Dairy farmer-owners convening in Bloomington March 24 and 25
NEW ULM, Minn. (March 14, 2014) — Continued increases in cheese, butter and powdered dairy product sales are among the performance highlights to be shared at the Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) Annual Meeting, set for March 24-25.
Some 400 people, including AMPI dairy farmer-owners from six states, industry leaders and guests, are expected for the milk marketing cooperative’s annual business review at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. Headlining the program is a panel discussion of the 2014 Farm Bill’s impact on the dairy industry. The panelists include Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation; Steve Etka, Washington representative for the Midwest Dairy Coalition; and Phil Plourd, president of Wisconsin-based risk management company Blimling and Associates Inc.
AMPI members will also hear from South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch, who will share how he is aggressively promoting the Midwest as the ideal region for dairy farming.
Jim Spain, dairy nutritionist at the University of Missouri, will discuss strategies for managing transition cows to maximize production and reproduction efficiencies. Terry Fleck, Center for Food Integrity, will explain new consumer trends and implications for the dairy industry.
During the annual business meeting, AMPI President and CEO Ed Welch and Chairman of the Board Steve Schlangen, a dairy farmer from Albany, Minn., will detail the progress that contributed to positive sales and earnings in 2013. Member delegates will also vote to determine AMPI’s position on issues and policies affecting the cooperative. The deliberations are the culmination of the cooperative’s grassroots policy-making process.
AMPI is headquartered in New Ulm, Minn., and owned by 2,600 Midwest dairy farm families from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. AMPI members annually market about 5.8 billion pounds of milk, resulting in $2 billion in sales for the cooperative. AMPI owns 10 manufacturing plants and markets cheese, butter and powdered dairy products, serving foodservice, retail and food ingredient customers.