Interested In Carbon? PDPW Conference Focuses In

Interesting in building your carbon expertise? Understanding the opportunities and pitfalls of the growing carbon market sector is critical for dairy producers. Carbon Conference 2.0 will provide focused insights and access to leading experts for producers and industry professionals.

The one-day event by Professional Dairy Producers will be Jan. 30 at the Sheraton Madison Hotel in Madison. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The program will conclude at 3:30 p.m.

“Carbon Conference 2.0 is designed to bring together all stakeholders so they understand the concepts and can apply the information directly to their business,” says Shelly Mayer, dairy producer from Slinger and PDPW executive director. “There are serious positive and negative implications to consider in the carbon conversation. Everyone involved – from the producer to the retailer – must understand the vernacular if the dairy sector is to be sustainable long term.”

The interactive sessions will focus on critical elements such as helping producers determine their current carbon footprint number. The program will also help attendees understand how the carbon-footprint-reduction pledges made by national and international companies impact them. Speakers will outline the details of carbon markets, including the difference between offsets and insets and how each is calculated. Presenters will be available for conversations and questions all day.

  • Mark Inkrott is the co-founder and partner of Upfield Group, a consulting and private investment firm. He has led its consulting business for agriculture, food, energy and sports sectors for 15 years. Prior to Upfield Group, Inkrott worked for Dairy Management Inc and the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy in a variety of strategic roles.
  • Dr. Sara Kvidera is a dairy technical consultant for Elanco Animal Health. She has studied and published in areas related to dairy cow metabolism, heat stress, inflammation, feed additives and gut health. She earned degrees at both Kansas State University and Iowa State University.
  • Daniel Peerless is the sustainable sourcing lead for dairy, meat, poultry and eggs for Nestlé Global. He leads the implementation of the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard within the global supply chain. He also the technical lead for the Dairy Climate Taskforce. He identifies technologies and practices that can be applied to reduce emissions in Nestlé’s dairy supply.
  • Patrick Wood is the founder of Ag Methane Advisors. This is a consulting firm that helps livestock producers reap the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For 17 years, he has focused on the various environmental commodities available to dairy producers.

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