March 2022 Vol. 1
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MUST-SEE KEYNOTE SESSIONS BRING TOGETHER TOP MINDS to address some of the hottest topics in our industry.
The day one opening session, “Distinguishing the coulds from the shoulds,” will showcase an eclectic group of thought leaders who will shed light on current trends and opportunities with renewable energies. Presenters will discuss social expectations, new technologies, lessons from the logging and timber sector, and highlight the moral and ethical obligations the dairy industry faces while finding ways to maintain and improve our resources for future generations. Attendees will hear from:

  • Bruce Vincent, third-generation logger from Libby, Montana
  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner, PhD, professor and air quality extension specialist, Department of Animal Science, University of California-Davis
  • Dr. Richard Kyte, PhD, endowed professor and director of the D.B Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University
  • Tom Thibodeau, distinguished professor of servant leadership and director of Master of Arts in Servant Leadership program at Viterbo University. 
THURSDAY GENERAL SESSION OFFERS BOLD ADVICE “Bold tactics for trends, markets and weather” will feature a dynamic trio of presenters for the day two general session. They will provide dairy producers with the information they need to stay a step ahead of the complex and changing tides of weather, markets and consumer perceptions. 

  • Eric Snodgrass, principal atmospheric scientist at Nutrien Ag Solutions
  • Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity
  • Dr. Marin Bozic, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Applied Economics at University of Minnesota and Associate Director of Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center
LEARNING LOUNGES DELIVER BIG IDEAS IN 30 MINUTES. Led by world-class experts, the Learning Lounge sessions will be presented within the Hall of Ideas for 30 minutes each. Topics include carbon market contracts, strengthening a team’s business culture, transition-cow research, administering life-saving practices on the farm and more. Ten sessions are scheduled across the two-day conference. 
SNEAK PEEK AT GROUND-BREAKING RESEARCH. Also in the Hall of Ideas, the Preview Stage highlights the work of UW researchers and their graduate-degree students, including those funded by the Dairy Innovation Hub. Their 30-minute sessions will offer attendees an opportunity to learn the latest findings in ongoing research and better understand the implications for dairy. These sessions will present the latest findings in animal health, nutrition and other key topics. 
VOTING WILL OPEN ON-SITE FOR 2022 PDPW BOARD CANDIDATES. The election of our Board of Directors is critical to our dairy producer-led organization’s success. Five candidates are on the ballot, and three dairy producer members will be elected to seats on the 2022-23 PDPW Board of Directors. PDPW bylaws allow one vote per dairy farm membership. The PDPW board of directors has three available positions for 2020-21, each PDPW dairy farm member can vote for as many as three candidates.
Ballots can be cast in person at the 2022 PDPW Business Conference. View the ballot here
Opportunities to learn
Financial Literacy for Dairy
Level 3: Mar. 23-24
Juneau, Wis.
REGISTER TODAY FOR LEVEL 3. This multi-level course provides the tools and resources necessary to take the financial management of your dairy business to the next level. Level three is the most advanced level and is led by farm management and financial expert Dick Wittman. The program provides participants with a deeper understanding of their specific financial situation and teaches strategies for managing capital investments, family business investments, governance and more. Space is limited to 30 attendees per level, and pre-assessment is required to complete registration. Click here for more information. 
Stride: Youth Leadership for Teens
April 2
Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
TAKE LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL in this fast-paced, interactive single day-program for high school students ages 15 to 18. Youth trainer and coach Hans Gochenaur will lead the session set for Sat., April 2, at Kalahari Resorts. The program is filled with team exercises and group challenges to equip young people with techniques to develop their abilities and expand their capabilities as a leader. Additionally, a mini career fair will showcase a range of career options and technologies.
Register at by March 27, 2022, or call PDPW at 800-947-7379. Pre-registration is necessary, and a health form and waiver will be sent to a parent or guardian for a signature.
Click here for the flier and more details.
The Dairy Signal
TUNE INTO THE DAIRY SIGNAL™. Join leading experts across dairy and agricultural industries, government and regulatory associations and universities for insights on the most pressing issues in today’s marketplace. The educational sessions air every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with recorded episodes available for free at Click here to find archived recordings of sessions. 
Please note: The Dairy Signal will not air during the Cornerstone Dairy Academy and the 2022 Business Conference, March 15-17.
Presenters and topics covered recently include:
Oscillating temperatures bring with them challenges to calf health. This episode will help producers better understand situations when passive transfer fails, and discuss calves’ caloric needs with temperature changes.

  • Dr. Theresa Ollivett, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal), assistant professor in Food Animal Production Medicine section at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
With two months of the new year under our belt, hear an update from Washington D.C. regarding policy, legislative and other central issues that will impact the dairy industry. Also, discover the National Milk Producers Federation’s priorities for the year.

  • Peter Vitaliano, Vice President, Economic Policy & Market Research, National Milk Producers Federation
  • Alan Bjerga, Senior Vice President, Communications, National Milk Producers Federation
Gain insights on the latest news and trends and an analysis of agricultural markets that will impact dairy producers and the ag industry.

  • Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company
Success comes from keeping the ears open and the mouth closed.
- John D. Rockefeller
PDPW educational calendar
March 15-16
Cornerstone Dairy Academy
Wisconsin Dells, WI

March 16-17
Business Conference
Wisconsin Dells, WI
March 23-24
Financial Literacy for dairy®: Level 3
Juneau, WI

Stride Youth Leadership Conference
Wisconsin Dells, WI
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