Dairy farmers and other industry professionals wanting to improve their financial skills in a variety of areas are in luck as a two-day seminar, PDPW Dairy Profit Symposium, is being offered by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin on Dec. 9-10, in Madison. The Symposium kicks off Thursday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m., and wraps up on Friday, Dec.10, at 3 p.m. Individuals can attend one or both days, with registration fees reflecting the days attending.
Thursday's three sessions will feature commodity marketing guru Dan Basse, "Get Answers to the Top Challenges Facing Today's Dairy Industry"; Dr. Freddie Barnard, professor and Extension economist, Purdue University, "Through an Ag Lender's Eyes"; and Dr. Michael Boehlje, Distinguished Professor of Ag Economics, Purdue University, will have attendees looking at themselves in perhaps a new light during his three-hour "It's Time to Think and Manager as the CFO" session.
Sandwiched among the Thursday sessions will be significant networking and gain-insight-from-fellow-producers time during dinner and the end-of-day hospitality time.
On Friday, Tim Swenson and Sara Swenson, Lookout Ridge Consulting, lead off the day with "Business Planning 101 and Beyond." After lunch, attendees will hear from Dr. Mark Stephenson, Center for Dairy Profitability, and Dr. Kevin Barnhardt, Center for Dairy Profitability Farm and Risk Management, who will address an equally important topic: "Maneuver in the Right Direction: It's All about Margins."
"This Symposium will deliver a wealth of number crunching and scrutinizing information, techniques and tools that will give dairy producers and other professional a financial edge," states Shelly Mayer PDPW Executive Director.
"In addition to the presentations, there is also so much to be gained from talking one-on-one with fellow producers and hearing what's worked and not worked for them. Dairy producers and agribusiness professionals—especially those who attend events such as this—are walking banks of knowledge."
To learn more about, or to register for, the Dairy Profit Symposium in Madison on Dec. 9-10, visit www.pdpw.org or call PDPW at 1.800.947.7379.