Opening speakers offer industry insight at AMPI Annual Meeting
NEW ULM, Minn.— Dairy farmer-owners of Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) will convene for the milk marketing cooperative’s annual delegate meeting that begins Monday, March 25. The meeting’s theme “My AMPI,” underscores the advantages of being a cooperative owner.
Presentations by dairy experts and a review of the cooperative’s 2012 performance are on an agenda expected to attract some 350 people, including farmer delegates from six states, industry leaders and guests. The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington, Minn.
Dairy journalist Corey Geiger provides perspective on hot industry topics, such as farm finance, national trends, immigration, genomics and school milk programs, during an opening-day presentation. He is managing editor of Hoard’s Dairyman magazine.
Mike Hutjens, extension dairy specialist at the University of Illinois, will discuss the current grain and forage situation. The animal nutritionist will offer strategies to help dairy farmers improve returns in a time of tight profit margins.
During the annual business meeting on Tuesday, the cooperative’s 2012 performance and management reports will be shared. AMPI President and CEO Ed Welch and Chairman of the Board Steve Schlangen, a dairy farmer from Albany, Minn., will present the annual highlights.
The cooperative’s grassroots policy-making process culminates with delegates considering proposed resolutions. The resolutions process gives members an opportunity to determine AMPI positions on issues and policies that affect the cooperative.