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In October 1975, Carl Willis was struggling to find a job.

Raised on a small dairy farm in the tiny town of Macks Creek, Mo., Willis graduated earlier in the year from Southwest Baptist College with a degree in business administration, a minor in economics and an emphasis in accounting. His search for employment, however, was disrupted by a country that was crawling out of a recession.

His luck changed when a family friend recommended Mid-America Dairymen. He was hired as a...

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DFA Board Chairman Randy Mooney has been named 2014 Director of the Year by the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC).

He received the award at NCFC’s annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., on February 12, 2015. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of farmer cooperative directors who take the lead to help their board of directors make decisions vital to their cooperative.

Mooney was nominated for his “ability to think long term and with a visionary’s sense...

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In early February 2015, three Dairy Farmers of America members received separate awards for their contributions to the dairy industry — Harold Shaulis of Somerset, Pa.; Jeff Raney of Adamsville, Pa.; and Cathy McCune of St. Louis, Mich.

The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association presented Shaulis with the 2015 Dairy Hall of Fame Award at the annual Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, which was held February 4-6 in Lancaster, Pa. The recipient of the Dairy Hall of Fame Award must demonstrate...

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Name: Kitty Noble Rudgers
Dairy name: Synergy LLC
Location: Wyoming, N.Y.
Herd size: 2,000

3 ways the dairy ensures worker and livestock safety during the winter months:
  1. Keep employee and herd walkways clear at all times
    "Located in the snow belt of Lake Erie, our operation is used to all patterns of weather, especially the lake-effect snow in the winter. In order to maintain business operations as usual, we place a high priority on ensuring walkways...
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