NEW ULM - Aaron and Jessica Radermacher of Brooten, Minn., are the 2013 Young Cooperator (YC) chairpersons for Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI). The dairy farmers were elected by fellow YCs during the annual meeting of this leading Midwest dairy marketing cooperative, held March 25-26 in Bloomington. Open to AMPI members age 40 and under, the YC program provides educational and leadership opportunities.
"The AMPI YC program provides a behind-the-scenes view of what goes on in the co-op," Aaron says. "It enables us to better understand how milk is marketed and dairy policies are made."
"The YC program is also a great way to meet other young dairy farm families," Jessica adds. "We can share the challenges and joys of farming and raising a family."
The 2013 AMPI YC Steering Committee are, from left, as couples, members-at-large Jacob and Sarah Enter, Nicollet; past chairpersons: Mark and Angie Qual, Lisbon, N.D.; vice chairperson Dustin Dobberstein, New Richland; chairpersons: Aaron and Jessica Radermacher, Brooten; and secretaries Jeff and Amber Leuthold, Ellsworth. Not pictured: Courtney Dobberstein
The Radermachers and their fellow YC steering committee members will lead the group in the coming year. Other members of the committee are: past chairpersons, Mark and Angie Qual, Lisbon, N.D.; vice chairpersons, Dustin and Courtney Dobberstein, New Richland, Minn.; secretaries, Jeff and Amber Leuthold, Ellsworth, Minn.; and members-at-large, Jacob and Sarah Enter, Nicollet, Minn.
YCs who will serve as division chairpersons include: Dan Dietzenbach, Fort Atkinson, Iowa; Seth and Erin Anderson, Ettrick, Wis.; Jacki Pettis, Osseo Wis.; Scott and Stephanie Krueger, Arlington, Minn.; Josh and Linda Dickmann, Pierz, Minn.; Jon Schmidt, Owatonna, Minn.; and Kevin and Cari Knapp, Larchwood, Iowa.
Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) is a dairy marketing cooperative owned by 2,900 dairy farmers who market 5.6 billion pounds of milk, resulting in $1.7 billion in annual sales. Members operate dairy farms located throughout the Midwest states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. The members own 11 manufacturing plants and market a full line of consumer-packaged dairy products.