2021 Yearly Webinar Subscription

DGN is excited to bring back the yearly webinar subscription! 

Sign up for every webinar in 2021 with one form, and get all the webinars for half of the price! You do not need to worry about signing up for individual webinars- logins for the live webinars and links for the recordings will be automatically sent to your inbox each month. Sign up once and don’t worry about doing anything else for the entire year!

For just $60 (half the price of a year’s worth of webinars!) you can get all of this and save time. Don’t miss out on webinars regarding mental health, calf care, employee management, transition cows, crops and more from experts in the field.

Interested? SIGN UP HERE!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from DGN

2020 was an unprecedented year for all of us, navigating our way through all the uncertainty and change. DGN realized early in our development that if we would reach our members “where they are,” we must be virtual. We need to be with them (with you) in the barn, in the car on the way to a dentist appointment, at your kitchen table, and in your ear or on your phone as you have five minutes waiting for the vet to arrive. We were able to be nimble in the COVID lock down because we were already flexible in our outreach. Not only were we ready with the platforms of webinars, Zoom meetings, long-distance mentoring, robust online discussions and pivoting to a virtual conference, we were also ready with content our members needed.

We want to thank you for your support and involvement in Dairy Girl Network. This community of over 5,000 highly engaged dairywomen participated in our third biennial Forward TogetHER National Conference, had thousands of discussions within our online community, participated in 15 webinars, continued important conversations about mental health through our #StrongerTogetHER campaign, went to a few Connect networking events in the spring, took advantage of our COVID-19 Resource Hub, learned a new language with our Spanish on La Granja courses and welcomed three new members to our Board of Directors. What a year it has been!
We also are grateful for our partners that support DGN development and share in our mission.
Sustaining Sponsor: Undeniably Dairy / Dairy Management Inc.
Catalyst Sponsors: Cargill, Compeer Financial, DeLaval, Diamond V, Farm Credit (Farm Credit Services of America, Compeer Financial, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, American AgCredit), Land O’Lakes, The National Dairy FARM Program, Merck Animal Health and Michael Best
 We are very honored and excited to bring you new opportunities and programming in 2021. Stay tuned for the next round of our Inspire mentor program, our next installment of our Spanish On La Granja courses, the return of our Enhance webinar series, the publication of the bi-monthly Dairy Girl Direction newsletter, more virtual and in-person events and many more exciting program developments. We are also welcoming a new member of our Board of Directors to our team next year.
 Keep up with us in the new year by liking us on Facebook, following us on Instagram and connecting with us on LinkedIn so you don’t miss a thing! 

 Happy Holidays,
The Dairy Girl Network Team & Board of Directors

Give the Gift of DGN!

This holiday season, give the gift of DGN!

Treat a dairywoman in your life to the gift of advanced education, growth, leadership and success in her #dairygirl role. DGN has many great programs that are perfect for the giving season:

Give the gift of our dynamic conference to someone special, or yourself! Sign up now for access to Forward TogetHER On Demand and receive access to all 26 recorded breakout and general sessions, along with access to our Conference Resource Hub which has special conference materials, printables and a virtual swag bag. Gift the Forward TogetHER On Demand experience for $179 and you or your loved one can access this anytime until the end of January 2021. You still have time to learn, lead and succeed. Learn more HERE.


Give the gift of continuing education and constant learning! Looking for a present for a special dairywoman in your life? Gift her a year-long subscription to our webinars for 2021! DGN hosts webinars almost every month to advance knowledge on everything from planting, finances, calf care, mental health, management, transition cows and more! Individual webinar rates are standard at $10 per webinar, but sign up now for our yearly subscription and receive access to every webinar in 2021 for half of the price. You do not need to worry about signing up for individual webinars either- logins for the live webinars and links for the recordings will be automatically sent to your inbox. Sign up once and don’t worry about doing anything else for the entire year! For only $60, you can gift an entire year’s worth of webinars for a loved one. Give her or yourself the gift of continued education HERE!


Give the gift of community to yourself or a dairywoman in your life. Get involved in the DGN community by joining our private Facebook group, Exchange by Dairy Girl Network.Click HERE to find the group and make sure to answer all of the questions to guarantee approval. Have a dairywoman in your life that you want to gift the opportunity to join a community of other #dairygirls that she can connect and learn with? Share with her that our membership is free and she can sign up HERE!

Join Us for a Webinar on 12/18/20: Bold Leadership

Bold Leadership

This webinar will be presented by Laura Daniels, Heartwood Farm, Hitch Pin Consulting and Dairy Girl Network Founder and President, Friday, December 18th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

What does it take to be a bold leader? Have the required skill and talent changed over time? Are leaders born with that special something or can it be developed? In this high energy session, Laura will answer these questions with research and the real life examples of leaders she works with. It is really all about listening to your people and a genuine willingness to adapt and change – now more than ever!

