PDPW announces 2020-21 educational programs


On-farm workshops, training programs designed to meet dairy farmer educational needs

A combination of virtual and carefully-planned in-person training opportunities will provide dairy farmers with the latest information they need to manage their businesses in a changing global environment. The Professional Dairy Producers® of Wisconsin (PDPW) announces its 2020-21 PDPW Educational Program & Events Calendar with programs for dairy farm owners, managers, employees and allied industry. Programs are designed to build and strengthen the dairy industry through continuing education and professional development.

“While many things in our lives have changed over the past six months, the need for dairy farmers to stay updated on the latest research, management practices and news for their farms is more important than ever,” said Shelly Mayer, executive director of PDPW and dairy farmer from Slinger, Wis. “We’ve adjusted format and focus areas of training programs to ensure that they are both relevant and valuable to today’s farmers and will be held in locations where we can follow CDC health guidelines.”

Highlights of the 2020-21 schedule include:

  •  The Dairy Signal™ – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, online
    Join leading-edge presenters who share resources and strategies for managing dairy’s rapidly shifting industry during live discussions, three days a week, from 12:00-1:00 PM CT. Content aired on The Dairy Signal is summarized and available for free video or audio download. The free program has provided up-to-date news for dairy farmers and allied industry since March and will continue with new programming throughout the 2020-21 program year.
  • Calf Care Connection® – Nov. 10, Menomonie, Wis.; Nov. 11, Stratford, Wis.; and Nov. 12, Hilbert, Wis.
    Hear from leading experts, tour calf-raising farms, and participate in hands-on sessions at on-farm programs. Topics will include strategies to manage the resurgence of diseases, including Bovine Viral Diarrhea and feeding pasteurized whole milk.
  • Financial Literacy for Dairy® Level 1 – Nov 11-12 and Dec. 9-10
    Learn the foundational principles of financial literacy. Exclusive for dairy farmers, trainees can expect to gain confidence when working with lenders, set tangible goals and build a sound understanding of financial documentation.
  •  Herdsperson Workshop – Nov. 18, Hartford WI; Nov. 19, Waupaca, Wis.
    Leading experts will share strategies for managing transition cows that were dried off earlier than planned due to COVID-19 and discuss financial decisions. Producer panels will focus on managing task lists and on-farm technology adoption.
  • Financial Literacy for Dairy® Level 2 – Jan. 13-14, Feb. 10-11, and March 3-4
    Take it to the next level of financial acumen and decision making. Learn the complexity of financial management, key ratios, analysis, benchmarking and business planning to take your farm to peak financial performance.
  • Cornerstone Dairy Academy™ – March 16-17, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
    Develop critical leadership and people-development skills in the three-pillar training program designed for dairy farmers and industry professionals. Applications for the class of 2021 are due Jan. 31.
  • 2020 PDPW Business Conference – March 17-18, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
    “DISCOVER” is the theme for the 29th annual business conference at the Kalahari Resort and Conventions. Dairy’s premier educational event features two days of keynote speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities designed to help today’s leaders discover and passionately pursue their dreams, ambitions and business goals.       



  • Financial Literacy for Dairy® Level 3 – March 24-25
    This two-day deep-dive will provide advanced financial development, building on the core concepts taught in the first two levels. Topics will include scenario planning, performance monitoring, optimizing capital purchases, record-sharing protocols, strategies for family business governance, and more.
  • Herdsperson Training exclusively in Spanish focusing on Obstetrics – April 21, 22
    This program is designed for experienced Spanish-speaking dairy farm managers who oversee the dairy herd. The one-day program will take their skills to the next level with a focus on obstetrics and newborn calf care.

Details and registration information are available for all programs at www.pdpw.com or by calling PDPW at 800-947-7379.  Due to the rapidly changing environment in the dairy industry, our program calendar will remain

flexible in order to adjust to member needs.

Dairy farmers, students and industry professionals can find, track and record their continuing education and professional development through Dairy AdvanCE®. The online tool has emerged as dairy’s go-to resource for finding accredited professional development offerings. Learn more and register at dairyadvance.org.

Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is dairy’s professional development organization. As the nation’s largest dairy producer-led, grassroots organization of its kind, it focuses on education, networking and professional development to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.

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