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Dairy Signal Speakers:

Tue., Aug. 16
Dr. Joleen Hadrich
PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota

Wed., Aug. 17
Dr. Heather White
PhD, Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Wed., Aug. 17
Dr. Kent Weigel
PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thu., Aug. 18
Dan Basse
President of AgResource Company

Training Sessions

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


Week 69: (watch now)
Tuesday, August 3
Financial data is necessary for taxes and lender requirements, but those uses represent only about 20 percent of their value to dairy managers. A panel of three savvy dairy producers will share how they put financials to work to better their operation.

  • Carrie Pollard, Owner, Pollard Farms, Rockford, Ill.
  • Stacy Eberle, Owner, EbAcres Orchestrated Dreams, Monroe, Wis.
  • Geoff Gerrits, Chief Financial Officer, Breeze Dairy Group, LLC, Pine River, Wis.
Wednesday, August 4
Listen to an update on some of the dairy and agriculture-related issues being discussed at the national level, from climate/infrastructure to immigration to trade to economic support. 
  • Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation
Thursday, August 5
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 68: (watch now)
Tuesday, July 27
Thousands fall victim to human trafficking, even in rural areas and agricultural labor markets. Know what signs to look for and how to prevent it from happening on your farm.

  • Paul Marik, Captain of Patrol Division, Village of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
Wednesday, July 28
Learn from UW-Madison graduate students about new research on the relationship between serotonin and calcium during a cow’s lactation and how calcium levels can affect reproduction hormones around calving time and reproductive health long-term. Episode presenters include:
  • Dr. Laura Hernandez, PhD, Professor of Lactation Physiology, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Meghan Connelly, PhD, Research Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Pedro Leopoldo Jeronimo Monteiro Junior, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thursday, July 29
Body condition score (BCS) is one of the factors limiting reproduction on farms today. Learn the role BCS plays during the transitional period. 
  • Dr. Paul Fricke, PhD, Dairy Reproduction Specialist with UW-Madison

Week 67: (watch now)
Tuesday, July 20
Hazardous distractions can be found all around your farm. Learn how to identify these distractions and explore an effective communications plan to help prevent these types of distractions from resulting in injuries.

  • Marsha Salzwedel, Project Scientist at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation/National Farm Medicine Center
Wednesday, July 21
President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. Learn from two entrepreneurs what it takes to operate a farmstead creamery. 
  • James Baerwolf, Owner, Sassy Cow Creamery, Sun Prairie, Wisc.
  • Karen Kelley, Owner, Kelley Country Creamery, Eden, Wisc.
Thursday, July 22
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 66: (watch now)
Tuesday, July 13
Opportunities exist for bovine tuberculosis (TB) to reemerge in the U.S. Learn how to minimize your herd’s risks for introduction and spread of TB and hear firsthand how one family dairy dealt with this zoonotic disease.

  • Dr. Darlene Konkle, DVM, MS, DACVIM, State Veterinarian, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Dr. Elisabeth Patton, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Assistant State Veterinarian, Wisconsin DATCP
  • Steve Maddox, Maddox Dairy, Burrel, California
Wednesday, July 14
Certain areas of the U.S. have received adequate moisture; other areas are still in a drought-stricken state. Learn how this will affect the dairy state and where we are at in terms of quality and quantity of second-crop harvesting and corn growth.
  • Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Scott Fleming, Nutrient Management Specialist and Sampling Director from Rock River Lab
Thursday, July 15
Learn how nitrates can affect groundwater and hear the latest update on Discovery Farm’s nitrogen-use efficiency research project as it relates to fine-tuning crop decisions and how this study weaves into the new DNR regulations.
  • Amber Radatz, Co-Director, Discovery Farms
  • Ryan Heiderman, Nitrogen Projects Coordinator, Discovery Farms

Week 65: (watch now)
Tuesday, July 6
Learn how the agricultural industry can capitalize on alternative energy resources such as geothermal, solar and wind.

