July 18 2023 10:32 AM

Janet Clark Re-Elected as Board Chair and Appointed to United Dairy Industry Association

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Executive Committee: Clockwise from front left, Gail Klinkner (Vice Chair, District 21), Sandy Madland (Secretary, District 15), Kay Zwald (Policy/Bylaw Committee Chair, District 5), David Bangart (Channel Management Committee Chair, District 7), Mark Crave (Treasurer, District 19), Rick Roden (Communications Committee Chair, District 18), Chad Vincent (DFW Board President and CEO) and Janet Clark (Board Chair, District 16).

The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW) board of directors unanimously reelects Janet Clark as Board Chair at its annual election meeting. Clark is a second-generation dairy farmer from Rosendale representing District 16 (Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette counties). She, along with the elected Executive Committee, will lead the organization through the next fiscal year, which began July 1 and will conclude June 30, 2024.

Andrew Christenson
(Amery, District 4)
“I’m honored to continue serving the state’s dairy farmers as board chair,” said Clark, Board Chair, DFW Board of Directors. “This year, I’m excited also to represent Wisconsin within the United Dairy Industry Association and join other dairy state representatives in the national mission to increase demand for dairy.”

DFW Board Chair, Clark, was appointed as DFW’s United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) Board of Directors Seat. UDIA is a federation of state and regional dairy producer-funded promotion organizations that provides marketing programs developed and implemented in coordination with its members. Its board is comprised of dairy farmers elected by the respective boards of their member organizations.

“We’re grateful for the time each of the board members dedicates to planning and monitoring the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin programs as we work together to advance a successful future for dairy farmers and the dairy community,” says Chad Vincent, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin CEO.

DFW board members elected to serve on the Executive Committee with Clark include Gail Klinkner, (Viroqua, District 21) as Vice-Chair; Sandy Madland (Lyndon Station, District 15) as Secretary; and Mark Crave, (Watertown, District 19) as Treasurer. Also elected to serve on the seven-person Executive Committee are Rick Roden, (West Bend, District 18) 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 Jeff Betley (Pulaski, District 9) to serve as Chair of the Center for Dairy Research Liaison Committee. DFW continues to support the efforts of the internationally recognized dairy research center through funding, research, collaboration and technical support.

Kristen Metcalf
(Milton, District 25)
The board welcomes two new directors Andrew Christenson (Amery, District 4) and Kristen Metcalf, (Milton, District 25).

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 on DFW’s Board of Directors, visit www.wisconsindairy.org. For more information about DFW programs and promotions, sign up for the monthly farmer newsletter at www.wisconsindairy.org or connect with the company on its Facebook page designed to update Wisconsin’s dairy farmers on industry news and programs.

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.