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  bullet Young Dairy Leaders Institute Names 2007 Distinguished Alumni Leaders  (December 7)
  bullet Young Receives YDLI Scholarship  (November 9)
  bullet Campbell Receives Robert Lee Cain YDLI Scholarship  (November 8)
  bullet Foundation Youth Competitions Create Excitement at National Holstein Convention   (July 20)
  bullet Holstein Foundation Seeks Applicants For The Young Dairy Leaders Institute   (May 9)
 

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Young Dairy Leaders Institute Names 2007 Distinguished Alumni Leaders

Brattleboro, Vt. (December 3, 2007)…Duane and Marilyn Hershey of Cochranville, Pa. have been named the 2008 Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Distinguished Alumni Leaders. They will be recognized during Phase I of the upcoming YDLI, which will be held February 28-March 1 in Albuquerque, N.M.

The YDLI Distinguished Alumni Leader Award recognizes YDLI graduates who have gone on to make significant contributions to their communities, organizations they are involved with, and the dairy industry as a whole. The Hersheys were members of the first class of YDLI in 1994 and 1995.

Duane Hershey has been very active with the Chester/Delaware County Farm Bureau (CDCFB), serving as a board member for several years, including two terms as President. In that role, he had the opportunity to educate the public about farming issues. Hershey remains active on the legislative committee of the CDCFB. Presently, he is serving on the board of the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and holds the office of treasurer.

This fall, Duane has been an advocate for the industry, speaking before the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board concerning milk pricing and mislabeling issues. He believes attending YDLI has prepared him to become more involved with the local government. “If farmers are not a voice for themselves, no one will hear our story,” he said.

Marilyn Hershey also has a long history working in the industry and has most recently been active working with youth on a county and state level. In 2002, she coordinated a Junior Holstein club in her county, which has grown over the years and now annually sends over 20 youth to represent their county at the state convention. Hershey has also started a county 4-H dairy club for younger members, and is currently serving as chairman of the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association Youth Committee. Marilyn has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for over 15 years and writes a monthly column, “Common Threads,” in Hoard’s Dairyman.

Together, Duane and Marilyn have received several awards, including the 1997 Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher from the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, and were named the 2000 Pennsylvania Holstein Association Distinguished Young Breeders. Their dairy, Ar-Joy Farms, hosts several tours each year for school groups, farm organizations, and international visitors.

“Personally and professionally, YDLI prepared me to step out as a small business publisher, be willing to take risks as farmer, and communicate my passion to the public,” Marilyn said. “The leadership skills that I gained at YDLI are evident.”

For more information about YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.

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Young Receives YDLI Scholarship

Brattleboro, Vt. (OCTOBER 22, 2007) Jason Young of Peach Bottom, Pa. is the recipient of the first Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence Scholarship to attend Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI). Phase I of Class Six of YDLI will take place February 27-March 1, 2008 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Young serves as the Maintenance and Crop Manager for Red Knob Farm. He is responsible for maintenance of all dairy machinery, as well as organizing planting and harvesting for the farm’s crops. Off the farm, he is a member of the Land O’ Lakes Young Leaders Development program and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania. He is also involved with the Penn State Dairy Alliance. Young has ambitious plans for future, including taking on additional leadership responsibilities at Red Knob Farm and becoming more involved with their milk marketing cooperative.

"I am excited to be attending the YDLI conference for the opportunity to improve my leadership and management skills,” Young said. “This type of program will aid me in building and developing the skills needed for a future in the ever challenging and changing dairy industry. Managers of today's progressive dairy farms must have a strong knowledge of cows and crops, but they must also have a thorough understanding of management and leadership to help the farm function smoothly. I hope to further my skills in these areas through attending the YDLI conference."

The Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE) scholarship covers the full cost of participating in YDLI, as well as travel and hotel expenses associated with attending the conference. The goal of CDE is to provide coordination and focus for the dairy industry and its associated resources, positioning the industry to become stronger and more profitable. They offer many resources to dairy producers around the state to help them maximize the profitability of their operations.

“Jason represents the future of Pennsylvania's dairy industry,” said John Frey, executive director of CDE. “He has participated in national and local leadership activities and is enthusiastic about being involved in the dairy industry. The Center sponsored the scholarship to give an individual like Jason the opportunity to hone his leadership skills so he can in turn bring those leadership skills back to our state to benefit the Commonwealth.”

For more information about YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.

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Campbell Receives Robert Lee Cain YDLI Scholarship

Brattleboro, Vermont (OCTOBER 22, 2007)…Jeff Campbell, Midway, Tenn. is the recipient of the first Robert Lee Cain Memorial Scholarship to attend Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), sponsored by the Holstein Foundation. Phase I of Class Six of YDLI will begin February 27-March 1, 2008 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Campbell serves as a herdsman on his family farm, Ma-Tom-Ba Holsteins. He is involved in all aspects of the operation, including caring for the cattle and managing employees. Showing and marketing cattle are two of his favorite activities, and he serves as a board member for the Tennessee Holstein Association. In the future, Campbell would like to become involved as a coach for his local 4-H dairy judging team and eventually serve as president for his state Holstein Association.

“It was truly an honor to receive this scholarship,” Campbell said. “Coming from a smaller family farm in Tennessee, I’m eager to have the chance to network with other farmers from different sized operations, as well as others who work in different aspects of the industry. I feel YDLI will be a great opportunity for me to learn a variety of skills I will be able to apply to my farm, and other organizations I am involved with in the future.”

A memorial fund was established in the name of Robert Lee Cain to provide a scholarship to a young dairy producer in the Southeastern U.S. who is attending YDLI. Cain served as a field representative and then Area Manager for Holstein Association USA for 40 years. He also spent time as a 4-H Extension Leader in Queen Anne County, Md. A lifetime member of National Dairy Shrine, he cared deeply for the dairy industry. Cain died in April 2007 at his home in Knoxville, Tenn.

