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Dairy Experience and Agricultural Leadership Program (DEAL)

What is DEAL?

The Dairy Experience and Agricultural Leadership Program, more commonly referred to as DEAL, is a leadership program for young dairy farmers from across Midwest Dairy’s region.

This 18-month program provides an excellent opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the dairy checkoff, learn how to engage consumers, conduct media interviews, and network with industry leaders and peers.

DEAL Testimonial

“I would highly recommend anyone that’s considering to join the DEAL program to do it. I gained a ton of knowledge about Midwest Dairy and I made a lot of great friends and connections along the way.”

– Angie Grotjan, Hlidebrandt Farms, Illinois

How does DEAL work?

Fifteen farmers are chosen to participate in DEAL Program Classes. There are three phases:

  1. Who am I and Who is Midwest Dairy?
  2. Engaging with Consumers
  3. Media and Midwest Dairy Leadership

For each phase, there will be a three day in-person event. After each phase, there will a homework assignment that encourages involvement on the local level.

What is the time commitment?

The group will meet for 11 days over the course of 18 months.

What is the cost?

There is no cost to participants. Any travel costs will be covered along with a stipend. Once selected for the program, Midwest Dairy will work to arrange travel for the first event.

Who Should Apply?

• Those under the age of 40
• Actively involved in dairy production
• Have a desire to be more involved

How to Apply?

DEAL Class 3 has closed. Please check later when our next class opens.

Interested in the Program?

If you are interested in the DEAL program and have further questions, please contact Jenna Finch, Agriculture Affairs Manager for Midwest Dairy.