I was selected last fall to replace Connie Tipton as the president and CEO of IDFA. I am thoroughly enjoying the new role at IDFA and have been busy completing all the items outlined in my 100-day plan presented to the selection committee.
For those who may not know me, I’d like to start by sharing a bit about my background. I grew up on a small dairy and tobacco farm in Kentucky and earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s in agricultural economics from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Auburn University. After working six years as a practicing veterinarian in Illinois, I spent the balance of my career in industry, leading and executing strategies to shape agricultural policies.
Clearly agriculture has always been my passion, and I look forward to working closely with all members of the dairy industry.
In fact, my 100-day plan focuses on three key groups: the IDFA team, our IDFA members and external stakeholders who are partners or may become partners in future collaborative efforts.
I invite you to read more about the plan in my very first column for Cheese Market News and look forward to seeing many of you in the months ahead.
Michael Dykes, D.V.M.
President and CEO