Programs & Events

PDPW Dairy Animal Handling and Safety Workshop - Taught Exclusively in Spanish

Aug. 4, 5, 6, 2015 | Juneau, Greenleaf & Mondovi, Wisconsin

Handling Dairy Cattle Correctly and safely - whether it's calves, heifers or cows - saves time, prevents worker injury, and is a catalyst for optimal animal well-being.  Join one of three 1-day on-farm workshops at three locations - Juneau, Greenleaf, or Mondovi, Wisconsin.

This hands-on, on-farm workshop is designed for all Spanish-speaking employees working with youngstock, the milking herd, in the parlor or only occasionally with the herd.  It is imperative that everyone is trained to understand animal behavior and how to handle animals calmly, safely, and effectively.

Join one of the following dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, August 4: Nehls Brothers Farm, N5638 County Hwy DJ, Juneau, Wis.
  • Wednesday, August 5: Wayside Dairy, 3603 Wayside Road, Greenleaf, Wis.
  • Thursday, August 6: MarBec Dairy, W962 County Road NN, Mondovi, Wis.

Your employees will receive important safety training during an added 90-minute specialty session.  We will take the time to focus on farm worker safety in confined spaces, electrical awareness, and how to be safe around animals and equipment.  This training is a must-have for all Spanish-speaking employees, including your Spanish-speaking middle managers.

This hands-on workshop taught exclusively in Spanish, will enable your Spanish-speaking employees to engage in a safe environment with animal handling and safety experts and training supplies.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Call 800-947-7379 or email at with any additional questions.

ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings

Aug. 13, 18, 19, 20, 2015 | Wisconsin

ACE (Agricultural Community Engagement®) On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings are an opportunity to bring together local community leaders and dairy producers to learn together and discuss important issues.

These meetings are brought to you by the Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Towns Association and the Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) and are open to the public.

Those attending one of the ACE On-the-Farm Twilight Meetings will be treated to a 60-minute tour of the hosting dairy, followed by open dialogue and ice cream. The discussion will provide a platform for open communication about issues important to our communities.

The meetings will begin with dairy tours at 6:00 p.m., and from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. ice cream will be served with discussion and open Q&A to follow.

Join one of the following dates and locations:

  • August 13. Kinnamon Ridge Dairy LLC, S3175 White Rd., Reedsburg, Wis..
  • August 18. Wayside Dairy LLC, 3603 Wayside Rd., Greenleaf, Wis.
  • August 19. Heeg Bros. Dairy LLC, F2394 Cty Rd. N, Colby Wis.
  • August 20. Bomaz Farms, 1603 Cty Rd. Z, Hammond, Wis.

This will be an important opportunity for you to connect with Wisconsin dairy and livestock industries, listen to the viewpoints of community leaders, and elected officials. Previous ACE evenings have been insightful, engaging and extremely successful in boosting the learning curve for attendees.

Register your attendance by calling the Wisconsin Towns Association at (715)526-3157 or email Walk-ins are also welcome.

PDPW World Class Webinar - "Manage Your People So They Will Stay"

Jul. 29, Aug. 19, Sep. 23, Oct. 21 | Online

Wednesday, July 29 (register by July 22) - 12PM-1PM CST


The past rules used in managing employees no longer work with the generations represented in today’s workplace. Employers and managers must learn new ways and creative approaches to balance, motivate and manage the clash between veterans, boomers, generation Xers and nexters. This session includes information on:

  • Characteristics of each generation
  • Learning to motivate in different ways
  • What skills are needed to manage each generation
  • Developing commitment and discretionary effort


Wednesday, August 19 (register by August 12) - 12PM-1PM CST


Difficult people are a fact of life and can keep you from doing your best. But, getting along with your coworkers, no matter how difficult, is one of the keys to success. Learn how to manage difficult personalities in order to remain productive on the job. This session contains information on:

  • Managing staff friction, what you control
  • How to tell someone "no" in a skillful manner
  • Ways to control your anger
  • Basic types of difficult people, what to do about them
  • Keeping your sense of humor


