Are you a member, member relative or member employee looking to
gain insight into the cooperative's inner workings, connect with
industry leaders and network with other young members?
Individuals and couples between the ages of 18 and 40 are
encouraged to join Maryland & Virginia's Young Cooperator (YC)
program. This educational program, designed specifically for young
dairy producers, offers a better understanding of the needs and
problems facing milk marketing cooperatives.
Whether we're touring farms or meeting with congressional representatives on Capitol Hill, Maryland & Virginia YCs have numerous leadership building, educational and networking opportunities throughout the calendar year. We invite you to join us at our next YC event - click here to learn more.
2018 Outstanding Young Cooperators
Dairy farmers Brian and Rachel Detwiler of Altoona, Pennsylvania were recently named the 2018 Outstanding Young Cooperators (YC) for Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative. As Outstanding YCs, the Detwilers are invited to attend co-op board meetings, plus attend events hosted by the National Milk Producers Federation in Washington, D.C. and Phoenix, Arizona.
Brian and Rachel have been farming in partnership with Rachel’s parents, Joe and Veve McCutcheon, at Maple Kroft Farm since 2004. They milk 200 cows, raise 140 replacements and farm 180 acres. Brian and Rachel are blessed to have four sons, A.J. (13), Aiden (10), Andrew (8), and Abram (5), and to raise them in a multi-generational family farm environment.
Every year the Detwilers strive to connect with their local community, and show how dairy farmers work to provide a wholesome product. “We have church picnics at our farm and invite our sons’ football teams out for hayrides,” said Rachel. And every fall they open their farm gates to host 75 three-year-old preschoolers for a tour.
On the farm, Brian wears many hats; he’s the herd manager, crop manager and employee manager, plus he milks and feeds cows. Rachel also milks and she handles the office side of the farm enterprise from payroll and taxes to accounting and banking. The Detwilers are also active in the Blair County and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the Grace Baptist Church of Tyrone.