Latest groundwater research findings

Problems, Practices and Policies of Wisconsin Waters

The more we study Wisconsin groundwater the more questions we have. Make sure you are at the table, as others break down the issues and share what they believe are practical solutions to a complicated issue – ground water.

This Thursday, December 5, at the Dairy Insights Summit, we will hear from Todd Ambs, Assistant Deputy Secretary at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Sara Walling, Administrator for the Agricultural Resource Management Division at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP); and Ken Bradbury, Wisconsin’s State Geologist and Director of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey- UW-Madison Division of Extension. Every Wisconsinite has a vested interest in protecting water – it’s our most valuable resource. Let’s wade through the challenges to find practical solutions.

This session gets to the heart of ground water. We are gathering the critical resources to discuss an issue that has the greatest impact on your business, land, family and future. While everyone – consumer, neighbor and farmer – has a direct impact on water quality, agriculture has the greatest exposure to criticism. We are on the frontline – and nothing is more important to shaping our dairy destiny than owning this issue.
Meet your presenters:

  • Todd Ambs is the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; he has worked in the environmental policy field for nearly four decades and worked in state government in both Ohio and Wisconsin for twenty years. From 2013 until becoming Assistant Deputy Secretary in March 2019, Ambs was Director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, a nongovernmental coalition advocating for programs and policies at the federal level. Prior to that, Todd was President of the national conservation group River Network.
  • Ken Bradbury is Director of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey-UW-Madison Division of Extension. A hydrogeologist who has worked on Wisconsin groundwater issues since 1982, Ken’s research includes investigations of virus transport in groundwater, groundwater flow in fractured rocks, aquitard hydrogeology, groundwater-recharge processes, and more. Ken is an affiliate faculty member in the UW-Madison Department of Geoscience and in the Nelson Institute; he has served on the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences and on committees advising the US Geological Survey.
  • Sara Walling is the Administrator for the Agricultural Resource Management Division within the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP); her division is responsible for the oversight of pesticide, fertilizer, animal feed, plant-industry regulation, environmental, and soil and water-conservation programs. She has also served the state for 12 years in several DATCP positions, all specific to issues of agricultural-environmental management.

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This Summit will provide rich dialogue and fresh insights on the challenges facing all segments of the food system.
Take a seat and join the discussion with fellow dairy farmers, industry and food system professionals, as well as, policy makers.

THIS THURSDAY: Program begins 9:30 am and concludes 4:30 pm

Additional topics:
  • Follow your checkoff dollar – Chad Vincent & Mike Edge
  • What’s the clucking big deal? – Ron Kean
  • Blockchain – redefining traceability – Phil Harris
  • Problems, practices and policies of Wisconsin waters – Todd Ambs, Sara Walling & Ken Bradbury
  • Zoonotic case study: tuberculosis – Steve Maddox & Dr. Darlene Konkle

Register Now

Member Registration: $89
Non-Member Registration: $214
Government Registration: $45
Registration fee covers workshop, materials and lunch
Location: Sheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wis.
Registration 9:00 am, Summit Kick-off 9:30 am, Lunch 12:00 pm, Conclusion 4:30 pm

Thank you sponsors

Thank you to the many PDPW sponsors that support dairy farmers through their generous financial contributions that allow PDPW to execute educational programming. Our list of sponsors can be found here.



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