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2021
  bullet Youth Showcase Their Skills During National Holstein Foundation Contests
  bullet Dairy Producer Scholarship Opportunities for the Young Dairy Leaders Institute
  bullet Young Dairy Leaders Institute Accepting Applications for Class 12
  bullet Fischer and Iager Join Holstein Foundation Board of Trustees
 
2020
  bullet Holstein Foundation Releases Video on Clipping a Dairy Show Animal
  bullet Keim Joins Holstein Foundation Board of Trustees
  bullet Holstein Foundation Graduates Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class 11
  bullet Nuckols Honored as 2020 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader
 
2019
  bullet Holstein Foundation Launched Career Resources
  bullet Juniors Compete in Dairy Knowledge Events
  bullet Young Dairy Leaders Institute Celebrates 25 Years with a Dairy Leadership Summit
  bullet Ruby Joins Holstein Foundation Board of Trustees
  bullet Young Dairy Leaders Institute Completes Phase I
  bullet 2019 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader Announced
 
 

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Youth Showcase Their Skills During National Holstein Foundation Contests

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. July 2, 2021— Youth put their dairy knowledge to the test during the Holstein Foundation's national Holstein youth competitions held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania last week, as part of the 2021 National Holstein Convention. Youth from around the country engaged in friendly competition in three different contests.

“Youth learn life skills as they prepare for contests including critical thinking, decision-making, problem solving, goal setting, and independent thinking, “says Kelli Dunklee, Youth Program Specialist for Holstein Association USA. “Thank you to the many coaches and volunteers who invest their time and knowledge in supporting dairy youth.”

Dairy Jeopardy
Nearly 60 participants competed in the Dairy Jeopardy competition, divided into three age divisions. This competition is based on the popular television game show, featuring a wide range of dairy-related questions in several categories. Following are the top three individuals in each age division

Junior Division (ages 9 to 13)
1st: Walter Rhodes, Virginia
2nd: Maggie Toothman, Virginia
3rd: Drew Lueking, Illinois

Intermediate Division (ages 14 to 17)
1st: Kristen Houser, Pennsylvania
2nd: Elizabeth Lentz, Pennsylvania

Senior Division (ages 18 to 21)
1st: Greg Norris, Massachusetts
2nd: Hayley Fernandes, California
3rd: Laura Littrell, New York

Dairy Bowl
In the National Dairy Bowl contest, four-person teams compete within two age divisions: Junior, ages 9-15, and Senior, ages 16-21. A total of twenty-one Junior and Senior teams participated this year.

Competing in the Junior Division championship match were the teams from Iowa and New York. Winning first prize was the New York team with members Abbie Ainslie, Kayla Durst, Carolyn Littrell, and Maxwell Pullis and coaches Carol Ainslie and Judy Littrell.

Participating on the Iowa team were Alia Domeyer, Isaiah Hammerand, Ethan Palmer, and Adam Scott coached by Jeff Hammerand. Rounding out the top five junior teams were California in third, New Jersey in fourth, and Wisconsin in fifth.

After an extremely close competition in the Senior Division between California and Wisconsin that resulted in a tie-breaker match, Wisconsin took home the champion prize. Members of the winning Wisconsin team included Katherine Elwood, Courtney Glenna, Grace Haase and Marie Haase coached by Patti Hurtgen and Gwen Dado.

On the second-place Senior team from California were Rachel Mancebo, Mykel Mull, Victoria Paolini, and Emma van Loben Sels, coached by Kirsten Areias. Other teams in the top five included Pennsylvania in third, New York in fourth, and Iowa in fifth.

J. George & Anna Smith Sportsmanship awards are given to one Dairy Bowl team in each division who best exemplify the principles of courtesy, friendliness, and team spirit throughout the competition. Each team receives a cash award and plaque. In the Junior Division the award was presented to Utah, with team members Erin Atkinson, Andrew Jenson, Rebecca Jenson, and Trey Leak. In the Senior Division, the honor went to the team from Minnesota with team members Ella Filk, Kiley Lickfelt, Tyler Ratka, and Rachel Visser.

Dairy Knowledge Exam The Dairy Knowledge Exam is open to any youth attending the National Junior Holstein Convention who wants to put their brain to the test with a 25-question written test. Like Dairy Bowl, youth are divided into two groups by age. The top three individuals in each division for the Dairy Knowledge Exam were as follows.

