The future leaders of the dairy industry gathered recently in San Francisco for the Young Cooperator Leadership Development program, held in conjunction with the National Milk Producers Federation joint annual meeting.
The program this year included industry speakers such as Roger Cady, Monsanto Dairy Business, Trent Loos, Faces of Agriculture, Joan Horbiak, Food Nutrition Network, as well as speakers from Dairy Management Inc, U.S. Dairy Export Council and NMPF.
A new council was decided on by the cooperatives. This group will attend a planning session in Washington next summer and plan the annual meeting next year to be held in Las Vegas.
The Chair couple are Ian & Tori Heatwole, Dairy Farmers of America, the Vice-Chair couple are Matthew & Jennifer Berge, Land O'Lakes, and the Secretary couple are Bruce & Jennifer Lewis, Michigan Milk Producers Association.
The rest of the council are as follows: Byron & Carol Graybeal, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers, Jill & Casey Allen, Tillamook County Creamery, Keith & Misty Boyle, United Dairymen of Arizona, Remington & Mary Perkins, Dairy Farmers of America, Cassie & Hugh Fedler, Agri-Mark Inc, Dwaine & Pricilla Junck, Associated Milk Producers Inc, Jon & Deanna Gilbert, Dairylea Cooperative, Will & Teresa Bron, Northwest Dairy Association, Eric & Kathy Dziedzic, Upstate Farms Cooperative, Glen & Melissa Schmitt, Swiss Valley Farms and Terry Embry, Southeast Milk.