OKEMOS, Mich. — The United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) is searching for participants for its two-year-long mentorship program. Participants will partner with UDIM board members to increase their knowledge and understanding of UDIM programs, grow their network within the industry and spread the word about dairy promotion programs among their peers.
The selected participants will attend UDIM board meetings to learn more about the organization’s efforts, then share their knowledge with peers and fellow dairy producers looking to learn more about checkoff. They will also participate in dairy promotion events that take dairy and dairy farmers to consumer events throughout the state.
Applications will be accepted until January 17, 2020. Participants will be selected by a UDIM board committee by January 31, 2020. The program runs two calendar years.
“As a dairy farmer, I appreciate seeing how UDIM staff works on behalf of dairy farmers to connect with consumers online and in-person to share dairy stories and nutrition information about the foods we provide,” said Jason Griffin of Hastings, during his second year with the program.
“Promotion of dairy foods has always been a passion of mine. It goes back to my experience as a teacher and my passion for education,” said Jim Reid, UDIM president and Jeddo, MI dairy farmer. “We’re excited to see the interest in the UDIM Board Mentor Program and look forward to meeting with more classes of participants to share with them how we’re promoting dairy across the state.”
Chosen participants will attend two of UDIM’s 2020 board meetings. Throughout the year, they’ll have opportunities to sharpen their leadership and communication skills and participate in dairy promotion events to see UDIM’s programs in action.
For more information, visit milkmeansmore.org/dairy-producers/united-dairy-industry-michigan-boardmentor-program/ or call 517-349-8923.
About the United Dairy Industry of Michigan
The United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) is dedicated to serving Michigan’s hard-working dairy farm families and promoting Michigan’s locally produced dairy products. UDIM is the umbrella organization for the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council of Michigan. These non-profit organizations provide dairy product promotion and nutrition education services on behalf of their funding members.
— United Dairy Industry of Michigan
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