Expanding comfort

Written by Kara Petrovic
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“DFA gives us peace of mind,” Jarrett says. “ We enjoy being part of a successful company. Our farming operation depends on a milk check, because without it, we can’t sustain an operation. So, when we lay our heads down at night, we have peace of mind because we know that someone is going to be here tomorrow to pick up our milk and will always be there if we have questions or concerns on our farm or the industry.”

As a young producer, Jarrett is also active in DFA’s Young Cooperator (YC) program, which allows young dairy farmers between the ages of 18-40 to network and gain exposure about the workings of the Cooperative and industry. For the past three years, Jarrett also has served on the Southeast Area YC Steering Committee.

“Getting involved with the YC program was one of the best things I’ve ever done,” Jarrett says. “I enjoy traveling to meetings and talking with other young producers my age, and it’s been nice to share problems and successes, and it’s always interesting to hear new ideas from other producers. I would highly recommend this program to any young producer who is interested in learning more about DFA and the state of our industry.”

Jarrett says his exposure into DFA has opened his eyes and made him a more optimistic producer.

“I’m feeling pretty good these days,” Jarrett says. “Milk prices are the best they’ve been in years, and while inputs are still high, I feel like those are getting better too. I really hope it’s a new era were heading into. My dad did very well in the ‘80s, and I think we’re heading in that same direction, were milk is the ultimate bread winner.”

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