Programs & Events

Webinar Special Edition - The Farm Bill: What's In it for Dairy?, Dr. Mark Stephenson

Oct. 22; Noon-1:00pm CDT | Online


How does the new Farm Bill impact your dairy income? 

What are the options for your dairy? What is the new dairy insurance?

What tools are available to help make decisions?

Join PDPW and Dr. Mark Stephenson in this Special Edition Webinar to discuss answers to these and other questions concerning the Farm Bill.  The new Farm Bill provides risk management opportunities for dairy operations and this webinar will outline how the new voluntary program pays participating dairy farms when their income over feed costs falls below the insured level.  Hear from expert Dr. Mark Stephenson as he shares details regarding the Margin Protection Program (MPP), pricing structure to participate and at what levels you can insure.  All dairy producers are eligible for this program and provides a safety net during volatile times. 

PDPW's Webinars are open to all who are interested.  For additional information regarding PDPW"s past or future webinars, please contact us at or by phone at 800-947-7379


Dairy's Visible Voice™ - Leadership Through Active Listening

October 23, 2014; 8:30am - 5:00pm | Baraboo, Wis.

The popular Dairy’s Visible Voice™ - Leadership development through effective communication is designed to enhance one’s leadership skills in the dairy industry through improved communication. The track “Leadership Through Active listening” is our focus for this session and a foundational skill for all forms of communication. 

During this module, you’ll learn:        

  1. Effective communication principles        
  2. Asking vs. telling      
  3. The power of a conversation opener        
  4. How to uncover real motivations        
  5. Skills to more effectively handle questions        
  6. The value of practice

This training will be held October 23, 2014 from 8:30a.m. through 5:00p.m. at Accelerated Genetics, E10890 Penny Ln., Baraboo, WI 53913.

The PDPW Dairy's Visible Voice is an accredited training program with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive up to 8.7 CEUs.

For additional information on this training, or Dairy’s Visible Voice Communications trainings, please register online here or call 1-800-947-7379.  Due to limited space, pre-registration is required. The registration fee covers expert training, classroom materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the training.

Calf Care Connection®

Oct. 28, 29, 30, 2014; 9:30am - 4:15pm | Arlington, Chilton, Marshfield, Wis.

Calf Care Connection® will provide calf managers and on-farm calf experts with information and a learning experience that you cannot find anywhere else. It is geared towards the on-the-ground calf manager who is responsible for developing every newborn heifer calf into a profitable cow.

A workshop geared towards all-things-calves, this hands-on workshop will cover housing considerations for calves and heifers, colostrum management and an exploration session under the hide of the calf. The Table Talk session will also provide down time for you and your peers to have facilitated conversations with seasoned calf managers during an interactive sharing session.

The one-day workshop will be offered on three separate days and locations from 9:30AM-4:15PM:

  • October 28: Arlington Agricultural Research Station Public Events Bldg. N 695 Hopkins Rd., Arlington, Wis.
  • October 29: Fox Valley Technical College - Chilton, 1200 E. Chestnut St., Chilton, Wis.
  • October 30: Marshfield Agricultural Research Station, 2611 Yellowstone Dr., Marshfield, WIs.

Calf Care Connection runs in partnership with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and will be crediting up to 5.7 CE credits with this workshop; and in partnership with ARPAS will be crediting up to 4.0 CEUs.

Texas Dairy Tour

November 4-5, 2014; begins at 7:30am | Amarillo, Texas

From canyons to cowboys, big spaces to big steaks, everything Texas is famous for is in the Texas Panhandle. This region, where the Southern Plains meets the desert, is the milk production capital of Texas. Between 2000 and 2012, the region saw a nearly tenfold increase in the number of dairy cows.

Today, the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico milk shed is the third largest milk-producing area in the country. Tour with us as we examine how Texas Panhandle dairy farmers are harnessing ingenuity, innovation and technology to produce more milk with less environmental impact. 

