Dairy Farmers of America marks 11th year of industry service at annual meeting

March 19, 2009

Kansas City, Mo. - Kansas City-based Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) will host more than 1,200 members and dairy industry leaders at the Cooperative’s 11th Annual Meeting. This year’s theme – People. Pride. Passion. – sets the stage for a two-day event that explores the current state of the industry and the future of dairying while honoring the hardworking people who make DFA the organization it is today.

Industry topics, speakers and special guests include:

* Chairman’s Report – Tom Camerlo, Chairman of the Board, DFA
* President’s Report – Rick Smith, President and CEO, DFA
* Dairy Promotion: Driving Sales and Demand for Today and Tomorrow – Tom Gallagher, President and CEO, Dairy Management Inc.
* Issues and Opportunities Facing Producers in 2009 – Jerry Kozak, President and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation
* Innovation in the Dairy Industry: The LALA Story – Eduardo Tricio, President, Grupo LALA
* View of the Global Dairy Industry: A Partner’s Perspective – Henry van der Heyden, Chairman, Fonterra Cooperative

WHEN: 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 24 through 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 25
Contact Kristi Bell at 816-801-6636 for a complete program schedule.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Crown Center, 2345 McGee St., Kansas City

VISUAL OPPS: Photo opportunities include industry leadership, member attendees and Dairy Expo activities, including the chance to meet Elsie – the official “spokescow” of the Borden® Friends of Elsie campaign, which recognizes hardworking American dairy farmers, their love of the land and their animals.

MEDIA ACCESS: Please contact Kristi Bell at 816-801-6636 or 816-812-0336 to make parking arra