Junior Division
1st: Karley Rocha, California
2nd: Mary Fumasi, California
3rd: Chloe Chapman, California

Senior Division
1st: Hayley Fernandes, California
2nd: Marie Haase, Wisconsin
3rd: Mykel Mull, California

For more information about Holstein Foundation youth programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Kelli Dunklee, youth programs specialist, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or by email.


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Dairy Producer Scholarship Opportunities for the Young Dairy Leaders Institute

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. June 18, 2021 — The Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), a cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation, is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults (ages 22-45) working in the dairy industry. Full-time dairy producers that apply for YDLI will be considered for three full-ride scholarships that come with an additional cash bonus upon graduation.

Dairy producers working with all breeds of dairy cattle, and allied dairy industry members, are encouraged to apply. YDLI Class 12 will have on-site meetings in Fort Worth, Texas February 15-18, 2022 and February 14-17, 2023. Applications are due August 1, 2021 and may be downloaded from the Holstein Foundation website, www.holsteinfoundation.org.

Dairy producers that are Holstein Association USA members applying for YDLI are automatically eligible for scholarships and do not need to fill out a separate application. If selected, the scholarships will cover the registration fee, airfare, hotel and any other travel costs associated with attending both the 2022 and 2023 meetings. Upon successful attendance for both meetings, an additional $1,000 graduation bonus check will be provided to the scholarship recipients to help offset costs of being off the farm.

The Horace Backus YDLI Scholarship will be provided to two dairy producers from anywhere in the U.S. This fund was created by Tim Abbott, Frank Conyngham, Joel Hastings and Dave Rama to honor Horace’s legacy and encourage dairy producers to attend YDLI.

The Robert L. Cain Memorial Scholarship will be given to one dairy producer in the Southeast region. Cain served as a field representative and then Area Manager for Holstein Association USA for 40 years.

“We believe YDLI is extremely beneficial for dairy producers and well worth the time away from the farm,” says Jodi Hoynoski, Holstein Foundation Programs Manager. “In addition to these scholarships, dairy producers are encouraged to seek sponsorship from companies they do business with to help offset the cost of attending.”

Visit www.holsteinfoundation.org to download the YDLI Class 12 application, as well as view more detailed information on the program. With questions or for more information, contact Jodi Hoynoski via email, or 800.952.5200, ext. 4261.


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Young Dairy Leaders Institute Accepting Applications for Class 12

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. May 10, 2021 — The Holstein Foundation is delighted to reintroduce the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) after a year hiatus with a new location and refreshed agenda. Applications for YDLI Class 12 are due August 1, 2021 and can be found at www.holsteinfoundation.org.

YDLI is the cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation. The nationally recognized leadership and communication skills development program is open to young adults ages 22 to 45 working in the dairy industry.

After postponing YDLI for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Holstein Foundation created a task force to evaluate all aspects the program as if they were starting with a blank state. The minor but relevant changes made to YDLI ensure it will remain a top-notch dairy leadership program long into the future. Several core components that have made YDLI a success for the past 25 years will remain.

“This next class of YDLI could be the best one yet. If you’re even thinking about applying for this class, you should,” said Josh Hushon, Holstein Foundation board of trustees chairman. “Over the past year, we’ve revamped the curriculum to better prepare the future leaders of the dairy industry. This next group will be the first to benefit from that work and I am confident they will.”

YDLI's three-phase approach will reflect updates to the course content and schedule. Phase I is the first face to face meeting February 15-18, 2022. Phase II is a series of self-driven projects completed in the participants’ home communities. Phase III is a second in-person meeting one year later, February 14-17, 2023. YDLI Class 12 will also have a new location in Fort Worth, Texas, meeting at a hotel in the heart of the famed Stockyards area.

The Phase I and III meetings will focus heavily on interpersonal communication skills, and topics like team culture, influence, enabling change, and embracing diversity. Phase II will be individually customized with projects and timeline to achieve personal goals and include virtual meetings and reports. Phase III builds on the skills learned over the first two phases and is planned to include a hard-hitting hot industry topics session.

YDLI seeks to attract the brightest and most engaged young adults in the industry and boasts over 600 alumni since the program’s inception in 1993. By October 1, top tier applicants will be selected for the class from across North America, diverse in their backgrounds and roles within the industry. English-speaking international applicants are considered.

