PDPW hosts Food and Policy Summit, Oct. 25-26

Wisconsin State Farmer



Dairy farmers are losing tools – like rBST, tail docking and wondering what’s next. On Oct. 25 and 26, 2016 Professional Dairy Producers® – PDPW will provide a venue for farmers and allied industry to engage, learn and ask direct questions of our industry partners. Lean into the discussion, for one day or both, at the Sheraton Hotel, at 706 John Nolen Dr., Madison.

The Summit will bring together a cross section of dairy farmers, veterinarians, processors, regulators, industry CEOs, and food system executives to foster critical dialogue regarding the dairy meat and milk industry. Participants will gain insight to the voices driving dairy policy on day one and close on day two more clearly understanding and being a part of the solution. Come to the table to tackle issues like market access, consumer perceptions and understanding other factors that shape policy on issues like bioengineered technologies, GMOs, rBST, and tail docking.

Event provides insight forces driving policy that impacts dairy and livestock producers.

Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel will open the keynote session “Voices Driving Policy” followed by food and consumer panels as well as insight from Scott Beckstead of the Humane Society of theh United States on the goals they have for the food-animal production industry.

On Day 2 “Be a part of the solution” attendees will learn more about the Policy of antibiotic use in animal agriculture, NNMPF’s policy, process and on-farm practices, and the Regulator/producer panel that will focus on water quality and the DNR administrative rule that regulates all types and sizes of dairy farms, a member of Peninsula Pride Farms Watershed project.

Day 2 will also feature breakout sessions focusing on Dairy Management Inc.; NMPF addresses questions about the FARM program;  WMMB and its promotional efforts; and responsible on-farm use of antibiotics and the working relationship between producer and veterinarian.

Registration fee covers workshop materials and lunch.  Registration does not include hotel. Cost is $100/day or $150/2 days for members and $150/day or $200/day for non-members.