Dairy Promotion directors
elect 2012-13 board officers
Leaders of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) and the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) announce the following dairy producers as officers. The elections were held during the 2012 annual meeting of NDB, UDIA and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).
Current DMI officers include Chair Paul Rovey, Glendale, AZ; Vice Chair James Ahlem, Hilmar, CA; Secretary David "Skip" Hardie, Lansing, NY; and Treasurer Steve Hanson, Clovis, NM.
DMI, which manages the national dairy checkoff program, is funded by the NDB and the United Dairy Industry Association, which serves as the federation of state and regional dairy checkoff-funded promotion organizations.
Current UDIA officers are Chair William Siebenborn, Trenton, MO; First Vice Chair Neil Hoff, Windthorst, TX; Second Vice Chair American Dairy Association® (ADA) Chair Tom Woods, Gage, OK; Second Vice Chair National Dairy Council® (NDC) Chair Jerry Messer, Richardton, ND; Second Vice Chair UDIA Member Relations Paul Broering, St. Henry, OH; Secretary Steve Frischknecht, Manti, UT; and Treasurer Allen Merrill, Parker, SD.
The UDIA is a federation of state and regional dairy producer-funded promotion organizations that provide marketing programs that are developed and implemented in coordination with its members. The UDIA is overseen by a board comprised of dairy producers elected by their respective boards of their member organizations.
Current ADA officers include Chair Tom Woods, Gage, OK; Vice Chair Jerrel Heatwole, Greenwood, DE; Secretary Steve Graybeal, Peach Bottom, PA; and Treasurer John Larson, Okeechobee, FL.
ADA, founded in 1940, is the domestic marketing arm of DMI.
Current NDC officers are Chair Jerry Messer, Richardton, ND; Vice Chair Paul Doton, Woodstock, VT; Secretary Joan Smith, Sauquoit, NY; Treasurer Lynn Ramsey, Emory, TX
NDC, founded in 1915, is the producer-funded nutrition education and research arm of DMI and provides nutrition information through national, state and regional dairy council organizations.
Current NDB officers are Chair Stephen Maddox, Riverdale, CA; Vice Chair Kenton Holle, Mandan, ND; Secretary Zach Myers, Jonesville, NC; Treasurer Paul Fritsche, New Ulm, MN.
The 38-member National Dairy Board, formed in May 1984 under the authority of the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983, carries out coordinated promotion and research programs to help build demand and expand domestic and international markets for dairy products. NDB funds, in part, Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff program.