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Indiana Dairy Producers E-Newsletter
February 3, 2021 
 Issue 152
Our Vision: To Make Indiana the most desirable state in which to produce milk.

Mission Statement
To promote a profitable, positive, professional image of
dairy producers while providing educational opportunities
for the interchange of ideas and to speak as a proactive voice
for Indiana dairy producers.   
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In This Issue

2021 Dairy Trends: Online Webinar

Indiana Dairy Strategy 2.0

U.S. Dairy Cows Expand

Dairy Ambassador Program


Indiana Dairy Producers Announces New
Executive Director

       After 10 years of excellent leadership, Doug Leman announced his intentions to retire from his Executive Director role of Indiana Dairy Producers. Doug has expanded the membership of IDP and has made IDP a strong voice of dairy producers in Indiana. It is with sincere appreciation that we thank Doug Leman for his years of leadership and vision.

Indiana Dairy Producers has selected Steve Obert of Fort Branch, Indiana as their next Executive Director. Born and raised on a dairy farm in southern Indiana, he is no stranger to agriculture and its challenges. After graduating from Purdue University, Steve worked in ag lending for several years prior to returning to the family dairy farm in 1987. Steve has served on a variety of boards including Gibson County Co-op, Superior Ag Co-op, Gibson County Area Planning Commission and several ag related advisory boards in addition to Indiana Dairy Producers.  Steve served as president of IDP from 2014 to 2017.  He is currently owner and partner in Obert Farms and Obert Legacy Dairy.

Doug Leman’s tenure of leadership will end in July, 2021 with Steve Obert beginning on May 1st, 2021.  Doug can still be reached at (317) 695-8228 or by email at Steve Obert can be reached by email at

Arie Jan de Jong 
Calendar of Events

Upcoming 2021 Events

June 22nd - 23rd: Indiana Dairy Forum: French Lick, IN

November 17th: Partners in Success Luncheon
Indiana Dairy Forum
Save the Date!
Please save June 22-23, 2021 as the date for our Dairy Forum at French Lick. Click HERE for more information.

Don’t hesitate to call Doug at 317-695-8228 if you have ANY questions.
Thank you to our Webinar Sponsors!
2021 Dairy Trends: Navigating the Post-Pandemic Market Uncertainty
-Online Webinar-

We will review:
  • Current Dairy and Feed trend picture
  • Global markets overview and their impact on price
  • Learning from the unprecedented volatility in 2020: Using a balanced approach to managing farm revenue and creating flexibility with tools available

When: Feb 11, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: 2021 Dairy Trends: Navigating the Post-Pandemic market uncertainty

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 793066

Or call-In:
Webinar ID: 884 7578 2836
Passcode: 793066
Indiana Dairy Strategy 2.0

Indiana is open for dairy business! On January 27, 2021 the Indiana State Department of Agriculture unveiled a new Indiana Dairy Strategy, which focuses on dairy business expansion, development and attraction to our great Hoosier state. Indiana...

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Dairy Ambassador Program 2021-2022
American Dairy Association Indiana Inc. will select five students ranging from high school seniors to college undergraduates to serve as Indiana Dairy Ambassadors. Students will be selected for their abilities to communicate with the general public about dairy farming, dairy nutrition, and modern agricultural practices. Students who are accepted into the program are expected to serve for one year as a Dairy Ambassador, completing monthly assignments requiring a time commitment of approximately 3 hours per month.

All interested students should fill out an application. Prior Dairy Ambassadors may reapply. Applications can be found on or by emailing Applications will be open from January 1 until April 1. Applicants will be notified in May, with terms of service for the five ambassadors beginning June 1, 2021 and running until June 1, 2022. 

Read more and APPLY HERE
U.S. dairy cows expand the most since 1998

We started the pandemic thinking milk production would need to be cut somewhere between 3% to 10% to bring supply into alignment with the weaker demand. After some initial cuts, milk production has surged higher, with production in the fourth...

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Individual membership in the Indiana Dairy Producers is $50. Encourage your dairy farming friends to join IDP! Also, any individual who is not a dairy producer but would still like to support IDP can join as an associate member. Download a membership/associate brochure here.  
We appreciate our industry supporters. They make it possible for IDP to support the dairy industry in many ways. If your company is interested in finding ways to join IDP, download an information sheet here.

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IDP Corporate Sponsors

There is a growing list of companies that recognize IDP's value to Indiana's dairy industry. Please visit our list of companies that have become Corporate Sponsors for only $100. If you know of a company that may have an interest in supporting IDP at some level, please download a brochure here.
Contact Chris Moore
For free insurance consultation and quotes on your farm and agribusiness Insurance needs! IDP members receive an exclusive discount on SECURA Insurance.

Chris Moore
Contact IDP
205 W Gordon Street
Francesville, IN 47946
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Indiana Grazing &
NRCS Website
Calf Notes and Links
Check out the resources available to you on the 
Purdue University Dairy Extension site: Topics on nutrition, business management, animal health and many more topics related to our dairy industry and animal care