New Line-up of Speakers Announced for Week 48 of The Dairy Signal™

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Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), announces the line-up of speakers for week 48 of The Dairy Signal™. This week’s presenters will provide a timely update on COVID-19 vaccine rollout, as well as the latest news from the Dairy Innovation Hub and valuable strategies to help family businesses operate smoothly.

Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants, will return to The Dairy Signal to share insights on ensuring that family members are in the right roles on the farm. Jon Meiman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Occupational and Environmental Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Lisa Olson, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, will answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and provide the latest news on vaccine distribution.

Mitch Breunig, dairy producer and chair of the Dairy Innovation Hub advisory council, and Dr. Heather White, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology of UW-Madison, will provide a look inside research that is underway at the Dairy Innovation Hub.

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.

This week The Dairy Signal is sponsored by Encore Consultants.

Dr. John Lucey, PhD, Director of the Center for Dairy Research, and Professor of Food Science at UW-Madison, provided an update in the Feb. 23 episode on dairy foods education, research and innovation underway at the leading institution. He gave insights on new research programs that will impact the industry, as well as resources available to dairy farmers, cheesemakers and processors of all sizes.

On Feb. 24, Nicole Bettinger Zeidler, Consultant with Family Business Consulting Group, shared real-world strategies and tips for engaging the next generation of family members and employees to build future leaders.

Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, returned to The Dairy Signal on Feb. 25 with an update on agriculture and dairy markets and highlights from the recent USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum

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, March 2

Topic: Family and management should go hand-in-hand, but sometimes the same vision and values are not utilized. Learn how to determine if your family members are in the right management position and glean tips on how to restructure management roles. Episode presenter includes:

  • Liz Griffith, Market Development, Human Resource Consultant, Encore Consultants

Wednesday, March 3

Topic: Learn the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, what phase dairy producers fall into and other vaccine-related questions. Episode presenters include:

  • Jon Meiman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Occupational and Environmental Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Lisa Olson, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Thursday, March 4

Topic:  Hear about the latest Dairy Innovation Hub-funded projects and how they will affect the dairy industry. Episode presenters include:

  • Mitch Breunig, dairy producer and chair of the Dairy Innovation Hub advisory council
  • Dr. Heather White, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology of UW-Madison

All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, with current and past episodes accessible through www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing mail@pdpw.org. 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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