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NMPF Celebrates Centennial, Focuses on Future at Annual Meeting in Nashville

November 16, 2016

This year’s Joint Annual Meeting held a special message for dairy producers as they adapt to far-reaching changes in the economy and consumer marketplace: Unite behind a common voice and follow a clear vision to create a positive image for dairy in the future.

Over 850 attendees traveled to Nashville, Tenn., at the end of October to attend the event, hosted by National Milk Producers Federation, the United Dairy Industry Association and National Dairy Board. This year marked the centennial of NMPF’s founding in Chicago in 1916.

Dairy producers, processors, cooperative staff and other stakeholders heard about topics including the current dairy economic outlook, the changing perception of dietary fat, and industry partnerships with major retailers. Keynote speakers included political analyst Stu Rothenberg, author and investigative journalist Nina Teicholz and inspirational speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy, as well as dairy executives Rick Smith of Dairy Farmers of America, Chris Policinski of Land O’Lakes and Mike Haddad of Schreiber Foods.

At NMPF’s Town Hall event on November 1, Chairman Randy Mooney (top left) discussed the many important functions of NMPF, and NMPF staff shared updates on the Margin Protection Program, various trade agreements, new regulatory requirements, and farm animal care. NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern rounded out the day with concluding remarks on NMPF’s centennial and his vision for the organization’s future [see story below].

For this year’s annual NMPF Cheese contest, 164 entries were submitted, totaling more than 2,500 pounds of cheese – much of which was on display during the “Welcome to Nashville” cheese reception. This year's Chairman's Plaque was given to Associated Milk Producers Inc. for its Medium Cheddar, produced in Blair, Wisc. AMPI also took home the Communicator of the Year Award from NMPF’s Communications Competition.

The 2017 YC Advisory Council also elected its new Chaircouple in Nashville. Adam and Melissa Griffin will head the council in the new year. Brooks and Katie Long will serve as the Vice Chaircouple, and Ben and April Butler will serve as the Secretary Couple.