PDPW Dairy Insights Summit Fast Approaching

Dairy farmers, processors, elected officials and other leading-edge stakeholders will come together at the 2023 Dairy Insights Summit® presented by Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW). They will learn about the latest information and ideas regarding market access, food-production sustainability and also mitigating the amount of food waste across the country.

Leading-edge stakeholders will be at the one-day event on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the program running from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be at the Sheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolan Drive, Madison, Wis.

“Year after year, this program brings to light the topics dairy producers need to know about,” said Brian Forrest, board chair of event sponsor Dairy’s Foundation. “Sustainability, particularly as it pertains to food production, distribution and waste is becoming increasingly important to the American consumer . Today’s dairy producer is equally interested in these topics. Attending this event is an important step in learning how to better manage our businesses in the faces of rising costs and global uncertainties.”

The “Writing the rules to the market-access game,” panel discussion at the summit will feature James McVitty, vice president of trade strategy, sustainability and stakeholder affairs for Fonterra; Martin Bates, president, global relations and marketing for Dairy Farmers of America; and also Ryan Baraniuk, vice president of marketing for Arla Foods Canada. Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, will facilitate the discussion. Topics will include shifts in the dairy industry and what they mean to on-farm sustainability, consumer demands and growth opportunities. The panelists will also provide insights on how a move to global regionalization will impact individual producers and the industry as a whole.

Other sessions at the Dairy Insights Summit will focus on the challenges of food waste pertaining to the production, distribution as well as retail sectors of the food chain. Tara McNerney, business support manager for Food Loss and Waste will speak to the impact of food waste. She will also talk about projects underway to improve management practices. A panel discussion including Travis Blomberg, campus resource coordinator for University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Sustainability, and Brandon Scholz, president and CEO of Wisconsin Grocers Association, will be facilitated by Shelly Mayer, Slinger, Wis., dairy producer and executive director of PDPW. They will showcase some of the innovations, technologies, processes and creative thinking currently underway to limit food waste.

Registration fee includes the workshop materials and lunch. Dairy Insights Summit is an accredited training and offers up to 5.5 Dairy AdvanCE® continuing education units (CEUs) for each day.

To learn more or secure credits, visit www.DairyAdvance.org.