FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative’s third annual meeting will held Feb. 13-14, at the Stoney Creek Inn & Convention Center, Onalaska, Wis. “Partnering to Build a Better Industry” is the focus of the meeting, with discussions concentrating on enhancing partnerships between cooperative members and industry organizations.

Producer Discovery Workshops will be held Friday afternoon, Feb. 13. Advance reservations are requested. If possible, contact Julie at 608-244-3373 to reserve a seat. Workshops include:

• Protecting your Assets (from a dairy quality assurance perspective), by Sandy Stuttgen, Taylor County UW-Extension ag educator

• Exports and the World Stage, by Alan Levitt, Vice-President of the U.S. Dairy Export Council

•  Farming and Things Around Us (a fresh perspective about the hidden risks on our dairy farms), by Carol Magurany-Brotski, agricultural safety consultant from the National Farm Medicine Center.

A trade show will also be open Friday afternoon, allowing members and guest dairy producers the opportunity to connect with meeting sponsors to discuss products and services.


Scholarship applications

The cooperative’s silent auction will raise funds for youth education opportunities, including dairy camp registrations and scholarships.

Post-secondary education scholarship applications will be accepted until March 2. New to this year’s scholarship program is an online submission form.

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on leadership, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, essay responses, their future plans and career goals. All members of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative and their children attending four-year universities, two-year technical programs or short courses in addition to high school seniors planning for post-secondary education are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

For a copy of the scholarship application and more information, visit  or call 608-244-3373.

Based in Madison, Wis., FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative represents farms in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana through policy bargaining, dairy marketing services, laboratory testing opportunities and industry promotion. Visit