Developing Management and Leadership Skills

Since 2010 the Academy for Dairy Executives Program (Academy) has offered educational opportunities for progressive young dairy executives and agri-service personnel to increase their knowledge of the leadership and management skills necessary to run a successful dairy. The Academy provides a forum for producers to learn and interact with each other and the presenters during three one-night sessions over three months.

This program's curriculum includes “Managing with Finance” and “Managing with Success” topics and learning by networking with other participants in similar roles. Typically participants are the junior generation who return home to more effectively communicate and coordinate with senior farm owners.

Academy Topics

Academy is designed to enhance understanding of the fast-changing dairy industry. By participating in this program you will continue to develop the necessary leadership and business management skills to lead your dairy business into the future. Topics are presented in three multi-day sessions to enhance networking opportunities with participants and speakers


  • Personality and Management Styles
  • Team Development of Workforce
  • Industry Panel
  • Economic Decision Making
  • Partial Budgeting


  • Whole Farm Budgeting
  • Transition Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Current Dairy Industry Factors
  • Social Media and Community Relations
  • Operational Decision Making
  • Family Business/Conflict Resolution


  • Evaluation Financial Performance with the Legal 21 Ratio Analysis
  • SOPs, Employee Handbook
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Proposing Change
  • Industry Panel
  • Business Liability and Risk
  • Managing Through Price Cycles
  • Employee Development and Engagement

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For more information contact Jason Karszes at jk57 [at]