Young Cooperator Program

YC'ERS, Registration begins now for the 2016 conference!

We are breaking new ground this year and moving our annual Young Cooperator Conference to Madison, Wis. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located at 4402 E. Washington Avenue. Everyone knows the way to Madison! Mark your calendar and make plans to attend.

YC Spring Conference Will Be Feb. 19-20 in Madison, Wis.

Click here for your registration form.

Here are a few highlights of what will take place at this meeting.
  • Tour the Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. See how your checkoff money is put to good use!
  • David W. Kammel, an agricultural engineer from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, will give you good ideas on how to update and modernize your current dairy infrastructure.
  • Relax and spend time with other young dairy producers.
  • Participate in the 2016 Outstanding Young Cooperator Contest!
  • Have Fun!

2015 Outstanding Young Cooperator Contest Winners

Daniel and Jenelle Thorman, Dakota, Minn.

Daniel and Jenelle Thorman of Dakota, Minn. are the 2015 Outstanding Young Cooperators. The couple milks a herd of 125 cows with Jenelle's parents, Richard & Carol Laska, on that couple's Winona, Minn. dairy. Dan and Jenelle have attended the Swiss Valley YC conference for several years. Jenelle is Agriculture Instructor and FFA advisor at Fillmore Central High School in Harmony, Minn. She helps Dan and her parents on the farm during the summer and whenever she is able over the school year. They also belong to the Minnesota Ayrshire Association, Guernsey Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators as well as the Winona County ADA. The couple just had their first child, Desiree, this winter. Along with the 2014 YC winners Brock and Nelda Bailey of Tomah, Wis., Dan & Jenelle will be representing Swiss Valley Farms this fall at the 2015 NMPF Dairy Summit in Orlando, Fla.

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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