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Middlebury couple named one of top young dairy cooperators

A Middlebury couple is getting some Mitten state love. 

Ryan and Laura Yoder were named one of the Michigan Milk Producers Association’s (MMPA) Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators (OYDC), according to a news release from the association. 

The Yoders operate Mybrook Farm, where they milk 180 cows and farm on 400 acres. Laura also devotes time as a 4-H dairy leader and has served on the Elkhart County Dairy Advisory board, as well as the Elkhart County Dairy Directors board, according to the release.

They were one of the 10 cooperators invited to the OYDC Conference on Aug. 13 and 14 at the MMPA headquarters in Novi, Mich.

Their fellow dairy farmers and the MMPA State Nominating Committee selected the couple to be a part of the program.

“The OYDC program identifies outstanding young leaders in our organization and provides an opportunity for them to gain a greater understanding of milk marketing activities and MMPA,” MMPA president Ken Nobis said. 

All of the cooperators will be officially recognized at the MMPA’s 100th annual meeting March 24, 2016, in Lansing, Mich. 

The MMPA is a member-owned and operated cooperative that serves about 2,000 dairy farmers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana.

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