YCs Give Back at DFA Leadership Conference

March 23, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As part of their 2011 leadership development conference, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) Young Cooperator (YC) members teamed up with Harvesters Community Food Network, a Kansas City-based food bank.

YCs contributed their time and effort at Harvesters’ Volunteer Outreach Center, where their actions assisted in the distribution of more than 3 million pounds of donated food and household supplies to help feed the nearly 66,000 hungry people who turn to Harvesters for emergency food assistance every week. Members also toured the food bank’s warehouse to better understand the center’s intake and distribution process.

“These young farmers produce the dairy products that feed this country, and having them work to provide dairy and other nutritious foods to those in need is a special opportunity,” said Joyce Bupp, a member of DFA’s Board of Directors and president and chair of the DFA Cares Foundation. “This experience is a really positive way to demonstrate the value placed on community participation throughout DFA.”

Prior to the volunteer experience, YCs participated in a workshop presented as part of DFA’s member-focused social media training program. During this workshop, YCs discussed the impact social media has on the dairy industry and learned practical tips for interacting online. Following their volunteer session, YCs had the opportunity to put new skills to work by sharing the experience through social media.

The YC leadership conference was held in conjunction with DFA’s 13th Annual Meeting. Following the conference, the YCs joined more than 1,300 DFA members and industry guests in attending the Cooperative’s Annual Meeting. As in years past, attendees participated in fundraising activities throughout the meeting, selling raffle tickets to benefit the DFA Cares Foundation.

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.