Laura will also share her journey; the challenges and breakthroughs that have led her to believe the best leaders are home grown, not naturals. Laura will inspire you to be intentional in your leadership development. These skills will make you more effective in every aspect of your life and help you have a greater impact on what matters most to you.

Learning objectives:
1. We will review what makes a great leader great. Who are people who you look to as models of leadership?
2. You are who you surround yourself with. How to build teams, culture and networks that will create success for all for the long term.
3. How to get real about burnout for yourself and those you lead.

Call in, watch online OR listen when you can! We record and hold all webinars for one month for members to watch when it suits them! You must still register by the deadline below to watch this webinar live or on your own time.

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register is Thursday, December 17th, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

Webex hosting and recording is brought to you by Zoetis.

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources to dairywomen without leaving the farm.

Dairy Girl Network is Looking for a Producer to Join the Board of Directors

DGN is seeking nominations for a Producer to join the Board of Directors!

As Dairy Girl Network continues to grow we also need to grow our team of leaders. If you know of a talented dairywoman who has the energy to help move our great organization forward, please nominate her for a Dairy Girl Network Board of Director position. The nomination form is available here.

The nomination period is open now and will end October 27th. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominees must be an official member of the Dairy Girl Network. If not, be sure you/they sign up here.

The Dairy Girl Network Board is made up of both dairy producers and industry representatives. At this time we will be filling one empty producer seat. To be eligible, nominees should be actively farming.

The field of nominees will be held confidential and will be considered by a sub-committee of the Dairy Girl Network board. After they have narrowed the field there will be a questionnaire or interview conducted by the same committee. They will then recommend top candidates to the full board who upon approval will appoint the new board member.

If there are any questions please reach out to Laura Daniels, or any member of the Dairy Girl Network Board: Kristy Pagel, Carrie Mess, Michelle Philibeck, LuAnn Troxel, Tami Smith, Mary Knigge, Michelle Schilter, Connie Kuber, Corinne Banker and Bec Shaw, or our DGN staff: Brenda Gilbertson, Renee Norman-Kenny or Amanda Borkowski. All contact information for these dairywomen can be found here.

Time commitment is attending one conference call per month and one to two face to face meetings, one of which will be held at World Dairy Expo. Each board member is also asked to serve on a planning committee for a program area, for example: Connect networking events, Enhance webinars and educational programs, Inspire mentoring program or another area of programming. We pride ourselves on being a virtual organization and most work is done through conference calls and email.

We can’t wait to have an additional woman join this great team!

Please nominate a fellow dairywomen by October 27th HERE.

Join Us for a FREE Webinar on 10/16/20: Dairy Girl Network Looking Forward TogetHER

Dairy Girl Network Looking Forward TogetHER

This webinar will be presented by Laura Daniels, Kristy Pagel and Amanda Borkowski, leadership and staff, Dairy Girl Network, Friday, October 16th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

During this webinar you will learn more about Dairy Girl Network and the programs available within our organization. You will hear from the leaders of DGN about our plans for the future and what is coming next. One upcoming event DGN will share about is the Forward TogetHER virtual national conference to be held in November. See a sneak peek of the conference and learn more about this virtual conference. There will also be a chance for you to share your ideas on how we can make DGN even more valuable to you!

What is DGN doing? How can DGN programs help you? When can you plug in and grow your skills or be inspired? Why should you get involved with DGN? Register now to find out!

Call in, watch online OR listen when you can! We record and hold all webinars for one month for members to watch when it suits them! You must still register by the deadline below to watch this webinar live or on your own time. 

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register is Thursday, October 15th, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources to dairywomen without leaving the farm.

Forward TogetHER Conference Now Going Virtual!

Our mission has always been to reach dairywomen where they are. This means making more resources available to more of our members and reaching those that cannot be with us in person. Our national conference, Forward TogetHER, is no exception to this. It has never been more important than right now as we all maneuver this new normal. We are excited to shift our resources and attention to creating an exceptional virtual conference on November 3rd-5th. 

Our conference connects both producers and industry members to learn, grow and recharge their batteries, together. As we pivot our Forward TogetHER experience for 2020, these values will not change. In fact, we are finding even more ways to reach our members and provide a top notch, interactive and educational experience for everyone, no matter their location. We know that virtual meetings have become the norm and may be exhausting, but we at DGN are working to make this conference unlike any other virtual experience you have had before! As we work to provide a hybrid conference experience, some members that have already registered for the conference will have the opportunity to be a part of a live studio audience at the resort this November, while even more women will be able to enjoy the entire conference as a virtual experience as well. 

