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The Dairy Signal
Join The Dairy Signal™, a free online resource providing dairy farmers insights for informed decisions. Three times a week, leading-edge presenters share resources and strategies for managing dairy’s rapidly shifting industry.  Content aired on The Dairy Signal will be summarized and made available for free video or audio download.
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Developed by PDPW for dairy farmers, processors and other industry leaders, The Dairy Signal episodes will feature a variety of experts in dairy business and dairy economics - and other management topics. All episodes will live-stream from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. In addition, each live session will offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A and interact with the speakers. A video and audio podcast recording of each episode will be available for free on-demand access after each airing. 
 
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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 challenging times.

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For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379, or email us at mail@pdpw.org.
 

Training Sessions

Presenters and topics by week, with a brief description of each day's episode topic and featured presenter(s): 
 


Week 55: (watch now)
Tuesday, April 27

Learn the basic components of an effective nutrient management plan and other considerations when working with tile drainage. 

  • Dennis Frame, owner of Timber Ridge Consulting
  • Eric Cooley, Co-Director of Discovery Farms 
Wednesday, April 28
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. 
  • 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
Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 54: (watch now)
Tuesday, April 20
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.

  • Kevin Erb, Director of the Conservation Professional Training Program for UW-Madison, Division of Extension
Wednesday, April 21
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%. 
  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis
Thursday, April 22
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.
  • Yogi Brown, Sunburst Dairy, Belleville, Wis.
  • Rosario Ibarra, Grotegut Dairy Farm, Inc., Newton, Wis.
  • Heidi Fischer, Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm, LLC, Hatley, Wis.

Week 53: (watch now)
Tuesday, April 13
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. 

  • 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
Hear about the climate and weather trends that will influence spring planting and affect the 2021 growing season. 
  • Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions
Thursday, April 15
Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and the ag industry. 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 52: (watch now)
Tuesday, April 6

Robotic milking systems are becoming more common. Hear what producers have learned first-hand as they share their experiences with their robotic milking systems. 

  • 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
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. 
  • Zoey Nelson, COO of Brooks Farm 1855 LLC
  • Heather Johnson, Calf Barn Manager, Alfalawn Farm
Thursday, April 8
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. 
  • Terry Allen, North American Business Development Manager, Consumer Physics
  • Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Assistant Professor and Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, UW-Madison

Week 51: (watch now)
Tuesday, March 30

Learn how the state of Wisconsin is investing in its agriculture economy and dairy farm families.

  • Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers
  • Randy Romanski, Secretary-Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Wednesday, March 31
Learn the keys of an effective “stay” interview to understand what employees value most about their current role in your organization. 
  • Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants
Thursday, April 1
Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and the ag industry. 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

 

Week 50: (watch now)
Tuesday, March 23

Take a step back and evaluate some of the risk management strategies dairy producers are utilizing to manage amid current market trends and conditions. 

  • Will Babler, Principal, Atten Babler Commodities LLC
Wednesday, March 24
Get the latest update on what’s happening on the national level and how it will affect the dairy industry. 
  • Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation
Thursday, March 25
Learn the benefits of cover crops and how they impact productivity and sustainability of the land.
  • Matthew Oehmichen, part owner of Short Lane Ag Supply
  • Peter Graff, dairy producer from Stetsonville, Wis.

Week 49: (watch now)
Tuesday, March 9

Hear about the “Dairy Dozen,” or the 12 key financial ratios that lenders follow that are easy for dairy producers to calculate and understand.

  • 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.
  • Amber Radatz, Co-Director of Discovery Farms
Thursday, March 11
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.
  • Jeremy Cherny, Founder and President, Tobin Solutions

 


Week 48: (watch now)
Tuesday, March 2
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. 

  • Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants
Wednesday, March 3
Learn the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, what phase dairy producers fall into and other vaccine-related questions.
  • 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
Hear about the latest Dairy Innovation Hub-funded projects and how they will affect the dairy industry.
  • 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

Week 47: (watch now)
Tuesday, February 23
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. 

  • Dr. John Lucey, PhD, Director of Center for Dairy Research, Professor of Food Science at UW-Madison
Wednesday, February 24
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. 
  • Nicole Bettinger ZeidlerConsultant, Family Business Consulting Group
Thursday, February 25
Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and the ag industry. 
  • Dan BasseEconomist and President of AgResource Company

Week 46: (watch now)
Tuesday, February 16

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. 