If selected as a YDLI class member, participants will need to invest the time required to complete projects. Class members pay a registration fee, and their travel and hotel costs. Some scholarships are available for full-time dairy producers that apply. The majority of the program is funded by the Holstein Foundation, thanks to several generous sponsors. To learn more about costs or sponsorship opportunities, as well as find the YDLI application, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org. With questions, contact Jodi Hoynoski at jhoynoski@holstein.com


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Fischer and Iager Join Holstein Foundation Board of Trustees

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont, January 29, 2021 —The Holstein Foundation is pleased to welcome David Fischer and Matthew Iager, DVM, to their board of trustees. The board oversees the direction of the Holstein Foundation’s youth and young adult education and leadership development programs.

Dave Fischer was raised on a Holstein dairy farm in Southern Illinois and was active in the 4-H dairy project and Junior Holstein club. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal/Dairy Science at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Master of Science in Environmental Sciences with an emphasis on livestock waste management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Fischer spent 40 years in his career as a County Agricultural Advisor and State-wide Dairy Educator with University of Illinois Extension. He retired in 2010 and continued as Illinois 4-H Dairy Program Coordinator/Coach until 2020. Fischer has been recognized statewide and nationally for his involvement and commitment to dairy youth programing. His youth dairy judging and dairy quiz bowl programs have been highly successful, and Fischer has judged several state youth dairy cattle shows, including the National FFA Dairy Judging Contest. He currently serves as a moderator for the National Holstein Dairy Bowl contests and as a member of the National 4-H Dairy Judging Management Committee.

“Having worked with dairy youth for nearly 50 years, I am continually impressed by their energy, knowledge, work ethic, and interest to make a difference in their future. As a member of the Holstein Foundation Board of Trustees, I look forward to helping dairy youth reach their goals through the many opportunities provided by the Foundation,” Fischer said.

Dr. Iager grew up in Fulton, Maryland at Maple Lawn Farms, a Registered Holstein® dairy farm. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science from Delaware Valley University and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Iager is a dairy veterinarian specializing in embryo transfer with Mid-Maryland Dairy Veterinarians in Hagerstown, Maryland. He, along with his wife, Laura, and children, Noah and Brooke, own and operate MD-West-View Genetics, a certified donor facility that exports embryos worldwide.

Iager serves on the board of directors and is the current president-elect of National Dairy Shrine. He is a past president of the American Embryo Transfer Association and Maryland Holstein Association. He served on the alumni board at the Veterinary School at Virginia Tech and is the current treasurer for Maryland Dairy Shrine. He has served as a delegate to the National Holstein Convention and received the Distinguished Service Award given by the Maryland Holstein Association.

“The Holstein Foundation is committed to serving young dairy leaders and fostering those relationships for a brighter future. I am happy to serve an industry that continues to give back to our youth,” Iager said.

For more information on the Holstein Foundation and the programs offered, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200 ext. 4261 or by email.


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Holstein Foundation Releases Video on Clipping a Dairy Show Animal

Clipping Your Dairy Show AnimalBRATTLEBORO, Vermont, April 30, 2020 — Holstein Foundation is excited to announce the release of a new video to educate youth on how to clip their dairy animal for a show. The 15-minute video is available to watch for free on the Holstein Foundation website and YouTube channel.

"We recognize a lot of kids gain their excitement for the dairy industry in the showring. If youth are showing at the county fair for the first time, or looking to refine their technique, we are confident this video will help them gain the skills and confidence they need," says Jodi Hoynoski, Holstein Foundation Programs Manager.

The 15-minute video is narrated with step by step instructions on clipping a dairy show animal from start to finish. It covers the differences between clipping a dairy show heifer or cow, tips on getting tricky spots, which clipper type to use where, and gives a close-up demonstration of useful clipping and fitting techniques.

This new video joins a library of free resources the Holstein Foundation offers, including helpful videos and printed materials on popular topics such as showmanship and dairy judging. They can be found on Holstein Foundation's website, and the videos may also be found on the Holstein Foundation’s YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/HolsteinFoundation.

For more information about Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261, or by email.

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Keim Joins Holstein Foundation Board of Trustees

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont, March 10, 2020 — Chris Keim, DVM, Fort Atkinson, Wis., is the newest addition to the Holstein Foundation board of trustees. The board oversees the direction of the Holstein Foundation's youth and young adult educational and leadership development programs.

"I am honored to be asked to serve on the Holstein Foundation Board. The youth education programs and especially the Young Dairy Leaders Institute are becoming more important as our industry experiences more community relationship challenges, and climate change scrutiny," states Keim.

