Our family farm is a member/owner of Northwest Dairy Association ~ aka “Darigold”. Our farm has been a part of this coop since the early 1960’s. There are many benefits to belonging to our coop and one of the biggest benefits is the Young Cooperators “YC” program. My husband and I have been participating in this program for over 12 years. The YC meetings have taken us all over the Pacific Northwest ~ Boise, Twin Falls, Portland, Spokane, Sacramento, Tulare, and Bellingham.
The YC program is a great opportunity to meet young dairy farmers within our coop. The cool thing is many times you meet fellow dairy farmers that are living very similar situations to yourself. Kids in diapers? Pregnant with Baby #? Working through a transition of farm ownership? Many times you meet at least one or two fellow dairy farmers experiencing the same kind of events in their life as you.
As my time in the YC program comes to an end, I will treasure the many friends and experiences that I have had over the past 12 years. I encourage all young dairy farmers to take advantage of this amazing program. But do not just attend. Get involved and become a leader within the program!! You will learn so many skills that will benefit you down the road.