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Holstein Foundation’s YDLI Class 9 Set to Begin in February

Brattleboro, Vt. (February 10, 2015)…The Holstein Foundation staff is preparing for the kick-off of Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Class 9, which meets for Phase I February 25–28, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sixty young adults from the United States and Canada will be a part of Class 9 of YDLI, a cornerstone program for the Holstein Foundation.

The three-phase program takes place over 12 months. Phase I includes hands-on workshops to improve attendees' leadership, communication, and advocacy skills. It also offer opportunities for networking and building enthusiasm for the dairy industry.

The class will tour Dugan and Shamrock dairies in the Casa Grande areas as a pre-tour conference. This will be the first time that YDLI has met in Phoenix; in previous years, classes have met in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Florida.

In Phase II, which takes place in the year between Phase I and III, class members develop and use their new skills in a community outreach project of their choice. Phase III, held February 24-27, 2016, will focus on group leadership skills and topics such as advanced communication training, conflict resolution skills, and influencing public policy. Class members will give presentations on their Phase II projects.

The Holstein Foundation thanks these YDLI Class 9 sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: Allflex USA, CHS Foundation, DairyBusiness Communications, Dairy Herd Management, Dairy Management Inc., Dean Foods Foundation, Farm Credit System Foundation, Hoard’s Dairyman, Holstein Association USA, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation, and Zoetis.

Gold Sponsors: Cargill and Deere & Company.

Silver Sponsors: Accelerated Genetics, Center for Dairy Excellence, GEA Farm Technologies, Inc., Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association.

Bronze Sponsors: COBA Select Sires, Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement, Horace Backus Fund, Merial Ltd., and Select Sires GenerVations.

The first class of YDLI was held in 1994; it now has more than 500 alumni. For more information about YDLI and other Holstein Foundation programs, go to www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.