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Speakers released for Week Ten of The Dairy Signal™

June 5, 2020
 
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Speakers released for Week Ten of The Dairy Signal™
Free online episodes offer insights to help producers make informed decisions
 
DAIRY NEWS – According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week 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.
 
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 29, 2020
 
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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.
 
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 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.
 
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 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.
 
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 11, 2020
 
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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.
 
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 4, 2020
 
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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.
 
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 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
  • Randy 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.
 
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, 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 aired previously 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
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shelly Mayer
800-947-7379
mail@pdpw.org
 
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Content now available for week Three of The Dairy Signal™
Free online episodes offer insights to help producers make informed decisions
 
DAIRY NEWS – Professional Dairy Producers® – PDPW has released the speaker and content line up for week 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.
 
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 10, 2020
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shelly Mayer
800-947-7379
mail@pdpw.org
 
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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,