  • Adam Wehling, Dean of Agriculture, Energy, Construction & Transportation, Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Frank Cardoza, Dairy Operations Manager, Philip Verwey Farms, Hanford, Calif.
Wednesday, July 7
Hear the latest consumer research when it comes to e-commerce beef growth, the changes that occurred over the last year on both the retail and consumer side, as well as an outlook on alternative protein sales. 
  • Shawn Darcy, Senior Director, Market Research, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • Brandon Scholz, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association
Thursday, July 8
Gain insight on 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 64: (watch now)
Tuesday, June 29
It’s officially summer and that equates to hot and humid days. Learn how to maintain calf health during warmer weather and how one producer works daily keeping 8,000 calves comfortable and hydrated.

  • Dr. Geof Smith, DVM, MS, PhD, Veterinarian, Dairy Technical Services, Zoetis
  • Sherry Arnold, Busse’s Barron Acres, Barron, Wis.
Wednesday, June 30
Hear from two “rising stars” in dairy research talk about some of the recent work on silage quality and its nutritive value.
  • Dr. Luiz Ferraretto, Ruminant Nutrition Extension Specialist, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Ben Saylor, Ruminant Nutrition PhD Candidate, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Cole Diepersloot, MS Student, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
Thursday, July 1
Find out how Dairy Farmers of America remains competitive as the largest cooperative in the nation and the innovations keeping them in the forefront of the industry.
  • Kristen Coady, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Dairy Farmers of America
  • David Darr, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)

Week 63: (watch now)
Tuesday, June 22
New products are being developed and marketed at a steady pace, including GoodSport, a hydrating sports drink formulated from milk. Learn the concept behind this product and how the Center for Dairy Research provides product development, research and troubleshooting for those looking to create something new.

  • Michelle McBride, Founder & CEO, GoodSport™ Nutrition
  • Tom Guerin, Research Program Manager, Center for Dairy Research
Wednesday, June 23
Learn about consumer food interests and branding, cheese pairings and tips, recipe appetizers to celebrate dairy and current media efforts to promote Wisconsin’s dairy industry.
  • Molly Browne, Education Manager, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
  • Tina Peterson, National Program Manager, Media Appearances-Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
Thursday, June 24
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 62: (watch now)
Tuesday, June 15
Hear an overview of how weather patterns are affecting the United States and find out what’s in store the rest of the summer.

  • Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions
Wednesday, June 16
The majority of first crop hay has now been harvested. Dive into a nutritional analysis of this crop and how harvesting higher quality feeds can offset overall feed costs. 
  • Dr. John Goeser, PhD, Director of Nutritional Research & Innovation at Rock River Lab, Inc., and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dairy Science Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thursday, June 17
Adding value to your dairy by diversifying on-farm sales is growing in popularity. Glean tips on how to start, market and maintain a successful business. 
  • Kristin Quist, Dairy Manager, Minglewood, Inc., Deer Park, Wis. 
  • Heather Moore, Owner, Moore Family Farms and Moore Local, Maquoketa, Iowa

Week 61: (watch now)
Tuesday, June 8
Find out what’s trending when it comes to consumer buying habits, what’s the recent perception on plant-based and cell-based alternatives to dairy and meat and how certain new initiatives could affect the dairy industry.

  • Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity and president of Look East
Wednesday, June 9
Heat stress can affect overall economics, production, fertility and alter milk composition. Learn some of the more effective heat abatement practices and feeding techniques to combat heat stress.
  • Dr. Geoffrey E. Dahl, Harriet B. Weeks Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida
Thursday, June 10
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 60: (watch now)
Tuesday, June 1
Hear two “rising star” dairy researchers share some of their recent work including results from an epidemiological analysis of the impact of sub-clinical ketosis on cows and herds, and findings on rumen-protected choline as a nutritional intervention during heat stress and on overall cow and calf health.

  • Dr. Heather White, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology of the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
  • Ryan Pralle, Assistant Professor of Animal Science and Researcher, Dairy Innovation Hub, University of Wisconsin – Platteville and
  • Henry Holdorf, PhD Candidate, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wednesday, June 2
There have been some new appointees on key agricultural legislative committees. Find out who is new and what’s in store when it comes to agricultural and environmental policy, trade and exports and the overall health of the U.S agricultural economy. 
  • Paul Bleiberg, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, National Milk Producers Federation
Thursday, June 3
Business IQ is being proven in today’s world of tight margins. What is your business and financial IQ? Are you up for the challenge? 
  • Gary Sipiorski, independent business and financial consultant
  • Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville School of Agriculture and Farm Management Specialist