Volume 17: Issue 1 January 2015
BOTTOM LINE Sharing ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
Is your farm business crisis-prepared? Page 7
Dairy industry contributes more than $43.4 billion to Wisconsin’s economy, Page 18
Cornerstone Dairy Academy™, Page 30
Hone your dairy financial skills , Page 31
A world of connections awaits you: 2015 PDPW Business Conference Kick off 2015 by making plans now to attend the 2015 PDPW Business Conference, March 18-19, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. The Conference is your portal to a world of new connections that can help you and your dairy business thrive. It’s also your portal to the dream team of the dairy business—Dr. David Kohl, Tim Hunt and Mary Ledman—who will deliver three of the conference’s six general session keynotes. Back by popular demand, Dr. David Kohl will take you on a ride far beyond your farm during the Business Conference’s Opening General Session keynote, “Connecting the Dots, Economically and Generationally.” With one foot planted on your dairy and the other on the gas pedal, acclaimed economist and teacher Dr. Kohl will explore economic data and resources that will make a difference in your future success and will help you
connect with critical success factors and visualize just how important you are to the dairy universe. During his March 19 morning keynote, “Think Globally, Connect Locally,” Tim Hunt, Global Dairy Strategist for Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory team, will assess the demand for dairy products around the world, growth in competing dairy regions and your ability to compete on the world stage. He also will explore the challenges facing our processing infrastructure and reveal the increasingly i m p o r ta n t co n n e c t i o n s among everyone in the dairy supply chain. No one knows the dairy
m a rke ts a s well as Mary Ledman, fo u n d e r o f Keough Ledman Associates, a dairy Mary Ledman e c o n o m i c consulting firm. Using her keen insight into the production, processing, pricing and policy side of dairy, Ledman will deliver one of the Closing General Session keynotes on March 19 and show us how to “Connect to Profit Opportunities in 2015.” The 2015 PDPW Business Conference, March 18-19, Madison, Wis., is the place to connect with a new idea, an old friend, a global perspective, a preferred supplier, an inspiring attitude, a leading expert, the latest technology and a trusted resource—all in just two days. Look for more information about the PDPW Business Conference in the next issue of Dairy’s Bottom Line.
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