Programs & Events

2015 PDPW Business Conference

March 18-19, 2015 | Madison, Wisconsin

Connect with a new idea, an old friend, a global perspective, a preferred supplier, an inspiring attitude, a leading expert, the latest technology, a trusted resource at the 2015 PDPW Business Conference, Wednesday and Thursday, March 18-19, 2015. 

Some of the 2015 PDPW Business Conference sessions are accredited training programs with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive CEUs. The Conference has also been pre-approved by American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) and may receive CEUs for their training time.

More information will be made available in the coming month with the release of the full 2015 PDPW Business Conference program brochure.

Mentor Program

Winter | Wisconsin

Wisconsin agriculture is powered by a $26 billion dairy industry that’s full of opportunities for the next generation.  By participating in the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Mentor Program, you can grow your network, share ideas and get hands-on experience that will help you build your own future in dairy. 

The goal of the PDPW Mentorship Program is to increase opportunities for students to experience modern dairy production systems and to stimulate career planning with production agriculture as an option.  PDPW has developed the PDPW Mentorship program for students of four-year universities, technical schools and Short Course Students. 

Here are the three easy steps to take in order to have a successful Mentorship experience:

  1. Apply! Complete the PDPW Mentor Program student application, resume, and Disclaimer of Liability by November 15th, 2014. PDPW will contact you with your match the first week in December.  Apply on-line or send in the application.
  2. Go! Contact your mentor and set up a date. Try to set up an entire day so you can get a full grasp of what your mentor does. It’s important to ask questions and get to know each another, because that is what this day is all about! Have your shadow completed, as well as your signed completion form and one-page summary; turned in by February 3, 2015
  3. Business Conference! After the requirements are met and paperwork is finished and submitted, you will receive a complimentary registration to the PDPW Annual Business Conference at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on March 18-19, 2015, including a one-night hotel stay for students attending schools outside of Madison. We’ll ask that you attend the mentorship breakfast, as this is a great time to catch up with your mentor, network with important people in the industry, and meet new students from around the state!

 

Application questions should be directed to Kayla Krueger at kkrueger@pdpw.org.  

Business Transition Workshop

Dec. 2, 3, 4, 2014; 9:30am - 4:30pm | Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Wisconsin

Succession is more than just handing down the business. Transferring the ownership and management of the family business to the next generation is one of the most important issues farm families face.

This all-day workshop will help develop strategies and tactics to navigate the process of transferring ownership and management of the family business to the next generation with trainers George Twohig and Dr. Deb Houden.

The workshop will walk you through the business transition step by step. Dr. Houden will cover expectations, responsibilities and roles that need to be discussed and agreed upon for the farm to go on in the future. Then, attorney Twohig will teach you how to put the plan in motion covering liability, taxes and examples of effective business models.

The one-day Business Transition Workshop will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with three different dates and locations. 

Locations:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 2: Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Ctr., 5872 33rd Ave., Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3: Radisson Hotel & Conference Ctr. Green Bay, 2040 Airport Rd., Green Bay, Wis.
  • Thursday, Dec. 4: Crowne Plaza, 4402 E. Washington Ave., Madison, Wis.

For additional information, please contact our team at 800-947-7379 or mail@pdpw.org.

Multi-Cultural Management Workshop

Dec. 10-11, 2014, begins at 8:30am | Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Farm owners and supervisors who currently have or who are seeking a culturally diverse workforce are encouraged to attend this two-day workshop. Today’s dairy farms have employees from Mexico, Central America and other Latin American countries seeking employment. With this unique group of employees, special care must be taken to recognize, understand and appreciate the culture of others. This workshop will teach strategies for building and maintaining an effective, motivated employee group where cultural differences are accepted and every worker knows he/she is a valued member of the team.

Workshop presenters are Dr. Noa Roman-Muniz, Extension Dairy Specialist with the Department of Animal Science at Colorado State University, and Tom Wall, a “dairy coach” who trains employees and helps dairy managers implement simple systems that work. Wall owns Language Links, LLC and is the creator of Dairy Interactive Milker Software. While both workshop presenters speak fluent Spanish and English, this conference will be taught in English.

The workshop hotel is the Chula Vista Resort, located at 2501 River Road, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.  A special room rate of $99.00/single or double has been secured.  To obtain this rate, reserve your room by Wed., Nov .19, referencing that you are with the Professional Dairy Producers block.  To make reservations, please call 866-382-4852.

The PDPW Multi-Cultural Management Workshop is an accredited training programs with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive up to 13.5 CEUs for the program. 

For additional information on this workshop, please register online here or call 1-800-947-7379.  Due to limited space, pre-registration is required. 

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 mail@pdpw.org or by phone at 1-800-947-7379.

Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals™

January 13-15, 2015; begins at 8:30am | Charlotte, North Carolina

Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals™ is an executive educational program developed for CEO's who are dairy owners, managers, industry directors, processors, marketers and distributors.

This year's Academy will be devoted to providing you the keys to hiring tough so you can manage easy.  The secrets to creating and sustaining high-performance teams will be revealed.  Join other progressive executives to break the mold of conventional leadership workshops and realign how you think and look at developing your team.

The program is an accredited training program with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive up to 22.7 CEUs. 

The Hilton Charlotte University is offering a special rate of $139/night when you book by December 31, 2014, stating that you are with the Professional Dairy Producers group. Taxi service is available from Charlotte Douglas International Airport.  It is recommended that you book early to reserve your room.

