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 two-day bus tour format leaving from Lansing on March 27. Register »
Day one: we will travel by bus to Constantine, Michigan to tour the MMPA processing plant, enjoy an authentic meal on an MMPA Amish farm and overnight at the Blue Gate Inn located in Shipshewana, Indiana.
Day two: The next day will begin with breakfast and conversation with MMPA leadership and a tour of Heritage Ridge Creamery located in Middlebury, Indiana. The trip will conclude with a farm tour of Hood Farms Family Dairy in Paw Paw, Michigan.
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!
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.
|12:00 pm||Pick-up in Lansing and box lunch
Park and Ride, 7585 W Grand River Hwy, Lansing, MI 48906
|1:00 pm||Pick up in Marshall
Park and Ride, 15720 Michigan Ave E Marshall, MI 49068
|2:15 pm||Plant tour - Constantine
125 Depot St., Constantine, MI 49042
|3:25 pm||Check in to hotel - Blue Gate Inn
800 S Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565
|5:00 pm||Amish Farm Dinner|
|8:10 pm||Return to the hotel for ice cream, games and fellowship|
|7:00 am||Breakfast 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 pm||Travel to bus drop off points and box lunch|
|1:00 pm||Drop off in Marshall|
|1:50 pm||Drop off in Lansing|
YC Planning Committee
Paul and Nancy Pyle, 2018 OYDC
Jeremy and Deanna Beebe, 2018 OYDC Runners-up
Nate and Jenny Elzinga, 2017 OYDC
Jarris and Rebekah Rubingh, 2017 OYDC Runners-up
Program coordinator: Jessica Welch, firstname.lastname@example.org, 248-471-2135