Programs & Events

PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy

Mar. 13-14, 2018; 9:30 - 9:30 p.m. | Madison, Wis.

The open application period is now closed.  Applicants have been notified of acceptance. 

PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy™ will be held March 13-14, 2018 at the Alliant Energy Center - Exhibition Hall, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, Wis., from 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., on the 13th and in conjunction with the 2018 PDPW Business Conference on the 14th, also at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., from 7:15 a.m.-9:30 p.m., concluding with the evening banquet.

The application-based professional development training will equip farmers and other industry professionals with the tools to effectively communicate, collaborate and lead more proficiently. The training is designed to provide continuing education to college-age students pursuing dairy-related careers or individuals wanting to retool or those who are at a crossroads in their dairy career.

Accepted applicants have three training pillars from which to choose (just one pillar):

  • Influential Leaders - Interact and Influence (*up to 7.8 UW-SVM CEUs & 7.5 Dairy AdvanCE CEUs)
  • Visionary Leaders - Ethics, Leadership and Outlook (*up to 7.7 UW-SVM CEUs & 6.25 Dairy AdvanCE CEUs)
  • Servant Leadership - Serve, Grow, Lead (*up to 8.4 UW-SVM CEUs & 6.25 Dairy AdvanCE CEUs)

*This training runs in partnership with the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and Dairy AdvanCE and will be credited as noted above.  For more information on each pillar, reference the full training flyer.

Important dates:

  • January 28 - Application deadline (extended from original January 15 deadline)
  • February 1 - Applicants notified of acceptance 
  • March 13 - Cornerstone Dairy Academy begins (Alliant Energy Center)
  • March 14 - Cornerstone Dairy Academy ends (Alliant Energy Center)

If accepted, applicants pay $150.00 registration fee, with Professional Dairy Producers Foundation funding the remaining costs. Cornerstone Dairy Academy™ is a product of Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) and is underwritten by the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation.  Should you have questions, please contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or

2018 PDPW Business Conference "Dairying to Thrive"

Mar. 14-15, 2018 | Madison, Wis.

Online registration is now closed for the 2018 PDPW Business Conference. 

Not to worry, on-site registration for one-day or two-day attendance is available at the Conference starting at 8:00 a.m. Mar. 14 and Mar. 15 at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall. 

Call 800-947-7379 with any questions.

Save the date for dairy’s premier educational event: the 2018 PDPW Business Conference, March 14-15, 2018 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

The conference will feature on-point topics and dynamic educational sessions presented by world-renowned speakers. Dairying is your craft and not one for the faint at heart.  It is a business, a science and an art.  Your business, cows and your family count on you each and every day to be on your A-Game.  As the business evolves at an execrate rate, PDPW goes worldwide in search of the most comprehensive, leading-edge information you can take 48 hours to fill up on knowledge. 

Invest in yourself.  A producer committee of active dairy producers is currently working on the 2018 agenda, speaker line-up and entertainment showcase.

Count on the 2018 PDPW Business Conference to deliver:

  • expert speakers and producer panelists
  • powerful keynote sessions
  • relevant specialty and breakout sessions
  • smaller-group learning lounge sessions
  • new research previews
  • hands-on labs

Business Conference is where you’ll connect with a new idea, an old friend, a global perspective, the latest technology and a trusted resource.

Future Business Conference Dates:

  • March 14-15, 2018
  • March 13-14, 2019
  • March 18-19, 2020
  • March 17-18, 2021
  • March 16-17, 2022

PDPW World Class Webinars, "Legal Matters: You're an Employer"

Wed., Mar. 21, 2018; noon - 1 p.m. | Online

Join the PDPW World Class Webinars: "Legal Matters: You're an Employer, Protect Yourself and Your Employees," with Blake Knickelbein, an attorney at Twohig, Rietbrock, Schneider and Halbach, S.C. The webinar will be held on Wed., Mar. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. CT.