  • John McHugh, Director of Public Relations, Kwik Trip
Wednesday, February 17
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. 
  • Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group
  • Keith Lindsey, President and CEO, Salm Partners
Thursday, February 18
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.
  • Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions

 


Week 45: (watch now)
Tuesday, February 9

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. 

  • Chad Vincent, CEO, Dairy Famers of Wisconsin 
  • Paul Ziemnisky, Executive Vice President, Global Innovation Partnerships, Dairy Management Inc.
Wednesday, February 10
The foundation of a strong team is giving and receiving feedback. Learn effective ways to provide constructive feedback and communication with your team members. 
  • Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants
Thursday, February 11
Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and ag industry. 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

 


Week 44: (watch now)
Tuesday, February 2
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.

  • 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
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.
  • Will Babler, Principal, Atten Babler Commodities LLC
Thursday, February 4
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.
  • Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Alex White, Advanced Instructor, Department of Dairy Science, Virginia Tech

 


Week 43: (watch now)
Tuesday, January 26
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. 

  • Amber Radatz, Co-Director, Discovery Farms
  • Tim Radatz, Minnesota Discovery Farms Coordinator
Wednesday, January 27
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. 
  • 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
Get the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends that will impact dairy producers and the ag industry through 2021.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 42: (watch now)
Tuesday, January 19
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. 

  • Dr. Jud Heinrichs, Professor of Dairy Nutrition, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences
Wednesday, January 20
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. 
  • Ermith Ocampo, Livestock Director, Milk Source LLC
  • Stacy Jauquet, Owner, Jauquet’s Hillview Dairy LLC
Thursday, January 21
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.  
  • Dr. Theresa Ollivett, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal), Assistant Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine section at UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine

 


Week 41: (watch now) 
Tuesday, January 12
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. 

  • Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants
Wednesday, January 13
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. 
  • Nicole Bettinger ZeidlerConsultant, Family Business Consulting Group
Thursday, January 14
Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends as we move into 2021.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 40: (watch now) 
Tuesday, January 5
Learn the latest hoof trimming methods, herd level factors that influence lameness incidence and how dairy producers can reduce the incidence of lameness.

  • Dr. Gerard Cramer, DVM, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, January 6
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.
  • Dr. Heather White, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology of UW-Madison
Thursday, January 7
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.
  • George Twohig and Troy Schneider, Partners and Attorneys at Twohig, Rietbrock, Schneider & Halbach Law Office

Week 39: (watch now) 
Tuesday, December 29
Learn the latest research findings in optimizing fertility of sexed semen in lactating dairy cows and non-lactating dairy heifers. 

  • Dr. Paul Fricke, Ph.D., Dairy Reproduction Specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wednesday, December 30
Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends as we close out 2020 and look ahead into 2021. 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 38: (watch now) 
Tuesday, December 22
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.

  • 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 University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Matt Akins, Assistant Scientist and Extension Dairy Specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wednesday, December 23
Learn practical tips on optimizing the transition cow period for top milk production and reproductive performance.
  • Dr. Neil Michael, Manager of Ruminant Field Technical Services with Arm & Hammer

Week 37: (watch now) 
Tuesday, December 15
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.

  • Charlie Arnot, CEO, Center for Food Integrity
Wednesday, December 16
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. 
  • 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
Hear the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets and trends as we close out 2020 and look ahead into 2021.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Compan

Week 36: (watch now) 
Tuesday, December 8
Learn from global food industry leaders about their work with suppliers and customers to secure high-quality agricultural ingredients that meet global sustainability goals.

  • Emily Johannes, Category Manager – Ethical Sourcing, Nestle
  • Karen Scanlon, Senior Vice President, Environmental Stewardship, Dairy Management, Inc.
Wednesday, December 9
Hear an update on how the changing of the political guard in Washington might impact dairy policy, regulations and markets in 2021 and beyond. 
  • Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation
Thursday, December 10
Understand the basics of blockchain and how it could be a tool for the dairy industry now and in the future. 
  • Phil Harris, Co-Founder and President, ripe.io

Week 35: (watch now) 
Tuesday, December 1
Understand options for calculating cost of production and how each approach can help make management decisions and manage risk.