Tour Highlights:

  • Hilmar Cheese Company, Delhart, TX
  • Avi-Lanche Jerseys, Dalhart, TX
  • Dalhart Jersey, Dalhart, Texas
  • Del Rio Dairy, Friona, TX
  • High Plains Dairy, Friona, TX
  • Dairy Fountain, Plainview, TX

Register online OR Complete the registration form and mail to: PDPW, 820 N. Main, Suite D, Juneau, WI  53039. by October 28, 2014.

Hotel Headquarters: Holiday Inn Amarillo West Medical Center (8231 West Amarillo BLVD., Amarillo, Texas 79124).

Rooms are held until October 20, 2014 at the reduced rate. Ask for:  Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin block Rate:  $109.00/night. Complimentary Shuttle to airport – 24 hours.  Airport: Rick Husband Amarillo Intl. Airport (AMA) Registration. Call 806-322-4777 to secure your complimentary shuttle service. 

Registration fee covers Tuesday evening’s reception, tour transportation, all tours plus breakfast, lunch and dinner both tour days. Registrants are responsible for their hotel accommodations and own transportation to and from Amarillo, Texas. 

The PDPW Texas Dairy Tour is an accredited training program with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive up to 22.5 CEUs for both days. The program has also been pre-approved by ARPAS for up to 8 CEUs for both days.

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

World Class Webinars - Dan Basse, New Times for Dairying - Risks and Rewards

Oct. 8, Nov. 12, 2014; Noon-1pm CDT | Online

Join PDPW World Class Webinar, with expert Dan Basse to experience his three-part series on "New Times for Dairying - Risks and Rewards".  Mr. Basse is President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm located in Chicago, which forecasts domestic and world agricultural price trends. He is an economist that has been in the commodity business since 1979. Raised on a dairy/grain farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mr Basse has a keen sense of production agriculture.

  - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 (register by Oct. 1): Risk and Opportunities as the EU Liberalizes Trade in a World Seeking Greater Supply

  - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (register by Nov. 5): How Long Will Good Times Last? The Merging of US Dairy and Beef Industries' Profit Cycles

The webinar will be presented live from Noon – 1:00 p.m. CDT.  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.

This webinar training is an accredited training program with ARPAS for 1 CEU/individual webinar sessions.

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 or by phone at 800-947-7379.

Dairy Feed & Nutrition Conference

Nov. 18, 19, 20, 2014; 9:00am - 4:15pm | Onalaska, Oshkosh, Madison, Wisconsin

Dairy producers and those responsible for feed quality and nutrition on dairy farms are invited to attend one of three one-day conferences.  Three one-day programs will be offered in the following locations:

  • Tuesday, November 18 at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 3060 S. Kinney Coulee Rd., Onalaska, Wis.
  • Wednesday, November 19 at LaSures Hall, 3125 S. Washburn Street, Oshkosh, Wis.
  • Thursday, November 20 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4402 E. Washington Ave., Madison, Wis.

Each conference day will begin with registration at 9 a.m., include question-and-answer time with the expert trainers, and conclude by 4:15 p.m. 

The PDPW Dairy Feed & Nutrition Conferences are accredited training programs with the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) and veterinarians may receive up to 6.2 CEUs for one day of training. The conferences have also been pre-approved by American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) for up to 5 CEUs for one day of training.

To learn more about PDPW’s Dairy Feed & Nutrition Conferences and to register, visit www.pdpw. org or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.

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  

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. 


  • 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

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. 

Hall of Ideas 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 to register and receive your live-link to access your profile.

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.

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

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 or call 800-947-7379. For additional information regarding PDPW programming, or to learn more about PDPW, contact PDPW at

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

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. 

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.


  • 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 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.



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 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  

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 they want a stable internet connection.  


EXTEND YOUR VISIBILITY - Virtual Hall of Ideas Trade Show

To view the site go to 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!



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.

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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