Programs & Events

Business Transition

Dec. 1, 2, 3, 2015 from 9:30AM-4:30PM | Wis. Dells, Wausau, Appleton, Wis.

This full-day Business Transition Workshop will gather the insight from leading communication and legal experts in the field.  The workshop will have you explore decision making strategies, goal setting, and proactive communication that will allow for a smooth business transition. 

Later in the training, gears will shift to more of a legal and financial perspective. You will walk through the advantages of LLC structures, methods to limit income and estate taxes, as well as provide examples of effective business models that will give your farm insight to ignite ideas on how to proactively shape your business model prior to the transition process.

PDPW is kicking off our Business Transition Workshop on December 1, 2, and 3 from 9:30AM-4:30PM.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1: Glacier Canyon Conference Center, 45 Hillman Road, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2: The Plaza Hotel & Suites, 201 N 17th Ave., Wausau, Wis.
  • Thursday, Dec. 3: Fox Valley Technical College - D.J. Bordini Center, 5 N Systems Dr., Appleton, Wis.

PDPW Business Transition has been accredited for up to 4 CEU credits from ARPAS.

Walk-ins are welcome, however, we appreciate pre-registrations for planning!  For more information review the program flyer or call PDPW at 800-947.7379.

Multi-Cultural Management

Dec. 8-9, 2015, begins at 8:30AM, concludes on Dec. 9 at 12PM | Green Bay, Wis.

Farm owners and mid-managers are encouraged to attend PDPW Multi-Cultural Management Workshop.  This two-day training will be held at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 20140 Airport Dr., Green Bay, WI 54313, on December 8-9, 2016.

Not only are cultural differences geographical, they are a result of multiple generations, beliefs, values and traditions.  Managing cultural diversity effectively in the workplace has major benefits like increased productivity and worker satisfaction and safety.

PDPW Multi-Cultural Management Workshop has been accredited for up to 12.3 CEU credits from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and for up to 5.0 CEU credits from ARPAS.

Pre-registrations for this training is required.  Hotel reservation at the Radisson Hotel are available under the Professional Dairy Producers block at a rate of $99 single and $109 double.  Reference Professional Dairy Producers when calling: 800-333-3333 or 920-494-7300.or you can make your reservation at: 

For more information review the program flyer or call PDPW at 800-947.7379.

Dairy's Visible Voice - Building a Proactive Communications Plan for your Farm

Dec. 17, 2015, 8:30AM-5PM | Appleton, Wis.

Join the Dairy's Visible Voice "Building a Proactive Communications Plan for your Farm on December 17, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

  • Fox Valley Technical College, D.J. Bordini Center, 5 N Systems Dr., Appleton, Wis.

Together, with a small classroom of peers, we will explore your farms brand and communications goals as we draft a proactive communications plan.  Due to limited space, pre-registration is required.

World Class Webinar - Healthy Udders, Optimal Milk

Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, 2015; 12-1PM | Online

Join the PDPW World Class Webinars: Healthy Udders, Optimal Milk online platform to learn directly from milk quality guru, Dr. Pam Ruegg, a professor and Extension Milk Quality Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Viewing the webinar live or watching a recording after, you will gain the insight and resources needed to help minimize udder challenges that can lead to more comfortable cows with increased milk production.

Healthy Udders, Optimal Milk Webinar Series: 12-1PM CDT


Pre-registration is required in order to receive the verification email with login instruction.  For more information on content please review the program flyer.  For additional tech support, to login please call PDPW at 800-947.7379.

2016 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals

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

Join the 2016 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals Jan. 19-21 in San Antonio, Texas. Position yourself with the confidence and skillset needed to address conflict management and tackle dairy crisis. Designed for dairy owners, managers, industry directors, processors, marketers and distributors, this training will put you alongside other professionals in the food system to bring advanced ideas and experiences. Gain your specialized edge to proactively position the security of your business' brand.

This program is an accredited training program with the University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive up to 23.7 CEUs for attending.  The training is also accredited with ARPAS, receiving up to 4 CEUs for attenting.

The Holiday Inn San Antonio Hotel is offering a special rate before December 14, 2015. To secure your hotel reservation, please visit Holiday Inn San Antonio Hotel, referencing group code PDP. 

