Dairy cooperative members will review cooperative performance
NEW ULM, Minn. (March 16, 2012) — Using cutting-edge information drawn from both research and experience with agricultural lenders around the world, leading agriculture economist Dr. David Kohl will focus on the future of the dairy industry during an opening session presentation at the Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) annual delegate meeting. Some 450 cooperative members, industry leaders and guests are expected to attend the event at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Bloomington, Minn., on March 26-27.
"Dr. Kohl’s unique perspective on trends in the agricultural industry are important to those working at every level of AMPI’s business,” says Ed Welch, AMPI president and chief executive officer. “Understanding what’s driving domestic and global economics helps us prepare for challenges, as well as seizing new opportunities critical for sustained success."
AMPI delegates will also hear from Gary Vanic, president and CEO of Great Lakes Cheese Company Inc., the nation’s largest supplier of store brand cheese. He will detail the company’s successful partnership with AMPI. Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson will also address those in attendance.
During the annual business meeting, delegates will review the cooperative’s financial statements and management reports. Welch and AMPI Chairman of the Board Steve Schlangen, a dairy farmer from Albany, Minn., will present 2011 highlights.