When it came to the dairy industry, Decentralized dairy management is a topic of discussion in Decatur, Illinois, the largest city in Illinois.
The city has one of the largest dairy operations in the country, and it’s one that’s been evolving in recent years.
Decentralization, which is also called decentralized management, allows the owners of the operations to work together in a more centralized fashion, which allows for more efficient operations and improved quality of life for consumers.
While Decatur is currently in the midst of transitioning to a new system, the city has been looking at ways to move forward and address the challenges associated with the transition, according to a Decatur-based executive.
“The transition to the new decentralized system is going to be very challenging and disruptive, but we’ve made some very good progress,” said Janice Bohn, Decarlty CEO.
“I would say the transition is coming faster than anyone expected, because we’ve been able to get some real things done.”
Decatur has been working on decentralized dairy management for years, with plans to implement a system similar to the one that the city is using now.
The city began by working on a plan to decentralize the dairy operations to avoid duplication and duplication of tasks, said Janis Dankle, Decarated’s executive director of public policy.
Decarunt’s first effort was a proposal to create a centralized dairy management system that would have three key components: a director for each of the three dairy operations, an agent for each dairy operation and a management officer.
A director would oversee the operations and have the authority to approve any changes to the operating procedures.
Decatur and its two other dairy operations will be implementing a centralized system by the end of this year.
“There are some big differences in how we are going to manage this in the future, but one of them is that we have a manager for each milk operation,” Dankly said.
“So, we have to make sure that the manager is a person with a lot of experience in managing the milk operations.”
The next step is to have an agent who would run the system, Bohn said.
The agent would be responsible for supervising the agent, but they would have the same powers and responsibilities as the director, which means that the agent could approve changes to any proposed changes to dairy practices.
Dankles plans to bring the agent onboard as soon as she has more information on the system.
The first steps are underway.
“We’re working on the next steps, but the big difference is that this system will be decentralized, because the manager has to be independent, not just a rubber stamp,” Danks said.
“Decentered” means Decaruty will not have a single centralized authority for the operation, which will be controlled by a manager, according a Decarrete spokesperson.
DANKLE said that Decarret has hired a consultant to provide more information and help ensure that the decentralized system works.
Decarret and its three dairy operating companies will work with the city to identify and test potential solutions to address the issues identified by the first stage of the plan, Dankli said.