× Michael Dykes
Michael Dykes
President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association

Michael Dykes, D.V.M., a long-time government affairs strategist, agricultural policy expert, and veterinarian, became president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association in January 2017. In this role, he represents members that make more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States.

Since joining IDFA, Dykes has been a strong advocate for the importance of global competitiveness to the future of the U.S. dairy industry. He has made preserving trade partnerships with Mexico and improving Canadian market access for U.S. dairy exports in all future trade agreements a priority for IDFA.

Prior to assuming his role at IDFA, Dykes served as vice president of government affairs for Monsanto, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a portfolio of U.S. government relations strategies and programs that included agricultural biotechnology policy. He led Monsanto's office in Washington, D.C., and served as the company's primary point of contact for elected officials, regulatory authorities, U.S. farm organizations, key industry participants, trade associations, international organizations and embassies. He directed the company's efforts in state and local government affairs, in addition to government affairs in Mexico and Canada.

Dykes is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Academy of Practitioners. He has served on the Farmhouse Fraternity board for 3+ years. He is also a member of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and has served on the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).

Dykes grew up on a small dairy and tobacco farm in Kentucky. He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University. He also attended the University of Kentucky where he received a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.

    
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  • WHEN & WHERE?
    OCTOBER 6-7, 2020
    The Mayflower Hotel | Washington, DC

    WHAT?
    An experiential learning conference that IMMERSES PARTICIPANTS IN VALUABLE, INFORMATIVE SESSIONS FOCUSED ON BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF LEADERS across the dairy industry. Topics include innovative people practices, workplace culture, leadership skill development, talent optimization, succession planning, and building teams of integrity and accountability.

    WHY?
    IDFA is focused on ensuring our members have the KNOWLEDGE, TOOLS AND TALENT TO SUCCEED in a more competitive future.

    WHO?
    Knowledge collaboration with McKinsey & Company and Egon Zehnder in the development of the structure and program content.
    TARGET AUDIENCE: CEOs, Chief Human Resource Officers, and Human Resource Leaders

    QUESTIONS?
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    PREMIER SPONSOR – $7,500
    PREMIER SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Three-minute welcome remarks at a general session
    2. Exhibit table throughout the conference
    3. One (1) complimentary registration
    4. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    5. Live recognition throughout the conference
    6. Option to provide promotional materials to attendees
    7. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    LUNCHEON – $5,500
    LUNCHEON SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Exhibit table throughout the conference
    2. One (1) complimentary registration
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Live recognition throughout the conference
    5. Option to provide promotional materials to attendees
    6. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    NETWORKING RECEPTION – $4,000
    NETWORKING RECEPTION SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. One (1) complimentary registration
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout the conference
    4. Option to provide promotional materials to attendees
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    BREAKFAST – $3,500
    BREAKFAST SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    2. Live recognition throughout the conference
    3. Option to provide promotional materials to attendees
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    WIFI – $2,500
    WIFI SPONSORS BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company logo featured on the WiFi connection page
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout the conference
    4. Option to provide promotional materials to attendees
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    HOTEL KEY CARDS – $2,500
    HOTEL KEY CARDS BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company logo featured on hotel key cards distributed to guests upon check-in
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout the conference
    4. Option to provide promotional materials to attendees
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    CONFERENCE LANYARDS – $2,500
    CONFERENCE LANYARD SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company logo featured on registration lanyards
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout the conference
    4. Option to provide promotional materials to attendees
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    ONSITE PRINTED PROGRAM – $2,000
    ONSITE PRINTED PROGRAM SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company logo featured on the front of the onsite program
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout the conference
    4. Option to provide promotional materials to attendees
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK – $2,000
    NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK SPONSOR BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    2. Live recognition throughout the conference
    3. Option to provide promotional materials to attendees
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    EXHIBIT TABLE – $1,195 (Member); $1,695 (Non-Member)
    EXHIBIT TABLE BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Exhibit table throughout the conference – one (1) 6ft table and two (2) chairs
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    Speakers will be announced below as they are confirmed. Speakers
    Michael Dykes
    Michael Dykes
    President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., a long-time government affairs strategist, agricultural policy expert, and veterinarian, became...    MORE
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