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Students Receive Awards at Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance Conference

Announced on: Thursday, Dec. 05, 2019

the dairy management teamThis year, eight students travelled to the Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) Conference and Trade Show in Reno, Nevada, and received a total of $5,000 in awards. Hannah Wrenn, Hunter Allen, Gabby Verdusco and Mary Holbert received awards of $750, and Marissa Budesilich, Amy Kane, Adam Wolosz and Wyatt Amaral received $500 awards.

Established in 2016 with the support of local producers, the Organic Dairy Production Award is designed to help students with financial need involved with the CSU, Chico Organic Dairy Program. Recipients are selected through an application and interview process by a panel of organic dairy producers and the WODPA executive director.

At the WODPA Conference, the Dairy Management Team (DMT) attended educational seminars, networked with industry representatives, and assisted in business meetings by taking photographs, collecting survey data and running media presentations. For students and dairy farmers, the this is an opportunity to stay informed about the future of the organic dairy business and its projections for the future. The conference also offers a trade show exhibiting large industry names in the organic dairy business as well as exposure to new upcoming technologies.

After attending the conference three consecutive years, senior Hunter Allen said it was her favorite conference yet.

“[WODPA] was an amazing experience that exposes us to companies and the dairy industry in a whole new way. Each year the dairy management team helps to manage the conference, and this year there were great speakers so it was a great way to end my time working at the organic dairy unit,” Allen said.