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Edge board member Mitch Davis to speak on international trade panel

Tuesday, March 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Brey, director of marketing and research
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The voice of milk will be heard next week at the Agri-Pulse Ag and Food Policy Summit.

Mitch Davis, treasurer for Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, will be a panelist for a discussion titled “International Trade: The good, the bad and the ugly for U.S. food and agriculture.”

Staff from Congress and the administration, trade association leaders, farmers, industry representatives and journalists will make up the 400 attendees expected at the summit March 21 in Washington, D.C.

Davis brings perspectives from both dairy production and dairy processing. He grew up working in the family cheese making and spray drying business, Davisco Foods International, Inc. He has worked in most areas of the company, with an emphasis on the products derived from whey. The Davis family has a 70-year history in dairy processing and they entered the milk production side of the business in 2002.

Davis manages Davis Family Dairies, LLC, a dairy and beef animal system that employs 135 people and manages about 19,000 animals, of which 8,700 are milked each day. The milk is sold to a local cheese factory, Agropur/Le Sueur Cheese, and beef animals are sold to a local beef operation. Davis and his brother also own and operate several other businesses.

Other panelists include Chuck Conner, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives; Zippy Duvall, president of American Farm Bureau Federation; Roger Johnson, president of National Farmers Union; and Darci Vetter, diplomat in residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Clips of the panel discussion will be broadcast live from the Edge Facebook page. Watch and Edge social media channels for a full recap.

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