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  bullet Holstein Foundation's Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy Champions Named (June 30, 2011)
  bullet Holstein Foundation Announces Two Additions to Board of Trustees (April 11, 2011)
  bullet Holstein Foundation Raises Over $750,000 through Dairy Leaders for Tomorrow Campaign (March 21)
  bullet Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class 7 Completes Phase I Training (March 15)
  bullet Holstein Foundation Prepares for Upcoming Young Dairy Leaders Institute (February 23)
 

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Holstein Foundation's Dairy Bowl and
Dairy Jeopardy Champions Named

Brattleboro, Vt. (June 30, 2011)…The National Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy contests were held in Richmond, Va. last week at the National Junior Holstein Convention. With most of the participants earning a spot at the state level to compete in the national contests, over 200 youth from over 20 states showed off their dairy knowledge.

Dairy Jeopardy

Dairy Jeopardy had over 75 contestants in three age divisions; Junior, ages 9-13, Intermediate, ages 14-17, and Senior, ages 18-21. The lively and engaging competition is based on the popular television game show, but focuses on a vast array of dairy knowledge.

In the Junior division, first place honors went to Elisabeth Regusci from California. The Intermediate division winner was Tony Lopes from California, and in the Senior division contest, Nathan Ulmer of Pennsylvania bested the competition and was named champion.

Dairy Bowl

In the National Dairy Bowl contest, four-person teams compete within two age divisions - Junior, ages 9-15, and Senior, ages 16-21.  Twenty Junior teams and 14 Senior teams competed this year.

The final round of the Junior division saw Indiana square off against Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania came out victorious in the championship match. Coaching the Pennsylvania team was Pat Kitchen, Amanda Wolfe and Randy Wolfe, and team members included Travis Holtzinger, Paula Holtzinger, Carrie Shuman and Taylor Wolfe. The runner-ups of Indiana were coached by Michelle Blough, with team members Annie Achen, Christy Achen, John Achen and Jennifer Fry.

Maryland claimed the national champion title in the Senior division with team members Carissa Doody, Mandi Ramsburg, Clayborne Zimmerman and Kristin Zimmerman. The team was coached by Clay Zimmerman. They defeated Indiana in the last round. The Indiana team was coached by David Blough, and competitors were Rachel Achen, Jason Fry, Jessica Fry and Joe Gardner.

Exemplary sportsmanship is also rewarded in each division to encourage courtesy and friendliness throughout the contest. The Missouri team received this honor in the Junior division. Team members were Austin Moreland, Steven Nelson, Jacob Peters and Lauren Whitehead, coached by Sherri Moreland Peters.  

The Pennsylvania team was proud to be named the Senior division sportsmanship winners. Team members included Isaac Haagen, Tucker Hardy, Naomi Ulmer and Lisa Zimmerman, coached by Dr. Bob Cloninger.

Dairy Knowledge Exam

The Dairy Knowledge Exam is open to any youth attending that National Junior Holstein Convention who wants to test their skills. The top three in each age division were awarded with a plaque.  

In the Junior division, first place went to Elisabeth Regusci, Calif.; second place was Tony Lopes, Calif.; and coming in third place was Travis Holtzinger, Pa.

Claiming top honors in the Senior division were, in first place, Hayley Potts, Va.; second place Isaac Haagen, Pa.; and third place Kirsten Beaudry, N.H.

For more information about Holstein Foundation youth programs visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124.

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Holstein Foundation Announces Two Additions to Board of Trustees

Brattleboro, Vt. (April 11, 2011)…The Holstein Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the board of trustees; Jamie Bledsoe of Riverdale, Calif. and Donald Boelens of Bettendorf, Iowa. The trustees are responsible for overseeing the direction of the Holstein Foundation's youth and young adult educational and leadership development programs.

Jamie Bledsoe is currently president of Golden Genes, Inc. and Bledsoe Farms, where they milk 1,200 cows with 2,500 replacement heifers, and manage 3,000 acres of land. He received his degree in animal science from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and has worked in the dairy industry continuously since. Bledsoe is active with several industry groups, including serving as president of Western United Dairymen and on the boards of California Dairies, Inc., the California Holstein Association, and the Central Coast Alpha Gamma Rho Alumni Corporation. He has also been involved with various 4-H and local school activities.

"I am honored to participate as trustee of the Holstein Foundation," stated Bledsoe. "Leadership development for dairy farmers has never been more necessary. Our vision of 'a dairy industry with vibrant leadership' has never been more appropriate."

