Two Nebraskans have been selected to participate in the first class of Midwest Dairy’s Dairy Experience and Agricultural Leadership Program (DEAL).
Carrie Murman of Glenvil, Nebraska, and Heath Snodgrass of Orchard, Nebraska, will take part in the 18-month program.
According to Midwest Dairy, DEAL provides an opportunity for young dairy farmers across the region to gain a deeper understanding of dairy checkoff while strengthening skills for engaging with consumers, conducting media interviews and networking with industry professionals and peers.
The DEAL program will have three phases, each phase with large group in-person meetings along with local assignments, such as meeting their local Midwest Dairy leadership team members, participating in consumer events and media opportunities.
The first phase will start with a group trip to San Antonio, Tx., February 11-13, 2020, and will be a deep-dive into the role and strategies of dairy checkoff at both the national and regional/state levels. It will also feature workshops and discussions to help the participants hone in on their top strengths and how they can use these talents and skills to help their businesses and the industry as a whole. Following two more phases, each complete with learnings and tasks in between the group meetings, this program will conclude in July of 2021.
The 2020-2021 class of participants was selected using a competitive application process that included written essays and farmer references. These 15 young dairy farmers, ages 40 and younger, represent dairy farm families from across the Midwest Dairy region and have demonstrated a passion for sharing their stories and helping lead the future of dairy farming. Inaugural class participants are:
- Ashton Atteberry, Conway, Mo.
- Pat Bakeberg, Waverly, Minn.
- Logan Courtney, Chouteau, Okla.
- Dakota Cowger, Peotone, Ill.
- Angie Hildebrandt, South Beloit, Ill.
- Andrew Miron, Hugo, Minn.
- Carie Murman, Glenvil, Neb.
- Tyler Otte, Randolph, Minn.
- Josie Rozum, Ely, Iowa
- Megan Schrupp, Eden Valley, Minn.
- Heath Snodgrass, Orchard, Neb.
- Aaron Titterington, Spence, Iowa
- Rita Vander Kooi, Worthington, Minn.
- Scott VanZyverden, Niangua, Mo.
- Ben Yoder, Hutchinson, Kan.
Recruitment for the next class of DEAL participants will begin in 2021. For more information visit MidwestDairy.com.