Ernest Yates

Vice President, Milk Logistics

Ernest Yates (Ernie) joined DFA in 2013 as the vice president of milk logistics. With 36 years of industry experience including extensive work with the Federal Milk Order system, Ernie has served as a vice president of industry relations for both Dean Foods and Borden Dairy.

Growing up on a dairy farm, Ernie has always had a special interest in the dairy industry, including being active in many associations. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and taught four years at the high school and community college level, later receiving a master in business administration.  Ernie currently lives on his family’s centennial farm in Cross Plains, Tenn.