Young Cooperator Tour

Date(s) - March 27, 2019 - March 28, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Get on board the bus tour to the simple way of life! The Young Cooperator conference has been held annually since 1995 and is planned by the winning and runner-up OYDC’s from the current and prior years. All young dairy farmers and employees are invited to attend. The 2019 YC event will be refreshed into a bus tour format, leaving from Lansing and visiting stops including Middlebury Cheese Company, dinner on an Amish member farm, MMPA’s Constantine plant and a member farm in Southwest Michigan. The two-day event will include an overnight in Shipsewana, Indiana.


Attendees have the option to meet the bus in Lansing, Marshall, Constantine or Middlebury.  Be prepared to select where and when you meet the bus when you register. The event is exclusive to members and member employees between the ages of 21 and 40. Registration will stay open until the bus is full!

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Hotel accommodations

Attendees are responsible for the cost of their rooms at subsidized $64 rate at the Blue Gate Inn. Call  800-545-4725 to make your reservation and share the code ‘MMPA’ at booking. All meals and bus transportation are covered by MMPA.


March 27 
12:00 pmPick-up in Lansing and box lunch
Park and Ride, 7585 W Grand River Hwy, Lansing, MI 48906
1:00 pmPick up in Marshall
Park and Ride, 15720 Michigan Ave E Marshall, MI 49068
2:15 pmPlant tour - Constantine
125 Depot St., Constantine, MI 49042
3:25 pmCheck in to hotel - Blue Gate Inn
800 S Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565
5:00 pmAmish Farm Dinner
8:10 pmReturn to the hotel for ice cream, games and fellowship

March 28 
7:00 amBreakfast roundtable with MMPA leaders
8:50 am Plant Tour - Middlebury
11275 W 250 N, Middlebury, IN 46540
11:00 am Farm Tour
Hood Farms Family Dairy, Paw Paw, MI
12:00 pmTravel to bus drop off points and box lunch
1:00 pmDrop off in Marshall
1:50 pmDrop off in Lansing