Keim is a founding partner of Sunshine Genetics, Inc. in Whitewater, Wisconsin. His family roots in the Brown Swiss breed helped to make "Sun-Made" genetics popular. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. Chris and his partner, Dan Hornickel, DVM, developed their company into a thriving business that performs traditional embryo transfer work, markets embryos worldwide for clients, offers in-house ovum pick up and in vitro fertilization and donor housing. Chris and Dan were named World Dairy Expo's 2018 Industry Persons of the Year.

Chris enjoys golfing, landscaping and trying to breed a better cow, both in the Holstein and Brown Swiss breed. Chris and his wife, Ann, have two daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.

For more information about Holstein Foundation programs, including Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Holstein Foundation Graduates Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class 11

YDLI Class 11 Graduates

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont, March 5, 2020 — More than 45 young adults from across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico recently graduated from the Holstein Foundation’s eleventh Young Dairy Leaders Institute class, with Phase III being held February 5-8, 2020 in Phoenix, Ariz. Building on the skills they learned during their first meeting last February, along with what they have practiced and accomplished over the past twelve months, the class participated in workshops covering topics such as advanced media relations skills, conflict management, and the public policy process.

On their final feedback survey, participants were asked to write one sentence about what YDLI meant to them. Following are just a few of the comments that summarize the YDLI experience:

  • YDLI has been an impactful experience that has challenged me to go out of my comfort zone and be a lifelong advocate for the dairy industry.
  • YDLI has expanded my network as well as my personal skills not only for dealing with telling our story but also skills applicable for taking home to the farm.
  • Inspiring and impactful, a program that makes me want to go out and do more. The confidence gained has been unbelievable.

The theme for this YDLI Class was “Ready, Set, Grow.” During the Phase III program, each class member gave a presentation on the leadership and advocacy assignments they completed in their home communities in the past 12 months. Featured guest speakers and workshops included:

  • Joan Horbiak conducted advanced media training, focused on mastering interviews with the media and telling dairy’s story to consumers
  • Dr. Wes Jamison led a session on conflict resolution, teaching attendees several effective strategies for communicating with others who may have opposing viewpoints. Dr. Jamison also moderated a session with guest Gene Baur on the topic of animal welfare. Baur is the president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s largest farm animal rescue organization.
  • Pete Kappelman, YDLI Class 1 alum, provided an evening keynote, encouraging class members to use their untapped leadership potential to make an impact. He inspired the class to take on new leadership roles and to get involved in organizations. The next day, he led a workshop on becoming an effective board member.
  • Bonnie Burr, YDLI Class 1 alum, led a session on understanding and influencing public policy and gave participants hands-on experience with the policy process.
  • Ty Bennett led a powerful closing session, with his talk about "The Power of Influence." His message left the class inspired and feeling empowered to continue their leadership journey and have a lasting influence on those they interact with.

The Holstein Foundation and Young Dairy Leaders Institute participants would like to sincerely thank the many gracious sponsors who made the experience possible.

Platinum sponsors: Allflex USA, Inc., CHS Foundation, Holstein Association USA, Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation, Inc., and Zoetis.

Gold-level sponsors: Cargill, Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancment, Hoard’s Dairyman, Farm Credit, John Deere, and Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Silver-level sponsors: Amaferm – A BioZyme Brand, and Dairy Management Inc.

Bronze-level sponsors: COBA/Select Sires and GEA Farm Technologies, Inc.

Dairy Producer Scholarships are presented on behalf of Center of Dairy Excellence, Dairy Farmers of America, Horace Backus Scholarship Fund, Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, and Robert Cain Scholarship Fund.

Read more about Class 11’s YDLI journey on the official YDLI blog at ydli.blogspot.com!

With questions or for more information about YDLI, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Holstein Foundation Programs Manager Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Nuckols Honored as 2020 Young Dairy Leaders Institute
Distinguished Alumni Leader

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont, January 23, 2020 — Matt Nuckols, of Beaverdam, Va., has been named the 2020 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader by the Holstein Foundation. The Holstein Foundation recognizes one Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) graduate annually who has made noteworthy contributions and applied skills gained during their YDLI experience for the advancement of the dairy industry.

Matt was a graduate of YDLI Class 7, then spent eight years on the YDLI Advisory Committee, assisting in the execution and direction of the program while mentoring class members.

