Yahara Pride Farm Video
Posted March 2nd, 2015
Professional Dairy Producers Foundation Making Grant Funds Available
Posted September 23rd, 2014
The Dodge County Dairy Education Moo Booth: Raising up our Next Generation and Grows and Maintains Public Trust in our People and Products.
Posted September 4th, 2014

The Dodge County Fair hosted Dairy 4-H Youth and a new exhibit.  The exhibit focused on interactive educational displays that help educate the public about the dairy industry.  4-H Dairy members grew their leadership skills as they staffed the exhibit.  

Fond du Lac County Dairy Birthing Center: Grows and Maintains Public Trust in our People and Products.
Posted September 4th, 2014

The Foundation continues to grant funds to help the Fond du Lac County Fair, Ag Birthing and Education Center, grow its dairy exhibit.  The miracle of birth provides a unique dairy experience for over 35,000 fair goers during the fair and an opportunity to tell the dairy story to our consumers.

Food Armor WVMA HACCP for Proper Drug Use: Grows and Maintains Public Trust in our People and Products
Posted September 4th, 2014

The Foundation awarded its largest grant to WVMA HACCP for Proper Drug Use.  The WVMA HACCP project builds on the PDPW What Matters program.  What Matters is dairy farmers and their veterinarian working together to ensure safe meat and milk.  The HACCP grant award supports educational efforts regarding the proper use of animal health drugs on dairy farms.   

PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy: Building Skills of Dairy Producers and Raising up the Next Generation
Posted September 4th, 2014

The Foundation is proud to cosponsor with PDPW the Cornerstone Dairy Academy.  Cornerstone Dairy Academy was developed to foster the development of “soft skills” that complement the technical skills of those in dairy related careers.  The training was devoted to teamwork skills, communicating with different personality and leadership styles, workplace habits, business etiquette and professionalism.  The two day program overlapped the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Business Conference March 11-12, 2014.  


PDPW Youth Leadership Derby: Hands-on Learning for the Next Generation
Posted December 4th, 2013

PDPW’s 2013 Youth Leadership Derby drew youth from across Wisconsin to explore professional opportunities in the dairy industry and see several of these careers firsthand. In addition to networking and learning, teens also had fun!

Indiana Dairy Youth Academy: Growing Our Future Dairy Leaders
Posted November 27th, 2013

Education grows us, and develops leadership skills that we may never have known were there. That's why the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation funds youth programs that build our next generation of dairy leaders, like the Indiana Dairy Youth Academy.The Dairy Youth Academy reaches youth in grades 10-12 who have interest in exploring careers in the dairy industry and would like to gain hands-on experience. The program consists of a series of workshops that focus on specific facets of the dairy industry — veterinary science, dairy nutrition, and production management. The results can be seen in the teens who went through the program (and from the testimonials of their parents who witnessed the growth): 

Allison Hendrickson: “I think it helped me with my communication skills in general.  I liked the different opportunities outside of the farm visits and did learn a lot about the dairy industry."

Tim Whicker: “As a parent of an Indiana Dairy Youth Academy Program participant, the most valuable aspects that I can see Hadley learned was gaining an in depth understanding of all the intricacies involved in running a dairy farm, from nutrition, to health from birth to death, breeding, how cost impacts come from all directions, and what is and what isn’t in your control.  

The second would be the understanding of how big the world is and far reaching ever thing dairy farmers do impact jobs and economy not only on their local farm, but to manufacturers, processors, scientists, etc. throughout the State, Region, Country and even the world.  Let alone all of the friends and contacts she has made and will carry with her in the future.”

Kyle Benter:
“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.” 

Dairyland Initiative: Education Benefiting Our Farms
Posted October 9th, 2013

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation proudly supports The Dairyland Initiative, which provides resources for dairy producers to construct welfare friendly facilities for their livestock. Here's another example of their good work, and how education is essential to dairy.


New York Jr. DAIRY LEADER: Developing Our Next Generation
Posted October 7th, 2013

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation was founded on a deep belief in education, especially for the next generation of leaders that will lead our industry into the future. PDPF awarded a grant to the New York Junior Dairy Leader Program for their 14th class, allowing 29 kids ages 16-19 to develop leadership skills and explore a future in the dairy industry. The program is a unique way to develop future dairy leaders, just ask one recent graduate:

"The Junior Dairy Leader program is the only one of its kind in the United States, and a program this extraordinary and accessible to so many youth is only possible with the support of our sponsors.

JDL is unique in the way it explores not just one, but every aspect of the dairy industry.

For me, JDL was an introduction to the industry as a whole. I do not come from a farm background and my initial involvement in dairy was with showing. My first experience on a commercial dairy farm was on our trip to Wisconsin, and I felt overwhelmed by information best learned from experience. However, I knew right away that joining the program had been the right decision. JDL has allowed me to pinpoint and explore my specific areas of interest - human resource management and marketing - in the context of the dairy industry.

JDL 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.

Not only was this presentation today an opportunity for us to review the valuable information we learned and experiences we've had this year, but for us to show you the opportunities your sponsorship has given us. We all will benefit from your generosity for the rest of our lives, thanks to our participation in this program. The Junior Dairy Leader class of 2013 thanks you for your sponsorship and hopes that you will continue to support our industry’s future Dairy Leaders." Eleni Rigas-2013 Junior DAIRY LEADER graduate

Letter of Thanks: Maintaining Public Trust in What We Do, Wherever We Are
Posted September 18th, 2013

This letter is from the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition, an awardee of a Foundation grant to host a dairy exhibit designed to maintain the public trust in dairy. 