We look forward to still connecting hundreds of dairywomen, some in person, some virtually, to learn and grow through Forward TogetHER. This hybrid conference will be a full interactive experience and more than just an access to 25+ great speakers. It will be upbeat, fun and educational- unlike any virtual conference you have experienced before! This conference is tailored to women who are interested in growing their own skills in a multitude of ways and interacting with one another, and the hybrid experience will not change those outcomes, but amplify them!

If you have not yet registered for our national conference, we encourage you to REGISTER NOW for our online Forward TogetHER experience which will include a virtual Showcase, live streamed and recorded general sessions, access to all of our breakout sessions On Demand, interactive online opportunities along with a fun welcome night activity and networking time. Join us from your home, farm or work when it works in YOUR schedule!

If you want to see more of the agenda and the great speakers and topics we have lined up, go HERE. If you have specific questions that you do not see on our website site, please reach out to DGN Staff member Renee Norman-Kenny, Forward TogetHER Chairwoman Kristy Pagel or another DGN staff member or Board members- contact info can be found HERE. Please stay tuned for more announcements as we continue to move forward together.

Join Us for a Webinar on 9/18/20: Getting Employee Training Done – Online Training Options and Benefits

Getting Employee Training Done – Online Training Options and Benefits

This webinar will be presented by Jennifer Fernandes Hanf, Key Account Manager, milc group, Friday, September 18th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

As dairy operations grow in size, introduce new technologies and work to ensure proper animal welfare and a safe work environment, implementing an effective employee training and development program is more important than ever. However most producers admit they do not have a formalized training program and struggle to provide and monitor employee training on a consistent basis. Some of the biggest labor challenges facing producers are:

  • Finding, developing and retaining skilled labor
  • Scheduling on boarding and on-going training
  • Providing training in the employee’s native language
  • Record keeping and monitoring.

Online training resources offer tools to address many of these challenges and help to get training done. In this webinar we will discuss what an effective training program looks like and explore the benefits of online training options.

Call in, watch online OR listen when you can! We record and hold all webinars for one month for members to watch when it suits them! You must still register by the deadline below to watch this webinar live or on your own time. 

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register is Thursday, September 17th, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

This webinar is sponsored by milc group.

Webex hosting and recording is brought to you by Zoetis.

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources to dairywomen without leaving the farm.

Join Us for a Webinar on 8/28/20- Milk to the Basics: Training Your Technicians by Finding Their WHY

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Milk to the Basics: Training Your Technicians by Finding Their WHY

This webinar will be presented by Jorge Delgado, Training, Talent Development and Retention (T2R) Program Lead, Alltech, Friday, August 28th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST.

Employees are one of the most valuable assets to any dairy, therefore, training and developing the people entrusted to carry out milking protocols should be a top priority. Alltech’s Training, Talent Development and Retention Program will train producers on how to train their employees on harvesting milk quality using the 3 principles of engagement: Relevance, measurement and recognition. Through a session directed to dairy workers in charge of milking cows, we will train the trainers on using the right communication, tools and resources to engage them and make them more efficient. The trainers will understand how to:
• Help employees better understand why they are doing what they are doing
• How to provide an engaging classroom environment and hands-on lessons for the workers

This training will train how to explain to employees with no dairy background their importance in this industry and the families behind our business, the principles of consistency, basic udder physiology to understand milking procedures, what a SCC is and the WHY behind any single milking procedure.

Call in, watch online OR listen when you can! We record and hold all webinars for one month for members to watch when it suits them! You must still register by the deadline below to watch this webinar live or on your own time. 

*Limited space available – register early to reserve your spot! Deadline to register is Thursday, August 27th, 11:59pm CST. Register by clicking here!

This webinar is sponsored by Alltech.

Webex hosting and recording is brought to you by Zoetis.

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources to dairywomen without leaving the farm.

We value and need YOUR input!

DGN Survey_Forward TogetHER_July 2020

As we continue to move forward and plan our third Forward TogetHER National Conference, we want to hear from you! To help us plan best and gain insights on participation preferences, please complete this very short survey HERE. Your prompt response is appreciated! This survey can be completed anonymously if you would like.

You have choices for how you’ll experience Forward TogetHER 2020 and we want to know how you are looking forward to experiencing the conference. Your responses are appreciated no matter if you have already registered, plan to register or are thinking about registering.

We are all in this together and look forward to hosting Forward TogetHER 2020.