Monday, March 18th
Members, industry guests and staff from across the United States have traveled to Kansas City, Mo., for our 21st Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting. First thing Monday morning, hundreds of DFA members gathered for two pre-conference workshops, followed by our members-only Leadership Conference. Throughout the day, farmer-owners heard from members of DFA’s senior leadership team, including President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Smith and Chairman of the Board Randy Mooney.
Expanded Price Risk Management Opportunities Workshop
Our first pre-conference workshop, led by the DFA Risk Management team, provided members insight to the price risk management programs available to them to capture better margins and review current and future market conditions and trends.
Workforce Development Workshop
Our second workshop of the day, workforce development, kicked off with an overview of the evolution of farm practices and the importance of workforce development on your farms from Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer David Darr. David provided an overview of some of the challenges our members are facing.
President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Smith provided a DFA business update to begin our members-only Leadership Conference. This session provides our members an opportunity to hear about DFA’s financials and other topics affecting the business of the Cooperative in a setting without industry guests.
Senior Vice President and Chief Fluid Marketing Officer John Wilson provided a market update to members in our second session of the Leadership Conference. He discussed commodity updates and projections, and provided information about the DFA Risk Management programs available to members.
Evolving our Cooperative
David Darr, senior vice president and chief strategy and sustainability officer, and Kristen Coady, vice president, communications and leadership development, provided insight into how our Cooperative has evolved to stay relevant to our members, consumers and customers.
Bringing Value to Our Family-Farm Owners
Our Cooperative is evolving, but our mission of delivering value to our farm family-owners doesn’t waver. With a future change to our capital structure, and our member services and commercial businesses progressing, this panel had a productive discussion on the necessities for our Cooperative to move forward.