DFA Hosts Young Cooperator Leadership Conference

Sessions Arm Young Farmers with Skills to Represent the Dairy Industry
March 20, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In conjunction with its 12th Annual Meeting, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) hosted a leadership development conference for its Young Cooperator (YC) members. Through a series of workshops and sessions, this year’s program demonstrated how these young leaders can become stronger ambassadors for the dairy industry.

DFA’s YC program fosters interaction between dairy farmers ages 18 to 40 who are involved as owners, partners or hold distinct management responsibilities on a DFA-member dairy operation. The program is focused on personal and professional growth.

In addition to programming that exposed attendees to new skills, hot topics in the industry and Cooperative resources, conference attendees had the opportunity to network and share best practices with peers from across the nation.

Highlights of the 2010 YC Leadership Conference included:

• Be an Ambassador – Make a Difference
Cynthia D'Amour, MBA, leadership strategist with People Power Unlimited, LLC

• Spotlight on Animal Well-Being: Why Consumers’ Perceptions are Important to You
David Darr, DFA vice president of sustainability and public affairs

• Pride in Our Products
Janine Smiley, DFA director of industry communications

• Speak Up
Jackie Klippenstein, DFA vice president of industry and legislative affairs

Following the conference, the YCs joined more than 1,200 DFA members and industry guests to attend the Annual Meeting. As in years past, attendees participated in fundraising activities throughout the meeting, selling raffle tickets to benefit the DFA Cares Foundation.