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Below you will find the current agenda for the 2020 Forward TogetHER National Conference. This agenda will be updated as soon as more information is confirmed, so check back often. ** Register for Forward TogetHER HERE! **

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Afternoon Pre-Conference Sessions (learn more HERE)

  • Mental Health First Aid Training: Identify. Understand. Respond.
  • Fresh Cheese 101
  • Quiet the Noise, Set Your Intentions

Welcome Night: Flavors of Wisconsin

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020


  • Dairy Girl Fitness Workout
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome
  • Opening Speaker: Confidence in Uncertainty” presented by Mary Ledman
  • General Session: “Building an Ecosystem Utilizing Technology” panel
  • Break
  • General Session: “Impacts of Cow Side Strategies and Decisions to Your Bottom Line” presented by Matt Lange
  • Lunch


  • General Session: “Why Net Zero Matters” Sustainability panel discussion with Krysta Harden, Tara Vander Dussen and Jim Wallace, sponsored by DMI
  • First Breakout Sessions
    • Washington Insider” presented by Mary Knigge
    • Importance of Teaching and Styles of Teaching” presented by Elsie Gonzalez, sponsored by Udder Tech
    • Building Your Financial Confidence” presented by Amber Hewett and Matt Lange, sponsored by GPS Dairy Consulting and Compeer
    • Turning Friction Into a Positive” presented by Michelle Jackson, sponsored by Zoetis
    • From Field to Feed” presented by Michelle Chang-Der Bedrosian, sponsored by Vita Plus and Lallamand Animal Nutrition
  • Break
  • Second Breakout Sessions
    • Legal Learnings Through a Crisis” presented by Leah Ziemba
    • Behaviors Impacting Your Bottom Line” presented by Dr. Kelly Reed, sponsored by Diamond V
    • “Building Resiliency and Finding Joy” presented by Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim
    • Understanding Your Milk Check
    • Turn Observation into Actions for Better Calves” presented by Michelle Sullivan, sponsored by Cargill
    • Free Time
  • Bar and Reception
  • Dinner with Speaker
  • Dessert and DGN Networking Event

Thursday, November 5th, 2020


  • Dairy Girl Fitness Workout
  • Early Bird Gets the Worm Sessions
    • Milk Markets: Today, Tomorrow and Into the Future” presented by Mary Ledman
    • Workplace 101: The Answer is Yes – How to Lean in, Learn, and Live Your Best Life” presented by Martha Trott, sponsored by DeLaval
  • Light Breakfast and Coffee
  • General Session: “Transitioning Into Your Next Purpose” panel
  • Brunch
  • General Session: “Animal Welfare: Essential for the Cow, the Producer and the Consumer” presented by Dr. Jennifer Van Os, sponsored by The National Dairy FARM Program
  • Closing Speaker: “I Have Something to Say presented by Laura Daniels, sponsored by Alltech

Afternoon Post-Conference Sessions (learn more HERE)

  • Calf Care 201, sponsored by ImmuCell and StateLine Vet Clinic
  • New Manager Crash Course
  • Optional: Self-Guided Local Tours and Attractions

Sponsorship from:

Vision: Dairy Herd Management
Sustaining: Dairy Management Inc.
Catalyst: Cargill, Compeer, DeLaval, Diamond V, Farm Credit, Land O’ Lakes, Merck Animal Health, Michael Best and The National Dairy FARM Program
Conference: 4D Ag Fashion, Alltech, Boehringer Ingelheim, Calf Star, Dairy Farmers of America, Denkavit, Festival Foods, Genex, GPS Dairy Consulting, Holstein International, ImmuCell, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, MILC Group, Rabobank, StateLine Vet Clinic, TechMix, UdderTech, Vita Plus and Zoetis

Shuttle service will be courtesy of Diamond V.

Charging station sponsored by Dairy Farmers of America.

** Session summaries and speaker biographies to come soon.**

**Agenda subject to change**

** Register for Forward TogetHER HERE! **