October 25-28, 2020
Every fall, the National Milk Producers Federation organizes a joint annual meeting with the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) and the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA). Dairy producers, member cooperatives, Young Cooperators (YCs), industry representatives, staff and others from all over the country arrive for three days of speeches, reports, banquets, general sessions, town hall meetings and award ceremonies. The annual meeting represents an opportunity for those active in the dairy industry to get together and share in their common accomplishments and challenges, as well as discuss the best route for the industry’s future.
Given the tremendous uncertainty of the COVID-19 environment, and the health-related challenges of hosting a meeting with 700+ attendees in the midst of this pandemic, the hotel has encouraged postponing or rescheduling the meeting. Given this consideration and our concern for everyone’s safety, we have elected to cancel our in-person gathering and are turning this year’s Annual Meeting into a virtual meeting.
While we would have preferred an in-person annual meeting, we still intend to use those three days in October to host virtual sessions that will allow us to complete any governance activity, provide important updates from farmer and industry leadership, and host two-way discussions with farmers across the country.