Join the Conversation at the PDPW Dairy Food & Policy Summit

December 19-20 Event Features Conversations Between Farmers, Researchers, Policy Makers and More

Progressive dairy farmers, industry CEOs, food system department executives, key decision makers and thought leaders from across the food value chain will come together for a two-day meeting focused on key issues that impact farms, rural communities and the food system.  The 2018 PDPW Dairy Food & Policy Summit, presented by The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), will bring together a dozen top speakers and topics Dec. 19-20 at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison, Wis.

The Summit is open for one-day or two-day registration and features an agenda of national experts on the economic, trade, regulatory and food system topics that are critical to today’s dairy industry.  The Summit will run from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 19, and from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 20.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, speakers will provide overview of policies and practice that have impacted global dairy markets, as well as a look at key trends in the global marketplace and with U.S. consumers.

  • “Prevailing in uncertain times,” presented by Sheila Harsdorf, Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, will provide a panoramic perspective on regulatory issues and initiatives such as Dairy Taskforce 2.0.
  • “A global view of dairy,” presented by Matt McKnight, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, will cover global trade, agreements, economy and policy.
  • “Ag policy, trade and the U.S. dollar,” presented by Dan Basse, economist and President of AgResource Company, will outline current macro-economic forces and what to expect in months ahead.
  • “Dairy trends panel: Look ahead, get ahead,” presented by Linda Wenck, Principal at MorganMyers will include a panel discussion with trendsetters from the dairy value chain, including a processor, dairy brand and retailer.

A specialty cheese reception sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin will be held following Wednesday’s program.

On Thursday, Dec. 20, participants will focus on a range of topics impacting dairy farmers, including:

  • “Chat with Chad – progress report,” will include an update from Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin Chief Executive Officer Chad Vincent on the organization’s revitalized mission, vision and identity.
  • “Remember when bacon wasn’t so sexy,” presented by Bill Even, Chief Executive Officer of National Pork Board will provide a perspective on issues that the pork industry has addressed in recent years.
  • “Wisconsin update: NR 151,” will provide details on how this code change will impact operations. Eric Cooley, Co-Director of the UW Discovery Farms Program, will facilitate the discussion with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources employees Mary Anne Lowndes and Mike Gilbertson.
  • “Connecting the dots on transportation,” presented by Emily Yeiser Stepp, Senior Director of the FARM Program, and Chase DeCoite, Director of Beef Quality Assurance Program at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will discuss regulations, best practices and animal health in animal transportation.

The PDPW Dairy Food & Policy Summit is an accredited training and offers up to 8.25 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education (CE) credits.  To learn more or secure credits, visit

To learn more about the program and to register, visit or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.  Follow along digitally in advance of and during the event by following @dairyPDPW and using #FoodandPolicy2018 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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.

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