Milk producers who are eligible and interested in running for a director seat on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) have until February 24, 2012, to submit a nomination form to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
According to DATCP officials, a nominee must be an active dairy producer who sells milk into commercial channels and lives in the district up for election. This year, DATCP is accepting nomination forms from dairy producers in the following eight districts (outlined by counties):
- District 2: Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marinette, Oconto, Vilas
- District 5: Dunn and St. Croix
- District 8: Marathon
- District 11: Outagamie and Winnebago
- District 14: Jackson, La Crosse, Trempealeau
- District 17: Calumet and Manitowoc
- District 20: Richland and Sauk
- District 23: Iowa and Lafayette
Each candidate must submit a completed nomination form and have the "Affidavit of Eligibility" (on the nomination form) notarized. In addition, nominees must acquire at least five signatures from active dairy producers who reside in the represented district.
After nominations have been certified, DATCP will hold a mail-in ballot election April 9-28, with results announced later in May. Elected directors will then serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2015.
2012 WMMB Board of Director Election Calendar*
February 24: Nomination Forms Must Be Postmarked
March 14: Candidates Announced
April 9-28: Election Period
May 10: Results Announced
*These dates are projected and are subject to change.
Nomination forms are available online at www.wmmb.com/elections, or for a hard copy, contact DATCP's Noel Favia at (608) 224-5140 or Noel.Favia@wisconsin.gov.