"To be recognized by a program that has given and means so much to me is incredibly humbling. YDLI is the model to duplicate when building a leadership program. The adaptive structure to continually adjust and improve the curriculum from one class to the next is why the YDLI network will continue to lead the dairy industry forward," Nuckols said.

A 2000 graduate of Virginia Tech, Nuckols is the grassroots membership and fundraising specialist for Virginia Farm Bureau. In his role he focuses on membership growth and federation support for county Farm Bureaus. He also works as the fundraising development with a key emphasis on donor expansion to support the mission of Ag in the Classroom. Previously, Nuckols was the manager at Eastview Farm Inc. where he marketed and managed the breeding program for elite dairy genetics.

"So much credit needs to be given to creators and founders of this program for their foresight. I know this program has changed my life and believe it has changed many more. It feels selfish to accept an award from YDLI when it has given me so many skills and lifelong friends. Thank you to every past, present, and future class participant, advisor, foundation board member, and sponsor of YDLI for making me a better leader and person," continued Nuckols.

Nuckols will be recognized during the upcoming YDLI Class 11, Phase 3 program, February 5-8, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Young Dairy Leaders Institute, a program of the Holstein Foundation, is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults working in the dairy industry. YDLI's three-phase approach ensures participants develop necessary leadership skills, apply those skills in real-life scenarios, and then focus on the benefit of influential leadership.

For more information on YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 ext. 4261 or by email.

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Holstein Foundation Launched Career Resources

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont, July 24, 2019 — The Holstein Foundation launched career resources designed to provide basic knowledge in a wide range of careers relating to the dairy industry. They are ideal for use by all ages, from junior dairy project members or leaders seeking reference materials.

The mission of the career resources is to help youth find a dairy-related career path that suits them best.

 “We set out to help youth understand the wide variety of career opportunities in the dairy industry,” says Holstein Foundation Programs Manager Jodi Hoynoski. “We plan to expand these resources in the future to help them get the job they want too.”

Currently, 10 careers are outlined to fit a wide variety of interests. The Holstein Foundation will continue to expand the careers profiles offered and provide more resources on things like resumes and interviews.

All career descriptions can be downloaded free of charge from the website in a PDF format. With questions, contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or by email. Visit http://www.holsteinfoundation.org/education/career_resources.html to download online for free.

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Juniors Compete in Dairy Knowledge Events

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont, July 15, 2019 — Appleton, Wisconsin hosted the 2019 National Holstein Convention June 24 through June 27, where youth had the opportunity to show off their dairy knowledge in Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy and Dairy Knowledge Exam.

Dairy Jeopardy
More than 75 participants, broken into three divisions, competed in Dairy Jeopardy. Based on the popular TV game show, youth compete individually, answering dairy industry-related questions and wagering points, testing not only their industry knowledge but their critical thinking and risk management skills. The top three individuals in each division were:

Junior Division:
1st place, Isaiah Hammerand, Iowa
2nd place, Jacob Harbaugh, Wisconsin
3rd place, Brady Bleck, Wisconsin

Intermediate Division:
1st place, Courtney Glenna, Wisconsin
2nd place, Trenton Hammerand, Iowa
3rd place, Trevor Clapp, Massachusetts

Senior Division:
1st place, Paige Demun, New York
2nd place, Isabelle Leonard, Virginia
3rd place, Brock Irwin, Illinois

Dairy Knowledge Exam
The Dairy Knowledge Exam is open to any youth attending the National Junior Holstein Convention who wants to put their brain to the test with a 25-question written test. The winners of each age division are:

Junior Division:
1st place: Hayley Daubert, Virginia
2nd place: Jennifer DeVries, California 
3rd place: Rachel Craun, Virginia

Senior Division:
1st place: Isabelle Leonard, Virginia
2nd place: Greg Norris, Massachusetts
3rd place: Summer Henschel, Wisconsin

Dairy Bowl
Teams of four compete head-to-head to see who can buzz in first to answer questions related to the dairy industry. A total of 30 teams competed in two divisions. The Junior Division (ages 9-15) championship round came down to teams from Pennsylvania and New York. New York was named champion in the Junior Division and the team consists of Gabriella Taylor, George Andrew Jr., Kailey Kuhn, Alysha Kuhn and coached by Jonathan Taylor.

Senior division (ages 16-21) finalists consisted of teams from California and Virginia. After several rounds of competition, California came out victorious. Team members include Hayley Fernandes, Jacob Fernandes, Kylie Konyn and Abbi Prins, coached by Kirsten Areias.