Hilton Charlotte University
8629 JM Keynes Dr., 
Charlotte, NC 28262
704-547-7444

To plan your flight and additional travel needs, the program beings on January 13th at 8:30 a.m. and concludes on January 15th at 4:00 p.m.  It is recommended that our attendees arrive the night before, in order to settle into your hotel accommodations in advance of the training start time.

Due to high demand and limited space, registration is limited to the first 100 registrants. Those interested in attending the 2015 Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals on January 13-15, 2014, are encouraged to sign up online at www.pdpw.org or call 800-947-7379. For additional information regarding PDPW programming, or to learn more about PDPW, contact PDPW at mail@pdpw.org.

In addition to our generous Mission and Corporate sponsors, thank you to our Managers Academy event sponsors: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., Cargill, Progressive Dairyman, and Zinpro Performance Minerals.

Dairy Financial Workshop

February 10, 2015 | Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

No matter what size or type of dairy, this workshop will help attendees create the system of written documents that form the basis for good decision making. The workshop will help dairy producers:

  • Know which numbers are important and which are less important
  • Know how to interpret financial statements
  • Understand their farm’s incomes and expenses
  • Know how their income statement impacts their balance sheet
  • Know how to use the right numbers to make decisions

Beginning at 9 a.m and concluding at 4 p.m. on February 10, 2014, the workshop will include interactive and team-based sessions, including one that puts producers in the lender’s chair, observing the farm’s financial performance through the eyes of a lender.

The PDPW Business Financial Skills Workshop will be held at Glacier Canyon Conference Center, 45 Hillman Road, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. More details and registration are available by calling 800-947-7379 or visiting www.pdpw.org

The PDPW Dairy Financial Workshop is an accredited training programs with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive up to 6.3 CEUs for the training. 

For additional information on this workshop, please register online here or call 1-800-947-7379.  Due to limited space, pre-registration is required. 

World Class Webinars - OSHA Inspection Preparedness

Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Feb. 11; Noon-1pm CST | Online

Join PDPW World Class Webinar, with expert speaker from DeWitt Ross & Stevens to learn more on the OSHA Inspections.

  - Wednesday, December 17, 2014  (register by December 10):  OSHA: KNOW WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOUR FARM

  - Wednesday, January 7, 2015  (register by January 2):  ANSWERS TO TWO KEY OSHA QUESTIONS

  - Wednesday, February 11, 2015  (register by February 4):  THE MIGRANT AND SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROJECTION ACT

The webinar will be presented live from noon – 1:00 p.m. CST.  If you have a date/time conflict, you can watch a fully recorded version at your leisure.  You must be registered to receive a recorded session link.

PDPW’s World Class Webinars are open to all who are interested.  For additional information regarding PDPW’s past or future webinar sessions, please contact us at mail@pdpw.org or by phone at 800-947-7379.

PDPW Virtual Trade Show

Year-Round | Online

Your PDPW Virtual Trade Show is a year-round benefit to both dairy farmers and industry leaders throughout the United States.  This value-added onine resource can be viewed and updated throughout the year, and at any time.  

For our Farmers

Use the Virtual Trade Show as your go-to resource to secure information and solutions to your farming needs.  Whether you are looking for the latest technology, the phone number of a company representative you ran into at the PDPW Business Conference Trade Show, or a listing of a options in a specific sector of the industry, this is one-stop-shop to secure it.

For our Industry

Use the Virtual Trade Show as your company's window to PDPW's most progressive and talented farming community.  Farmers look to the Virutal Trade Show for quick access to the most reputable and dedicated in the industry.  Take 5 minutes to upload you sales team's contact information, company profile and product/data pdfs you would want your clientele to use in making their decision to choose you over your competator.  

Sign Me Up!  

If your company is interested in being a part of the PDPW Virtual Trade Show, please contact us at 800-947-7379 or send an email to mail@pdpw.org to register and receive your live-link to access your profile.

PDPW Hall of Ideas & Equipment Show

March 18-19, 2015 | Madison, Wis.

Have you secured your exhibit booth?  Exhibitors, join PDPW during your premier national dairy event: 2015 PDPW Business Conference at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. on March 18-19, 2015.

WHY PDPW?

  • Access to pre-qualified, progressive, active dairy farmers 

  • Attendance anticipated at 1,500+, with 60% dairy farmer representation

  • Expanded exhibitor hall 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 OVERVIEW

  • Conference Theme: Connections 

  • The 2015 PDPW Business Conference is on Wednesday and Thursday again this 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.

 

BOOTH SET UP/TEAR DOWN

Move-In and Set-Up: Tuesday, March 17: 12:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. and/or Wednesday, March 18: 6-9:00 a.m.  Exhibits must be completely set up by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning.  Tear down begins at 4:00 p.m. after closing keynote and closing remarks

 

EXHIBIT DETAILS

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!

Electrical and other equipment needs must be ordered directly through The Alliant Energy Center at http://service.alliantenergycenter.com/Default.aspx.  

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 www.alliantenergycenter.com if they want a stable internet connection.  

 

EXTEND YOUR VISIBILITY - Virtual Hall of Ideas Trade Show

To view the site go to www.pdpw.org and click on the Virtual Hall of Ideas. The 2015 Hall of Ideas Virtual Trade Show will remain on the site until September 1, 2015, 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!

 

NEW THIS 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 @pdpw.org.  Feel free to call with any questions at 800-947-7379.

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 18 & 19, 2015
  • March 16 & 17, 2016
  • March 15 & 16, 2017
  • March 14 & 15, 2018

Additional information and detail on the 2015 PDPW Business Conference event will be available in the fall of 2014.

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Professional Dairy Producers™
820 North Main Street, Suite D
Juneau, WI 53039

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