IDP Shares VIsion Forward at Partners Luncheon
The 2014 Partners in Success Luncheon on November 14 was held at the Normandy Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It was a terrific location for this meeting, and the fellowship and food seemed to be enjoyed by all who attended. To view photos of the luncheon, click here.
We were pleased to have Dr. Alan Mathew update us on the progress of the funding for Purdue's new Ag and Life Sciences building project (known as the Animal Sciences building). Andy Tauer, one of our board advisors and director of livestock for ISA/ICMC , presented the regional economic impact of a new dairy or livestock operation in Indiana, a report that all decision makers need to hear and understand, numbers that make you sit up and take notice!
President Steve Obert rolled out the first presentation of the IDP Strategic Plan. IDP reached out to many within the industry to pull this together, and we are so grateful for the input that has been shared so far. Although still in draft form and likely to undergo some tweaking, we have two main statements to share.
Our vision is: "To make Indiana the most desirable state in which to produce milk."
With that vision, we have formulated a promise that IDP wishes to use as building blocks for a strategic move forward:
IDP will facilitate education among Producers, Partners and Policy Makers that grows Indiana dairy markets.
We are finalizing this strategy with projects and tasks and working on our objectives. If you have thoughts about this that you would like to share, please contact us.
The luncheon concluded with executive director Doug Leman giving a presentation on his recent Ag Trade Mission to Asia. This was a tremendous opportunity for IDP and it was interesting to see the local, national and global connections that are being built through these initiatives.
It is exciting to see the opportunities ahead for IDP and Indiana's dairy industry. The engagement, advice and financial support of our Partners is truly the reason we have this optimistic vision going forward.