The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation Board of Directors has elected Ed Strauss, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin as their chairman. Ed has served on the PDPF Board since 2012. Ed is a partner at Majestic Crossing Dairy with sons Dean and Darin and has been farming for more than 40 years. Ed believes in the Foundation work because, "I feel that dairy producers need to control their own destiny. We need to shape the message about what we do and what we produce." Ed has held leadership positions on the AgSource and CRI Boards over the last twelve years. John Kappelman, Cedar Grove, Wisconsin will serve as Vice Chairman and Linda Hodorff, Eden, Wisconsin, continues as Secretary-Treasurer.
Mark Diederich, Malone, Wisconsin has joined the Board. Mark is a partner and general manager at Lake Breeze Dairy and is past president of the Professional Dairy Producers of WI. Rounding out the Foundation Board are: dairy producers Kevin Griswold, Ellen Schaefer and industry partner Keith Engel.
"The dairy industry is fortunate to have excellent leaders that will enhance our organization," says Deb Reinhart, Executive Director of the Foundation. "They have the skills and commitment needed to build a sustainable, thriving Foundation that can fund the programming and research that our producers, industry and communities need for generations to come."
The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation was established by Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin in 2002 as a way to raise funds and awards grants for educational programs. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity. For more information on programs funded and ways to donate, visit www.dairyfoundation.org.