The 2020 PDPW Business Conference will be held March 18-19 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. The two-day professional development conference will once again be a gathering place for dairy producers and leaders.
The 28th annual conference, themed “Focus 2020,” will bring together farmers, animal scientists, crop advisers, nutritionists, veterinarians and other agribusiness leaders. Attendees can expect a positive and forward-thinking atmosphere, matched with ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that dairymen and women can take back to the farm immediately and affect their dairy’s bottom line.
The event includes educational sessions, hands-on wet labs, workshops, trade show, the Preview Stage showcasing cutting-edge research, and the newly launched TalentConnect, which will highlight dairy’s up-and-coming talent.
With over 40 speakers, including dairy science experts, researchers and dairy producer panelists, there will be 39 unique educational sessions — and something for everyone. Led by Master of Ceremonies Bill Baker, a nationally syndicated radio broadcaster and host of “Dairy Radio Now,” attendees will hear from five keynote speakers, who will challenge them to retrain their brains, innovate, create and empower team members. These speakers will also help attendees differentiate between what can be controlled and what cannot — and controlling what they can is the place to start.
Doug Hall, starring in two network television series and a nationally syndicated radio program, was named one of America’s top innovation experts by “Inc.” magazine. He’ll share that innovation and creativity are birthed from being pressed and pushed to the limits in his opening session keynote “Dream. Adapt. Innovate.” on March 18 at 11 a.m.
Greg Schwem, trainer, author and founder of the Management Development Institute offered at San Diego State University, will challenge each attendee to “use your brain to win,” in his evening keynote “Laugh at Yourself” on March 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Eric Snodgrass, a principal atmospheric scientist who provides frequent weather updates focused on the influence of high-impact weather events on global ag productivity, and ag economist Dan Basse will join forces and highlight the complexity and interrelated components of ag markets and the increasingly erratic weather patterns faced domestically and globally in their morning keynote “When Weather and Markets Collide” on March 19 at 10 a.m.
Mark Nutsch is an inspirational keynote and former commander of the first Green Beret unit that went into Afghanistan shortly after the 9/11 bombing. His heroic story inspired the major motion picture “12 Strong” and continues to serve as an effective reminder that perspective plays a powerful role in day-to-day life. Nutsch will share his story in his closing keynote “Freedom Isn’t Free” on March 19 at 3:30 p.m.
“PDPW was built on the desire for continuous education,” says Shelly Mayer, dairy producer and Professional Dairy Producers executive director. “When producers come to the business conference, they’re not only saturated with educational resources, they’re also surrounded by people who understand the path they’re walking. Fellow dairy producers help sharpen their saw and fill up the tank. There’s nothing like being with those who are in step with you.”
Learn more and register for the 2020 PDPW Business Conference online or call 800-947-7379.