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The Professional Dairy Producers Business Conference is right around the corner, March 16-17, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Dairy's premier educational event is poised to bring dairy owners, managers, heifer raisers, farm consultants, processors, scientists and other related dairy industry professionals two powerful days of training, networking and career building.

Educational sessions, presented by dairy's best experts, are enhanced with cutting edge information, management solutions and valuable resources and insights that can be utilized across multiple platforms for increased profitability. Below is a snapshot of this year's topics of discussion.

·Dr. Rick Grant, President of the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, NY, will have two sessions focused on feeding. The first will highlight the ideal feeding environment for optimal productivity, while the second will help attendees understand rumen fiber digestibility and dynamics.

·Dr. Daryl Nydam, an associate professor of Dairy Health and Production and Co-director of the Summer Dairy Institute in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Science at Cornell University, will discuss how feeding practices and environmental management can impact calf health.

·Dennis Frame is the founder of University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms Program and current Owner/Manager of Timber Ridge Consulting. His session will focus on best options for cover crops and his other session will shed light on the new guidelines for the 590 Nutrient Management Standards.

·Jim Salfer, regional extension educator with University of Minnesota Extension, has two sessions. One will reveal on-farm research from the upper Midwest on optimizing calf health in automated calf feeding systems and the other will discuss the key to maximizing profits in robotic milking systems.

·Trevina Broussard, an associate trainer with Humetrics and Peggy Morrow & Associates in Texas will lead two sessions, where she shares her expertise on hiring and retaining the best employees and positioning new employees for success.

·Dr. Mike Hutjens, is a well-known professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, Department of Animal Sciences. His specialty session will offer strategies for milk and feed price scenarios in the upcoming year.

·Steve DiTullio, attorney and partner at DeWitt Ross & Stevens, based in Madison, will present two sessions with one focused on current employment discrimination laws and another on best practices to limit liability risks as an employer.

The 2016 PDPW Business Conference offers a wealth of unmatched solutions and resources. Educational sessions, along with the keynote speakers and the Hall of Ideas & Equipment tradeshow, make this conference the must-attend event of the year. The inspirational speakers and peer-to-peer networking opportunities are designed for farms of all size and practice.

Registration is open to the public, calling for all dairy farmers and industry professionals throughout the nation. Registration is available online, via mail or by phone. To learn more about the 2016 PDPW Business Conference and to register, visit www.pdpw.org or call 1-900-947-7379.

Professional Dairy Producers is the nation's largest dairy producer-led, grassroots organization of its kind, focusing on education, networking and professional development to shares ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.

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