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2016 DFA Cares Foundation Scholarships
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Dairy Farmers of America recognizes the importance of developing future leaders in the dairy industry and is committed to investing in their education. Since its inception nine years ago, the DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship has grown to honor an increasing number of outstanding students who are pursuing careers in the dairy industry.Selection criteria include a commitment and passion for a career in the dairy industry; extracurricular activities, awards and work experience; and academic achievement. This year, DFA’s scholarship committee identified 40 recipients who will receive a combined total of $49,500.

Precollege students

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  • Ashley Anhalt, Manitowoc, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin-River Falls or University of Minnesota Twin Cities and major in animal science
  • Brittany Boitnott, Boones Mill, Va., planning to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and major in dairy science
  • Mikala Fletcher, Purdy, Mo., planning to attend Evangel University and major in communications
  • Allissa Frisle, Prairie Farm, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin-Madison and major in dairy science
  • Laura Geven, Syracuse, Kan., planning to attend Kansas State University and major in agricultural business
  • Dawn Klabenes, Chambers, Neb., planning to attend University of Nebraska-Lincoln and major in animal science
  • Travis Koester, Wadesville, Ind., planning to attend Purdue University and major in agricultural economics
  • Carley Krull, Lake Mills, Wis., planning to attend Iowa State University and major in animal science and/or agriculture education
  • Sebastian Loonen, Marshall, Mich., planning to major in biological engineering
  • Katelynn Palmer, Preston, Idaho, planning to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho and major in dairy and food science
  • Samantha Poldervaart, Orland, Calif., planning to attend California Polytechnic State University and major in dairy science
  • Ronald Schaap, Clovis, N.M., planning to attend Cornell University and major in animal science
  • Michael Schmenk, Leipsic, Ohio, planning to attend Ohio State University and major in agricultural engineering
  • Nicole Schommer, Belgium, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin-River Falls and major in dairy science
  • Erin Will, Poseyville, Ind., planning to attend Purdue University and major in animal science/pre-veterinary

Undergraduate students

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  • Sabrina Clark, Reading, Pa., attends University of Pennsylvania, majoring in animal science
  • Holly Cornelius, Easton, Mo, attends Missouri Western State University, majoring in biology with zoology concentration
  • Shand Hardy, Brigham City, Utah, attends Utah State University, majoring in agricultural business
  • Andrew Hauser, Eglon, W.Va., attends Potomac State College of West Virginia University, majoring in agricultural education
  • Cassandra Kiechle, Philadelphia, N.Y., attends Cornell University, majoring in agricultural sciences
  • Taylor Leach, Stillwater, Okla., attends Oklahoma State University, majoring in animal science and agricultural communications
  • Tyler Marotz, Lincoln, Neb., attends University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in agricultural business
  • Maggie Mills, Lake City, Minn., attends University of Minnesota Crookston, majoring in animal science
  • Ryan Nelson, Washington, Kan., attends Kansas State University, majoring in agricultural business
  • Tiffany Pheasant, Williamsburg, Pa., attends Pennsylvania State University, majoring in animal science
  • Sabrina Portner, Ames, Iowa, attends Iowa State University, majoring in dairy sciences
  • Anna Schmenk, Leipsic, Ohio, attends Ohio State University, majoring in food science and technology
  • Tracy Schmitz, Axtell, Kan., attends Kansas State University, majoring in mechanical engineering
  • Tricia Schmitz, Axtell, Kan., attends Kansas State University, majoring in computer science 
  • Shelby Smith, Comer, Ga., attends University of Georgia, majoring in agricultural business
  • Katie Sondericker, Attica, N.Y., attends Pennsylvania State University, majoring in animal science
  • Danielle Varner, Shirleysburg, Pa., attends Delaware Valley University, majoring in dairy science
  • Abby Wolf, College Station, Texas, attends Texas A&M University, majoring in animal science 
  • Dakota Zapalac, La Grange, Texas, attends Texas A&M University, majoring in animal science and nutrition

Graduate students


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  • Ishwary Acharya, Brookings, S.D., attending South Dakota State University, majoring in dairy science
  • Matthew Borchers, Lewistown, Ohio, attending University of Kentucky, majoring in dairy systems management
  • Allison Culp, Nappanee, Ind., attending Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, pursuing doctorate in veterinary medicine
  • Ashley Hager, Chemung, N.Y., attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, pursuing doctorate in veterinary medicine
  • Amy McBirney, Morgan Hill, Calif., attending University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, pursuing doctorate in veterinary medicine
  • Carter Wallinger, Columbus, Ohio, attending Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, majoring in veterinary medicine
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2016 MEMBERS OF AMERICA

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2016 Members of Distinction

                                       

Dairy Farmers of America’s Members of Distinction program honors members who embody the Cooperative’s core values and excel on their operations, in their communities and in the industry. Each year, one member farm from each of DFA’s seven regional Areas is honored during the Annual Banquet at DFA’s Annual Meeting. The 2016 Members of Distinction are

Central Area

Hanke family, Hanke Farms Inc. — Sheboygan Falls, Wis
Founded in 1919, twin brothers Jack and Jim Hanke have persevered through disasters including a massive silo collapse, personal tragedy, a barn fire and a changing dairy industry to build a thriving, family and community-centered business. Together with Jack’s wife, Dorene, and Jim’s wife, Bonnie, the Hanke family milks 800 Holsteins and grow corn, alfalfa, wheat and soybeans on their 875-acre farm. With their grown children now also involved in the dairy, Hanke Farms has helped keep the family together, even in the most difficult times.

Mideast Area

Thomas family, Thomas Farms of Stark County — Louisville, Ohio
Mark Thomas has lived most of his life in the fast lane. He spent 25 years on the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) circuit, where he was a seven-time IHRA Funny Car champion. All the while, he was also his father’s partner on their 400-cow dairy farm. Mark now runs the farm with his wife, Chris, where duplicating the team atmosphere that led to Mark’s successful racing career now ensures the dairy’s herd is well cared for and producing the highest-quality milk possible.

Mountain Area

Ketterling family, TLK Dairy — Mountain Home, Idaho
Terry Ketterling had a vision of a vertically integrated farm – where he would grow the crops that fed the cows that make the milk that was sold to then be used to feed families. Starting with a 700-cow dairy farm, Ketterling’s farm now milks 10,500 cows between three barns, growing wheat and alfalfa that goes back to the dairy to feed the herd. Working alongside his wife, Linda, their son, Tony, and their daughter, Launa Fowler, and their 150 employees, Terry is focused on keeping his operation sustainable for future generations.

Northeast Area

Robbins family, North Harbor Dairy — Sackets Harbor, N.Y.
For three generations, North Harbor Dairy was a 100-cow dairy. But as the industry, communications and consumers have changed, the dairy has also evolved. Today, Ron and Nancy Robbins milk 1,000 cows in addition to operating a milk and grain hauling business and an agri-tourism business called Old McDonald’s Farm. They also farm 7,000 acres of corn, soybean, wheat, alfalfa, grass and hay. They use social media to bring consumers to Old McDonald’s Farm where they help rebuild the connection between people and food, featuring 250 animals and dairy farm tours, among many other attractions.

Southeast Area

Coble family, Harmony Grove Dairy — Waynesboro, Ga.
Edward Coble dreamed of owning a dairy with 125 cows. Yet as opportunities presented themselves to grow operations and make room for the family’s future generations, Coble took advantage and doubled his herd size not once, but twice. Today, he and his wife, Lana, and sons James and Joel, now milk 2,500 cows. The family credits strong relationships with their employees among the reasons why the dairy consistently has high production and strong milk quality.

Southwest Area

Wolf family, Scot-Tex Dairy — Scotland, Texas
Keeping cows healthy and comfortable is a priority for Frank Wolf, who purchased the dairy he grew up on from his father in 1990. Along with his wife, Joyce, Frank milks 130 cows, and has a beef herd of 100 cows and farms 500 acres of wheat. Growing up showing registered Holsteins, Frank still breeds his herd for longevity, among other attributes. To accomplish longevity, the dairy pays close attention to nutrition, cleanliness and milking procedures, grazing the herd as much as possible.

Western Area

Alderson family, Alderson Family Dairy — Gerber, Calif.
  • Running a sustainable, environmentally responsible operation has always been a priority for the Alderson family. It all began with Mark Alderson’s father, Raymond, who began the family dairy with 25 cows grazing on the property’s rich forage. Today, 250 cows graze on the farm’s 250 acres under Mark’s watchful eye. Growing up, Mark worked as a relief milker for 22 neighboring dairies, giving him the know-how to join the family business alongside his father when Mark was just 17. Today, he and his wife, Brenda, and their son, Ben, milk their herd on two dairies and remain passionate about grazing and the health and comfort of their animals.
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DFA REPORTS 2015 FINANCIAL RESULTS

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DFA reports 2015 financial results

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At the Cooperative’s Annual Meeting today, 
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) officials reported net income of $94.1 million, compared to $43.1 million for 2014. The increase was attributable to strong performances from DFA’s commercial operations and affiliates, as unit sales were up and margins improved.
DFA’s net sales totaled $13.8 billion for 2015, compared to $17.9 billion in 2014. This decrease is primarily a result of lower milk prices. The all U.S. milk price averaged $17.08 per hundredweight in 2015 compared with $23.97 in 2014.
“Providing value to our dairy-farmer members is the focus for everything that we do at DFA,” said Rick Smith, president and chief executive officer. “In 2015, we had a successful year and took strong action to support key strategic initiatives — most notably in the areas of assuring supply chain integrity, growing our commercial businesses and driving performance through innovation.”
In 2015, DFA directed the marketing of 62 billion pounds of milk for both members and others. This represented approximately 30 percent of the total milk production in the United States. The average 2015 price paid to members per hundredweight of milk was $17.18 compared with $24.17 in 2014.
Cash distributed to members in 2015 totaled $35 million compared to $28 million in 2014. In 2015, members 
received $20 million in equity retirements and $15 million of allocated patronage dividends.

In 2015, DFA expanded its commercial investments by acquiring the remaining ownership interest in DairiConcepts, an innovative cheese and dairy manufacturer, which it previously was invested in as a joint venture partner. DairiConcepts plays a key role in DFA’s strategy to further grow its ingredients division and extend its global marketing outreach. Additionally, DFA broke ground on a new dairy ingredients plant in Garden City, Kan. The state-of-the-art plant will produce whole, skim and nonfat dry milk powders, as well as cream, and is a partnership between DFA and a group of member farms in Southwest Kansas.
Finally, for the first time in the Cooperative’s history, DFA launched a new brand and product from scratch. Live Real Farms Energy Drink incorporates the nutrition of dairy into an innovative product geared toward millennial families.
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2016 MAMBERS OF DISTINCTION

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2016 Members of Distinction

Dairy Farmers of America’s Members of Distinction program honors members who embody the Cooperative’s core values and excel on their operations, in their communities and in the industry. Each year, one member farm from each of DFA’s seven regional Areas is honored during the Annual Banquet at DFA’s Annual Meeting. The 2016 Members of Distinction are

Central Area

Hanke family, Hanke Farms Inc. — Sheboygan Falls, Wis
Founded in 1919, twin brothers Jack and Jim Hanke have persevered through disasters including a massive silo collapse, personal tragedy, a barn fire and a changing dairy industry to build a thriving, family and community-centered business. Together with Jack’s wife, Dorene, and Jim’s wife, Bonnie, the Hanke family milks 800 Holsteins and grow corn, alfalfa, wheat and soybeans on their 875-acre farm. With their grown children now also involved in the dairy, Hanke Farms has helped keep the family together, even in the most difficult times.


Mideast Area

Thomas family, Thomas Farms of Stark County — Louisville, Ohio
Mark Thomas has lived most of his life in the fast lane. He spent 25 years on the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) circuit, where he was a seven-time IHRA Funny Car champion. All the while, he was also his father’s partner on their 400-cow dairy farm. Mark now runs the farm with his wife, Chris, where duplicating the team atmosphere that led to Mark’s successful racing career now ensures the dairy’s herd is well cared for and producing the highest-quality milk possible.


Mountain Area

Ketterling family, TLK Dairy — Mountain Home, Idaho
Terry Ketterling had a vision of a vertically integrated farm – where he would grow the crops that fed the cows that make the milk that was sold to then be used to feed families. Starting with a 700-cow dairy farm, Ketterling’s farm now milks 10,500 cows between three barns, growing wheat and alfalfa that goes back to the dairy to feed the herd. Working alongside his wife, Linda, their son, Tony, and their daughter, Launa Fowler, and their 150 employees, Terry is focused on keeping his operation sustainable for future generations.


Northeast Area

Robbins family, North Harbor Dairy — Sackets Harbor, N.Y.
For three generations, North Harbor Dairy was a 100-cow dairy. But as the industry, communications and consumers have changed, the dairy has also evolved. Today, Ron and Nancy Robbins milk 1,000 cows in addition to operating a milk and grain hauling business and an agri-tourism business called Old McDonald’s Farm. They also farm 7,000 acres of corn, soybean, wheat, alfalfa, grass and hay. They use social media to bring consumers to Old McDonald’s Farm where they help rebuild the connection between people and food, featuring 250 animals and dairy farm tours, among many other attractions.


Southeast Area

Coble family, Harmony Grove Dairy — Waynesboro, Ga.
Edward Coble dreamed of owning a dairy with 125 cows. Yet as opportunities presented themselves to grow operations and make room for the family’s future generations, Coble took advantage and doubled his herd size not once, but twice. Today, he and his wife, Lana, and sons James and Joel, now milk 2,500 cows. The family credits strong relationships with their employees among the reasons why the dairy consistently has high production and strong milk quality.


Southwest Area

Wolf family, Scot-Tex Dairy — Scotland, Texas
Keeping cows healthy and comfortable is a priority for Frank Wolf, who purchased the dairy he grew up on from his father in 1990. Along with his wife, Joyce, Frank milks 130 cows, and has a beef herd of 100 cows and farms 500 acres of wheat. Growing up showing registered Holsteins, Frank still breeds his herd for longevity, among other attributes. To accomplish longevity, the dairy pays close attention to nutrition, cleanliness and milking procedures, grazing the herd as much as possible.


Western Area

Alderson family, Alderson Family Dairy — Gerber, Calif.
  • Running a sustainable, environmentally responsible operation has always been a priority for the Alderson family. It all began with Mark Alderson’s father, Raymond, who began the family dairy with 25 cows grazing on the property’s rich forage. Today, 250 cows graze on the farm’s 250 acres under Mark’s watchful eye. Growing up, Mark worked as a relief milker for 22 neighboring dairies, giving him the know-how to join the family business alongside his father when Mark was just 17. Today, he and his wife, Brenda, and their son, Ben, milk their herd on two dairies and remain passionate about grazing and the health and comfort of their animals.
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2016 DFA CARES FONDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

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2016 DFA Cares Foundation Scholarships
   

Dairy Farmers of America recognizes the importance of developing future leaders in the dairy industry and is committed to investing in their education. Since its inception nine years ago, the DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship has grown to honor an increasing number of outstanding students who are pursuing careers in the dairy industry.Selection criteria include a commitment and passion for a career in the dairy industry; extracurricular activities, awards and work experience; and academic achievement. This year, DFA’s scholarship committee identified 40 recipients who will receive a combined total of $49,500.

