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PDPW Youth Leadership Derby Planned

High school students come together Nov. 8-9.

High school students with an interest in dairy will come together Nov. 8-9 at the Brillion High School for the Youth Leadership Derby, hosted by Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.

The Youth Leadership Derby is a high energy, 24-hour lock-in for all youth ages 15 to 18 years old who are interested in the dairy industry. It's an opportunity to gain hands-on experience, develop leadership skills and make new friends.

The weekend conference is stacked with non-stop fun, hands-on labs and workshops, tours and valuable networking opportunities.

"This conference is the premier event for youth in the dairy industry," says Shelly Mayer, PDPW executive director. "It's the perfect opportunity for students to meet new friends, explore career opportunities, learn life skills and develop a greater understanding of the dairy industry. And above all, it's fun!"

Hands-on labs and workshops will lead participants into an experience filled with numerous, valuable experiences and networking opportunities.

Students will have the opportunity to interact with young adults who have recently entered the professional arena, understand the science behind the industry and have numerous chances to learn, while creating lifelong friendships.

Adam Geiger, a 2006 attendee says, "The Youth Leadership Derby was a great experience that allowed me to meet other high school students with the same passions as myself, and I had the opportunity to explore career areas I was previously unaware of."

Hands-on learning

The labs for this year's Derby highlight genetics, technology, and science. With industry leaders Joel Franke, Dr. Bob Bradley, and Dr. Chris Booth leading the labs giving attendees a more diverse outlook than previous experiences may have offered.

"The dairy industry certainly would not be the same without the advancements in science leading to many new dairy food products, the research in calf care or the superior genetics bull studs continue to impress with," Mayer says.

This derby will also feature a panel of young adults whose career choices range from a producer to a veterinarian. The panel also includes a financial specialist and genetic management specialist, with special insight from an agri-science teacher. Hearing firsthand from individuals who recently entered the "real world" should excite students about the diverse opportunities available to them, there's no better time to be involved in agriculture.

Do you know a student who would benefit from this experience? Student sponsorships are always encouraged. The cost of the program is $125. Registration includes all meals, snacks, conference fees and training materials.

To register or receive additional information, visit or call 800-947-7379.

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