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Clark Elected to Chair FarmFirst Young Cooperators
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/19/2016

Members of the Young Cooperator Steering Committee of the FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative has chosen a new chairperson. Janet Clark of Eldorado was elected by her peers during the group's annual meeting in Onalaska.

Clark farms with her husband, Travis, along with her parents, Roger and Sandy Grade, and her brother, David Grade. Together, they manage their registered Holstein herd while working nearly 1,000 acres of owned and rented land. The farm was recognized recently as one of the six top dairy herds for milk quality in the U.S.

"The Young Cooperator program is a great way for other dairy producers to not only advance their management skills on their farm, but also to expand their network of dairy producers they can call friends," Clark said. "This program is intended to be a resource to seek out educational opportunities as well as networking opportunities."

Delegates also chose Mike Leahy from Brandon as vice-chair. He farms with his family, including his parents Jerry and Carolyn Leahy and his two younger brothers Eric and Jon. Mike also serves as a director on the Fond du Lac County Farm Bureau Board, a member of the counties young farmer and agriculturalist committee, and over sees all the FDL Farm Bureau's social media sites.

Clark and Leahy will head the Young Cooperator Steering Committee, and together, the committee will build the program to support and bring together other young dairy producers.

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