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PDPW APPs Training for Non-Farm Professionals (2019)
Join PDPW's Agricultural Professional Partnerships® (APPs) training. This 3-day training scheduled for June 18-20, is designed for food system and allied industry professionals with limited farm background and experience.
Date / Time
June 18-20, 2019
Madison, Wis.
$1,000/PDPW Member, $1,500/Non-Member


Join PDPW's Agricultural Professional Partnerships® (APPs) training. This 3-day training scheduled for June 18-20, is designed for food system and allied industry professionals with limited farm background and experience. 

The training provides a full-immersion, on-farm experience to better prepare agricultural professionals with limited knowledge in production agriculture and to work with farmers in rural communities with greater understanding.
Attendees will travel to a different dairy farm each day and learn from the farm owners and managers, and meet other on-farm experts. Participants will explore dairy cow health and animal-care practices, environmental stewardship techniques, employee management, economics of production agriculture, dairy business financial management and more.

APPs participants will leave the training with:

  • Hands-on, on-farm experiences
  • An expanded knowledge of modern agriculture
  • A comprehensive understanding of farm-management practices
  • Access to training resources and industry experts
  • Relationships with host farm owners and managers
  • Direct connections with a network of like-minded industry peers
Enroll yourself or your team member today to better serve your dairy farm clients by increasing your professional credibility, knowledge and understanding of a modern dairy business.

For additional information please call PDPW at 800-947-7379 or email at Follow along digitally in advance of and during the event by following @dairyPDPW and using #APPs2019 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Meeting Locations

Crowne Plaza Hotel
4402 E. Washington Ave.,
Madison, Wis.


On-farm training is important
Being at three different farms was so important because I really had the opportunity to get immersed in the business - from learning more about cows to the science behind crops, to the emerging technologies - it was amazing to see this in action. The passion and commitment of these producers was inspiring. The program helped me to understand the challenges that really impact producers today, but also affirm their positive commitment to finding solutions, and how they are really part of the process. I was amazed at all the facets of farming and the amount of knowledge required to be successful.
- Jodi L, Industry Member, Madison, Wis.

Excellent on-farm experience
The APPS training helped me have a better understanding of the day-to-day activities and challenges of the dairy farmer. While providing considerable written and verbal detail on how various types and sizes of dairy farms operate, as well as the decision making that is required, the course also offered an excellent on-farm experience that was very valuable to the learning process. I would highly recommend this course to anyone involved in the dairy industry.
- Dan B, Industry Member, Fond du Lac, Wis.

I've got to do this
I came to LaBudde Group with absolutely no background in agriculture so when I read about the program I thought "I've got to do this." It was exactly what I needed.
- Michael M, Industry Member, Mequon, Wis.

Impactful team training
The majority of our team went through the APPs program. Having a team of coworkers go through together was impactful. Attending really made clear how intricately all the systems work together: the physiology of the dairy cow, the soil-filed-feed component, the business financials and decision-making. Our team didn't realize these separate pieces are so tightly fit together. They walked away with a much better appreciation for the complex nature between dairy cows, soils and crops, and all the other components that come together in dairy operations. Many who didn't have an ag background didn't realize that cows are so complex! They certainly gained a better appreciation for all the cow's systems and how her needs are so intertwined with the crops, the soil, and the other subjects we covered.
- Glenda G, Industry Member, River Falls, Wis.

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