YC Dairy Policy & Legislative Forum

June 15, 2021
Zoom Webinar

Established in 1950, the National Young Cooperators (YC) Program provides up-and-coming leaders in the dairy industry with a better understanding of issues facing farmers and milk marketing cooperatives. The program, managed by the National Milk Producers Federation, provides year-round educational opportunities to inform and build leadership abilities in the next generation of dairy farmers.

Registration is now open for the Young Cooperators Dairy Policy & Legislative Forum, which will be held virtually Tuesday, June 15 from 1:00 – 4:30 PM ET. See below for the full agenda. Participation is free of charge for registrants, thanks to the generous support of Farm Credit. To be eligible for participation, registrants must be an employee or owner of a dairy farm that is a member of a National Milk Producers Federation member cooperative. Member cooperative staff are also invited to participate.



1:00 – 1:30 PM – Welcome // Jim Mulhern, National Milk Producers Federation and James Weber, Weber Family Dairy (Michigan Milk Producers Association Member)

1:30 – 1:45 PM – Dairy Farmers’ Role in the Policymaking Process // Chris Galen, National Milk Producers Federation

1:45 – 2:30 PM – Ongoing and Emerging Dairy Policy Issues // Claudia Larson, Shawna Morris and Clay Detlefsen, National Milk Producers Federation

2:30 – 2:45 PM – Break

2:45 – 3:15 PM – Remarks and Q&A // Representative David Valadao, California’s 21st Congressional District

3:15 – 3:45 PM – How to Be an Effective Dairy Advocate // Paul Bleiberg, National Milk Producers Federation

3:45 – 4:15 PM – The Value of Political Engagement Panel // Moderated by Jaime Castaneda, National Milk Producers Federation

  • Jackie Klippenstein, Dairy Farmers of America
  • Rob Vandenheuvel, California Dairies, Inc.
  • Ken Nobis, Michigan Milk Producers Association

4:15 – 4:30 PM – Closing Remarks // James Weber, Weber Family Dairy (Michigan Milk Producers Association Member)