Wednesday, September 23 (register by September 16) - 12PM-1PM CST


The #1 reason really good people leave their position is because they are dissatisfied with their relationship with their immediate supervisor or manager. You may have heard the old saying, "People join companies, but they leave their managers." It takes a lot to pry great people away from "Magnetic Managers." This session contains information on:

  • The Platinum Rule - manage people the way they prefer to be managed
  • Accountability - hold yourself and your team accountable for accomplishing specific goals and tasks
  • Recognition - the importance of recognition and validation in the workplace, and we aren’t talking money!
  • Positive mental attitude - attitudes are contagious – using the “four C”s” to keep a winning mental attitude


Wednesday, October 21(register by October 14) - 12PM-1PM CST


Are your teams working as well as they should? The ability to build a strong team is a critical element of leadership. Whether you are a member of a team or its leader, certain elements must be present in order for a team to be successful. This session contains information on:

  • The eight components of a successful team
  • Building a sense of ownership in your team
  • Dealing with non performing team members
  • Barriers to team performance
  • Team assessment and teambuilding tools

2016 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals

Jan. 19-21, 2016 | San Antonio, Texas

More information coming soon....

2016 PDPW International Dairy Tour: New Zealand

Feb. 1-13, 2016 | Auckland, New Zealand

Discover the breathtaking countryside and extraoridinary dairy sector on the 2016 PDPW International Dairy Tour: New Zealand.  Join PDPW for the opportunity of a lifetime - experience New Zealand's tourist attractions, and experience the culture and beauty of both New Zealand islands on February 1-13, 2016.  Our itinerary covers the traditional and highly developed regions such as the Waikato, North Island, but also includes the newer rapidly developing regions of the Shouth Island - Canterbury.

Gather a breathtaking look at the country and the dairy sector - a sector that has traditionally been defined by its all-grass, low-cost production systems.  See firsthand why some New Zealand dairy farmers are modifying their businesses to capitalize on high global prices by shifting to higher input, higher-cost management systems. 

Travel Package Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Hotels
  • Transportation by private motor coach
  • Entrance fees for field trips and sightseeing
  • Most meals
  • Ag Specialist Tour Manager
  • Miscellaneous travel materials
  • All current taxes and NZ Goods and Services Tax

*See full detail in New Zealand Rate Info Sheet (tab above/button below) for all inclusions and exclusions.

Space is limited to the first 46 participants.  To register for the 2016 PDPW International Dairy Tour: New Zealand, please submit your registration here online by clicking "Register Now!".  Or, please call 800-947-7379 to submit your $500 security deposit.  This international tour is open to the public, with first-choice to PDPW farm members, then associate and corporate members.  If space remains, registrations will be taken from non-members.  For more information regarding PDPW membership please visit Join Online.

All cancellations received by PDPW before December 1, 2015 will incur a fee of $500 per person.  Cancellations received after December 1 will not recieve a refund of their registration fee.

For more detailed information regarding the itinerary, pricing and policy, please see the respective tab above/button below.  For all additional questions, please call our team at 800-947-7379.

2016 PDPW Business Conference: Hall of Ideas & Equipment Show

Mar. 16-17, 2016 | Madison, Wisconsin

Have you secured your exhibit booth?  Exhibitors, join PDPW during your premier national dairy event: 2016 PDPW Business Conference at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. on March 16-17, 2016.


  • 2015 show was sold out with highest attendance in conference history
  • Access to pre-qualified, progressive, active dairy farmers 

  • Attendance anticipated at 1,700+, with 70% dairy farmer representation

  • New layout with more interactive presentations and activities to increase engagement and more time with dairy farmers

  • Develop your knowledge during keynotes and educational sessions, elbow-to-elbow with your target audience - farmers!

  • Complimentary year-round access to PDPW Virtual Trade Show portal - update your newest product-line and services throughout the year!



  • Conference Theme: Inspire

  • The 2016 PDPW Business Conference is on Wednesday and Thursday again next year. 

  • The Hall of Ideas and Equipment Show will be held in Hall A, B & C of the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center.  

  • As you plan, be creative! The PDPW Hall of Ideas has expanded space for you to demonstrate your products, showcase your solutions and meet with prospects. Think about how you can engage people and create interaction with our members.