J. George & Anna Smith Sportsmanship

One team in each Dairy Bowl division is awarded for exemplifying principles of courtesy, friendliness and team spirit throughout the competition. Minnesota was honored in the Junior division, with team members Mauston Krueger, Grady Schuft, Alex Schroeder, and Kate Schmidt coached by Jason Schroeder. In the Senior division, the award went to the Pennsylvania team, consisting of Caroline Arrowsmith, Roy Bramm, Madison Weaver and Amber Pownall, coached by Mandy Arrowsmith, Betsy Pownall and Amy Savage.

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Young Dairy Leaders Institute Celebrates 25 Years with a Dairy Leadership Summit

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont, April 25, 2019 — Holstein Foundation has been cultivating future generations through their Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) for the past 25 years. YDLI is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults, ages 22-45, working in the dairy industry, with all breeds of cattle.

In celebration of the YDLI 25th anniversary, Holstein Foundation is inviting all alumni, friends and guests to gather Friday, June 28, 2019 in Appleton, Wisconsin for a daylong event. Throughout the event look forward to reconnecting, sharpening skills and interacting with some of the brightest minds in our industry!

“We have over 600 alumni and this is a great opportunity for us to celebrate all that our alumni have achieved, relive some great YDLI moments from the past, and polish our skills for the future,” says Jodi Hoynoski, Holstein Foundation Programs Manager. “While YDLI is the reason we are hosting this exciting event, we invite anyone looking to bolster their leadership skills and network to attend!”

A high-powered speaker line-up has been assembled, including David Jordan, Bader Rutter Chief Development Officer presenting “From Chaos Comes Opportunity;” Ty Bennett leading a session titled “Partnership is the New Leadership;” a panel on “Bold Leadership Decisions” featuring leaders from Cargill, Milk Source, and Zoetis; and a panel on “Influencers & Consumers Shaping Food’s Future,” featuring representatives from Danone and Dominos – and much more! For more details on the schedule, as they are available, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org.

Friday night is held at the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center for dinner and fellowship, with entertainment provided by the “Modern Day Drifters” country band. The Horace Backus YDLI Dairy Producer Scholarship benefit auction will also take place.

Alumni registration fee is $150, and for all other guests it is $250. That fee includes all of the events on Friday - the day program in addition to the evening event at the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center. An "evening only" ticket for $50 includes dinner and entertainment at the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center.

Make plans to attend the YDLI Dairy Leadership Summit. Registration is now open at www.2019holsteinconventionwi.com/register.

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Ruby Joins Holstein Foundation Board of Trustees

Michele RubyBRATTLEBORO, Vermont, April 11, 2019 — Holstein Foundation welcomes new trustee, Michele Ruby, of Scio, Oregon, to their board which oversees the direction of the Holstein Foundation's youth and young adult education and leadership development programs.

"Knowing the benefits of Holstein programs first hand and being a huge supporter of the Holstein Foundation for many years, I’m absolutely thrilled to join the board. I look forward to helping maintain and develop Foundation programs that serve a unique purpose to build future leaders and foster a continued love for the Holstein breed through youth activities and education,” says Ruby.

Michele is a communication consultant who has conducted communications, media, and crisis training nationwide. Ruby has worked in the communications field for over 20 years and was the director of communications for Tillamook Cheese, and later, the Dairy Farmers of Oregon. Ruby's contributions to the communications field were recognized by National Milk Producers Federation when they selected her as the communicator of the year. In 2005, she launched Ruby-Do, Inc, a boutique communications firm in Portland, Ore., focusing on image-building campaigns, along with issues and crisis management services.

Michele’s family operates two farms in Oregon, which her husband, Kevin Wilson, manages for the Ruby family. Their kids enjoy showing locally and Michele has served on the Holstein Association USA Junior Advisory Committee, in addition to being a moderator at several National Holstein Dairy Bowl competitions. Ruby serves as the executive director of Oregon Ag Fest, an annual 2-day festival that helps over 20,000 urbanites gain a better understanding of where their food, fiber and flora come from.

For more information on the Holstein Foundation and the programs offered, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Young Dairy Leaders Institute Completes Phase I

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont, February 20, 2019 — Sixty young adults fromthe United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico stormed Phoenix, Ariz., February 6-9, as Class 11 of the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) assembled. YDLI is the cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation.

