Michigan Milk Producers Association recognizes OYDC winners

The Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) named two young couples as award recipients in its 2013 Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators (OYDC) Program, Aug. 15-16, at the annual OYDC Conference at Novi, Mich.


Michael and Jordan Noll, from Croswell, Mich., and representing District 8, were selected as Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) 2013 Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators (OYDC) at the 63rd OYDC Conference, Aug. 15-16. As OYDCs, they will serve as nationwide MMPA ambassadors attending various meetings and conferences.


Nolls named OYDC winners

Michael and Jordan Noll of Croswell, Mich., were selected as the 2013 MMPA Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators (OYDC). They represented MMPA’s District 8 and the Mid-Sanilac Local. 

Michael and Jordan farm with Michael’s parents and brother on Noll Dairy Farm Inc. They manage a herd of 310 cows and farm 1,500 acres. Michael has served as an MMPA delegate and secretary of his local. He’s vice president of the Sanilac County Farm Bureau, serves on various Fremont Township boards and coaches youth basketball. Jordan is active in dairy education, serving as a past MMPA Dairy Communicator, Breakfast on the Farm planning committee member and Project RED volunteer. 

As the state winning cooperators, the Nolls will represent MMPA at various industry and association activities. 


Jeff and Chriss Carmichael, from Reed City, Mich., and representing District 5, were selected as Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) 2013 Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators (OYDC) Runners-up.


Carmichaels named runners-up

Jeff and Chriss Carmichael of Reed City, Mich., were selected as runners-up. They represented MMPA’s District 5 and the Evart Local. 

Chriss farms in partnership with her parents on Cedar Grove Farm. The family milks 170 cows and farms 1,200 acres. Jeff and Chriss work together to lead a local 4-H Club and county Farm Bureau discussion group. They are both very active in their church as well.

Selection of the OYDC is based on the applicant’s farming operations, farm-related and community activities and demonstrated leadership abilities. Each year, 10 district winners compete at the state OYDC Conference, held at MMPA headquarters. The conference provides participants with information about milk marketing activities, cooperatives, milk testing procedures and other current events within the dairy industry. The program has been held annually the past 63 years.

    “The OYDC program identifies outstanding young leaders in our organization and provides an opportunity for them to gain a greater understanding of milk marketing activities and MMPA,” saai Ken Nobis, MMPA president.

    All the MMPA District OYDCs will be officially recognized at MMPA’s 2014 Annual Meeting to be held next March in Lansing.

    MMPA is a member-owned and operated cooperative serving over 2,000 dairy farmers throughout Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana.