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The Idaho Dairymen’s Association, Inc. (IDA) and IDEAL, Inc. Boards of Directors are pleased to announce Rick Naerebout as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IDA. Naerebout has served on other roles with IDA for the past 15 years, and has been instrumental in establishing IDA Consulting to meet the changing needs of dairy producers throughout the state.

“Rick has proven to be an industry leader during his 15-year tenure with IDA, and particularly throughout the changes IDA has untaken these past few years,” said Tony Vander Hulst, IDA President. “He has been integral in identifying, hiring and managing the highly qualified staff that have been added, and our board has full confidence in his leadership capabilities to meet the changing needs of our industry” He added.

As CEO, Rick will be responsible for the day to day operations of IDA, IDEAL and IDA Consulting Services. Bob Naerebout, who has served as our Executive Director, will continue in his relationship with IDA and will be the lead in government affairs. He will also continue to serve on the various national boards he has been appointed to, representing Idaho dairymen in areas of stewardship, sustainability and immigration reform.

For the first 12 of his years assisting with administrative functions of with IDA, Rick also managed a local milk marketing cooperative, Independent Milk Producers. His combined experience managing both a cooperative and assisting in the management of IDA provided extensive industry insights and built lasting relationships within the dairy community

Rick grew up on his family’s dairy farm in McBain, Michigan, where he learned the value of hard work, integrity and an appreciation for agriculture that can only be learned on the farm. He moved west with his family after the dairy was sold in the late 90’s and shortly thereafter began a family and his schooling at College of Southern Idaho and Idaho State University. Naerebout has been married to his wife Angi for 17 years and together they have three daughters.

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About Idaho Dairymen’s Association
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