Dairy Strong set for Jan. 23-24, 2019; Keynote speakers announced

Wisconsin State Farmer
Dairy Strong

GREEN BAY - Hundreds of dedicated members of the U.S. dairy community will gather again Jan. 23-24, 2019, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, in Madison, Wis., for the fifth annual Dairy Strong conference. 

This past January, more than 700 people from across the country listened to dynamic speakers, engaged in panel discussions and explored educational programs that focused on a wide range of issues affecting the dairy community.

Dairy Strong organizers are working hard to build content that is relevant opportunities and challenges faced by dairy farmers today. All sessions are chosen through an open proposal process, due June 15. Topics, speakers and other exciting updates will be determined and announced in the coming months. 

Three keynote speakers have already been chosen for the conference:

Molly Fletcher will serve as the opening keynote for Dairy Strong 2019. She was hailed as the "female Jerry Maguire" as she represented sport's biggest names, including Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, PGA TOUR golfer Matt Kuchar, broadcaster Erin Andrews, and basketball coaches Tom Izzo and Doc Rivers. Molly will call on her business wisdom, relationship experience and unwavering optimism to draw parallels to the dairy community.

Back by popular demand is Ken Schmidt, the former director of communications for Harley-Davidson. Ken spoke at the first Dairy Strong conference in 2015 and he will return in 2019 to make connections between the dairy community and his experience with one of the most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history.

Famed geopolitical strategist, Peter Zeihan will close the conference. Peter's worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends.

"Dairy Strong brings farmers and dairy professionals from diverse management philosophies together to coalesce around what's important to our community - today and in the future," says Mike North, president of the Dairy Business Association. "We work hard to provide content that is cutting-edge, inspiring and entertaining."

Dairy Strong provides attendees the chance to listen to unique keynotes, participate in practical sessions and engage with the nation's leading dairy suppliers on the trade show floor. 

Updates and announcements about Dairy Strong can be found at Sponsorships and exhibits are also available.

Registration will open Sept. 1.