• Economist Dan Basse will present “Eyes on Horizon, Pencils to Paper,” focusing on future profitability as feed markets, the U.S. economy, USDA programs and world demand shift and churn. The convergence of all these global factors requires dairy producers to exceed previous financial benchmarks. Basse will walk through world dairy outlook, milk prices and feed trends.
• NFL wide receiver Jordy Nelson will tell his story, “How a Farm Kid Prepared for a Moment of Opportunity.” Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Nelson spent three seasons waiting in the wings behind talented veteran receivers. He was finally given his chance to shine in Super Bowl XLV. Since that banner day, Nelson has been expected to stay at the top of his game at a very competitive and demanding level. Nelson will share what his ongoing connection to agriculture brings to his career as a professional football player.
In addition to the keynotes, 16 morning and afternoon specialty sessions take place on both March 12 and 13, offering broad coverage of topics of greatest concern to today’s diverse dairy farm operations. New this year, three “FreshPicks” stages, in the Hall of Ideas and Large Equipment Show, will feature 12 different “hot topic” presentations by fresh voices from around the country. For the complete line-up of specialty sessions and FreshPicks presentations, visit www.pdpw.org, or call 800-947-7379 for a conference brochure.
When not in sessions, dairy producers can browse the Hall of Ideas and Large Equipment Show, expanded to include more and larger exhibits, showcasing the innovative products, ideas and technologies from industry-leading companies that serve the dairy industry.
The PDPW Business Conference has become a place for dairy producers to reconnect with industry friends, discover ways to handle on-farm tasks and business challenges, and plug in to industry issues that require dairy producer leadership, according to Diederichs.
Registration for the 2014 PDPW Business Conference can be found at www.pdpw.org, or by calling PDPW at 800-947-7379.