DFA Engineer Selected for National Leadership Program

July 2, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) Corporate Project Engineer Dave Johnston is one of 20 U.S. business, community and government leaders who have been selected to participate in the 2010 National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Executive Energy Leadership Program.

NREL, a research agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, brings together energy executives from across the country and teaches them about clean energy solutions through renewable energy technologies. The executives then become ambassadors who help with future energy decisions and stewardship in their organizations.

“I’ve always had a keen awareness of the escalating demands on our environment,” said Johnston. “I feel very privileged to be one of 20 people across the nation who was selected to participate in this program.”

Johnston, who has had key roles in expansion projects at DFA manufacturing facilities in Winnsboro and Schulenburg, Texas, believes the mock-up energy project he will create for the final assignment of the program could realistically be applied to DFA plants.

“We are looking at this program as an opportunity to take advantage of all the resources available to us,” Johnston said. “We have several plants across the country in high wind or solar zones that have an opportunity to generate their own power. Some areas are already utilizing biomass energy.”

Johnston and the other energy executives will meet monthly through September. The sessions cover topics ranging from solar and wind power solutions to biofuels and transportation. The program also features discussions about the future of energy markets and tools for renewable energy, briefings by technology experts, research laboratory tours and visits to fieldapplications.

Alumni of the NREL Executive Energy Leadership Program include U.S. senators, city mayors and energy company vice presidents.