Rebecca Long Chaney, of Elwood, Neb., is the 2019 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader recognized by the Holstein Foundation. The Holstein Foundation recognizes one Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) graduate annually who has made noteworthy contributions and applied skills gained during their YDLI experience for the advancement of the dairy industry. Rebecca was a graduate of YDLI Class 2.
“YDLI was the greatest educational program I have participated in with people sharing my same passion — dairy. When I had the opportunity to participate in YDLI Class 2, it was an amazing event. Not only were the featured speakers thought-provoking and powerful, but the breakout sessions and workshops were engaging and educational.
“The dairy knowledge gained, coupled with the new dairy friends and professionals I met, have been true assets during my career in ag journalism and great resources for my volunteer work,” Rebecca Long Chaney states.
A Maryland native, Chaney and her family live on a 3,500-acre ranch where they help manage a Red Angus cow/calf operation. Alongside her twin daughters, she is the author of an agriculture educational book series, “The Chaney Twins’ Ag Books.” Chaney also spends her time as a freelance journalist for the Elwood Bulletin and the Midwest Producer. In the past she has written for Hoard’s Dairyman and many other local, regional and national publications.
Aside from writing she enjoys inspiring youth as the coach of the Nebraska Dairy Judging Team. She serves on the National Brown Swiss Fundraising Committee for the 2020 World Brown Swiss Conference. At World Dairy Expo, she helps evaluate udders for the over-bagging research study.
Chaney was recognized during the YDLI Class 11, Phase 1 program, February 6 – 9, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Young Dairy Leaders Institute, a program of the Holstein Foundation, is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults working in the dairy industry. YDLI’s three-phase approach ensures participants develop necessary leadership skills, apply those skills in real-life scenarios, and then focus on the benefit of influential leadership.