The Holstein Foundation’s Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), kicks off Phase I of its tenth class February 8-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. Sixty young adults from 17 U.S. states, as well as Canada and Mexico, will be take part in Class 10. A complete list of Class 10 participants can be found on the Holstein Foundation web site.
Before Phase I workshops begin, the class will have an opportunity to tour two Phoenix area farms – Danzeisen Dairy and Rijaarsdam Dairy.
The three-phase program takes place over 12 months. Phase I includes hands-on workshops to improve attendees' leadership, communication, and advocacy skills, while offering opportunities for networking and building enthusiasm for the dairy industry.
Phase II, takes place in the year between Phase I and III, during which class members develop and use their new skills in a community outreach project of their choice.
Phase III, held January 31- February 3, 2018, will focus on group leadership skills and topics such as advanced communication training, conflict resolution skills, and influencing public policy. Class members will also give presentations on their Phase II projects.
The Holstein Foundation is sincerely grateful to the following organizations for their sponsorship of YDLI Class 10. We commend and thank these sponsors investing in leadership development for the dairy industry by supporting Young Dairy Leaders Institute.
Center for Dairy Excellence, Dairy Farmers of America, Dairy Management Inc., and Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association.
Robert L. Cain Fund, COBA/Select Sires, Farm Credit Northeast Ag Enhancement, GEA Farm Technologies, Inc., Horace Backus Fund, Merial Ltd., and Paul Mueller Company.