Young Cooperator Program

2017 YC Spring Break
Feb. 10 & 11 in Rochester, Minn.

At last year’s YC Spring Break in Madison, Wis., YC’ers toured the University of Wisconsin Dairy Research Center where researchers explained how their test kitchens develop dairy products that will achieve the desired results of various food manufacturers.

Joy Kirkpatrick conducted a workshop with the YC’ers on retirement planning pathways for farmers and how to discuss the generational transfer with your parents.

YC’ers! It’s time to take a break!
The Swiss Valley Farms annual Young Cooperator conference will be held in downtown Rochester, Minn. at the Holiday Inn by the Mayo Clinic. This means we will be traveling north in a comfortable coach bus to get a guided tour of the Caves of Faribault! You don’t want to miss this rare treat!

Also on the agenda this year are:
Dr. James Muldar from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis who will speak on adapting to change in your life and your industry as well as dealing with “Who Moved My Cheese?”

Marin Bozic, Assistant Professor in Dairy Foods Marketing Economics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, will be there to give us his thoughts on dairy supply and dairy processing infrastructure in the Midwest.

CEO Chris Hoeger and several Board members will be there for Q & A. Another fun item will be the return of the “YC Newly Wed Game” which will be emceed by CEO Hoeger.

Also, Swiss Valley Farms YC Coordinator Nancy Feeney will give you some tips on how to declutter your life. Who can’t use that?

This will surely be a YC weekend to remember! You are not going to want to miss this! Hope to see many Swiss Valley Farms Young Cooperators there.
Registration deadline is Feb. 2. Download your registration form here.



2016 Outstanding Young Cooperator Contest Winners

Alex Holdorf, Walcott, Iowa, and Jenelle and Dan Thorman from Dakota, Minn.

Last fall, Outstanding YC Contest Winners attended the 2016 NMPF Dairy Summit in Nashville, Tenn. From left is: Alex Holdorf, Walcott, Iowa, and Jenelle and Dan Thorman from Dakota, Minn.



Who is a Swiss Valley Farms YC'er?

Swiss Valley Farms members from 18 through 45 years old are Young Cooperators and are eligible to attend this two-day YC Spring Break. At this conference, equal time is devoted to educational seminars as well as fun and entertainment. Swiss Valley Farms brings in top notch speakers to address the YC'ers on a wide range of issues that affect their lives and their dairy operations. YC'ers from across the Swiss Valley Farms four-state area can relax and meet fellow co-op members, and discover common ground for interesting discussion.




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