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Member events draw us together

Thursday, November 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nicole Barlass, director of member relations
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DBA has established a renewed focus on strengthening the relationships between the group’s leaders and members and from member to member. I strive to make sure our members find value in their membership, are being heard when they have suggestions or concerns, and have opportunities to get involved at deeper levels in the organization.

My goal is to have a variety of events that help strengthen communication within the organization. Each event carries different opportunities that provide value to your farm and the dairy community.

Here’s a glance at events of the past year:

Policy Picnics

During the months of June and July, we traveled to five different areas of Wisconsin to share policy updates. Attendees enjoyed a free meal at a member’s farm and listened to our government affairs team of John Holevoet and Aaron Stauffacher explain upcoming policy concerns.

DBA Dairy Golf Classic

The 15th Annual Dairy Golf Classic had record attendance with 260 golfers and 45 corporate sponsors. Participants enjoyed a beautiful day of golfing at Fox Hills Resort in Mishicot, Wis. This event allows members to network with other agricultural professionals while raising money for our efforts to support the dairy community. Next year, the event will be held June 21 at Lake Arrowhead Golf Course in Nekoosa, Wis.

DBA Packer Tailgate Party

The 17th Annual Packer Tailgate Party was held at an exciting new venue this year, Anduzzi’s Sports Club in Green Bay. Members enjoyed food, drink, games and raffles. Nearly 70 percent of attendees headed to the preseason game after the tailgate party. This event is also a fundraiser for our association to continue and increase our involvement in Madison to support dairy.

World Dairy Expo events

World Dairy Expo is a great time to connect with farmer and corporate members who attend the show. This year, we hosted a policy luncheon update to keep members aware of current work at the Capitol in Madison and how it will affect the dairy community. That same day, we welcomed members to attend our appreciation reception to network with others. This is our way to express gratitude to all of our wonderful members.


We started hosting monthly policy webinars that feature a wide range of topics related to our policy work. We hope members will join the webinars to become more aware of the challenges we face in the dairy community and DBA’s efforts to overcome them. Our last webinar for 2017 will be on Dec. 12 and will focus on NR 151, the state runoff management rule.

Dairy Strong conference

In its fourth year, our Dairy Strong conference held in Madison is getting bigger and better every year. This event brings together a unique group of farmers and industry professionals who have diverse management philosophies to focus on the future of dairy. The content is relevant, inspiring and entertaining. The 2018 conference will be Jan. 17-18 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. Go to for more information.

Our goal as an association is to strengthen communications between the organization and members, while expanding opportunities for members to engage with each other and staff. Stay up to date on the latest events through our website (, social media channels and electronic newsletters.

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