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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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No registration fee is necessary, and all episodes are available by clicking the "Watch Now" button above. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions 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 dairy community together while providing resources to help navigate through challenging times.

Contact

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 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 Association
  • Susan Quam, Executive Vice President of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association
 
Week 10: (watch now)
Tuesday, June 9
New information and progress on the sign-up period for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and other supportive resources available to help farmers succeed. 
 
  • 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
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. 
 
  • Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
  • Randy Romanski, Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
 
Thursday, June 11
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. 
 
  • Eric Snodgrass, principal atmospheric scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm



Week 9: (watch now)
Tuesday, June 2
What details do you need to provide to your lender and what do producers need to know about the banking world.
 
  • Sam Miller, Managing Director, Head of Agriculture, BMO Harris Bank
  • Steve Schwoerer, Senior Dairy Lending Specialist, Compeer Financial
 
Wednesday, June 3
Learn how consumer buying habits have shifted during these unchartered times and what future trends could look like.
 
  • Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity and President of Look East
 
Thursday, June 4
Hear how the COVID-19 situation has impacted the environment and how the industry is responding.  
 
  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis
 
Week 8: (watch now)
Tuesday, May 26
Take a look at dairy producer scenarios and how these scenarios can maximize net profit. 
 
  • 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
Learn what Dairy Management, Inc. is doing to increase demand for dairy product consumption.
 
  • Barbara O’Brien, President of Dairy Management, Inc.
 
Thursday, May 28
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. 
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
 
Week 7: (watch now)
Tuesday, May 19
Hear an update from Washington and what kind of direct assistance is coming to rural America. 
 
  • Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) 
 
Wednesday, May 20
Discover how the global economy is impacting the agriculture industry today and gain insight on how the future may look down the road.
 
  • Mary Ledman, Global Sector Strategist for Dairy in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Group
 
Thursday, May 21
Hear updates on the CARES Act and possible details on how to tap into federal funds and learn of existing programs available. 
 
  • Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director for the USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency
  • Tom Brandt, Farm Loan Chief, USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency
 
Week 6: (watch now)
Tuesday, May 12
The state of the dairy industry and how federal funds could be distributed in Wisconsin. 
  • Tony Evers, Governor of Wisconsin
  • Randy Romanski, Interim Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
 
 
Wednesday, May 13
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. 
 
  • 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
Tune in for the latest economic trends, the ongoing global impact and what to expect later down the road.
 
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
 
Week 5: (watch now)
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.
 
  • 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. 
 
  • 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. 
 
  • 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
 
Week 4: (watch now)
Tuesday, April 28
The state of the dairy industry.
 
  • Tony Evers, Governor of Wisconsin
  • Randy Romanski, Interim Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
 
Wednesday, April 29
  Market forecast and financial stability and business management through uncertainty.
 
  • Liz Griffith, Market Development and Human Resource Consultant for Encore Consultants
  • 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, April 30
Market stability and dairy outlook.
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
 
Week 3: (watch now)
 
Tuesday, April 21
Learn up-to-date market insight and cow-side implications of various business changes.
 
  • 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.
 
  • Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) 
  • 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, April 23
Cover market stability and outlook, and gain insights on cow-feeding strategies.
 
  • 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
 

Week 2: (watch now)
 
Tuesday, April 14
Presenters will offer invaluable real-time market insight and take a look at how the markets are responding.
 
  • Dr. Mark Stephenson of UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability
  • Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

Wednesday, April 15
Presenters will talk about the disruption in the beef markets, supply of dairy cull-cows vs. beef cattle, and how to plan your culling with disruptions from market, to slaughter plants, and through to grocery stores. 
 
  • Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group
  • Curt Larson, President and CEO of Equity Cooperative Livestock Association

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.
 
  • Eric Snodgrass, principal atmospheric scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions
  • 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.
 
Week 1: (watch now)

Tuesday, April 7
Presenters will address what’s happening in the marketplace, how long farmers can expect current situations to last, and what the dairy sector can do right now to mitigate the impacts.  
  • Dr. Mark Stephenson of UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Profitability
  • Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
 
Wednesday, April 8
Addressing economic strategies head-on, dairy farmers can use the real-time insights to manage their businesses, maximize their viability and stay nimble during these times. Presenters will also address new tools as they become available. 
 
  • 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.
  • Jason Karszes, Senior Extension Associate with Cornell University and the PRO-DAIRY program

Thursday, April 9
Farmers will hear up-to-date market analysis, practical tips and strategies for making decisions in an uncertain, chaotic environment; plus, a look at what the new world may look like after this pandemic subsides.  
  • Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm
  • Jay Joy, founder of Milk Money LLC

Testimonials


Thoroughly impressed!
Thank you for creating The Dairy Signal. I have watched several episodes and have been thoroughly impressed with the content and delivery of each episode, and plan to share it with others.
- Dr. Luis R, Industry Member, El Dorado Hills, Ca.

The reliable resource for dairy producers and the allied industry!
Over the past 30 years of watching PDPW grow, their group has become the reliable resource for dairy producers and the allied industry. They continue to offer endless opportunities to connect with other dairy farmers and encourage them to feed off each other’s innovation and accomplishments.
- David A, Industry Member, Alpharetta, Ga.

Industry experts providing fact-based information
Since its inception, PDPW has provided dairy producers and allied industry with innovative and practical solutions to improve profitability and sustainability in the dairy production business. The Dairy Signal is the latest tool in the toolbox. In a concise, easy to manage format, over lunch, the experts brought together on The Dairy Signal provide up to the minute, usable, information that helps me and my customers make better decisions during this unprecedented time. Each of my kids are involved in the dairy industry, and it's important to me that they have the same chances at success that I have had. Right now, The Dairy Signal is providing resources to help make that happen.
- Peter C, Industry Member, Spring Valley, Wis.

Reminding us to stay on our game!
The Dairy Signal helps us get our mind off some of the unpleasant things like milk dumping and the coronavirus and on to the things that are important to our businesses. Dr. Kohl always has some value in what he shares. He keeps reminding us to stay on our game – that advice is very much needed these days. And Eric Snodgrass gave us some optimism and opportunity with the way the weather patterns look.
- Roger W, Dairy Farmer, Columbus, Wis.

An ever-changing world.
The Dairy Signal has helped me stay up to date in this ever-changing world we live in. The insight from our industry experts is shared in a really easy-to-understand, conversational way. We can hear directly from those people who are out there trying to make things happen on our behalf and those who can clearly explain what’s happening. The recordings have been helpful as I’m able to listen to them when my schedule with my crazy kids allows.
- Tony & Moriah B, Dairy Farmer, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Excellent is not a high-enough praise!
Just a big Thank You to Shelly and all for your efforts in putting together the video conference. Excellent is not a high-enough praise for all the effort and foresight you have put into this project.
- Kevin T, Industry Member, Edina, Minn.

Incredibly valuable insights.
Dan Basse.....Incredibly valuable insights and strong honest realistic opinions. He understands the urgent need to address the magnitude of the world predicament. Extremely impressive and I am grateful for the opportunity to hear his presentation. Thank you!!
- Ralph B, Dairy Farmer, Stratford, Wis.

Best part is being able to watch the recording.
The Dairy Signal is very timely and provides up-to-date information. The best part is being able to watch the recording later, because it doesn’t take time out of the day's schedule.
- Russel S, Dairy Farmer, Two Rivers, Wis.