New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 21 of The Dairy Signal™


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According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week twenty-one of The Dairy Signal™ will feature two new speakers – Jeff Bender, DVM, Professor and Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH), University of Minnesota and Amber Radatz, Co-Director of Discovery Farms.

Returning to the Dairy Signal is Mary Ledman, Global Sector Strategist for Dairy in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Group.

Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.

On Tuesday’s 58th episode of The Dairy Signal, Randy Romanski, Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, talked about the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, where $41.6 million has been distributed to nearly 12,000 farmers in 71 counties. Since there is still $8.4 million available for distribution from the initial $50 million secured for this Wisconsin-based program, a second round of funding opened Aug. 10; applications are still being accepted until Mon., Aug. 24, until 11:59 p.m.

As of Tuesday morning, 3,152 applications had been submitted for round two of the Wisconsin Farm Support Program. Romanski mentioned they were able to expand the eligibility by lowering the income threshold so more farmers will be able to participate. To apply for the round two of the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, go to or call 608-266-2772.



Also on Tuesday’s episode, Senator Howard Marklein, Spring Green, shared insight on the Dairy Innovation Hub, describing the Hub as an intellectual infrastructure – the brains that will carry us into the next decades. Sen. Marklein said $8 million was secured in state funding for year two research projects among three campuses – the University of Wisconsin-Madison, -River Falls and -Platteville. He encouraged dairy producers to reach out to their legislators and let them know how important the Dairy Innovation Hub research is to the industry so funding for this program will continue.

During Wednesday’s episode, José Carmona, Research Coordinator at the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center, explained the Center promotes safe workplaces by partnering with workers, employers and communities in transferring solutions to the workplace. Carmona also shared information on different types of heat illnesses and treatments, risk factors involved with heat illnesses and how to keep cool in your home and community.

On Thursday’s episode, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, said U.S. milk markets have forged an early seasonal/annual high as U.S. government demand as waned under Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) purchases. Normal domestic cheese demand will cause a narrowing of the Class III and IV futures – this will lower the negative Producer Price Differential (PPD) in the fall and return insurance payments. He also mentioned a new Covid-19 aid package is being debated by President Donald Trump and members of Congress.



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Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:

Tuesday, August 25

Topic: Discovery Farms works with farmers across Wisconsin on water quality monitoring and nitrogen use efficiency. Learn more about these on-farm research projects and how you can get involved. Episode presenter includes:

Wednesday, August 26

Topic: There’s a reason we don’t “kiss the calves.” Learn more about zoonotic diseases from dairy cows and how they can be transmitted. Episode presenter includes:

  • Jeff Bender, DVM, Professor and Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH), University of Minnesota

Thursday, August 27

Topic: Discover how the global economy is impacting the agricultural industry today and gain insight on how the future may look down the road. Episode presenter includes:

  • Mary Ledman, Global Sector Strategist for Dairy, RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Group

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