Young Cooperator Tour

March 31- April 1

Join fellow young cooperators to experience downtown life and the entire dairy processing chain in a jam-packed two-day exploration of the Grand Rapids area. From farms to plants to everything in between, explore West Michigan’s nooks and crannies to find more than tall buildings and downtown lights. Attendees will tour an MMPA customer’s cheese plant, chat about sustainability tactics on fellow members’ farms and discover the inner workings of Zeeland Farm Services.

The YC Tour is a component of the MMPA Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperator program. All young dairy farmers affiliated with MMPA are invited to attend the YC Tour.


Tuesday, March 31

12:00 p.m.   Bus pick up #1: 3180 W Monroe Rd. Alma, MI

1:30 p.m.   Bus pick up #2: 6231 W River Dr, Comstock Park, MI

2:00 p.m.   Cheese Plant Tour – Allendale, MI

4:00 p.m.   Feeding America Tour – Comstock Park, MI

6:30 p.m.   Dinner – Grand Rapids, MI

Wednesday, April 1

7:45 a.m.    Breakfast: Holiday Inn – Grand Rapids, MI

9:30 a.m.    Pyle Dairy Farm Tour – Zeeland, MI

11:00 a.m.   Zeeland Farm Service Plant Tour – Zeeland, MI

12:30 p.m.   Rolling Acres Dairy Farm LLC Tour – Allegan, MI

2:10 p.m.    Bus drop off #1: Comstock Park

3:40 p.m.    Bus Drop off #2: Alma

Explore West Michigan with us

Registration is now open. Space is limited to the first 50 people.

Make hotel reservations at the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown by calling 616-235-7611. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their rooms at a subsidized rate of $112 at the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown. Call and share the code “MMPA” to make your reservation. Meals and bus travel are covered by MMPA.


James Weber, 2019 OYDC
Brad and Nicole Wren, 2019 OYDC Runners-up
Paul and Nancy Pyle, 2018 OYDC
Jeremey and Deanna Beebe, 2018 OYDC Runners-up


Jessica Welch

Look back at the 2019 YC Tour

YCs trekked 269 miles through Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana.