Wisconsin dairy farmers will lead group
NEW ULM, Minn. (March 28, 2016) — Derek and Marcie Peterson of Black River Falls, Wis., are the 2016 Young Cooperator (YC) chairpersons for Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI). Fellow YCs elected the couple during the spring annual meeting of the Midwest milk marketing cooperative. The YC program is open to AMPI members age 40 and under.
“As members of the AMPI YC Program, we are part of a network of young dairy farmers who are raising families on the farm,” Marcie says. “We enjoy learning from each other and sharing in the ups and downs of dairy farming.”
“The educational opportunities offered through the program are top notch,” Derek says. “We receive an inside look at how the cooperative operates through manufacturing plant tours, and conversations with the management team and board of directors.”
The Petersons will work with fellow YC steering committee members to plan and host events throughout the year. Other members of the committee are: past chairpersons, Jacob and Sarah Enter, Nicollet, Minn.; vice chairpersons, Mark and Kimber Sipma, Boyden, Iowa; Secretary, Jon Schmidt, Owatonna, Minn.; and members-at-large, Cole and Amy Hoscheit of Caledonia, Minn.
YCs who will serve as division chairpersons include: Eric Alberson, Tony, Wis.; Josh and Cara Corcoran, Sumner, Iowa; Scott DeVries, Melrose, Wis.; Brad and Janora Korver, Alton, Iowa; Mike Lax of Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Derrick and Amanda Sommers, Waseca, Minn.; and James Wielenberg of Long Prairie, Minn.
Looking ahead, AMPI YCs will be traveling to Portage, Wis., June 20-21 for the annual YC summer tour. The event will feature a tour of the AMPI Portage consumer-packaged cheese plant where 10 percent of the nation’s sliced American cheese is produced.
AMPI is headquartered in New Ulm, Minn., and owned by 2,200 Midwest dairy farm families from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. AMPI members annually market about 5.9 billion pounds of milk, resulting in $1.7 billion in sales for the cooperative. AMPI owns 10 Midwest-based manufacturing plants where 10 percent of the nation’s American-type cheese, butter, dried whey and sliced American cheese is produced. The cooperative’s award-winning cheese, butter and powdered dairy products are marketed to foodservice, retail and food ingredient customers.
The 2016 AMPI Young Cooperator Steering Committee includes, from left, chairpersons, Derek and Marcie Peterson, Black River Falls, Wis.; secretary, Jon Schmidt, Owatonna, Minn.; members-at-large, Cole and Amy Hoscheit, Caledonia, Minn.; past chairpersons, Jacob and Sarah Enter, New Ulm, Minn.; and vice chairpersons, Mark and Kimber Sipma of Boyden, Iowa.