“DeLaval’s vision is to make sustainable food production possible. Part of that commitment is ensuring the success of tomorrow’s farmers,” says Fernando Cuccioli, Vice President of Market Area North America for DeLaval.
Conference organizers say they will use the donation to enhance next year’s conference by tapping into a deeper pool of speakers, bringing more delegates to the event, and awarding scholarships to youth committee members. Rel Seykora, National 4-H Dairy Conference Secretary, adds: “DeLaval’s generosity will allow us to continue strengthening our endowment fund, and in turn the conference's long-term sustainability.”
The 4-H mission is near and dear to the hearts of many DeLaval employees. “Many of our colleagues participated in local 4-H clubs, learning lifelong skills like how to be an effective communicator, take on responsibility, and act as a leader,” says Cuccioli. “The values and lessons taught by 4-H help prepare young people for successful careers in dairy, and we want to do our part to help the industry develop in a positive way.”
More than 170 youth from 27 U.S. states and 3 Canadian provinces attended the 2016 National 4-H Dairy Conference, Oct. 2-5. DeLaval was a gold-level sponsor of the event, which is held each year in Madison, Wis., during World Dairy Expo.
DeLaval’s extended support of the National 4-H Dairy Conference was the result of a promotion the company ran on select udder health solutions. A portion of the proceeds from August sales were used in the donation.
DeLaval is a worldwide leader in milking equipment and solutions for dairy farmers, which make sustainable food production possible, warranting milk quality and animal health. Our solutions are used by millions of dairy farmers around the globe every day.
DeLaval was founded more than 130 years ago in Sweden, when the visionary Gustaf de Laval patented the cream separator. Today, DeLaval has 4,500 employees and operates in more than 100 markets. DeLaval, alongside Tetra Pak and Sidel, is part of the Tetra Laval Group. See more at www.delavalcorporate.com.
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