Taylor Mickelberry

Breaking the Silence: Addressing Mental Health Among Dairy Farmers

Mental Health Awareness Month is important for everyone, including dairy farmers. Dairy farming is hard work. The long hours and physical labor can be stressful. Farmers often face challenges like bad weather, equipment problems, and fluctuating milk prices. These occupational hazards, coupled with the high risk of injury and the resultant chronic pain, exacerbate the […]

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Empowering Tomorrow’s Dairy Leaders: Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Announces 2024 Scholarship Recipients

Maryland & Virginia (MDVA) is proud to announce the selection of eight outstanding scholars as recipients of the 2024 MDVA Scholarship. This year, MDVA is awarding a total of $6,500 from the MDVA Fund to support the educational endeavors of these deserving students. Scholarships from the MDVA Fund will help to offset college expenses for

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Plant Acquisition and CEO Retirement Highlight Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Annual Meeting

Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association (MDVA) members gathered for the cooperative’s 104th Annual Meeting in Harrisonburg, Virginia last week. Members joined cooperative staff and leadership to engage in cooperative business, as well as learn from outside experts. The two-day meeting featured remarks from Dairy Management Incorporated CEO Barb O’Brien, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and

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Jay Bryant to retire as MDVA CEO, Jon Cowell Named Successor

Jay Bryant, CEO of Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association (MDVA) announced yesterday he will retire from his position at the end of this year, concluding more than 22 years of leading and 37 years of working for the cooperative. Jon Cowell, current CFO of MDVA, has been named as his replacement by MDVA’s

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Maola Local Dairies Expands Processing to Philadelphia

Maola Local Dairies, proudly owned by Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association (MDVA), has purchased a dairy processing plant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The plant, previously owned by HP Hood, will generate new opportunities to bring sustainable milk products into Pennsylvania. The announcement came during a press conference with Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro highlighting investment

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Advocating and Engaging at Legislative Events

Striding through the first quarter of 2024, the political landscape beckons with promises of change, progress, and pivotal decisions. Attending legislative events during this time offers a unique opportunity to engage with the heartbeat of democracy, where policies are shaped, debated, and enacted. To date, MDVA has seized on this opportunity numerous times, participating in

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Cultivating Inclusion: Celebrating Women’s History Month in Agriculture

As March arrives, so does the celebration of Women’s History Month—a time to honor the invaluable contributions of women throughout history. In the realm of agriculture, this month takes on special significance as we recognize the profound impact women have had and continue to have on the cultivation of our lands, the stewardship of our

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Google, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association Collaborate on Water Quality Project in Virginia

Today, Google, The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (Alliance) and Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association (MDVA) announce the completion of their innovative collaboration that will improve water quality in the Northern Virginia region. Through this partnership, including a more than $230,000 contribution from Google, streamside trees, known as riparian buffers, were installed on five Shenandoah

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