Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program Gearing Up for 2019, Applications Due Jan. 11

Any Michigan high school and college students interested in dairy and/or pursuing a career in the dairy industry have until Jan. 11 to apply for the 2019 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program. Continuing with updates instituted last year, the program offers dairy communications training to interested applicants.

All applicants meeting baseline criteria will be invited to attend a day-long program kickoff on Feb. 8, the second day of the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC). Attendees will be considered 2019 Michigan Dairy Ambassadors and will be equipped with the messaging and practice to effectively communicate with consumers in-person and online.

Participation throughout the year in trainings, dairy events and promotion will earn points with the opportunity to advance to the interview round. Applications, resume and participation and interview will be considered for scholarship recipient selections. Two scholarships will be awarded to the representatives, one to a junior winner and another to a senior winner.

The senior division is reserved for college students up to age 22, with the winner receiving a $1,500 scholarship. The junior division is limited to high school students in grades nine to 12, and the winner receives $1,000 that can be applied toward higher education or the purchase of a dairy animal within the upcoming year. Applicants are not required to have a dairy farm background, but they must plan to pursue a career related to the dairy industry. The scholarship program is funded through a benefit auction held at the annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC).

Students interested in applying for the 2019 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program can download an application from www.glrdc.org or contact Megghan Honke Seidel at 517-884-7089. Applications must be submitted electronically to 1glrdc@gmail.com and will be accepted until Jan. 11.

This year’s event will take place in Frankenmuth, Michigan on February 7 – 9, 2019. For the conference schedule and registration information, visit www.glrdc.org or contact Megghan Honke Seidel.

Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program Launches New Format Applications for the 2018 Calendar Year Due Jan. 13

The Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program Team is excited to launch a new format that will award the scholarships based on participation in dairy promotion outreach, industry events, and an interview with dairy industry judges.

Michigan high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in the dairy industry have until Jan. 13 to apply for the 2018 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program.

All applicants should plan to attend a day-long leadership training on Feb.9, the second day of the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC). All attendees will be considered 2018 Michigan Dairy Ambassadors, will represent Michigan dairy farm families, and will be equipped with the messaging and practice to effectively communicate with consumers in-person and online.

Participation throughout the year in communication and leadership trainings, dairy events and promotion activities will earn points with the opportunity to advance to the interview round. Application, resume, participation throughout the year in dairy promotion activities, and the interview will be considered for scholarship recipient selections. Two Dairy Ambassador scholarships will be awarded, one to a junior winner and another to a senior winner.

The senior division is reserved for college students up to age 22, with the winner receiving a $1,500 scholarship. The junior division is limited to high school students in grades nine to 12, and the winner receives $1,000 that can be applied toward higher education or the purchase of a dairy animal within the upcoming year. Applicants are not required to have a dairy farm background, but they must plan to pursue a career related to the dairy industry. The scholarship program is funded through a benefit auction held at the annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC).

Currently, Lindsay Larsen of Scottsville, is serving as the 2016 senior Michigan dairy ambassador representative. Jessie Nash of Elsie is the junior Michigan dairy ambassador representative.

Students interested in applying for the 2018 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program can download an application from grldc.org or contact Megghan Honke Seidel at 989-666-3773. Applications must be submitted electronically to 1glrdc@gmail.com and will be accepted until Jan. 13. Any questions about the Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program please contact Jessica Welch at 248-474-6672, ext. 303 or jwelch@mimilk.com.

This year’s event will take place in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on February 8-10, 2018. For the conference schedule and registration information, visit glrdc.org or contact Megghan Honke Seidel.

2018 Sponsorship Opportunities Available

The Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC) will be celebrating its sixteenth year in 2018 and we want you to be a part of it. Since its inception in 2002, the GLRDC has grown from a small meeting to a large producer-based and driven conference that attracts more than 350 dairy producers from across the state of Michigan and throughout the Midwest. The conference was developed by producers and dairy industry representatives for producers, and its founders and planning members continue to be committed to building a program packed with useful and timely information from a variety of high-quality speakers.  Thanks to our sponsors, the GLRDC has been able to continually expand its offerings while remaining true to its dairy-inspired theme: learning and profiting together.

We’re inviting you to be a part of our continued growth by becoming a sponsor of the 2018 GLRDC. This is a key opportunity to position your name in front of the state’s dairy producers.  GLRDC continues to draw a variety of producers from large to small and tends to draw many producers in the 18-36 age range. These producers are the ones you want to get to know!

The 2018 GLRDC will be held Feb. 8-10 at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The conference will feature David Kohl who will give producers insight on the industry. It will also feature a panel of producers from across the country who are taking innovative approaches to manage the low price of milk, Dr. Peter Hansen from University of Florida will talk latest in Genomics followed by a panel of producers, Dr. Katie Proudfoot from Ohio State University will focus on behavior and health in transition cows. Experts will also share insights on LPC’s and marketing milk and milk supply strategies. The conference will also feature workshops on lean and continuous management as a management strategy on farms, knowing the laws around labor management and a robotic system producer panel. Also don’t forget GLRDC will feature the 11th annual Michigan Dairy Industry Recognition Night.

You will also have the opportunity to support the Dairy Ambassador Program through your sponsorship process. The program offers high school and college students across the state leadership and learning experiences are customized to meet the specific goals of the ambassadors. The program offers all applicants specialized training to serve as dairy ambassadors throughout the year at various community and state-wide events. Your support will go a long way to supporting these youth and we ask you to consider adding this to your sponsorship portfolio this year.

If you have questions, please contact me at (616) 293-3189. You may also contact Megghan Honke Seidel at 1glrdc@gmail.com  or (989) 666-3773. To learn more about sponsorship or register for your sponsorship go to: www.glrdc.org

Thank you in advance for your continued support of the Michigan dairy industry! We look forward to seeing you in February.