Financial literacy for dairy farmers

Level 1 and 2 programs offered to dairy farmers throughout 2018-19

Operating a successful dairy in today’s complex and volatile dairy business environment requires not only top-notch management of animals and employees, but also a solid understanding of financial management, reporting and planning.

The Professional Dairy Producers® PDPW Financial Literacy for Dairy® program is the dairy industry’s first dairy-specific financial curriculum.  Authored by Dr. David Kohl and vetted through a first-rate dairy producer pilot group, dairy farm attendees will receive the financial skill and acumen required to successfully and confidently make strategic decisions for their dairy businesses.

Placed by an online assessment into level 1 or 2, each training group offers a multi-session, multi-date format with day one running from 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and day two from 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.

  • PDPW HQ, 820 N. Main St., Juneau, Wis.
    • Level 1: Oct. 10-11, 2018 and concludes Nov. 14-15, 2018
  • Marshfield Ag Research Station, Russell Johannes Auditorium, 2611 Yellowstone Dr., Marshfield, Wis.
    • Level 1: Nov. 26-27, 2018 and concludes Jan. 9-10, 2019
    • Level 2: Feb. 20-21, 2019March 28-29, 2019, and concludes Apr. 10-11, 2019

Level 1 sessions will be trained by Gary Sipiorski, a Dairy Development Manager with Vita Plus and Steve Schwoerer, a Senior Dairy Lending Specialist with Compeer Financial. Level 2 sessions will be trained by Gary Sipiorski and David Olsen, President of AgriFamily Consulting.

“PDPW’s Financial Literacy for Dairy program is excellent because it will meet us where we’re at,” said Marty Hallock, dairy farmer and owner of Mar-Bec Dairy, in Mondovi, Wis. “Being placed in a class with like-minded peers will allow us to put our newly learned financial skills straight to work and give us the confidence and knowledge to make tough business decisions.”

Space is limited to the first 30 attendees per group and exclusive to active dairy farmers. To learn more about Financial Literacy for Dairy or to register online, visit www.pdpw.orgor call PDPW at 1-800-947-7379. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the event by following @dairyPDPW and using #PDPWFinancialLiteracy2018 on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

Financial Literacy for Dairy is an accredited training and offers up to 32 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education (CE) credits for Level 1 and up to 48 CE credits for Level 2. To learn more or secure credits, visit www.DairyAdvance.org.

Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation’s largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.