Donald Boelens grew up on a grain & livestock farm in Illinois and has worked with Swiss Valley Farms for nine years. He has a degree in accounting and business administration from Illinois State University and an MBA from the University of Iowa. Don was named CEO of Swiss Valley Farms in 2008, and served as co-CEO from 2004 to 2008. Boelens has served on a number of industry boards and currently serves as a director for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy as well as the Dairy Research Institute.

"I am honored to join the Holstein Foundation's board of trustees," said Boelens. "The need to support and educate tomorrow's leaders of the dairy industry is a mission that cannot be ignored, and I look forward to working with others who share this vision."

Bledsoe and Boelens fill the seats of retiring trustees Calvin Covington of North Carolina and David Pelzer of Illinois. For more information on the Holstein Foundation and its programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or email Jodi.

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Holstein Foundation Raises Over $750,000 through
Dairy Leaders for Tomorrow Campaign

Brattleboro, Vt. (March 21, 2011)…The Holstein Foundation is pleased to announce the completion of its most successful fundraising effort to date, the Dairy Leaders for Tomorrow campaign. The campaign's purpose was to grow the Foundation's endowment and establish a long-standing commitment to the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), a cornerstone program of the Foundation. Holstein Association USA offered $2 million in seed money for this new endowment and a match for all donations received. Over $400,000 in gifts were received, and with Holstein Association USA's matching funds, the campaign resulted in over $750,000 raised, all earmarked for providing continued leadership training for the young people who are so critical to the future of our industry.

The Holstein Foundation extends sincere thanks to all industry supporters and would like to recognize the following generous Dairy Leaders for Tomorrow Campaign donors:

Chairman Level
Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc., CA; Holstein Association USA, Inc., VT; Judy and Charles Iager/Maple Lawn Farms, MD

Executive Level
DairyBusiness Communications, NY, and Dean Foods, TX

Ambassador Level
Accelerated Genetics, WI; John and Nancy Bierbaum, MN; Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. P. Conyngham, PA; Calvin Covington, NC; Coldsprings Farms - Hoff Family, MD; Hoard's Dairyman, WI; Doug and Matilda Maddox Family, CA; John M. and Vicki Meyer, VT; Bonnie Mohr Studio, MN; Pfizer Animal Health, NY; Tom, Linda and Ashley Thorbahn, OH; Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, WI; Charles and Vanessa Worden, NY; World Dairy Expo, Inc., WI

Leader Level
Kimberly Clauss - Clauss Dairy Farms, CA; Richard T. and Jeanne Coyne, NY; Ecolab Inc., WV; In Memory of Jean Bell Gorsuch, VT; Joel P. and Anita M. Hastings, NY; Dr. & Mrs. Matthew E. Iager, MD; Kings-Ransom Farm, LLC, NY; In Memory of Mike and Kyle Mitchell, IL; Sunshine Genetics Inc., WI; Larry and Carolyn Tande, MN

YDLI Champions Club
The YDLI Champions Club is comprised of YDLI alumni who donated $1,000 or more. Thanks to Gary and Julie Cooper, WI; Mark Crave, WI; and Siemers Holstein Farm, Inc., WI.

Friend Level
Arethusa Farm, NY; Scott and Nancy Armbrust and Paradocs Embryo Transfer, WI; Crescentmead Farms, WI; Dairy Herd Management, KS; Dairy Today, MN; Farmshine Publications, PA; Penn Dell Farm, PA; Pennsylvania Holstein Association, PA; Wisconsin Holstein Association, WI

Supporter Level
Glen and Frankie Brown, UT; James and Nina Burdette, PA; Clear Echo Farm, LLC, NY; Jim Davis/Pete Waterman, ME; John and Betty Emerling, NY; Keith Engel, WI; Dr. Barry and Diane England, PA; Gen Elite, LLC, MA; Paul Haskins, OH; Ideal Dairy Farms, NY; Dean and Rebecca Jackson - Mt-Glen Farm, PA; Beth E. Keene, NY; Kingstead Farms, MD; Ernest W. Kueffner, MD; Thomas Kugler, NY; Jonathan and Alicia Lamb, NY; Lylehaven, VT; Marshman Farms LLC, NY; Dr Sheila McGuirk, WI; End Road Farm - Duane and Janet Molhoek, MI; Donna and Jason Myers, MD; Arthur W. Nesbitt, WI; Robert Nigh, WI; North Florida Holsteins, FL; Steven L. Peterson, MN; Dave and Merry Rama, NY; Regancrest Farms, IA; Ida Ruby, OR; Lee Salonen, NH; Lorilee Schultz, IL; Donald and Geraldine Seipt, PA; Fred A. Strouse - Tussey View Farm, PA; Hank and Carolyn Van Exel, CA; Welcome Stock Farm, NY; Elmo Wendorf Jr., WI; Richard and Nancy Wright, NY