Atty. Knickelbein, will summarize best practices for reviewing applicants and hiring the right employees from the get-go. He'll cover what to avoid in the screening process, how to structure the employment relationship and share tips that ensure new hires and those already on your team are treated fairly. 

*If you have a date/time conflict, you can watch the recorded session on-demand at your leisure from the PDPW World Class Webinar Library, following the Webinar date.  All past PDPW webinar sessions can be found online at the PDPW World Class Webinar Library - this incredible collection highlights key experts from around the globe. Find the greatest ideas, solutions and resources at

PDPW’s World Class Webinars are perfectly suited for those who are not always able to leave the dairy for ongoing education on key dairy industry topics. For additional information regarding PDPW’s past or future webinar sessions, please contact us at or by phone at 800-947-7379.

PDPW Social Media Strategy

Apr. 5, 6, 2018; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Kewaunee & Greenwood, Wis.

Join the PDPW Social Media Strategy Workshop to learn the importance of developing a social media strategy.  The training, led by Robin Brannin, Director of Digital Strategy with MorganMyers, presents a one-day workshop in two locations April 5 and 6, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

One-Day Trainings:

  • April 5: Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, N4893 County Rd. C, Kewaunee, WI 54216
  • April 6: Boon Farms: N6634 State Hwy 73, Greenwood, WI 54437

Exclusive to dairy farmers, this training will give you the vision, tools and analysis strategies to venture into a digital space for your dairy's brand and consumer engagement efforts.  Key trainings points will position you to:

  • Manage your dairy's digital presence
  • Plan and identify your target audience
  • Create compelling content, promotions and ad campaigns
  • Monitor, measure and analyze performance
  • Manage conflict in a digital space
  • Realize and engage in partnerships with influencers and community

Leave this training with the tools, resources and solutions need to identify your audience, draft high-performing content, the ability to effectively monitor and track conversations, and with the confidence and techniques needed to build your network.

Participants can earn up to 7.0 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education (CE) credits.

Registration for PDPW members is $125.00/session ($250 for non-members) and includes certified instruction, training materials, lunch, refreshments and access to like-minded, progressive dairy farmers.

PDPW Youth Leadership Derby

Apr. 7-8, 2018 | Oregon, Wis.

Join 100 farm and non-farm 15-18-year-olds for the 2018 PDPW Youth Leadership Derby (YLD) on Apr. 7-8, 2018.  The two-day overnight educational and career-building experience will be held at Oregon High School and will include travel to the UW-Madison for hands-on labs and workshops as well as a tour of Sassy Cow Farm and Creamery.

For non-farm and farm students, this is a must-attend program in preparation for securing an education and career in the dairy industry.  YLD is designed to allow students to take a deep-dive exploration in leadership, science and 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

Registration is $89 and open to 15-18-year-olds and includes training, meals and tour transportations.  For additional information call 800-947-7379 or email

***If registering for a group, please REGISTER ONE ATTENDEE AT A TIME or download the group registration Excel worksheet; or contact program manager Tracy Propst at 800-947-7379.  Be sure to complete and submit parental contact information and waiver for each attendee.

PDPW Dairy Robotics Tours

Apr. 19, 2018 | Wausau, Appleton, Green Bay, Wis.

Join a bus-full of dairy farmers and industry professionals for a close-up view of high-performing robotic dairies during the PDPW Dairy Robotic Tours, April 19, 2018.  The chartered tour will depart from three convenient pick-up locations, one in Wausau, Appleton and Green Bay, Wis.

Two Tour Sites:

  • Hoffman's Happy Holsteins - Owned by Kent & Kerwin Hoffman.  See their brand new 40-stall fully robotic rotary parlor in action.
  • Drees Dairy Farm, LLC - Owned by Henry, Bill & Dennis Drees.  Milking 245 registered Holsteins, average 90 lbs/day.  See their 6-row free stall with 4 robots.

The farm tours will focus on advancements, opportunities and key learnings from robotic systems.  Attendees will take back ideas and solutions to their dairy business to care for their herd, sustain their land, and protect their business' bottom line.

