mrdutt, DVM, MBA Candidate, Executive Director, Food Armor® Foundation, shared an overview of the Food Armor program and how farmers and veterinarians work together to identify potential risks and areas for improvement to customize the program for each farm.  Paul Lippert, Grass Ridge Farm, and Deb Reinhart, Gold Star Dairy Farms, each shared how they work with their veterinarians to find ways to reduce antibiotic treatments while improving preventative management practices and overall animal health. 
 
On Wednesday’s episode, Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director of Milwaukee Hunger Task Force, discussed the increased demand that the state’s food banks experienced in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ongoing challenges of distributing food under social distancing and health requirements.  She also shared the success of the Dairy Recovery Program that purchased more than $2.3 million of Wisconsin-produced dairy products throughout the state.  She also stressed the importance of supporting local food pantries during the holidays and beyond.
 
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, returned to the Dairy Signal on Thursday.  He reviewed dairy price trends and projections and discussed potential impact of higher feed prices, as well as the impact of continued high levels of COVID-19 cases on small businesses, especially restaurants and food service, and on the dairy markets.
 
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, November 17
Topic: Hear how cancer is affecting our rural communities and learn about options for screenings and ways to take care of your health to reduce cancer risk. Episode presenter includes:
  • Dr. Madhuri Rao, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, University of Minnesota
 
Wednesday, November 18
Topic: Understand how the animal traceability and ID system works and hear about examples from poultry and pork industries when it played an important role in animal and human health.  Episode presenters include:  
Thursday, November 19
Topic: Hear the latest update on COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin and what families can do to be healthy and safe, especially with upcoming colder weather and holiday seasons.  They will also share information on a COVID surveillance study underway in Wisconsin.  Episode presenter includes:
  • Kathrine Barnes, MS, MPH, Project Manager, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute
 
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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November 6, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 32 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS –Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 32 of The Dairy Signal™  educational programs.  This week’s line-up features a diverse group of farmers, economists and industry professionals.  One panel discussion will feature Paul Lippert of Grass Ridge Farm and Katie Mrdutt, DVM, MBA Candidate, Executive Director, Food Armor® Foundation discussing the protocols farms are implementing to reduce the need for treatment. Another session will feature Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force who will share the role of dairy products in meeting food security needs in Wisconsin.
 
Returning to The Dairy Signal is 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.
On Tuesday’s Dairy Signal, 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 priorities for barn ventilation design for cows and practical recommendations for air quality during the winter.  He also talked about the potential health issues that can be caused by airborne bacterial contamination and how to mitigate these concerns.   
 
On Wednesday’s episode, Kara Kasten-Olson, owner of Little Farmer Meats and Ag Program Supervisor at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection shared insights on starting a direct-to-consumer meat business. Lolly Lesher, owner/partner in Way-Har Farms, LLC and Way-Har Farm Market, LLC in Bernville, Pennsylvania was also on and provided perspective from her family’s dairy farm, on-farm processing facility and retail store that has been in operation for 50 years.  Both panelists shared insights on the business side of diversifying a farm business, including setting prices, regulatory requirements, as well as how to manage amid changing consumer demand before and after the pandemic. 
 
Ken Feltz, of Feltz Family Farms, Inc., and Feltz’s Dairy Store Inc., and Marty Hallock and Jonathon Hallock, owners of Mar-Bec Dairy, discussed their approach and processes for farm succession on Thursday’s Dairy Signal episode. They emphasized the importance of regular communication with family members and employees. In addition, they recommended finding and working with the right consulting, accounting and legal teams to implement the intentions of family members.
 
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, November 10
Topic: Responsible antibiotic management is a top priority for both dairy farmers and consumers. Learn about the Food Armor program and hear about on-farm processes that can be used to improve antibiotic treatment efficacy. Episode presenters include:  
Wednesday, November 11
Topic: Hear about the hunger disparity in Wisconsin and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on food supplies for families across the state. Learn about the Dairy Recovery Program and how programs are using CARES funds from DATCP to purchase Wisconsin products. Episode presenter includes:  
Thursday, November 12
Topic: Learn the latest news and 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 30, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 31 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up of speakers for week 31 of The Dairy Signal™ will highlight two producer panels. An on-farm diversification panel will feature Lolly Lesher, owner/partner in Way-Har Farms, LLC and Way-Har Farm Market, LLC in Bernville, Pennsylvania and Kara Kasten-Olson, owner of Little Farmer Meats and Ag Program Supervisor at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The second panel will feature Ken Feltz, owner, along with his family, of Feltz Family Farms, Inc., and Feltz’s Dairy Store Inc., and Marty Hallock, Mar-Bec Dairy, as they share their experiences of transitioning the family businesses.
 
Returning to The Dairy Signal is 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.
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’ Dairy Signal, Jessica Mlsna, Energy Advisor with Focus on Energy, explained that an energy assessment is a high-level evaluation by Focus on Energy to help identify areas of opportunity for improved energy efficiency on an operation. She shared how an energy assessment can be beneficial by helping to pinpoint the most cost-effective areas to spend money, verifying a vendor’s claim of energy savings, accessing information about available utility incentives and discussing the viability of future projects when considering expansion. For more information call 888-623-2146 or visit: www.focusonenergy.com.
 
