Two states — Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — have stellar organizations devoted to the professional development of dairy farmers. The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania recently announced its leadership for 2009. 

Rod Hissong, of Mercer Vu Farms in Mercersburg, Pa., is the new PDMP president. He began his presidency on Jan. 1 by asking dairy producers throughout the state to join him “as PDMP works to help producers navigate through the difficult dairy climate.”

His call to action pointed to a coming year that “looks to be difficult for most of us — too high of costs and too low of milk price, a down economy, and all of the other issues that are being placed on our plates.” He stressed, “We won’t be able to thrive in the next upturn, let alone survive the next downturn, unless we work together to effectively navigate whatever climate we find ourselves in.”

Moving into the position of vice president for 2009 is Dale Hoffman, owner of Kar-Dale Acres in Shinglehouse, Pa.

Other officers serving during the coming year are: Secretary Dina Zug of Zugstead Farm in Mifflintown, Pa.., and Treasurer Gary Kline of Y Run Farms in Troy, Pa.