Dairy Leadership Development

Midwest Dairy is committed to providing leadership opportunities for our dairy farmers through training and program scholarships. There are opportunities to get involved locally, connect with consumers and contribute to activities that build trust in dairy.

Sharing the Dairy Story Locally

Dairy farmers have a powerful story to tell. That’s why it’s more important than ever that farmers throughout the Midwest support local marketing and promotion efforts. Whether that’s visiting a classroom, hosting an on-farm event or sharing your dairy story on social media, Midwest Dairy wants to provide information and tools to help you connect with the community, local thought leaders and elected officials.

Dairy Tools

Find tools in our Resource Center such as recipes, activities for school-aged kids, dairy trivia and nutrition information.

Local Dairy Promotion

Apply for Dairy Promotional Funding to support local efforts that proudly share dairy’s story in unexpected ways and places.

Dairy Promotional Items

Bring dairy to life on and off the farm. Whether it’s plastic booties for a farm tour, posters for an event or cow hats for kids, the Promo Center has it all. We also have a guide for answering tough questions you may face during events or tours and customizable farmer calling cards to help bring your dairy story to life, as well as vendors for additional needs.

Workshops and trainings

Research conducted by the Center for Food Integrity found that farmers are among the most trusted sources for food-related information. The same research shows that nearly half of adults would ask a dairy farmer about their farming practices if given the opportunity.

We want to help you share your dairy story. Midwest Dairy offers workshops and resources to help you advocate for dairy. Workshop opportunities include:

  • How to connect with consumers on shared values
  • How to prepare for a crisis
  • How to conduct media interviews

Workshops are held in various locations throughout the year.

Midwest Dairy provides scholarships to participate in state and national leadership programs that align with our values. To find out if you qualify or for more information, contact a local farmer relations staff member.

Connect With A Farmer Relations Team Member

Additional Dairy Tools

Need additional information? Check out Dairy Good for all things dairy, including:

Got Dairy Jobs is another great resource for dairy-related information. Check out Got Dairy Jobs for fact sheets, videos and more that explore dairy’s economic impact.