MMPA Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperator Conference

Date/Time
Date(s) - August 13, 2019 - August 14, 2019
All Day

Location
Michigan Milk Producers Association
41310 Bridge St
Novi
MI
48375


This two-day long conference welcomes the Top 10 statewide OYDC representatives each nominated by MMPA local associations.  The winning and runners-up OYDC are selected every August at the OYDC conference at MMPA headquarters.  The conference offers the opportunity for members to gain a broader understanding of various dairy industry and association issues.

For more information, contact Jessica Welch at 248-474-6672, ext. 303 or email jwelch@nullmimilk.com.

Overview of the OYDC Program

Since 1950, MMPA has been identifying future leaders through the Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperator program. The program has seen some changes over the years, but the basic purpose of identifying and developing future dairy industry leaders has remained.

Purpose of OYDC Program:

  • To strengthen leadership abilities in young farmers.
  • To broaden young farmers’ knowledge of milk marketing and MMPA.
  • To recognize the abilities and stewardship of our young dairy farmers.

Selecting OYDCs:

All locals are encouraged to submit nominees for the OYDC program. Nominees must be at least 21 and not 41 years of age as of January 1 in the contest year. If running as a couple, the age requirement applies to the younger spouse. Single individuals or couples can serve as an OYDC nominee.

All local nominees are sent an application form. After the application forms are filled out and mailed back to the MMPA office, the application forms are forwarded on to the State Nominating Committee who evaluate the applications and select the OYDC finalists.

Winning OYDC:

  • Invited to attend National Milk Producers Federation Annual Meeting for two years.
  • Invited to serve on the MMPA YC conference planning committee for two years.
  • Designated as honorary members of the MMPA Advisory Committee for one calendar year.
  • Has opportunity to serve on the National Milk Producers Federation Young Cooperator Advisory Council if interested. 

Runner-up OYDC:

  • Invited to attend National Milk Producers Federation Annual Meeting for one year.
  • Invited to serve on MMPA YC conference planning committee for two years.
  • Designated as honorary members of the MMPA Advisory Committee for one calendar year.

Statewide OYDCs:

  • The Top Ten OYDCs are recognized publically at a variety of member meetings: Leaders’ Conference, State Annual Meeting and their own district and local meetings.
  • The Top Ten OYDCs are featured in our monthly publication, the Michigan Milk Messenger.

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