Brother, can you spare two pennies?

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation has launched a new campaign to allow dairy producers to easily contribute financial support to its programming. The new “Two Cents for Tomorrow” campaign invites producers to voluntarily contribute up to two-cents per hundredweight of milk from their farms.

The campaign seeks to raise at least $2 million annually to help bolster the industry through producer-driven education programs.

The plan was rolled out at the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin 2011 Business Conference in Madison, Wis., last week.

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation is a separate, charitable Foundation started by PDPW in 2002 to focus on long-term education projects and give dairy producers and industry supporters the opportunity to “give back” to their profession.

The campaign began early this year and already has the support of all the producer leaders who serve on the boards of PDPW and the Foundation, or about 20 farms, explains Foundation Board Chair Deb Reinhart.

“We are directing the funds toward projects that we believe raise the bar for producer professionalism,” Reinhart says. “We believe we are building something that will last for future generations, and this is an easy way to allow producers to get involved.”

Reinhart adds that it will take about 400,000 cows to generate the Foundation's goal of $2 million dollars. Wisconsin currently has about 1.26 million cows milking in the state. She stresses, however, that the Foundation belongs to the entire dairy industry, since funding the Foundation provides for educational programs across the country.

The Foundation has already funded a number of programs, including the PDPW Youth Leadership Derby, Mentor Program, and the National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative. In addition, the Foundation initiated a competitive grant program to surface new ideas, resulting in grants being awarded for producer-education programs in Maryland and North Carolina.

Reinhart says interested farmers can contact the Foundation to make arrangements if they would like to participate. All proceed that go to the Foundation are tax-deductible.

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Source: Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin