The National Milk Producers Federation's (NMPF) annual meeting in Orlando was a testament to the resilience of U.S. dairy farmers. Chairman Randy Mooney praised the community for their unity and progress in advocating for better federal farm policy, despite facing significant economic challenges.
Mooney highlighted the dairy industry's global nutritional impact and shared his pride in being a dairy farmer, regardless of market conditions. The focus was on seeking a fairer milk pricing system through ongoing USDA-led hearings.
Jim Mulhern, NMPF President and CEO, due to retire soon, reflected on the strengths of the dairy community, emphasizing hard work, common sense, and a passionate commitment to quality.
Significant to the meeting was the election of new directors to the Board, including Brad Bateman and Rick Burkhamer. These elections are seen as a step towards refreshing NMPF's strategic direction.
The gathering wasn't just about policy and leadership; it also celebrated dairy excellence. NMPF's cheese and dairy product contest showcased the industry's quality, with Prairie Farms Dairy and Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery winning top awards for their Swiss cheese and pepperoni with marinara rub, respectively.
The meeting wrapped up with a forward-looking dairy economics forecast and an introduction to Gregg Doud, the incoming President and CEO. The event underscored the dairy sector's resilience in the face of adversity and set a hopeful tone for the future, reinforcing the industry's commitment to sustainable and profitable farming practices. Source : wisconsinagconnection