Education is the key to healthy and vibrant dairy communities. The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation supports programs that are consistent with our strategic vision of a professional, proactive and prepared dairy community.
We focus our support in three key areas:
Raising up the next generation of professional dairy producers
Growing and maintaining public trust in our people and products
Building the skills of our dairy producers
At the present time, programs or education initiatives we intend to support fall into these main areas:
Building PRODUCER PROFESSIONALISM - Engaging and equipping our people in lifelong learning, including producer leadership skills and our next generation of professional dairy producers.
Maintaining PUBLIC TRUST - Unified outreach programs that educate and engage both the dairy community and the public, helping facilitate trust.
Your Donations Have Impact!
"Your support helps Dairyland Initiative reach out to producers with the message and knowledge of concepts of welfare friendly housing for their herds, leading to healthier, more productive dairies and successful farms that consumers can have even more confidence in."
— Rebecca Brotzman, DVM, Dairyland Initiative
"As members of the American Guernsey Association, graduate from their junior membership, we foster their enthusiasm and passion as they step into leadership positions in their organization. Young Guernsey Leaders is a program for 21-25 year olds, that enhances leaderskip skills and builds mentor-internship relationships that will strengthen the dairy community long-term. Thank you for championing our efforts."
— Bonnie Ayers, Young Guernsey Leaders
"I loved going to YLD because of new experiences and meeting new people. The hands on activities were my favorite. We worked one-on-one with veterinarians and nutritionists.
"We are getting results from the Food Armor program. With increased testing we are seeing a decrease in the number of violations for residue in meat and milk. We have increased Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship on our farms. This is a great partnership that focuses on dairy farmers and veterinarians working together to address food safety on dairy farms."
— Dr. Katie Mrdutt, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association
"Yahara Pride Farms and farmer led watershed initiatives could not happen without funding. If government pays for it, we take the "farmer-driven" aspect out of the process. It is the "farmer-driven" that makes Yahara Pride so successful."
— Dennis Frame, Timber Ridge Consulting
"It is very important to lead rather than to be lead in matters that affect farmers. We have to get the word out about the good things agricuture is doing and will continue to do in the future. Your grant helped to support demonstrations and discussion about the latest conservation equipment and best nutrient management practices to help reduce agricultural runoff in the Yahara River watershed."
— Jeff Endres, Yahara Pride Farms
"The discussion part of the ACE Twilight Meeting hit home for us, as we could relate to many of the issues brought forward. Bringing together many different people proved to be a success, hearing from city officials and producers to the Secretary of Ag. We left with a true sense of pride and confidence in what we do on a daily basis---producing safe, affordable, abundant food."
— Shelly Grosenick, producer, Watertown, Wis.
"ACE meetings are an ideal place for our farm families to tuly demonstrate their willingness to work with town officials and their neighbors for the betterment of our communities. What a great dialogue and setting for our community leaders to ask good questions."
— Greg Andrews, UW-Extension
"As an agricultural producer, I feel the ACE program offers a tangible means of communicating the vision, performance and passion of our state's farmers."
— Charles Crave, Crave Brothers Dairy Farm
"At Youth Leadership Derby, you meet a lot of people who share the same passion for agriculture as you. Not only do you meet new friends, but the different perspectives and technology the tours gives you an idea of how the dairy business is always changing. This event brought me to my decision of continuing my future in my family's dairy operation."
"The Youth Leadership Derby was a great way for me to learn about careers in the dairy industry when I was in high school. At the time YLD helped me to create a focus of what it was that I was going to do with my time in college. Seeing many students from UW-Madison's dairy science department promoting dairy definitely made my future clearer. YLD was a great place to meet new friends and catch up with old ones, all while having a great time and learning a lot while doing it."
— Jacob Brey, Youth Leadership Derby participant
“It helped me realize that I can't see myself doing anything else besides farming. I really want to be a part of this business.”
— Jeremy Moore, Youth Leadership Derby participant
“The quiet, shy young man we sponsored to attend Youth Leadership Derby was so full of enthusiasm about what he learned at Derby. He talked to me for 20 minutes non-stop. I asked him one big question: Did you learn something you can bring back to your farm? On and on he went with all his new information he wants to apply to their farm. I felt so good as a Family Dairies member, that we could give this young man the opportunity to expand his knowlege of our industry."
— Sue Schultz, Family Dairies
“I could write a 10 page paper about everything I learned and was able to do and observe in the PDPW Dairy Mentor program. I learned what a typical day on a dairy operation is, and the vast amount of coordination, labor and planning it takes to run a dairy. The Mentor program is well worth the time and helps students meet people well-versed in the industry.”
— Alyssa Daniels, student participant in mentor program
“The PDPW Dairy Mentor Program is important because it shows you how different people run their farms. It also allows you to network and share ideas. My dad and FFA advisor instilled their love of agriculture in me and I couldn't see myself doing anything else. I love being outdoors and working with animals, and that is why I know dairy is a great fit for me. The Mentor program will help me make that happen---which is why I have taken part for the past two years."
— Angie Stier, student participant in mentor program
“Being a Mentor is an opportunity to share what I am doing on my farm with the next generation. I get to hear what they are learning, and their challenges. I like the dialogue that results.”
— Loren Greenfield, dairy producer mentor
“The PDPW Dairy Mentor Program was one of the best opportunities that I have had while at college. It was an amazing experience. You not only get to shadow a producer that takes time out of their busy day to mentor you, but you get to experience the PDPW Business Conference with that mentor. The conference opened up my eyes to new advances and technologies within the dairy industry. I built friendships through this program and I got to meet many people in the industry."
— Jennifer Raboine, student participant in mentor program
“I felt I learned a lot from participating in the Academy. It is a great program to help prepare people for future participation in the Dairy Challenge competition, but also for helping prepare students for jobs in the dairy industry.”
— Grace Liebenstein, Dairy Challenge Academy participant
“Dairy Challenge and the Academy helps you find solutions and answers to problems that are not obvious. These programs challenge you to dig deeper to find solutions to help build critical thinking skills."
— Angela Sellner, Dairy Challenge Academy participant
“The most valuable aspect of the Indiana Dairy Youth Academy was getting to see all the other dairy farms and learning about how they operate their facilities. My year as a delegate was very enjoyable and I learned so many things that I can improve on my own family dairy.”
— Kyle Benter, Indiana Dairy Youth Academy participant
"The New York Junior Dairy Leader program broadened my horizons and taught me the importance of understanding an industry in its entirety in order to perform a specific job most proficiently and become an indispensable resource."
— Eleni Rigas, Junior DAIRY LEADER graduate
"What an amazing experience, a lot of work and time but well worth the effort. After spending 3 days at the Birthing Center showing consumers something that we experience everyday, telling our story, and just interacting with them it has been one of the most rewarding things I have done."
— Stephen Palladino, New York State Fair Dairy Cow Birthing Center volunteer
“We found dairy farm family members so helpful for us to understand process. Thank You!”
— New York State Fair Dairy Cow Birthing Center Visitor