Young Cooperators


2017 AMPI YC Summer Tour - ButterUp! in New Ulm, Minn.

Dates: June 20-21

Join fellow young members of AMPI for a quick getaway from the farm this summer. During the two-day event, you will tour two AMPI dairy farms, the cooperative's corporate office and the butter plant. 

Roseview Dairy  |  Sleepy Eye, Minn.
Owned and operated by the John and Patty Rosenhammer family.  Together, they milk 200 cows in a double 12 parallel parlor and house in a free stall barn. Technology is an important part of their operation. Some example include rumination and heat detection collars, PCDart records, and a waste milk pasteurizer. John and daughter, Laura, write “The transition pen” column in the Dairy Star. The herd is an multi-year AMPI quality award winner.

Spring Creek Dairy  |  Sleepy Eye, Minn.
Owned and operated by the Reynold & Vivian Dittbenner and Craig & Joleen Dittbenner Family.  They milk 125 cows with two Lely A4 Robots installed November 2016.  The cows are housed in freestalls with rubber mats with straw bedding.  Craig said, “A revised nutrition plan geared for robots has been the key to success in transitioning to robots.”

Download the 2017 Summer Tour informational flyer here.

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Nickie Sabo at 507-354-8295 or email to register. 

The Young Cooperator (YC) program offers AMPI members age 40 and under the opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain insight about their cooperative.

2017 AMPI YC Division Summer Event Schedule

 Division  Event Info.  Location   Date and Time  RSVP


 Blair  La Crosse Loggers 
 Vs. St. Cloud Rox
 Copeland Park
 1130 Copeland Park Dr.
 La Crosse, WI 54603
 Mon., Aug. 7
 - 6:30 p.m. Gates open, 
   check in with AMPI
 - 7:05 p.m. First Pitch
 RSVP by Aug. 4 to guarantee your ticket. 
 Email Glen or call 800-367-2674
 Jim Falls  Eau Claire Express
 Vs. Bismarck Larks
 Carson Park
 Eau Claire, WI 54703
 Wed., Aug. 9
 - 6:00 p.m. Gates open, 
   check in with AMPI
 - 6:35 p.m. First Pitch
 RSVP by Aug. 7 to guarantee your ticket. 
 Email Glen or call 800-947-2995
 Paynesville  St. Cloud Rox Vs.
 Thunder Bay Border Cats
 Joe Faber Field
 5001 Veterans Dr.
 St. Cloud, MN 56303
 Fri., June 30
 - 6:00 p.m. Gates open, 
   check in with AMPI
 - 7:00 p.m. First Pitch
 RSVP by June 26 to guarantee your ticket.
 Provide names and ages of those attending.
Kevin Email Kevin or call 320-243-3794
 New Ulm        
 Rochester  Rochester Honkers  
 Vs. La Crosse Loggers
 Mayo Field
 403 E. Center St.
 Rochester, MN 55904
 Wed., June 14
 - 6:05 p.m. Gates open,
   check in with AMPI
 - 7:05 p.m. First Pitch
 RSVP to your AMPI field rep.
 Sanborn, Freeman
 & Dawson




















2017 AMPI YC Steering Committee

The 2017 AMPI Young Cooperator Steering Committee includes, from left, member-at-large, Josh Dickmann, Pierz, Minn.; secretaries, Amy and Cole Hoscheit, Caledonia, Minn.; vice chaircouple, Kim Murphy and fiancé Jon Schmidt, Owatonna, Minn.; chaircouple, Kimber and Mark Sipma, Boyden, Iowa; and past chaircouple, Marcie and Derek Peterson, Black River Falls, Wis.

Program Details


  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 40.
  • Must be actively involved on an AMPI-member dairy farm.

YC Divisional Structure

  • Each AMPI division has a YC chairperson/couple and a vice chairperson/couple.
  • Each AMPI division has a YC group with local activities such as plant tours, farm tours and other local meetings.
  • As a group, steering committee members host the YC program held in conjunction with the AMPI Annual Meeting.

YC Corporate Structure

  • YC corporate steering committee includes a chairperson, vice chairperson, past chairperson, member-at-large and a secretary (each position can be a single person or a couple).
  • All YC corporate board members and spouses attend AMPI's annual meeting.
  • All YC members and their families are invited to participate in the annual summer tour to visit an AMPI facility, network with fellow YC members and AMPI management, and see fellow members' farms.

Joining the YC Program

  • Call your local AMPI division office or field representative for membership information, or download it here.

If you have questions about the AMPI Young Cooperator program, contact Nickie Sabo at 507-354-8295 or for more information.

2016 AMPI YC Summer Tour

Another exciting YC Summer Tour is in the books. This year, YCs toured AMPI's consumer-packaged cheese plant in Portage, Wis., and ABS Global, Inc. near Madison, Wis.

Click here to view a slideshow of snapshots from the 2016 tour.

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