  • 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
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.
  • 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
Get the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets, current trends and what to expect for the rest of this year and into 2021.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company.

Week 34: (watch now) 
Tuesday, November 23
Learn about the weather patterns for upcoming months and get an inside look at the winter weather outlook.

  • Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions
Wednesday, November 24
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.
  • Scott Seward, Seward’s Dairy
  • Tom Kestell, Ever-Green-View LLC

There will not be a Dairy Signal broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 26. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Week 33: (watch now) 
Tuesday, November 17
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. 

  • Dr. Madhuri Rao, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, November 18
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.
  • Dan Goehring, Johnsonville Livestock Procurement Coordinator for Johnsonville Sausage
  • Dr. Gretchen May, DVM, Veterinary Program Manager, Wisconsin DATCP
  • Dr. Darlene Konkle, DVM, Wisconsin State Veterinarian, Wisconsin DATCP
Thursday, November 19
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.
  • Kathrine Barnes, MS, MPH, Project Manager, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute

Week 32: (watch now) 
Tuesday, November 10
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. 

  • Paul Lippert, farmer, Grass Ridge Farm
  • Katie Mrdutt, DVM, MBA Candidate, Executive Director, Food Armor® Foundation
Wednesday, November 11
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.
  • Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director of Milwaukee Hunger Task Force
Thursday, November 12
Learn the latest news and analysis of agricultural markets, current trends and what to expect for the rest of this year and into 2021. 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company.

Week 31: (watch now) 
Tuesday, November 3
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. 

  • 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
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. 
  • 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
Passing the farm on to the next generation involves planning. Find out how these dairy producers are working through the farm succession process.
  • Ken Feltz, owner, along with his family, of Feltz Family Farms, Inc., and Feltz’s Dairy Store Inc.
  • Marty Hallock, owner, Mar-Bec Dairy

Week 30: (watch now) 
Tuesday, October 27
It’s Energy Awareness Month - discover ways to conserve more energy and find out what an energy audit means. 

  • Jessica Mlsna, Energy Advisor, Focus on Energy
Wednesday, October 28
Your farm is your livelihood. Learn about the five key risks areas all farmers need to insure and the importance of safety inspections.
  • 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
Tune in for an analysis of agricultural markets, current trends and what to expect for the rest of this year and into 2021.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 29: (watch now) 
Tuesday, October 20
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. 

  • Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Founder & President, Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, Inc.
Wednesday, October 21
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. 
  • Jodi Legge, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium
  • Curt Larson, President and CEO of Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association
Thursday, October 22
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. 
  • Gerald Minor, Pittsville, Wis., Fire Chief

Week 28: (watch now) 
Tuesday, October 13
Seasonal weight restrictions serve a purpose. Learn how farmers can minimize road damage and work together with road maintenance crews.

  • 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
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.
  • Bridget Wasser, Senior Executive Director, Product Research & Education, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Thursday, October 15
Tune in for an analysis of agricultural markets, current trends and what to expect for the rest of this year and into 2021.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 27: (watch now) 
Tuesday, October 6
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.

  • Matt Otto, Resource Conservationist & Special Initiatives Coordinator, Natural Resources Conservation Services
  • Dennis Frame, owner of Timber Ridge Consulting
Wednesday, October 7
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. 
  • Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association
  • Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
 
Thursday, October 8
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.
  • 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

Week 26: (watch now) 
Tuesday, September 29
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.

  • Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the Wisconsin FSA
Wednesday, September 30
It’s a busy time of year with fall harvest underway. Learn proper etiquette when sharing the road with farm equipment.
  • Cheryl Skjolaas, Extension Agricultural Safety Specialist with the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thursday, October 1
Tune in for an analysis of agricultural markets, current trends and what to expect for the rest of this year and into 2021.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 25: (watch now) 
Tuesday, September 22
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. 

  • 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
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.
  • Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) 
Thursday, September 24
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.
  • Gerald Minor, Pittsville, Wis., Fire Chief
  • Bob Biadasz and Lisa Grezenski, fund administrators for the Mike Biadasz Farm Safety and Educational Memorial Fund.

Week 24: (watch now) 
Tuesday, September 15
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. 

