Special to the E-T

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bill and Lagenea Dowell, local dairy farmers from Stephenville, recently attended the Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) 2009 Southwest Area Young Cooperator (YC) Conference in San Antonio. The Dowells were among approximately 70 DFA YCs who attended the conference, which provided the young producers with information about the industry and the cooperative among other topics.

While in San Antonio, the Dowells had the opportunity to network with other YCs from across the region. 

“DFA’s YC program helps producers connect and share ideas,” said Wayne Palla, chairman of DFA’s Southwest area council. “Our YCs represent the future of the dairy industry and the cooperative, so it’s important for them to make lasting connections and to grow personally and professionally.” 

At the conference, the Dowells attended presentations on a variety of dairy-related topics including renewable energy, legislative issues and family relationships on the farm. They also visited the Tower of the Americas.

DFA’s YC program fosters interaction between dairy farmers ages 18 to 40 who are involved as owners, partners or hold distinct management responsibilities on a DFA-member dairy operation. The program is focused on personal and professional growth, learning the latest innovations in the industry and networking with peers. Through meetings and exposure to other industry organizations, YCs become leaders and ambassadors for DFA and the industry, enabling YCs to improve their industry, their cooperative and their lives.