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Holterman competing for national spokesperson

Dec. 6, 2012 | 0 comments

ARLINGTON, VA

Watertown’s Daphne Holterman is one of two dairy farmers who are competing with seven other finalists in a nationwide search for farmers and ranchers who will be part of a campaign in 2013 to help connect consumers with the sources of their food. The contest is being run by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), a coalition of which the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is a member.

Last summer, USFRA began a nationwide search for farmers and ranchers who are proud of what they do, want to share their stories of continuous improvement, and are actively involved today in telling those stories.

The goal was to identify three or four producers who could act as spokespeople for modern agriculture with consumers.

Alabama dairyman Will Gilmer and Daphne Holterman of Watertown, are competing as two of the nine finalists. They were among 118 farmers who submitted a video entry application earlier this year to the USFRA contest.

The winners will be tapped to share stories and experiences on a national stage to help shift conversations about food production, and set the record straight about the way we feed our nation.

Gilmer and his father own/operate a dairy farm that has been in continuous operation since Will’s grandfather established it on his parents’ farm in the early 1950s.

They currently milk 200 Holstein cows and raise their own replacement heifers, while managing 600 acres of land used for pasture and forage production.

Gilmer is an active contributor to social media, with a series of videos on his YouTube channel. He is a member of Dairy Farmers of America.

Holterman and her husband, Lloyd, are fourth-generation farmers in southeast Wisconsin. Along with their two daughters, they operate a dairy farm and raise corn for silage and alfalfa hay on 1,300 acres.

In 1981, they started farming with Lloyd’s parents, milking 80 cows. Today, they own more than 500 acres and have a young partner who manages crops.

They milk more than 800 cows, and sell milk as well as Holstein genetics around the world. The Holtermans are members of the Milwaukee Cooperative Milk Producers.

A 1981 UW-Madison graduate, Holterman was active in telling the story of food and dairy agriculture as a Senior Associate at Morgan&Myers Public Relations even before she joined the farm full-time.

She uses those communication skills even today as she grabs every opportunity to educate and motivate community leaders on the benefits and threats to animal agriculture.

She is quick to respond individually when agriculture is unfairly attacked. She also devotes time to organizations intent on spreading the word about the importance of agriculture.

In 2009 she was recognized as World Dairy Expo Dairy Woman of the Year.

The other seven finalists in the Faces of Farming and Ranching contest include: Bo Stone of Rowland, NC; Brenda Kirsch of St. Paul, OR; Eric McClam of Columbia, SC; Chris Chinn of Clarence, MO; Tim Nilsen of Wilton, CA; Katie Pratt of Dixon, IL; and Janice Wolfinger of Morristown, OH.

Each of these grows and raises a variety of food products, but all share one common element: they are farmers and ranchers sharing their passion for producing food and continuously improving what they do.

PUBLIC CAN VOTE

Members of the public are encouraged to visit www.fooddialogues.com/faces-of-farming-and-ranching and vote for their favorite "faces."

Videos of each finalist and information about their operations are available on the site. Public voting is open through Dec. 15, and each person can vote once per day.

The winners of the "Faces of Farming & Ranching" competition will be announced in January 2013.

In addition to the public vote, a panel of judges from throughout the food and agriculture community has interviewed and evaluated the finalists to help determine the Faces of Farming and Ranching winners.

The judging panel included David Kurns of Successful Farming, Chef Danny Boome, Lauren Lexton of Authentic Entertainment, and Emily Paster, a food and parenting blogger at West of the Loop.

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