Monday, March 19

Over the last 24 hours, members, industry guests and staff from across the United States have traveled to Kansas City, Mo., for our 20th Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting. First thing Monday morning, hundreds of DFA members gathered for two pre-conference workshops, followed by our members-only Leadership Conference. Throughout the day, farmer-owners heard from members of DFA’s senior leadership team, as well as several industry presenters, including representatives from International Dairy Foods Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Milk Producers Federation and Rabobank.


Managing capital and risk in today’s environment
Our first pre-conference workshop, led by Michael Reecy, vice president of commercial dairy lending at Farm Credit Services of America; Ed Gallagher, president of DFA Risk Management; and Tom McCormick, vice president of DFA Risk Management, provided a guided conversation about the benefit of risk management on our members’ operations, the changing dairy landscape from the perspective of lenders and some emerging trends changing the way our members farm.

Managing through changing labor laws
Our second workshop of the day, Managing Through Changing Labor Laws, kicked off with an introduction to the current landscape surrounding farm labor from Jackie Klippenstein, DFA’s senior vice president of industry and legislative affairs.

Leadership ConferencE

Advancing dairy on Capitol Hill panel
Moderated by DFA Senior Vice President of Industry and Legislative Affairs Jackie Klippenstein, this panel brought together leaders of three key industry organizations to discuss current policies and issues moving on Capitol Hill and beyond.

On-farm practices: Creating a culture for success
During the afternoon session of Monday’s Leadership Conference, David Darr, president of Farm Services and vice president of sustainability and member services, led a discussion regarding activities and resources available to help establish a culture focused on continuous improvement related to DFA’s Gold Standard Dairy Program.

Expo Showcase and Dinner