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Dairy Facts 2016

Milk Procurement Workshop Offers Something for All Skill Levels

Feb 26, 2014

For dairy industry professionals who need a better understanding of how farm milk is priced both inside and outside the Federal Milk Marketing Order System, there are still slots available for IDFA’s annual Milk Procurement Workshop.

IDFA Vice President and Chief Economist Bob Yonkers, Ph.D., will lead this classroom-style educational session for those who would like to learn more about milk procurement as well as dairy professionals looking to update their knowledge. IDFA’s Milk Procurement Workshop will be held March 19-20, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. 

"When you have a better understanding of how government regulations cause milk prices to fluctuate and the challenges that the industry faces, you have knowledge you can use to improve your company’s bottom line," said Yonkers.

IDFA's Milk Procurement Workshop provides an overview of dairy industry trends, policy and pricing basics with a focus on understanding milk price regulation. Milk processors, cheese makers, frozen dessert marketers, butter manufacturers, nonfat dry milk manufacturers and other dairy industry professionals are welcome to attend.

Although most of the workshop attendees are first-timers who are new to the dairy industry, Yonkers encourages any dairy industry professional to attend, whether your goal is to refresh your knowledge or to help educate your colleagues. The course will be a lecture-format with class exercises; Yonkers emphasizes that there will be no homework and calculators will be provided for in-class activities. "During the workshop, participants are welcome to work with their peers to find the answers to the exercises; in fact, collaboration is encouraged," said Yonkers.

Attendees travel across the country and internationally for this hands-on guide to the intricacies of milk procurement. To register, visit our website or contact Maria Velasco, assistant for meetings and educational services, at or 202-220-3524. 

For more information on milk procurement, contact Yonkers at


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