Producer leaders of Dairy Management Inc.™ (DMI), the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) and the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) elected the following dairy producers as the 2006-07 officers at their joint annual meeting in Las Vegas earlier this week.

New DMI officers include:

  • Chairman – Paul Rovey, Glendale, Ariz.
  • Vice Chairman – Michael Ferguson, Senatobia, Miss.
  • Secretary – Margaret Gambonini, Petaluma, Calif.
  • Treasurer – Jerry Messer, Richardton, N.D.

DMI, which manages the national dairy producer checkoff program, is funded by the NDB and UDIA.

New NDB officers include:

  • Chairman – Lester Hardesty, Greeley, Colo.
  • Vice Chairperson – Kimberly Clauss, Hilmar, Calif.
  • Secretary – Donna Sharp, Bath, S.D.
  • Treasurer – David “Skip” Hardie, Lansing, N.Y.

The 36-member NDB, formed in May 1984 under the authority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, carries out coordinated promotion and research programs to help build demand and expand domestic and international markets for U.S.-produced dairy products. NDB oversees the national dairy producer checkoff.

New UDIA officers include:

  • Chairman – William Siebenborn, Trenton, Mo.
  • 1st Vice Chairman – Neil Hoff, Windthorst, Texas
  • 2nd Vice Chairman, American Dairy Association® (ADA) Chairman – David Weitzer, Poolesville, Md.
  • 2nd Vice Chairman, National Dairy Council® (NDC) Chairman – Buckey Jones, Smithdale, Miss.
  • 2nd Vice Chairman, UDIA member relations – Billy Travis, Princeton, Ky.
  • Secretary – Steve Frischknecht, Manti, Utah
  • Treasurer – Melvin Kunstleben, Paynesville, Minn.

UDIA is a federation of state and regional dairy producer-funded dairy promotion organizations that provide marketing programs that are developed and implemented in coordination with its members. UDIA is overseen by a board comprised of dairy producers elected by their respective boards of their member organizations.

New ADA officers include:

  • Chairman – David Weitzer.
  • Vice Chairman – Jerry Messer.
  • Secretary – Stephen Nortz, Lowville, N.Y.
  • Treasurer – Gerald Fieser, DeLeon Springs, Fla.

ADA is the domestic marketing arm of DMI.

New NDC officers include:

  • Chairman – Buckey Jones.
  • Vice Chairman – Paul Broering, St. Henry, Ohio
  • Secretary – Joan Smith, Sauquoit, N.Y.
  • Treasurer – Charles Beckendorf, Tomball, Texas

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.

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