Additional details will be available soon.

Agricultural Professional Partnerships (APPs) for Non-Farm Professionals

May 22-24, 2018; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Madison, Wis.

Join fellow food system professionals for the PDPW Agricultural Professional Partnerships (APPs), an on-farm training designed exclusively for "non-farm" professionals with limited on-farm experience. 

The training will be held May 22-24, 2018, departing at 9 a.m. and returning at 5 p.m. to the Crowne Plaza Hotel - Madison, located at 4402 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704.  Transportation will be provided to and from each respective host farm.

Held on dairy farms throughout southern Wisconsin, our farmers open their barn doors to allow you a safe experience to explore their animal care practices, environmental stewardship techniques, employee management, and the economics of production agriculture.

Attendees will leave the training with:

  • 20+ hours of hands-on, on-farm experience
  • Enhanced knowledge of modern agriculture
  • A comprehensive understanding of farm management practices and relevant acronyms
  • Access to training resources and go-to experts
  • Direct connection and relationship with host farm owners/managers
  • Network of like-minded industry peers

Attendee registration includes on-farm experience, access to training experts and educational resources, lunch, snacks and refreshments each day, as well as the transportation to and from farm.

Enroll yourself or your team member today to better serve your dairy farm clients by increasing your professional credibility and understanding of a modern dairy business in a more meaningful, safe and knowledgeable manner.

2019 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals

Jan. 15-17, 2019 | TBD

The 2019 Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals is set for January 15-17, 2019. This executive-level three-day training brings together CEOs, dairy owners and managers, industry directors, processors, marketers and distributors.

Including both classroom and out-of-industry tours, attendees will grow their business and management acumen and raise the bar in the personal and professional development.

Tentative Agenda:

  • 8:00 a.m. - Training begins (Tue., Jan. 15)
  • 7:00 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Training Continues (Wed., Jan. 16)
  • 3:30 p.m. - Training concludes (Thu., Jan. 17)

*Travel and lodging are the responsibility of the attendee.

Host city and training site will be determined in the coming months by the PDPW producer committee.  Information will be released as it becomes available.  Registration will open in September 2018.

A special thank you for our 2018 PDPW Managers Academy partners:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
  • Progressive Dairyman
  • Rabo AgriFinance
  • Zinpro

For additional information on the 2018 Managers Academy, or the coming 2019 PDPW Managers Academy, please call PDPW at 800-947-7379 or email at

Past Managers Academy Programs:

Future Managers Academy Dates:

  • January 15-17, 2019
  • January 14-16, 2020

2018-19 PDPW Financial Literacy for Dairy (Waiting List)

Starting Fall 2018 | TBD

Managing a dairy business means knowing as much about the financial books as knowing about the cows.  Open to farmers and industry, reserve your seat for the upcoming 2018-19 PDPW Financial Literacy for Dairy series by joining this waiting list.

This series is presented through multiple sessions from fall 2018 through spring of 2019.  This is your chance to learn, study and practice throughout the series.  The ojective is to learn at new levels, but also to apply what you're learning in your business.

PDPW will release the training location, trainers and offer registration to those on this waiting list first, then release to membership, and open to the public for enrollment.

In this 2018-19 series, level one and level two will be offered and students placed via assessment.  Space is limited to 30 attendees per level.  Additional information will be made available this summer.

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.  

For our farmers

Use the Virtual Trade Show as your go-to resource for information and solutions to your farming needs. Whether you're looking for the latest technology, the phone number of a company representative you met at the PDPW Business Conference Trade Show, or a list of a providers in a specific sector of the industry, this is your place to find it.

For our industry partners

Use the Virtual Trade Show as your company's storefront to the progressive and talented dairy-farmer base that is the membership of PDPW. Farmers look to the Virutal Trade Show for quick access to the most reputable and dedicated service and product providers in the industry. It takes just minutes to upload your sales team contact information, company profile and product, service and data pdfs. And then your prospects have all the details you want them to have so they can decide to choose you over your competitor.  

