May 2020 Vol. 1
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COMING NEXT WEEK: Join The Dairy Signal for a new week of content and speakers.

Tuesday, May 19
  • Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation

Wednesday, May 20
  • Mary Ledman, Global Dairy Strategist, RaboBank

Thursday, May 21
  • Sandy Chalmers, State Executive Director, USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency
  • Tom Brandt, Farm Loan Chief, Wisconsin Farm Service Agency

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TOP DAIRY-INDUSTRY STUDENTS ARE READY TO START their careers with leading companies, farms and other organizations. As the spring semester wraps up, seniors are graduating and underclassmen are looking for work experiences. TalentCONNECT™, developed by PDPW, is a resource featuring job-seeking individuals from universities and technical colleges. Student profiles are searchable by preferred job type; contact information and resumes are also available at this portal. Click here to view profiles of qualified students who may be a perfect fit for your job or internship.  
The Dairy Signal
DID YOU MISS A SESSION OF THE DAIRY SIGNAL? Recorded versions of every Dairy Signal program can be accessed for free on the PDPW web site. Each session features timely insights and resources to support dairy farmers and industry professionals. The free broadcast airs live at 12pm Central Time each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with recordings available following each session. Click here to find archived recordings in English and Spanish via La Señal Lechera™. Enter your first and last name, and email address, then click register. The latest available episodes include:

In this episode, Dan Basse once again shared new information and insights on market trends and tips for responding to business shifts while considering local and global implications.

Dr. David Kohl and Dr. Luiz Ferraretto teamed up to discuss nutrition strategies that align with market conditions and take cow health into consideration.

Back by popular demand, Governor Tony Evers and Interim Secretary of DATCP Randy Romanski discussed the distribution of federal funds in Wisconsin and shared their top-3 list of things dairy producers should be doing and thinking about right now.

Dan Basse and Steve Van Lannen shared insights on the global economy and how the Defense Production Act is affecting the meat-processing industry.

Charles Palmer and Dr. David Kohl discussed farm-safety protocols and the latest market updates

Dr. Mark Stephenson and John Umhoefer reviewed how the cheese industry has been impacted by COVID-19 pandemic and a look at current market insights.
Dairy currents
TIPS TO KEEP FARM EMPLOYEES SAFER IN VEHICLES are included in guidelines published by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health. Keeping windows open in pickups or other vehicles, and cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces such as railings, door handles, armrests, radio controls and seatbelts will help minimize risk of COVID-19 in shared vehicles on farms. Recommendations call for allowing only two people to ride together in a pickup cab, encouraging the passenger in a crew-cab truck to ride in the back seat on the passenger side. Click here for tips on disinfecting vehicles and other best practices.
INDEPENDENT GROCERS ARE STEPPING UP TO SERVE rural communities in innovative ways during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an article in Progressive Grocer. Home deliveries, additional in-store services and “blessing boxes” containing essential supplies are helping small retailers better meet the needs of community members and comply with social-distancing requirements. With an ability to conduct business in a nimble manner and respond more quickly to change, independent retailers and their store managers have said they plan to continue some of the successful initiatives after the pandemic has passed. Read the full article .
Book review
We’ve all heard about the importance of showing gratitude to family members, co-workers and employees, but it can be challenging to build those habits and put practices in place consistently. Authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton share eight ways to show employees they are valued. The book includes case studies and examples of leaders providing authentic, specific and timely acknowledgements of gratitude to employees, and showcases the measurable morale and bottom line benefits. Click here to learn more. 
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~Albert Einstein
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