“Remembering Bob’s passion for the dairy industry, this YDLI scholarship is a very appropriate way to honor his legacy,” said Glenn Sageser, Holstein Association USA Regional Representative. “Jeff is one of the up and coming dairy leaders in Tennessee. He is a progressive minded young dairyman who will have a positive impact on the future of the industry.”

The Young Dairy Leaders Institute, a program of the Holstein Foundation, is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults (ages 22-45) working in the dairy industry. It consists of three phases, with Phases I and III meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. in 2008 and 2009.

For more information about YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.

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Foundation Youth Competitions Create Excitement at National Holstein Convention

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 19, 2007Over 250 Holstein youth competed in the National Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy contests, sponsored by the Holstein Foundation, at the 2007 National Junior Holstein Convention in Knoxville, Tennessee.

A total of 31 teams from 17 states competed to bring home the National Championship during the 27th annual National Dairy Bowl contest.

Junior division competition was intense, with the undefeated Pennsylvania Junior team winning the final round over California in a close victory.  The winning team members were:  Isaac Hagen, Naomi Ulmer, Nathan Ulmer and Mark Zimmerman, coached by Dr. Robert Cloninger.  Members of the second place California team were:  Alissa Arata, Rocco Cunningham, Tony Lopes and Taylor Pires, coached by Kirsten Areias and Larry Bopp. 

Illinois claimed the championship in the Senior division overcoming the unbeaten Washington team in two matches. The winning team members were: Luke Brinkmeier, Brent Koester, Kyle Koester and Adam Watkins, coached by Becky Meier and Amy Shanks. Members of the second place Washington team were: Melissa Cook, Shelby Hansen, Liz Soler and Charlie Warner, coached by Ann Marie Magnochi.

“Our team was extremely excited to win the championship!” said Becky Meier, Illinois Dairy Bowl coach. “Our commitment to doing our best paid off.”

Dairy Bowl Sportsmanship awards were given to the team in each division who exhibited outstanding behavior and courtesy throughout the entire competition. The Junior Division Sportsmanship winner was California. Team members were: Alissa Arata, Rocco Cunningham, Tony Lopes and Taylor Pires. Receiving the Senior Division Sportsmanship award was the Utah team of Dallin Buttars, Cali Christensen, Maria Israelsen, and Stephanie Zilles.   

Special recognition was given to the top three individuals in each division with the highest dairy bowl written exam score. The Junior division winners were: first place, Nathan Ulmer of Pennsylvania; second place, Aaron Mitchell of Illinois; and third place, Taylor Pires of California. The senior division winners were: first place, Kyle Koester of Illinois; second place, Luke Brinkmeier of Illinois; and third place, Evan Schnadt of Iowa.

This year marked the eighth annual Dairy Jeopardy competition, with over 70 participants in three age divisions. The contest is an individual competition designed to develop members’ knowledge about the Holstein cow, dairy products and the dairy industry. Senior division winners were: first place, Elizabeth Smith of Pennsylvania; second place, John Mitchell of Illinois; and third place, Abby Udermann of Minnesota. Intermediate division winners were: first place, Elizabeth Gaul of Iowa; second place, Hayley Potts of Virginia; and third place, Katie Wendorf of Wisconsin. Junior division winners were: first place, Justin Bopp of California; second place, Eric Migliazzo of California; and third place, Logan Potts of Virginia.

The first ever Grassmoor Farm Awards were presented to the first place finishers in each division.  These awards have been made possible thanks to gifts from many generous individuals in memory of Robert Ellis McComb, Jr.  A memorial fund at the Holstein Foundation has been established to continue the Grassmoor Farm Award each year.

Bob McComb was a man who, above all, put church, family and farm first.  His best friend and loving wife, Carol McComb, has been a tireless volunteer for the Holstein Foundation, and is the entire reason our Dairy Jeopardy program exists today.

For more information about Holstein Foundation youth programs, contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or click here to email Kelli.

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Holstein Foundation Seeks Applicants For The Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI)

Brattleboro, Vermont (April 30, 2007)…The Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) is inviting dairy producers and industry professionals ages 22 to 45 to apply for the sixth class of YDLI, which will be held February 27 March 1, 2008 and February 25 28, 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“The move to Albuquerque is very exciting,” said Jodi Hoynoski, Holstein Foundation Programs Manager and YDLI director. “The city offers unique culture, traditions, food, music, art, dress and attitude. It has something for everyone, but I fell in love with its breathtaking beauty and southwestern hospitality. I also enjoy that Albuquerque is a more central location given today’s dairy climate.” The YDLI program had been held in Tampa, Fla. since its inception.

The YDLI experience includes a focused three-phase leadership and communication skills development program sponsored by the Holstein Foundation. Past YDLI graduates have become significant contributors to the dairy industry as progressive producers, breed association leaders, and corporate executives.

Using pertinent issues facing the dairy industry, Phase I, a four-day conference, focuses on developing participants' individual leadership skills, enhancing communication and media relation skills, understanding personality styles, and developing effective meeting skills.

Phase II requires participants' involvement in outreach activities and active leadership roles in their communities.

Phase III brings participants together for a second four-day conference focusing on team development and group leadership skills, affecting the public policy process, and advanced media relation skills.

For more information about YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.


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The Holstein Foundation, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vt., is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1989.
The Foundation's cornerstone program for young adults is the renowned Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI). Current programs targeting youth ages 9-21 include the popular Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy competitions.
The Holstein Foundation also focuses on youth education and outreach activities, offering free workbooks,
a yearly newsletter, and ribbons for local shows, just to name a few.