  • 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
Learn more about risk-management tools and how to effectively use them to capture opportunity and minimize commodity risk. 
  • Tim Swenson, Senior Business Consultant, Compeer Financial
  • Chris Atten, Principal, Atten Babler Commodities
Thursday, September 17
Tune in for current trends, an analysis of agricultural markets and what to expect the rest of this year and into 2021.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 23: (watch now) 
Tuesday, September 8
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.

  • Dr. Mark Stephenson, UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability 
Wednesday, September 9
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.
  • Dr. John Shutske, Ph.D., Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist at UW-Madison Department of Biological Systems-Engineering
Thursday, September 10
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.
  • Amanda Harguth, Outreach Specialist for AgrAbility of Wisconsin

Week 22: (watch now) 
Tuesday, September 1
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. 

  • 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
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. 
  • 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
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. 
  • Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist with UW-Extension and Center for Dairy Profitability

Week 21: (watch now) 
Tuesday, August 25
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. 

  • Amber Radatz, Co-Director, Discovery Farms
Wednesday, August 26
 There’s a reason we don’t “kiss the calves.” Learn more about zoonotic diseases from dairy cows and how they can be transmitted. 
  • 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
Discover how the global economy is impacting the agricultural industry today and gain insight on how the future may look down the road.
  • Mary Ledman, Global Sector Strategist for Dairy, RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Group

Week 20: (watch now) 
Tuesday, August 18
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. 

  • Randy Romanski, Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Senator Howard L. Marklein, Senate District 17, Spring Green
Wednesday, August 19
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.
  • José Carmona, Research Coordinator at Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center
Thursday, August 20
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.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company

Week 19: (watch now) 
Tuesday, August 11
Hear updates on the CARES Act, specifically what has been paid out to dairy farmers both nationally and right here in Wisconsin.

  • Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Wednesday, August 12
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.
  • 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
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. 
  • 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.

Week 18: (watch now) 
Tuesday, August 4
Group housing can present benefits in growth performance, animal welfare and consumer acceptance. Discover whether group housing is an option for you. 

  • Dr. Jennifer Van Os, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Animal Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Theresa Ollivett, DVM, Assistant Professor at the UW-Madison Department of Medical Sciences
Wednesday, August 5
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?
  • 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
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

Week 17: (watch now) 
Tuesday, July 28
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.

  • John Lucey, Professor of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Center for Dairy Research
Wednesday, July 29
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.
  • Brody Stapel, Double Dutch Dairy, LLC, Cedar Grove
  • Mitch Breunig, Mystic Valley Dairy, LLC, Sauk City
  • Brett Bonlender, Clover Hill Dairy, LLC, Campbellsport
Thursday, July 30
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. 
  • 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)

Week 16: (watch now) 
Tuesday, July 21
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.

  • Dr. John Shutske, PhD, Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist at UW-Madison Department of Biological Systems-Engineering
Wednesday, July 22
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. 
  • 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
Learn how the dairy, crop, ethanol and meat markets are responding both domestically and globally and what’s going on in the export market.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm

Week 15: (watch now) 
Tuesday, July 14
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.
  • 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
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. 
  • Emily Yeiser Stepp, Vice President of The National Dairy FARM Program, National Milk Producers Federation
Thursday, July 16
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. 
  • Tammy Vaassen, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Beef Council

Week 14: (watch now) 
Tuesday, July 7
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. 
  • Matt Ruark, Associate Professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wednesday, July 8
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. 
  • 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
Learn how the dairy, crop, ethanol and meat markets are responding both domestically and globally and what’s going on in the export market. 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Compan

Week 13: (watch now)
Tuesday, June 30

Hear about what’s happening around the country in cheese sale efforts and what strategies are being taken to promote Wisconsin dairy products.
  • 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
Pressure-test your business and zero in on manageable areas such as feed and labor to help navigate risk going forward. 
  • 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
Learn the most practical and cost-effective ways to maximize cow comfort year-round, but specifically during the hottest days of the season.
  • 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

Week 12: (watch now)
Tuesday, June 23

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. 
  • 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
Producers will hear a research update from all three universities involved in the Dairy Innovation Hub.
  • 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
Learn how the dairy, crop, ethanol and meat markets are responding both domestically and globally. :
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm

Week 11: (watch now)
Tuesday, June 16

Hear an update from Washington. Find out what we have to look forward to in agriculture and what policies are being discussed that will impact our industry.
  • 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
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.  Thursday, June 18
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. 
  • Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers

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