Dear Friends:

crowd around birthing penThank you for your generous support for the Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair, organized and hosted by the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC), in cooperation with Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

On all accounts,we are calling this first year a resounding success! We calved 30 cows over the course of twelve days of the State Fair--–all with no major issues. The information and graphics created added tremendous curb appeal and fodder for conversation. But the interest and conversations that took place with consumers on all topics related to dairy farming stole the show.

Fairgoers came in droves to not only see a calf be born, but to sit (sometimes for hours) and hear farmer, veterinarian, student and industry volunteers talk about our dairy farms. We estimate roughly 60,000 people came through the Dairy Cow Birthing Center, spending at a minimum of 20-30 minutes there. The exhibit’s theme was “There’s no udder place for the answer. Ask a farmer.” And boy did they!

Fairgoers asked hundreds of questions, including why we dock tails, why we separate the calf from the cow, why farms are so big these days, among other legitimate topics. Those issues were all personally addressed, and in every instance, resulted in a better understanding of modern dairy farms and the practices and procedures we follow. Meredith Leonard, a visitor of the Birthing Center, said, “I think about that whole experience all the time. Not just the birthing, which in itself is always quite extraordinary. What made it much more special were the reflections by all of you farmers about how you got into farming and why you love it, and the heart and soul everyone puts into the keeping of cows, keeping them healthy and happy, and how it provides such a meaningful life for so many families.”

As a result of everyone’s time, resources, expertise and passion, we as New York’s dairy industry, were successful in delivering the ultimate message to consumers – that dairy farmers today are good family-oriented people who care for their animals, their land and their local communities, as well as the product we produce.

Thank you for helping accomplish that goal! As a small token of our appreciation, please check out the video link http://animoto.com/play/eEyCXNT0oogN7UkSowFBwQ that documents some of the excitement we experienced this year.


ACE On-Farm Twilight Meetings: Building Trust in our Profession TOGETHER
Posted August 20th, 2013

Questions like, "How much of your operating budget stays local?" "What do you feed the cows?" "What is the average age of your cows?" were all answered by dairy producers during the six ACE On-farm Twilight Meetings held at farms across Wisconsin August 19-20, 26-29. More than 300 dairy producers, neighbors and local community leaders gathered together to discuss issues that impact their local towns and counties. Attendees got an up close look at the farms and animals and were able to ask unlimited questions of the dairy producers as they toured the farm, enjoyed ice cream sundaes during the social and discussed issues that affect their communities. "Attending the ACE On-Farm Twilight meeting was a  great experience, with excellent interaction with local town officials, producers and politicians. The meeting dialogue provided different perspectives and discussion points to the issues between rural and urban needs," said dairy producer John Ruedinger. 

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation proudly supports the ACE On-Farm Twilight Meetings with their partner, the AgStar Fund for Rural America.

Dairyland Initiative
Posted August 6th, 2013

We're proud to support the Dairyland Initiative, which provides educational material, networking, virtual tours and contacts to ensure that dairy producers have all the necessary information they require to construct welfare friendly facilities for their livestock. Here's how their efforts helped make one facility a better place for their cows and their owners:



Cow to Cone: Feeding Consumers' Craving for Information
Posted July 23rd, 2013

In partnership with PDPW and UW-Madison, the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation has committed resources to the development of a dairy outreach center at the recently renovated UW-Madison Dairy Cattle Center. Many potential audiences could learn about dairying through this center: Grade school students and their teachers studying local business and industry, state legislators, Madison area residents, and the 42,000 students who attend UW-Madison, for starters. 

The facility is an ideal outreach site, in the middle of the city. It is an opportunity to feed consumers, who are craving information about how their food is produced. Working with students from campus, this center could provide informational tours that will guide consumers from cow to ice cream cone.

2013 Dairy Challenge Academy
Posted July 23rd, 2013

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation is the proud sponsor of the first ever Dairy Challenge Academy, run by the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge and held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Dairy Challenge Academy allowed additional collegiate dairy students to participate and devlop business skills for the future.

“My name is Emily Morabito and I participated in last semester’s Dairy Challenge class at University of Kentucky. Dr. Jeffrey Bewley encouraged me to take the class, and I am very glad he did. I am a senior at the University of Kentucky now. In my four years here, or anywhere, I have never had an experience quite like that. 
  It's safe to say that I learned an incredible amount of information at the Dairy Challenge Academy. I was really nervous about going, especially because I had only been involved in the dairy for a little less than a year. It turns out, that was not a problem at all. I knew I was going to be with students that had been doing dairy their entire life. Probably the most rewarding parts of my experience was learning to work with students at all different levels of knowledge, working one-on-one with important industry personnel, networking, and taking things that I learned in class and applying it to real situations.”
-    Emily Morabito, senior at University of Kentucky


Record Number of Pairs Participate in PDPW Mentor Program
Posted July 22nd, 2013

Successful transition to the next generation of qualified and enthusiastic dairy producers is essential to sustaining the dairy industry. The 2013 PDPW Dairy Mentor program helped a record 55 students bridge that gap, connecting students with experienced dairy producers to share real world lessons on-farm and through an ongoing mentoring relationship.

That connection meant so much to Jennifer Raboine, a UW-Platteville student and aspiring veterinarian. "The Mentor Program was one of the best opportunities that I have had while at college. It was an amazing experience," Jennifer says. 

"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, Hilltop Dairy

2012 PDPW Youth Leadership Derby
Posted July 22nd, 2013

A snapshot of some of the 53 energetic young people who toured Cedar Valley Cheese, Sargento, Majestic Crossing Dairy and Kestell Farm during this weekend's Youth Leadership Derby. Thanks to everyone who made this hands-on dairy career exploration possible, including donors to the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation.

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.  
— Lily Feider, PDPW Youth Leadership Derby participant
"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."
— Nicole Strutz, Youth Leadership Derby participant
"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