Young Cooperator Conference Brings DFA Members Together

August 12, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – More than 50 dairy farmers recently attended the Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) 2010 Southeast Area Young Cooperator (YC) Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

In Nashville, the YCs networked with peers from their region and discussed factors impacting the local dairy industry. During the conference, they attended presentations about life on the family farm and using social media to communicate about the industry. They also toured the Country Delite Farms Plant, a DFA customer plant in Nashville.

“The YC program offers young dairy producers the opportunity to meet other farmers who share similar interests and future goals,” said Myles Payne, chairman of DFA’s Southeast Area YCs. “YC members are exposed to unique experiences that help develop them into tomorrow’s industry leaders.”

Following the YC Conference, attendees also took part in the Southeast Area Leadership Conference, which featured a presentation by Dr. Ron Hanson about the importance of farm succession planning and communication in family operations. The conference also provided members with an overview of the global dairy economy, an update on Cooperative business and a closer look at some of the farm services available to help manage on-farm costs and profitability.

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 farm operation. The program facilitates the development of leadership skills, enabling young cooperators to improve their industry, their cooperative and their lives.