Donor Level
John and Bonnie Ayars, OH; Holly T. Ballantine, GA; Alfred Brandt, MO; Charleston|Orwig Inc.,WI; Glen and Marilyn Easter, SC; Edwin and Marian Fry, MD; Ron Fuhrmann, IN; Brian and Wendy Fust, WI; Kate and Sophia Geppert, MO; Linda Hanson, MN; Second Look Holsteins LLC, WI; In Memory of Harlan Hudson, IL; Dr. Katharine Knowlton, VA; Cheryl Marti, WI; Maryland Holstein Association, Inc., MD; Jeanne McKown, NY; Mid-Maryland Dairy Veterinarians, MD; Dick Nelson, TX; In Memory of Janice Olbrich, IL; Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, LLC, WI; Pen-Col Farms - Dennis C. and Josey A. Wolff, PA; Melanie Richman, NJ; Eliza Ruzic, WI; Brad and Sally Scott, CA; Skidmore Family, CA; Darwin and Kathy Sneller, MI; Jessica Strout, ME; Bill and Kathy Swift, FL; Swiss Valley Farms, IA; Kathryn Walker, OR; Miriam Weber Nielsen, MI; Ronald Wood, PA

The campaign's success would not have been possible without the generous support of the Holstein Foundation board of trustees, the campaign's honorary chairpersons, Judy and Charles Iager, and of course, the many donors listed above.

YDLI is designed to produce professionally trained and ambitious young dairy leaders. With the support received for the Dairy Leaders for Tomorrow campaign, the program's influence will continue well into the future. For more information about the campaign, YDLI, or the Holstein Foundation, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org.

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Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class 7 Completes Phase I Training

Brattleboro, Vt. (March 15, 2011)…Fifty-three enthusiastic, young dairy industry advocates from across the nation completed the first phase of the Holstein Foundation's renowned Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), in Albuquerque, N.M., March 2-5. Throughout the four-day program, class members had a schedule full of workshops aimed at improving their leadership, communication and advocacy skills. YDLI Phase II takes place of the next twelve months in participants' home communities, and the class will come together again for Phase III in New Mexico, February 29-March 3, 2012.

"It is exciting to be able to work with such a diverse, passionate group of individuals," said Jodi Hoynoski, Holstein Foundation programs manager. "They have shown a real commitment to the future of the dairy industry. The group is focused and driven, and we can't wait to see what they accomplish during Phase II with their advocacy projects."

"YDLI was an amazing experience that deepened my passion for the dairy industry and armed me with the tools necessary to become a more effective advocate for our nation's dairy farmers," stated Natalie Sneller, class member from California.

A variety of topics were covered during Phase I. Jim Henion of Cooperative Resources International presented "Becoming a More Effective Team Player," where participants learned their individual personality type, as well as tactics for working with people of all different styles. Following that, Jolene Brown discussed leadership, teambuilding, positioning your team for success and generational differences.

Friday included the ever-popular "Media Training Camp," led by David Pelzer of Dairy Management Inc. and Joan Horbiak. The memorable session covered key messages, tips and tricks for acing media interviews, and then gave several class members "in-your-face" practice with on-camera mock interviews. As a follow-up to the media training, the tables were turned when the class headed out to the University of New Mexico campus, where they interviewed several non-farm consumers about their perception of U.S. agriculture and food production. The experience proved to be very eye-opening as the class reported on their findings and reinforced the importance of conveying dairy's message to the general public. The evening closed with a memorable keynote by 2009 YDLI Distinguished Alumni Leader Award recipient Laura Daniels, speaking about connecting with consumers and grassroots-level advocacy.

The final day, Saturday, started off with a few speakers hitting on relevant industry topics in a panel format. Jacob Schuelke, economist for Hilmar Cheese Company talked about some significant advances in the history of the dairy industry and what their implications are for the future, followed by Margaret Speich from the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), discussing "U.S. Dairy Exports: Outlooks, Trends and Drivers," and Jesse Sevcik, who works with Elanco, covering responsible use of antibiotics on the farm. Jana McGuire of CMA Consulting was up next on the agenda, who led a very informative session about using shared values to connect with your audience, as well as putting together effective presentations. At Saturday's lunch, Kate Geppert was recognized as the 2010 YDLI Distinguished Alumni Leader award winner.

