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The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW) board of directors re-elects Jeff Strassburg as the Board Chair at its annual reorganization meeting. Strassburg is a fifth-generation dairy farmer from Wittenburg representing District 9 (Menomonee, Shawano and Waupaca counties). He, along with the newly elected Executive Committee, will lead the organization through the next fiscal year, which began July 1 and will conclude June 30, 2021.
“We are fortunate to have a strong board of directors,” said Chad Vincent, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin CEO. “These farmer directors are elected by their fellow Wisconsin dairy farmers and commit an inordinate amount of time and effort in planning and monitoring the organization’s marketing and promotion programs.”
DFW board members elected to serve on the Executive Committee with Strassburg include: Janet Clark, (Rosendale, District 16) will serve as Vice-Chair; Secretary will be Julie Maurer, (Newton, District 17); and Treasurer is Jay Stauffacher, (Darlington, District 23). Also elected to serve on the seven-person Executive Committee are Steven Sternweis, (Marshfield, District 8) Chair, Communications Committee; David Bangart, (Greenwood, District 7) Chair, Channel Management Committee; and Kay Zwald, (Hammond, District 5) Chair, Policy/Bylaw Committee.
Additionally, the Board selected Mike Verhasselt (Kaukauna, District 11) to serve as Chair of the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) liaison committee. DFW continues to support the efforts of the internationally recognized dairy research center through funding, research, collaboration and technical support.
Before the election of officers, newly elected directors were officially seated on the board. Brenda Schloneger represents District 1, Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn counties; Sara Behgat-Eggert represents District 4, Barron and Polk counties; Tasha Schleis represents District 10, Brown, Door and Kewaunee counties; and Mark Crave represents District 19, Columbia and Dodge counties.
The DFW Board of Directors is comprised of 25 dairy farmers who are elected by their peers for three-year terms. DFW’s directors lead dairy marketing and promotion efforts, set policies and procedures, supervise business affairs and approve annual budgets on behalf of Wisconsin dairy farmers. For more information about DFW programs and promotions, sign up for the newsletter at www.WisconsinDairy.org or connect with the company on Facebook.
About Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin: Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin exists to be a tireless advocate, marketer, and promoter for Wisconsin dairy farmers and to drive demand for Wisconsin's dairy products. The organization represents Wisconsin farm families and works to increase the sale and consumption of Wisconsin milk and dairy products, as well as build trust in dairy farmers and the industry. Organizational initiatives include generating national publicity, managing digital advertising, and driving sales, distribution and trial through retail and foodservice promotions. Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin also supports in-school education about the benefits of dairy and funding for the Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more information, visit wisconsindairy.org.