Partners in Success Luncheon: IDP Covered a Lot of Ground this Year!
By Sherry Bunting
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Dairy Producers (IDP) Partners in Success luncheon Oct. 25 at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis was a time to review the past year’s activities and look ahead to the future of the organization, which serves as the voice, advocate and partner for Hoosier dairy farmers, with membership accounting for about 70% of the state’s dairy cows.
IDP executive director Doug Leman thanked the approximately 80 sponsors ranging from corporate sponsors to bronze, silver, gold, platinum and diamond level sponsors.
“Without our sponsors we would not be able to do what we are doing for our producers,” said Leman, giving special recognition to the support of the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council hosting the fourth annual IDP Partners in Success luncheon. In addition to ISA / ICMC, other diamond-level sponsors are Milk Promotion Services of Indiana and Stewart-Peterson.
Representing ISA / ICMC, Andy Tauer said “We appreciate this relationship and what we learn from you folks, and we continue to look for ways our checkoff can support dairy.” He gave the example of including dairy as a permanent fixture in the ISA / ICMC “Glass Barn” that opened this year at the state fair and will be used for educating school groups throughout the year.
IDP president LuAnn Troxel reviewed the organization’s many events during the year and reminded the group of the organization’s purpose supported by allied industry sponsorships and producer membership dues.
“The Milk Promotion Service’s job is to promote dairy products. Our job is to support dairy farmers,” she said. “We are the proactive voice, and we are also listening to what is going on.”
Troxel gave the example of the survey members filled out on dairy policy. “There’s nothing else in the nation like this showing how farmers answered fundamental questions about the dairy policies being considered in the Farm Bill. Our farmers responded and that information is being used by lawmakers,” Troxel explained.