DFA Young Cooperators Attend NMPF Dairy Policy and Legislative Forum

July 21, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) Young Cooperators (YC) recently visited Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional leaders and discuss issues impacting the dairy industry. They attended the 2011 National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) Dairy Policy and Legislative Forum as representatives of DFA’s YC Program.

DFA YCs who attended the conference include Cindy Damm, from Columbus, Wis.; David Foster, from Fort Scott, Kan.; and Jared and Genny Myers, from New Plymouth, Idaho.

Damm, Foster and the Myers were among nearly 45 dairy farmers from different industry cooperatives who attended the conference, where they discussed key legislative issues and sat down with congressional leaders to discuss dairy policy.

As part of the conference, DFA YCs had the opportunity to network at a reception for legislators, legislative staff, and other milk marketing cooperative members and staff. They also attended NMPF’s regular board meeting and observed discussions about dairy policy and other industry-wide issues.

DFA’s Young Cooperator program fosters interaction between young 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 facilitates the development of leadership skills, enabling young cooperators to improve their industry, their cooperative and their lives.