Dairy industry professionals from across the state will come together in Madison, Wis., for the Dairy Business Association's 14th Annual Business Conference on Dec. 3 and 4.

Dairy producers, processors and allied industry supporters will hear from a variety of speakers, conduct an election for the DBA Board of Directors, and give out awards to honor those who have made exceptional contributions to the dairy industry.

This year's conference is packed with outstanding speakers and panel discussions. Governor Scott Walker will be the first speaker to address the participants at the conference. As a strong advocate of the dairy industry, Governor Walker will speak about the contributions dairy has made to Wisconsin and his plans to continue to grow the state's milk production.

The first discussion panel of the conference will be about water availability -- an issue on many producers' minds lately. Topics of the discussion will include an update from Jim Wysocki on his project in the Central Sands, high-capacity well regulations, and social and environmental impacts of high-capacity well permits.

The first day of the conference will come to a crescendo with the DBA Advocate Award and then the Annual Business Meeting, before concluding with a reception with an opportunity for constituents to mingle with legislators. The reception will, of course, feature some of the state's finest cheeses.

The second day of the conference will kick-off with the Leadership Award, where DBA will honor an individual that goes above and beyond demonstrating a commitment toward growing and strengthening the Wisconsin dairy industry.

The morning will also feature a "A Manure Showcase" panel, with fascinating discussions on innovative ways to let cows power trucks; a cure for liquid manure via a system that produces clean potable water, dry solids and concentrated liquid nutrients; and a pipeline that carries biogas from a dairy farm to a food processor for electricity.

The final engaging discussion panel of the conference will be How Innovation & Partnerships Grow Global Dairy Sales, and will be facilitated by John Umhoefer, Executive Director Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.

Other speakers throughout the conference include Rick Berman, Executive Director of the Center for Consumer Freedom; and Stephen Hayes, Senior writer of The Weekly Standard and author of two New York Times bestsellers.

The DBA 14th Annual Business Conference will take place on December 3 and 4, 2013 at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin. The cost for DBA members is $180 if registered before November 16th and $250 for non-members.