Mentorship Program

Helping aspiring producers enter the business successfully

This program is just for you!

Minnesota Milk Producers Association has designed this program to help aspiring producers enter the business successfully through networking opportunities.

Program Description

The goal of the mentorship program is to build lasting connections between students and dairy farmers though a series of meetings and interviews to build the groudwork of trust.


The 2022 program includes virtual and in-person opportunities and is slated to begin in January. Students and mentors participate in the following activities:

  • Attend a "Get to Know You and Why are We Here?" webinar
  • Participate in an interview between student and mentor
  • Visit the mentors farm during a one-day job shadow


  • Submit Application: Applications are accepted year-round. Please submit to Minnesota Milk using the link below.
  • Confirmation: After pairings have been completed, you mentors and students will receive electronic confirmation will be sent regarding your participation in the program.

Application Process

Past participants:

"I was a little skeptical when filling out the application, but very glad I did now that I am looking back!  The best way to learn is by talking to others in the same field as you.  It is also great to meet new people and gain friendships.  It is great for me to know that if I have a question, my mentor is willing to let me give him a call."
– Julie Gatewood, 2012 Participant

"Overall, I thought that the mentorship day was a good experience, and I was able to take away many good ideas that my mentor shared with me that I could bring back to my home farm. I am very glad he was able to take time out of his day to share some of his tips with me that have helped him run a successful dairy operation."
– Jack Goeden, 2017 participant

"I enjoyed visiting with them very much and am glad that I got the opportunity to be a part of this mentorship. I learned a lot and feel more confident in bringing back some new ideas to my own farm."
– Austin Dobmeier, 2017 participant

This program is just for you!

Thanks to Our Sponsors

This program is made possible by the support of Minnesota Milk Producers Association’s dairy producer members and associate members including:

Diamond Members

Platinum Members