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Application for PDPW Mentor Program

Wisconsin agriculture is powered by a $45.6 billion dairy industry that's full of opportunities for the next generation. By participating in the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Mentor Program, you can grow your network, share ideas and get hands-on experience that will help you build your own future in dairy.

The goals of the PDPW Mentor Program are to increase opportunities for students to experience modern dairy production systems and to stimulate career planning with production agriculture as an option. We've developed the PDPW Mentor Program for students of four-year universities, technical schools and Short Course Students.

Here are the three easy steps to have a successful Mentor Program experience:

1. Apply
Complete and submit the PDPW Mentor Program student application, resume and Disclaimer of Liability by November 15, 2021. PDPW will contact you with your match by November 24, 2021. You can apply by filling out the form below. Also, mark your calendar to attend the PDPW Business Conference March 16-17, 2022. We ask that you do not apply if you know you will not be able to attend the conference.

2. Go
Contact your mentor and set up a date. Try to set up an entire day so you can get a full grasp of what your mentor does. It is important to ask questions and get to know each other, because that is what this day is all about! Also, don't be afraid to ask if you could shadow for more than one day. Remember to bring the completion form to the job shadow. Have your shadow completed, as well as your signed completion form, one-page summary and photo of you with your mentor turned in by February 7, 2022.

3. Business Conference
After the requirements are met and paperwork is finished and submitted, you will receive a complimentary registration to the PDPW Annual Business Conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells taking place on March 16 and 17, 2022, including a one-night hotel stay for students. We expect that you will attend the mentor program breakfast, as this is a tremendous opportunity to catch up with your mentor, network with dairy industry experts and meet new students from around the state!

Application questions can be directed to Olivia Spaight at


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*PDPW will make every effort to accommodate this request; however, the mentor who is best suited for you may not fit this preference.

*Please note that the pool of mentors is limited and you may not be matched with a farm of your specific interest.

Please upload a resume in one of these accepted file formats: .pdf, .docx, .doc. Maximum file size is 8MB.

Acknowledgment and Certification *

By applying to be a participant of the 2021-2022 PDPW Mentor Program, I am fully aware that I will be expected to fulfill the Mentor Program requirements to the best of my abilities and that my passion and interest in the program is strong and sincere.  I am also aware that applying does not guarantee me a spot in the Mentor Program and individuals will be selected upon age, dairy experience, strength of application and program interest.

The following checklist can be used as a reminder of the requirements that each selected applicant is expected to complete during the PDPW Mentor Program:

  • Complete student application, resume and Disclaimer of Liability by November 15, 2021
    • Complete the application online at

  • After matches have been distributed to students (November 24, 2021), the students are responsible for contacting their mentors to schedule a time to visit
    • Typically during Thanksgiving or Winter Break

  • Once the visit has been completed, students are to submit a one-page summary (where they went, what they did, what they learned, etc.), a photo taken with their mentor at the producer's farm and a signed completion form to by February 7, 2021

  • Attend PDPW Annual Business Conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on March 16 and 17, 2022

  • Attend PDPW Mentor Program Breakfast on March 17, 2022. It is very important that you make this event a priority! Note: Time and date of breakfast subject to change.


By checking the boxes below and pressing submit, I agree to the following terms and Student disclaimer of liability.

The parties understand that the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, ("PDPW"), is acting as a facilitator of the Mentor Program, ("Program") by linking students with agricultural mentors under specified guidelines. In order to take part in the Mentor Program, the undersigned understands and agrees as follows:

1) If accepted, the Mentor agrees to attend the PDPW Annual Business Conference on March 16 and 17, 2022 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center. Attendance is mandatory in order to participate in the Mentor Program.

2) The Mentor Supervisor Farm and the Mentor, as appropriate, shall be solely responsible for personal and/or physical injuries and damages incurred by either the Internship Supervisor Farm and/or the Intern.

3) The Mentor shall be solely responsible for his or her actions and completion of this Program including the duties and responsibilities required by the Internship Supervisor Farm.

4) The Mentor Supervisor Farm shall be solely responsible for compliance with any and all Federal, State and local employment, discrimination, harassment and other employment related laws, as applicable, including those provided in Paragraph 1, above.

5) Although PDPW attempts to utilize information provided to it by applicants solely for this Program, it shall not be held responsible for the outside dissemination of such information.

6) Although PDPW shall attempt to keep all information and documentation provided by it including which is posted in its website, accurate and current, it shall not be held responsible for any failures, whatsoever, to do the same.

7) In no event shall PDPW be liable to the Mentorship Farm/place of Business, Facility Advisor or the Student for any and all damages, losses and/or costs, including direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages, of any kind or nature, whatsoever, relating to PDPW"s involvement in this program.

8) The Mentor's Farm or place of Business and/or the Student shall indemnify, defend and hold PDPW harmless from any and all actual or threatened causes of action, claims, damages, losses, costs, penalties, liabilities and/or deficiencies including reasonable attorney fees, of any kind or nature, including, but not limited to, lost profits, direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or punitive damages arising out of or relating to PDPW's involvement in this Program.

9) No oral or written information or advice given by PDPW or its authorized representatives shall, in any way whatsoever, increase the scope of this Disclaimer.