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Larsens, 2010 Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators

Burke and Lisa Larsen of Scottville, Michigan, were selected as the state winning 2010 Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators (OYDC). They represented Michigan Milk Producers Association’s (MMPA) District 11 and the Muskegon Local in the annual OYDC conference held Aug. 18-19. Scott and Alissa Ferry of Litchfield, Michigan, were selected as runners-up. They represented Michigan Milk Producers Association’s (MMPA) District 1 and the Hillsdale-Litchfield Local. The Larsens and Ferrys were selected to participate in the program earlier this year by fellow dairy farmers in their district.

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The 2010 Superior Young Dairy Producer Award (SYDPA) program was held Aug. 21 at the Illinois State Fair. Twenty 4-H and/or FFA dairy project members from across the state took part in this educational activity that promotes both personal growth and career skill development for dairy industry youth in Illinois.

This three-phase competition awarded each of the top five overall participants with a $1,000 scholarship. The 2010 scholarship recipients include Rick Koehn of Peotone, Haley Lyons of Rockford, Aaron Mitchell of Winnebago, Erik Sheppelman of Bloomington, and Jessica Telgmann of Strasburg.

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Kaleena Westaby
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Research Technician
ABS Global

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On July 6, a Union County Grand Jury cleared Gary Conklin, co-owner of Conklin Dairy Cattle Sales LLC in Plain City, Ohio, and others, of allegations of animal abuse brought about by the Mercy for Animals YouTube video release on May 26. Released of all charges, Conklin talked freely with Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee, answering the questions that follow.

How were you made aware of the video?

CONKLIN: I first learned of the video when a reporter called and asked if I was aware of the video to be released at a later date. They alluded that it would be posted to YouTube in the next 24 hours. I went home and saw it that night on YouTube.

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Matt Christofferson
Des Moines, Iowa
North American Product Manager
MicroPEARLS, Kemin Industries, Inc.

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Gary Fassett
Sauk City, Wisconsin
Vice President of Sales
Accelerated Genetics

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