On Wednesday’s episode, Chris Schlechta, Safety and Loss Control Manager for the Rural Mutual Insurance Company and Michael Immel, Licensed Insurance Agent with the Rural Mutual Insurance Company and Farm Bureau Financial Services and Owner of Immel Insurance & Financial Services talked about the importance of safety inspections and insuring risk areas. Both Schlechta and Immel suggested reaching out to your insurance agent and building a relationship with them. Take time to offer them a farm tour and create a list of questions to discuss with them to help ensure a proper insurance coverage plan is developed.
 
In his market update on Thursday’s Dairy Signal, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, said dairy cow numbers are increasing as markets remain volatile. Managing margins are difficult due to the uncertainty in several areas including government aid, the continuation of the Farmers for Family food box program, and the election outcome. Producers should take this opportunity to secure corn and soybean needs heading into the spring. He also mentioned the Class III milk price has been reasonably strong, back to $22 per hundredweight, as cheese prices continue to rise.
 
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, November 3
Topic: With winter right around the corner, ventilation becomes a top priority. Learn how to be prepared when it comes to air quality for our animals. Episode presenter includes:
 
  • 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
 
Wednesday, November 4
Topic: Producers are adding value to their dairy by diversifying into on-farm sales. Learn more about what it takes to start, grow and maintain a successful value-added enterprise. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Lolly Lesher, owner/partner in Way-Har Farms, LLC and Way-Har Farm Market, LLC in Bernville, Pennsylvania
  • Kara Kasten-Olson, owner of Little Farmer Meats and Ag Program Supervisor at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
 
Thursday, November 5
Topic: Passing the farm on to the next generation involves planning. Find out how these dairy producers are working through the farm succession process. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Ken Feltz, owner, along with his family, of Feltz Family Farms, Inc., and Feltz’s Dairy Store Inc.
  • Marty Hallock, owner, Mar-Bec Dairy
 
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 23, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 30 of The Dairy Signal™
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DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week 30 of The Dairy Signal™ will feature several new speakers, Chris Schlechta, Safety and Loss Control Manager for the Rural Mutual Insurance Company; Michael Immel, Licensed Insurance Agent with the Rural Mutual Insurance Company and Farm Bureau Financial Services and Owner of Immel Insurance & Financial Services; and Jessica Mlsna, Energy Advisor with Focus on Energy.
 
Returning to The Dairy Signal is 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.
Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Founder & President, Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, Inc. talked about the acronym RED – Rest, Exercise and Diet, during Tuesday’s Dairy Signal. According to Miller, exercise, including activities that calm your mind and body, and adequate sleep go hand-in-hand. When looking at your diet, she stressed starting the day with nutrient-rich foods, particularly protein, as it resets your metabolism to provide more energy. She challenged listeners to set a standard of choosing milk over sugar-enriched beverages. “Be proud of the amazing nutrient-rich products you are producing,” Myrdal Miller said.
 
On Wednesday’s episode, Jodi Legge, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium and Curt Larson, President and CEO of Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association shared their knowledge about animal identification and disease traceability.
 
Legge said the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) is a public-private partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to implement and maintain the premises identification records, register new premises and renew current premises every three years. As part of this responsibility, WLIC manages and maintains a confidential database that includes more than 80,000 active and inactive premises, as well as individual animal movement records.
Thanks to a grant from the Professional Dairy Producers® Foundation, WLIC produced an educational video detailing the importance of animal disease traceability that can be found on their website at https://wiid.org/.
 
During Thursday’s episode, Gerald Minor, Pittsville, Wis., Fire Chief, discussed the importance of farm and home safety as it relates to fire prevention. Having been in the fire service industry for 42 years, Minor said a fire department’s responsibility is not only to fight fires, but to also prevent them from happening. As we celebrate National Fire Prevention Month, Minor recommended checking fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and have a safety plan in place for your operation.
 
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 27
Topic: It’s Energy Awareness Month - discover ways to conserve more energy and find out what an energy audit means. Episode presenter includes:
  Wednesday, October 28
Topic: Your farm is your livelihood. Learn about the five key risks areas all farmers need to insure and the importance of safety inspections. Episode presenters include:
 
  • Chris Schlechta, Safety and Loss Control Manager for the Rural Mutual Insurance Company
  • Michael Immel, Licensed Insurance Agent with the Rural Mutual Insurance Company and Farm Bureau Financial Services and Owner of Immel Insurance & Financial Services
 
Thursday, October 29
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 16, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 29 of The Dairy Signal™
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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.
 
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October 9, 2020
 
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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 28 of The Dairy Signal™
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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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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™
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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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New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 24 of The Dairy Signal™
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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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 New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 23 of The Dairy Signal™
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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.
 
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 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.
 
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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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™
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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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