Phase I Sessions
Phase I kicked off with a pre-conference tour of Danzeisen Dairy and Arizona Dairy Company, two operations local to the Phoenix area. The sessions were thought provoking and invigorated YDLIers to challenge themselves, become more self-aware, develop their core story, and learn how to engage with a diverse consumer audience.

Phase I presenters included Jill Tomac, business consultant and speaker; Galen Emanuele, president of Shift Yes. YDLI advisory board members Laura Daniels and Jolene Griffin and Michele Ruby, communications consultant, rounded out the outstanding lineup.

The class put their newly learned skills to use in the field, talking to consumers on the Arizona State University campus. They visited with more than 200 people, to find out their perceptions about how food is produced in this country, how they believe animals are cared for by farmers, and more.

The Holstein Foundation also recognized Class 2 graduate, Rebecca Long Chaney as 2018 Distinguished Alumni Leader. She is the author of an agriculture educational book series, "The Chaney Twins' Ag Books" and a freelance journalist.

Phase II is underway – the class is working on community outreach projects. Then, during Phase III, held in February 2020, each class member will give a presentation on their projects. Workshops will cover group leadership skills such as media training, conflict resolution, and influencing public policy.

Program Impact
After the class, members had plenty to say about YDLI in their feedback surveys:
· “A program to make me feel excited to go home and be a better dairy producer and person – renewed energy!”
· “YDLI has helped me be more aware and think more about how I impact others with my actions.”
· “An inspiring week full of encouragement and personal growth.”
· “YDLI has introduced me to a diverse group of dairy leaders from across the country – this group will be a great support network.”

Learn more about the week’s sessions and the YDLI program at official YDLI blog, http://ydli.blogspot.com.

Applications for YDLI Class 12 will be due August 1, 2020. To sign-up for an email notification when applications are available, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org/YDLI/ydli.html.

About YDLI
The Young Dairy Leaders Institute, a program of the Holstein Foundation, is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults working in the dairy industry. YDLI's three-phase approach ensures participants develop necessary leadership skills, apply those skills in real-life scenarios, and then focus on the benefit of influential leadership.

For more information on YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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2019 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader Announced

Becky ChaneyBRATTLEBORO, Vermont, January 24, 2019 — Rebecca Long Chaney, of Elwood, Neb., is the 2019 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader recognized by the Holstein Foundation. The Holstein Foundation recognizes one Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) graduate annually who has made noteworthy contributions and applied skills gained during their YDLI experience for the advancement of the dairy industry. Rebecca was a graduate of YDLI Class 2.

"YDLI was the greatest educational program I have participated in with people sharing my same passion — dairy. When I had the opportunity to participate in YDLI Class 2, it was an amazing event. Not only were the featured speakers thought-provoking and powerful, but the breakout sessions and workshops were engaging and educational.

"The dairy knowledge gained, coupled with the new dairy friends and professionals I met, have been true assets during my career in ag journalism and great resources for my volunteer work," Rebecca Long Chaney states.

A Maryland native, Chaney and her family live on a 3,500-acre ranch where they help manage a Red Angus cow/calf operation. Alongside her twin daughters, she is the author of an agriculture educational book series, "The Chaney Twins' Ag Books." Chaney also spends her time as a freelance journalist for the Elwood Bulletin and the Midwest Producer. In the past she has written for Hoard's Dairyman and many other local, regional and national publications.

Aside from writing she enjoys inspiring youth as the coach of the Nebraska Dairy Judging Team. She serves on the National Brown Swiss Fundraising Committee for the 2020 World Brown Swiss Conference. At World Dairy Expo, she helps evaluate udders for the over-bagging research study.

Chaney will be recognized during the upcoming YDLI Class 11, Phase 1 program, February 6 - 9, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona.

About YDLI
The Young Dairy Leaders Institute, a program of the Holstein Foundation, is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults working in the dairy industry. YDLI's three-phase approach ensures participants develop necessary leadership skills, apply those skills in real-life scenarios, and then focus on the benefit of influential leadership.

For more information on YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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The Holstein Foundation, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vt., is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1989.
The Foundation's cornerstone program for young adults is the renowned Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI). Current programs targeting youth ages 9-21 include the popular Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy competitions.
The Holstein Foundation also focuses on youth education and outreach activities, offering free workbooks,
a yearly newsletter, and ribbons for local shows, just to name a few.