Due to high demand and limited space, this experience is limited to the first 100 registrants. To learn more about the 2016 Managers Academy or to register, review the program flyer or contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or visit


Enjoy our video recap from the 2015 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professional, executed in Charlottee, South Carolina:

A special thank you to Progressive Dairyman for their videography and editing, which best depicts the Managers Academy experience.

Dairy's Visible Voice - Sharing your Message with the Media

Jan. 27, 2016; 8:30AM-5PM | Fond du Lac, Wis.

Attend Dairy's Visible Voice "Sharing your Message with the Media" on January 27, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to better handle the media with confidence and skill in Fond du Lac, Wis. 

  • Holiday Inn Fond du Lac, 625 W. Rolling Meadows Dr., Fond du Lac, Wis.

The training session will provide you hands-on practice that will increase your understanding of the media and help develop your effective messages when working with print, broadcast and online media networks.  Due to limited space, pre-registration is required.

Cornerstone Dairy Academy

March 15-16, 2016 | Madison, Wis.

CORNERSTONE DAIRY ACADEMY™ will be held March 15 & 16 in conjunction with the 2016 Business Conference. Focusing on the training and development needs of farmers or other industry professionals needing to communicate, collaborate and lead more effectively, as well as, students pursuing dairy related careers and individuals wanting to retool because they are at a crossroads in their dairy career.



CORNERSTONE DAIRY ACADEMY offers two different courses, each focusing on a different suite of communication and leadership skills.  Both programs culminate with putting concepts into practice while you network at the PDPW Business Conference.



OPTION 1: INFLUENTIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership, Interaction and Influence

Success in today’s workplace requires an ability to interact with others to solve complex problems. Today’s employers are seeking employees with “soft skills” – the entire suite of skills related to personality, social skills, communication abilities and aptitudes.  Sessions cover leadership, teamwork skills, communicating with different generations and personality and leadership styles, conflict resolution, business etiquette and professionalism.  


OPTION 2: SERVANT LEADERS - Serve. Grow. Lead.

Leaders are developed, not born.  This program is for people who aspire to excel in leadership positions and who are committed to leading change in organizations and communities.  Through ethical decision-making, self-reflection, leadership training and encouragement for action, you will gather the foundation and motivation to effectively serve your family, your business and our industry.

Trainer Tom Thibodeau believes in people like you who will put forth the effort and hard work to uncover and grow leadership skills needed for business to be sustainable and successful.  Tom’s fresh style, practical information and insightful stories create a dynamic learning environment and a powerful experience for the aspiring leader.  


Day 2 - Both Programs


2016 PDPW Business Conference

For more than 20 years, dairy leaders and decision makers have counted on PDPW's Business Conference for the best information and resources in the dairy industry.  Explore the latest technologies, learn about the newest research, be inspired by world-class speakers and rub elbows with dairy industry influencers. 


Open application period closes January 30, 2015.  For a quality experience, this is an application-based program with a limited number accepted into each program.  If accepted, pay just $100 to attend.  Support from the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation covers the balance of your registartion, including meals and room-share lodging (value $500).  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by February 15.  


Cornerstone Dairy's Academy is a product of PDPW and underwritten by Professional Dairy Producers Foundation.


Should you have additional questions, please contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or

2016 PDPW International Dairy Tour: New Zealand - SOLD OUT

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

The 2016 PDPW International Dairy Tour: New Zealand is SOLD OUT.

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. 

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.

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. 

2016 Youth Leadership Derby - SAVE THE DATE

April 16-17, 2016 | Brillion, Wisconsin

While you await the big announcement....set your high school students calendar to join PDPW Youth Leadership Derby for a two-day, overnight educational experience.  The program will run April 16-17, 2016 at the Brillion High School.  Students must be 15-18 years old.

This is a must-attend program as your child prepares for the next step in securing an education and career in the dairy industry.  Youth Leadership Derby has been designed to allow students to take a deep dive exploration in leadership, science & communication activities, while participating in dairy operation tours and hands-on breakout sessions that will benefit their future success in either an academic or work place environment.

Career-building opportunities include:

  • Keynote speakers

  • Communication & team building workshops

  • Industry networking

  • Interactive leadership activities

  • Industry tours

Students will network with both UW-Madison college students and industry leaders from around the country.

PDPW prides itself in developing exceptional educational experiences, securing expert speakers, and offering a networking opportunity that is unmatched by any other organization of this caliber.  

More information on keynote speakers, breakout sessions and tour specifics will be available soon.

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
  • March 13 & 14, 2019


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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