SPOTLIGHT: YOUNG COOPERATOR PROGRAM
HISTORY AND BEGINNINGS
The Young Cooperator (YC) Program was established in the early 1950s through the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) as an organization for young dairy farmers. Supplementing the 4-H and FFA youth program, the YC Program continues education and leadership opportunities.
Northwest Dairy Association Young Cooperators is an organization made up of co-op members (individuals and couples) from the ages of 19 to 45 who are currently members of Northwest Dairy Association.
The purpose of the program is to educate and build future co-op leaders and to gain a better understanding of how dairy cooperatives work with NMPF in developing national dairy policy. The program also provides its young members with the information and knowledge they need to better understand milk marketing and the cooperative’s operation and structure.
- To better inform members of the function and role of cooperatives in milk marketing;
- To give members the opportunity to become involved in their cooperative’s activities by organizing, planning and directing meetings;
- To provide an opportunity to meet other young dairy people within their cooperative, thereby encouraging the sharing of ideas and experiences and discussions of solutions to common problems;
- To provide leadership roles for those members who choose to make such a commitment;
- To promote the dairy industry and the wholesomeness of dairy products;
- To develop a better understanding of how dairy cooperatives work with NMPF in developing national dairy policy.