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Students Attend PDPW Conference
By Jenna Wegner
UW-RF University Communications
APRIL 14, 2006--Trekking through another spring break blizzard, 11 UW-River
Falls students attended the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin
(PDPW) Annual Conference at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.,
March 14 – 15.
The students, along with their advisors, UW-RF animal science Professors
Steve Kelm and Dennis Cooper, spent two days listening to motivational
speakers, participating in break-out sessions on various topics such as
cow comfort, employee management and animal welfare. Students were also
able to network with farm owners and members of agriculture-related organizations.
Many of the UW-River Falls students attending the conference were participating
in the PDPW Mentorship Program. The Mentorship Program serves as an opportunity
to expose college students to different dairy operations and to serve
as a networking tool.
Students are paired with mentors who offer them insight into the dairy
industry. Students spend on day on their farm as a job shadow to learn
more about their operation. Then, the mentor and student attend the PDPW
conference to learn more about PDPW and have the chance to meet with other
Students who attend the PDPW conference are able to take what they learn
and implement their knowledge into their own operation. PDPW focuses heavily
on the on the business side of the dairy industry by increasing awareness
on finances, human resource management and employee well being.
The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin was founded by dairy-producers
in 1992 to provide educational programs and services to fellow dairy producers.
PDPW continues to have a positive impact on the dairy industry through
the resources it provides, helping enhance the dairy industry’s
impact on the state. PDPW’s mission is to share ideas, solutions,
resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
UW-River Falls students attending the conference included:
Arpin – Adam Ward, junior, dairy science
Brooklyn – Jill Franklin, sophomore, animal science
Cashton – Drew Johnson, sophomore, dairy science
Marion - Beth Bowers, senior, dairy science
Ripon – Patrick Wiltzius, junior, dairy science
Slinger – Sam Kuhaupt, sophomore, dairy science
Tony - Amber Lybert, senior, dairy science
New Richland – Bill Root, junior, animal science
Owatanna – Brandon Balzer, senior, dairy science
Waseca – Matt Hines, junior, animal science
Thursday, 22-Apr-2010 16:07:17 Central Daylight Time