Move-In and Set-Up: Tuesday, March 15: 12:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. and/or Wednesday, March 16: 6-9:00 a.m.  Exhibits must be completely set up by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning.  Tear down begins at 4:30 p.m. after closing keynote and closing remarks.



Exhibit area includes 8’ back drape, 3’ side drapes, 1 skirted 6' or 8’ table (whatever size you selected on your contract) and 2 chairs. The drapes will be black and white and the Hall of Ideas will be covered in black carpeting---including the exhibit areas!

Booth shippment, electrical requirements and other equipment needs must be ordered directly through The Alliant Energy Center at  

Complimentary wifi is a maximum speed of 256k, which is good for light internet surfing and checking emails.  Exhibitors can order high speed internet connections online at if you want a stable internet connection.  


EXTEND YOUR VISIBILITY - Virtual Hall of Ideas Trade Show

To view the site click on the Virtual Trade Show. The 2016 Hall of Ideas Virtual Trade Show will remain on the site until September 1, 2016, so producers can check out your products and service long after the conference concludes --- this is an added benefit to you – dairy’s preferred supplier.  You can even update your information throughout the year!



You can submit both your payment and Trade Show Contract online safely and securely by clicking: Online TS Contract.  If you would prefer to complete a hard copy contract and submit a manual payment, click: Hard-Copy TS Contract tab above. Mail form to: PDPW, 820 N. Main St., Juneau, WI 53039. Or, email form to: mail  Feel free to call with any questions at 800-947-7379.

2016 PDPW Business Conference

Mar. 16-17, 2016 | Madison, Wisconsin

The 2016 PDPW Business Conference, March 16-17, 2016 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. dates are already secured and the line up is under development. 

2015 was an amazing year of success for this premier educational event.  We had a record breaking 1,600+ attendance, a sold-out trade show and the highest level of speaker talent and content depth to date.

Join the PDPW Business Conference next year to connect with a new idea, an old friend, a global perspective, a preferred supplier, an inspiring attitude, a leading expert, the latest technology, and a trusted resource.

Dairy producers and other professionals who attend will hear from keynote speakers, engage in hands-on labs, choose from specialty sessions, and learning lounge presentations during the two-day conference. In addition, the Hall of Ideas & Equipment Show features the largest number of exhibitors in the Conference history.

The 2016 PDPW Business Conference theme is “INSPRIE,” highlighting all the ways dairy producers can inspire one another and themselves to achieve true greatness. 

Some of the Conference sessions will be accredited trainings with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive CEUs. The Conference will also be considered by American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) and animal scientists may receive CEUs for their training time. 

Future PDPW Business Conference Dates

| Madison, Wisconsin

Have you attended PDPW Business Conference in the past?  Thinking about attending in the future?  Take the opportunity to be exposed to your industry's leading experts and most demanded motivational speakers.  Make connections and realize the greatest innovations our industry has to offer. Take all of your learnings back to your farm to increase efficiencies and overall profitability.

PDPW's premier educational event is the place to share best practices, build relationships with your peers and continue to grow your farms professional portfolio.  You won't be disappointed.

Future Dates:

  • March 16 & 17, 2016
  • March 15 & 16, 2017
  • March 14 & 15, 2018


PDPW Enhanced Internship Program

Year-Round | Wisconsin

Are you interested in making a difference for a student interested in pursuing a profession in the dairy and food industries?  Or, are you a student looking for that once in a life time opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge onto a dairy farm?  Now's the time!

The purpose of this program is to provide a platform and resource for collegiate-level students to partner with an active dairy producer in order to participate in an educational, hand-on, on-farm professional experience.  This program is limited to those interested in pursuing a profession in the dairy and food industries.

The internships are designed to be a win-win experience for both the host farm and student. This program tailors to all the needs of the student and mentor. Students should gain an array of experiences including: business management, special project and hand-on farm experience.

For additional information regarding the Enhanced Internship, or to learn more about PDPW, feel free to contact PDPW at or by phone at 1-800-947-7379.

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