Precollege students

  • Ashley Anhalt, Manitowoc, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin-River Falls or University of Minnesota Twin Cities and major in animal science
  • Brittany Boitnott, Boones Mill, Va., planning to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and major in dairy science
  • Mikala Fletcher, Purdy, Mo., planning to attend Evangel University and major in communications
  • Allissa Frisle, Prairie Farm, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin-Madison and major in dairy science
  • Laura Geven, Syracuse, Kan., planning to attend Kansas State University and major in agricultural business
  • Dawn Klabenes, Chambers, Neb., planning to attend University of Nebraska-Lincoln and major in animal science
  • Travis Koester, Wadesville, Ind., planning to attend Purdue University and major in agricultural economics
  • Carley Krull, Lake Mills, Wis., planning to attend Iowa State University and major in animal science and/or agriculture education
  • Sebastian Loonen, Marshall, Mich., planning to major in biological engineering
  • Katelynn Palmer, Preston, Idaho, planning to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho and major in dairy and food science
  • Samantha Poldervaart, Orland, Calif., planning to attend California Polytechnic State University and major in dairy science
  • Ronald Schaap, Clovis, N.M., planning to attend Cornell University and major in animal science
  • Michael Schmenk, Leipsic, Ohio, planning to attend Ohio State University and major in agricultural engineering
  • Nicole Schommer, Belgium, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin-River Falls and major in dairy science
  • Erin Will, Poseyville, Ind., planning to attend Purdue University and major in animal science/pre-veterinary

Undergraduate students

  • Sabrina Clark, Reading, Pa., attends University of Pennsylvania, majoring in animal science
  • Holly Cornelius, Easton, Mo, attends Missouri Western State University, majoring in biology with zoology concentration
  • Shand Hardy, Brigham City, Utah, attends Utah State University, majoring in agricultural business
  • Andrew Hauser, Eglon, W.Va., attends Potomac State College of West Virginia University, majoring in agricultural education
  • Cassandra Kiechle, Philadelphia, N.Y., attends Cornell University, majoring in agricultural sciences
  • Taylor Leach, Stillwater, Okla., attends Oklahoma State University, majoring in animal science and agricultural communications
  • Tyler Marotz, Lincoln, Neb., attends University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in agricultural business
  • Maggie Mills, Lake City, Minn., attends University of Minnesota Crookston, majoring in animal science
  • Ryan Nelson, Washington, Kan., attends Kansas State University, majoring in agricultural business
  • Tiffany Pheasant, Williamsburg, Pa., attends Pennsylvania State University, majoring in animal science
  • Sabrina Portner, Ames, Iowa, attends Iowa State University, majoring in dairy sciences
  • Anna Schmenk, Leipsic, Ohio, attends Ohio State University, majoring in food science and technology
  • Tracy Schmitz, Axtell, Kan., attends Kansas State University, majoring in mechanical engineering
  • Tricia Schmitz, Axtell, Kan., attends Kansas State University, majoring in computer science 
  • Shelby Smith, Comer, Ga., attends University of Georgia, majoring in agricultural business
  • Katie Sondericker, Attica, N.Y., attends Pennsylvania State University, majoring in animal science
  • Danielle Varner, Shirleysburg, Pa., attends Delaware Valley University, majoring in dairy science
  • Abby Wolf, College Station, Texas, attends Texas A&M University, majoring in animal science 
  • Dakota Zapalac, La Grange, Texas, attends Texas A&M University, majoring in animal science and nutrition

Graduate students

  • Ishwary Acharya, Brookings, S.D., attending South Dakota State University, majoring in dairy science
  • Matthew Borchers, Lewistown, Ohio, attending University of Kentucky, majoring in dairy systems management
  • Allison Culp, Nappanee, Ind., attending Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, pursuing doctorate in veterinary medicine
  • Ashley Hager, Chemung, N.Y., attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, pursuing doctorate in veterinary medicine
  • Amy McBirney, Morgan Hill, Calif., attending University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, pursuing doctorate in veterinary medicine
  • Carter Wallinger, Columbus, Ohio, attending Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, majoring in veterinary medicine
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