New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 46 of The Dairy Signal™

Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW)

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Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 46 of The Dairy Signal™. This week’s presenters will share insights on managing growth in a changing marketplace and provide an update on weather conditions and predictions for the months ahead

John McHugh, Director of Public Relations at Kwik Trip, will provide perspective on managing people during a time of accelerated growth for the retailer. Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group, will share how the beef processing company is keeping up with consumer demand and what opportunities and challenge are ahead in 2021. Pairing up with him will be Keith Lindsey, President and CEO, Salm Partners.

Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, will return to The Dairy Signal to provide an update on the weather outlook as he looks ahead to spring planting.

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.

February episodes of The Dairy Signal are presented by Bremer Bank, a regional financial services company offering banking, mortgage, investment, wealth management, trust and insurance to customers in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

On Feb. 9, Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Famers of Wisconsin and Paul Ziemnisky, Executive Vice President, Global Innovation Partnerships, Dairy Management Inc., provided an update on consumer demand and perceptions of milk, cheese, butter and other dairy products through the COVID-19 pandemic and expectations for the future. They also outlined how state and national checkoff programs are working with retailers, restaurants and other partners to strengthen dairy demand and build new market and product opportunities.

Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants, provided strategies for giving and receiving feedback and answered questions about best practices for handling challenging situations during the Feb. 10 episode.

Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company returned to The Dairy Signal on Feb. 11 with updates on how political, economic and COVID-related developments are impacting U.S. and international agricultural markets.

Each live session offers attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers through the newly-updated interactive platform.

Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal is updated as new information becomes available.

Here is a look at the upcoming presenters and topics:

Tuesday, February 16

Topic: Kwik Trip has quickly become a one-stop shop for food, fuel, household and other consumer needs. Discover how this company is managing their accelerated growth and learn its philosophy for providing opportunities to team members. Episode presenter includes:

Wednesday, February 17

Topic: Learn how one of the largest beef processing companies in the U.S. has adapted through an unprecedented year in 2020, along with one of their suppliers. Find out how they are keeping up with consumer demand and what lies ahead in 2021. Episode presenter includes:

Thursday, February 18

Topic:  How will La Nina affect weather patterns in 2021? Hear about the climate and weather trends that will impact the remaining winter months, influence spring planting and effect the 2021 growing season. Episode presenter includes:

  • Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions

All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, with current and past episodes accessible through For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal 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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