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 to register and receive your link to access your profile.

PDPW Commemorative Painting "Faithfully Feeding the Future"


If you are interested in purchasing a painting, please call 800-947-7379 to place your order Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm.

Sizes and prices are as listed below:

  • Canvas – 30 X 22.5           $425
  • Canvas – 24 X 18              $325
  • Print – 30 X 22.5              $160
  • Print – 24 X 18                 $135
  • Print – 16 X 12                 $110

*Pricing includes shipping and handling.

Thank you to a group of active dairy farmers, past board members and board advisors for their generous purchase of the original oil painting which they purchased on behalf of Professional Dairy Producers. The painting is on display at PDPW headquarters.

To see more about the painting live auction, visit us on Facebook to watch.

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-lifetime 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 college-level students to partner with an active dairy producer in order to participate in an educational, hands-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 is tailored to the needs of both student and farm owner / manager. Students should gain an array of experiences including business management, hands-on farm experience and involvement in special projects.

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

Dairy AdvanCE

| Online, Visit

Dairy AdvanCE™ is your new online, one-stop shop for professional development in the dairy industry.  Find vetted, high-quality dairy education and training programs, workshops and accredited CE opportunities on a wide range of topics including animal care, human resources, financial management, environmental stewardship and more. All available from trusted education providers, you can track your upcoming and completed trainings and report your continuing education through your official transcript at

PDPW developed Dairy AdvanCE so that farmers have easy access to education that will position their businesses and the dairy brand for success. We seek the utmost in quality from our third-party education providers in training submission content and speaker expertise with assurance of non-promotional content. 

While PDPW developed Dairy AdvanCE for farmers, anyone in the dairy industry can subscribe, including allied industry professionals such as veterinarians, nutritionists, technicians, field and sales representatives, as well as food system, legal and public service professionals.

Dairy AdvanCE is free for dairy farmers, farm managers and on-farm team members. For all others, there is a $50 annual subscription fee. To learn more or subscribe to Dairy AdvanCE visit, email, or call 800-947-7379.

PDPW World Class Webinars Library

Open Access | Online

You asked for it. We delivered. Sign up for your online webinar session today online or call PDPW at 800-947-7379! 

PDPW has launched the PDPW World Class Webinars Library - a collection of the greatest online ideas, solutions, and resources, and from your industry's leading experts, brought to one place by PDPW. 

Topics include:
  • Business & Dairy Markets
  • Calf Care
  • Feed and Nutrition
  • Human Resources
  • Milk Quality
  • Weather
  • Special Edition Topics

Over the past 5 years, PDPW has executed online webinars that are made available for viewing at your convenience, as each session is recorded.  Never before available, the full library is now accessible for purchase. 

Please click on the "Webinar Library" button to review the 30+ webinars currently available, as well as make selection and purchase for your own personal viewing, or to use as a teaching tool at your next team meeting.

Note: All webinars are purchased on a per-computer basis, as each link is unique to the purchasing computer.

2017-18 PDPW Educational Program & Event Calendar

2017-18 | Dairy's Professional Development Organization

Our 2017-18 PDPW Educational Program & Event Calendar is established! We'll provide more than 74 days of education, over 100 expert speakers, and present 38 best-in-class trainings to thousands of our nation's dairy farmers! 

As dairy’s professional development organization, we reach our nation’s most forward-thinking, leading-edge dairy farmers:

  • 1,750+ farm entities
  • Thousands of dairy professionals
  • 39 states
  • 1.5+ million dairy cattle

A special thank you to our PDPW Mission, Corporate and Event Sponsors for ensuring adequate funding to build the best-in-class dairy education provided to our nation's dairy farmers.

National and event sponsorships are available.  To learn more about PDPW or to request our sponsorship guide, please contact Amy Bonomie at or by phone at 800-947-7379.

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