At the close of the day, the class members spent time developing their action plans for Phase II, including outlining an advocacy project that will be completed over the next year in their home communities. Phase II consists of a series of assignments that will give participants the chance to practice and develop some of the skills they acquired during Phase I, including contacting their local media and legislators, giving community presentations and completing an advocacy project.

"Throughout the Phase I experience, the advocacy workshops were important for me because they enabled me to have confidence to speak out and continued to reinforce the fact that our industry needs each of our voices to be heard to support the dairy industry," stated Renee Norman, class member from Ohio.

Having a group from 23 states, and three countries (Canada, Italy and Mexico) provided plenty of opportunities for networking as well. Aaron Palmer, participant from California, summed it up by saying, "On my last day at YDLI, it was amazing to think that I didn't know most of these people three days earlier. We formed instant bonds that will last a lifetime! This group's energy and passion for the dairy industry is infectious and has motivated me to share this enthusiasm with others."

The class will meet again in-person for Phase III in the spring of 2012, which will focus on group leadership skills. Workshops will cover topics such as advanced media training, meeting and board skills, and public policy. Class members will also give presentations on their Phase II projects.

YDLI would not be possible without the support of many generous donors. The following organizations have shown their commitment to the future of the dairy industry as YDLI sponsors:

Institute Leaders include Allflex USA, Inc.; Cargill, Inc.; Dairy Management, Inc.; Elanco Animal Health; Farm Credit System Foundation; Holstein Association USA, Inc.; and the Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation.
Organizations at the Institute Supporters level include Cooperative Resources International; Dairy Business Communications; Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.; GEA WestfaliaSurge, Inc.; Hoard's Dairyman; Land O'Lakes Foundation; and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

Institute Friends include the International Food Information Council; Center for Dairy Excellence; CHS; COBA Select Sires; Dean Foods Company; Hilmar Cheese; KeyBank; Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program; Robert L. Cain Memorial Fund; Select Sires Canada, Inc.; Select Sires, Inc.; The Country Today; US Dairy Export Council; and Walco International, Inc.

For more coverage of YDLI, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/HolsteinFoundation, where you will find daily updates from Phase I, pictures and more! For more information about Holstein Foundation programs, visit the Holstein Foundation web site or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or email Jodi.

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Holstein Foundation Prepares for Upcoming
Young Dairy Leaders Institute

Brattleboro, Vt. (February 23, 2011)...Holstein Foundation staff is now making final preparations for Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Class 7! The class will meet March 2-5 in Albuquerque, N.M.

YDLI, a cornerstone program for the Holstein Foundation, is a three-phase program which takes place over a 12-month period of time. Open to anyone in the U.S. or other English-speaking countries, 53 young adults have been selected to be a part of Class 7. This year's class is very diverse, comprised of individuals from 22 different U.S. states, as well as two Canadian provinces, Italy and Mexico. The first class of YDLI was held in 1994, and has since graduated over 400 alumni.

Phase I includes several hands-on workshops aimed at improving attendees' leadership, communication and advocacy skills, while providing opportunities for networking and building general enthusiasm for the dairy industry. The four-day schedule is packed full of a variety of topics, covering personality styles, personal leadership, media and presentation training, current issues and more.

Phase II takes place in the year between Phase I and III. Class members put their new skills to use through a community outreach project of their choice, as well as other projects aimed at further developing and utilizing their skills. Phase III will be held February 29-March 3, 2012, and will focus on group leadership skills. Workshops will cover topics such as advanced media training, meeting and board skills, and public policy. Class members will also give presentations on their Phase II projects.

YDLI would not be possible without the support of many generous donors. The following organizations have shown their commitment to the future of the dairy industry as YDLI sponsors:

Institute Leaders include Allflex USA, Inc.; Cargill, Inc.; Dairy Management, Inc.; Elanco Animal Health; Farm Credit System Foundation; Holstein Association USA, Inc.; and the Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation.

Organizations at the Institute Supporters level include Cooperative Resources International; Dairy Business Communications; Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.; GEA WestfaliaSurge, Inc.; Hoard's Dairyman; Land O'Lakes Foundation; and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

Institute Friends include the International Food Information Council; Center for Dairy Excellence; CHS; COBA Select Sires; Dean Foods Company; Hilmar Cheese; KeyBank; Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program; Robert L. Cain Memorial Fund; Select Sires Canada, Inc.; Select Sires, Inc.; The Country Today; US Dairy Export Council; and Walco International, Inc.

Follow along on the Holstein Foundation's Facebook page for updates live from Albuquerque the first week of March at www.facebook.com/HolsteinFoundation. 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 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.