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PDPW hosts educational programming in December

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DYNAMIC EDUCATION: PDPW training and events help dairy farmers and industry professionals stay at the forefront of issues impacting their businesses.
The Food and Policy Summit, Transition Cow Workshops and an economic trends webinar are on tap.

Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin will be offering educational programs to dairy farmers and industry professionals throughout the state in December. The topics will range from improving cow health and nutrition to identifying industrywide opportunities to build consumer trust.

PDPW is a producer-led group that uses training and events to bring education in a variety of mediums to help farmers and industry professionals stay at the forefront of issues impacting their businesses and to be on the leading edge of technologies and practices for managing today’s high-performing modern dairy farms.

December training and educational events include:

Dec. 6-7 Food and Policy Summit, Madison
• Dec. 12 Transition Cow Workshop, Eau Claire
• Dec. 13 Transition Cow Workshop, Appleton
• Dec. 20 World Class Webinars: Dairy Economic Forecast and Trends (online)

The PDPW Food and Policy Summit is from 12:30 to 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 6 and from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 7 in Madison. Progressive dairy farmers, industry executives, food system department executives, and key decision-makers and thought leaders will come together for a two-day collaborative event to build a more proactive and prepared dairy meat and milk sector. 

Ten speakers, with expertise ranging from social science to dairy science, will address some of the most challenging issues for today’s dairy industry, such as GMOs, gene editing, hormones, the environment, antibiotic use, market access and exports. 

Participants can earn up to 9 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education credits and up to 11.4 University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM) CE credits.

The PDPW Transition Cow Workshops are from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 12 in Eau Claire and Dec. 13 in Appleton. Take your transition cow program from excellent to elite at this one-day workshop.

Dr. Mike Van Amburgh from Cornell University, Dr. Heather White from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Katie Mrdutt with Food Armor Foundation and Dr. John Garber from Valley Veterinary Clinic will share the latest research on health, nutrition and management techniques that dairy owners, nutritionists and veterinarians can put to work immediately. 

Participants can earn up to 4.5 Dairy AdvanCE CE credits, up to 5 American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) CE credits, and up to 5.4 UW-SVM CE credits.

On Dec. 20 from noon to 1 p.m., check out the World Class Webinars: Dairy Economic Forecast and Trends. Dan Basse, economist and president of AgResource Co., will bring his experience and expertise to provide insight on what’s ahead for the dairy industry in the U.S. and around the world. He will review numbers, trends and forecasts to give dairy producers and industry professionals economic insights as they look ahead to 2018 and beyond.

Dairy AdvanCE is a resource for continuing education in dairy. Find vetted training from trusted educational providers, track and manage CE credits, and report your CE credits through your secure transcript. Subscribe and learn more at or watch this video.

To learn more about December PDPW trainings and events, and to register, visit or call the organization at 800-947-7379.

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