A few of the Pennsylvania gals and I started the adventure a
few days early with a trip to the Grand Canyon (more on that later!). YDLI
officially started Wednesday February 6th with an optional tour of
Old Town Albuquerque. This turned into a team-building and scavenger hunt
adventure, as well as a great networking opportunity. I have such a fun class—and
now 50 new friends!
|Our team in Old Town Albuquerque
Networking was the theme of the night as we learned various techniques and tricks for working a room. Another great opportunity to meet more people and learn about dairying in other parts of the nation and in Mexico and Canada.
We learned about personality types and how we learn. Not surprisingly, most of the class learns by hands-on experiences. This is pretty typical in agriculture. We all took an online test beforehand that gave us the results for this. Mine says I was kinesthetic-visual-auditory. It also said I should work in agriculture. Check!
We each have a ‘Phase II’ project to complete between now and the next time we meet as a class next February. Mine is focused on dairy image. I worked in dairy promotion for a while and absolutely love working with dairy image and helping others be effective dairy advocates. In the fall, I was asked to give a communications seminar focused on communicating the science at the National American Dairy Science Association meeting in July 2013. I am so excited! I have been involved in ADSA for a long time (and was the national president of the student division in college), so this is a dream come true to be asked to do this.
Later, we took the skills we learned onto the University of
New Mexico campus for consumer interviews. We broke into groups of two or three
and set out to see what some of our consumers think about the way dairy cows
are treated, milk safety, local dairy products and more. The answers we got
were very interesting. One of the guys we interviewed thought eggs were a dairy
product. Another girl thought beef cows were dairy cows. All in all, there were
a lot of trends. They didn’t know about the extensive processes we have in
place on dairies to ensure milk is safe and free of antibiotic residue or about
cow care. We left all of them with a card for DairyFarmingToday.org, a great
resource for consumers to learn more about modern dairy farming.
Again, I am so THRILLED to have this opportunity!! More updates on my Phase II project coming throughout the year. Stay tuned!
I also have a couple other communications trainings coming
up at the beginning of March and I’m trying to do a better job with keeping
this blog updated and using it as a resource for others interested in
advocating for the dairy industry. Or, what many people call ‘agvocating.’
There’s also several other things we have to do, including introducing
ourselves to the media and legislators.
|My awesome class! YDLI Class 8
PS-Check out a few YDLI stories from my friends and classmates Kerry and Emily! YDLI also has a blog they update, too.