PDPW Dairy Policy Summit set Oct. 30-31 in Middleton

Industry leaders, producers, educators encouraged to attend.

Dairy producers, policy makers and elected officials are urged to attend the Dairy Policy Summit Oct. 30-31 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton.

The PDPW Dairy Policy Summit brings together dairy producers, policy makers and elected officials to explore current business and industry issues, exchange ideas and seek solutions that can work for today's dairy industry and energy industries.

Developed and coordinated by Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW), the Dairy Policy Summit will address "'Discovering Dairy's New Role…Balancing Energy and Food Production."' One highlight will be Governor Jim Doyle, as he will discuss the future of the Wisconsin economy.

Multiple dignitaries, leaders and experts will also present at the Summit, including UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Molly Jahn; Secretary of the Department of Work Force Development Roberta Gassman; Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Rod Nilsestuen; Director of Energy Independence Judy Ziewacz and Representative Al Ott, to name a few. In addition, attendees will tour Rosy-Lane Holsteins, owned by Lloyd & Daphne Holterman and Tim Strobel, and the soon-to-open Renew Energy in Jefferson.

If you are a local elected official; a dairy producer with a vision for the future; a policy maker; an agency employee; an educator or an industry leader – this is one event you can't afford to miss. The Dairy Policy Summit brings together the state's leading decision makers, because working together is the only way we will create sustainable balance for ourselves and generations to come.

With engaging presentations, interactive panels, firsthand opportunities to get your questions answered from the experts and unique tours, the Dairy Policy Summit is the place to find recent information and inside facts about the dairy and energy industries.

"'The Dairy Policy Summit is a place to learn, engage in dialogue with leaders, find answers and solutions and hear directly from policymakers and leaders in our State,"' said Shelly Mayer, PDPW Executive Director. "'Anyone interested in shaping the future of agriculture won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind conference."'

Cost for the PDPW Dairy Policy Summit is $150 for PDPW members and $225 for non-members. Single day rates are $100 for members and $150 for non-members. Registration includes all materials, meals and refreshments. To register or receive additional information, visit www.pdpw.org or call 800-947-7379. Please pre-register by Oct. 20. All PDPW educational programs, such as the Dairy Policy Summit, are open to anyone interested in the dairy industry.

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