Tuesday, March 20
Area Council and Delegate Meetings
Member-owners began a full day Tuesday by attending their Area Council and Delegate Meetings. These Area meetings present an opportunity for leaders of each of DFA’s seven Areas to discuss topics of importance with members in smaller group settings. Rick Smith, DFA president and chief executive officer, stopped by each meeting to visit with members and answer their questions.
Dairy Farmers of America’s Annual Meeting 2018 kicked off with the Chairman’s Report, given by Chairman of the Board Randy Mooney. Randy spoke to more than 1,600 members, staff and industry guests about the importance of uniting as a Cooperative, staying relevant in an ever-evolving global industry, focusing on our mission of delivering value to members as a true member-focused Cooperative and continuing to grow our strong commercial investments.
President and chief executive officer’s report
President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Smith began his presentation by acknowledging that dairy farmers are in a difficult price situation, while also pointing out a variety of opportunities available to the nation’s largest dairy cooperative.
Glanbia: Delivering better nutrition for every step of life’s journey
Siobhán Talbot, group managing director of Glanbia plc, gave a presentation regarding Glanbia’s three key components: Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Glanbia Nutritionals and strategic dairy partnerships. Siobhán’s presentation brought into focus some striking parallels to DFA, as the company has about 14,000 farmer-members with more than 6,500 employees supporting them, and they have a strong desire to provide quality, wholesome dairy products to a global community.
Chobani, better food for more people
Led by Jay Waldvogel, DFA senior vice president of strategy and global development, this conversation with Tim Brown, president and chief operating officer of Chobani, covered the history, current goals and the future of the largest manufacturer of Greek yogurt in the world. Jay and Tim also discussed the important role DFA and its members play in the brand’s future.
Delivering dairy to today’s consumers
The final presentation Tuesday afternoon was a robust panel discussion about trends influencing the dairy industry.
DFA Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff Monica Massey moderated the discussion with panelists Shelley Blanko, Ph.D., senior vice president for The Hartman Group; Rachel Kyllo, senior vice president of growth and innovation for Kemps; Barb O’Brien, president of Dairy Management Inc. and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy; Mihira Patel Rami, director of marketing for DFA’s Consumer Retail Division; and Paul Winch, senior director of product development for DairiConcepts.
Not only did we honor our seven Members of Distinction during Tuesday night’s Annual Banquet, we also honored many other individuals. This year, our DFA Cares Foundation awarded $57,000 to 45 pre-college, undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in the dairy or agriculture industries. Check out the full list of our 2018 DFA Cares Scholarship recipients.
During Annual Banquet, we also recognized our three outgoing Board directors, who have provided dedication, leadership and service to our Cooperative. Bill Herr, Chris Kraft and Urban Mescher were honored by members and guests in attendence, and more information about each of these outstanding individuals is available here.