New this year, NMPF is recognizing a dairy farmer who has made significant contributions to inform the public and media about NMPF policy positions and tell dairy’s story through the 2021 Famer Communicator of the Year Award.
Charles Krause is a fifth-generation dairy farmer in Buffalo, MN, where he and his son milk 300 cows at Krause Holsteins. Charles has been a strong advocate on behalf of the entire dairy industry. From teaching the basics of dairy farming to kids in a local classroom, at his farm or even virtually, to authoring a column regarding the importance of dairy dialogue at the UN Food Systems summit to inviting his local Congressman to spend time at his farm, Charles is an unwavering spokesperson on behalf of his own farm, as well as the entire industry.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic diminishing in-person events this past year, Charles continued to adapt and be present in the social media space, as well as other outlets to continue communicating about dairy.
Charles takes it upon himself to educate others but is also willing to partner with others in the industry, including DFA, DMI, UDIA and others to promote the good dairy brings to the table. He understands the importance of grassroots communications, that it takes farmers themselves telling their story to consumers to establish new waves of trust in their most wholesome product.
Charles was nominated by his cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America.
Cooperative Communications Contest
2021 CO-OP COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR
Associated Milk Producers Inc. was awarded 2021 Cooperative Communicator of the Year in recognition of outstanding achievement in the fields of
public relations, publishing, writing, photography, advertising and special projects to advance the interests and objectives of America’s dairy farmers.
BEST OF SHOW
Publications: Dairymen’s Digest, Associated Milk Producers Inc. Communications Team – Sarah Schmidt & Nickie Sabo
Ken has served as the MMPA representative on the NMPF board of directors since 2007, and serves on the NMPF executive committee as first vice chairman. Ken served on the MMPA board of directors from 1992 to 2019, including over 10 years as president. During his tenure on the MMPA board of directors, Ken displayed strong leadership skills in and outside the board room and conscientiously challenged himself and his fellow board members to make decisions in the best interest of all members, regardless of size or location.
Greg Wickham, Dairy Farmers of America
Greg served on the NMPF Board from 2006 to 2020, initially representing Dairylea, and later as an executive with DFA. Since joining Dairylea Cooperative in 1997, Greg has held multiple positions as a dairy executive. Prior to joining DFA, he served seven years as chief executive officer of Dairylea Cooperative, which merged with DFA in 2014. He served DFA as chief financial officer, where he was responsible for information technology, finance and accounting and worked closely with the operating divisions on financial matters. He also has served as a board member for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.
FARM Excellence Awards
Winners will be announced soon.
National Dairy Board Award
Richard E. Lyng Service Award
In 1988, the National Dairy Board (NDB) established the Richard E. Lyng Service Award to recognize distinguished service to dairy promotion and research. Richard E. Lyng was the Secretary of Agriculture when the National Dairy Board was formed in 1983 and was the first recipient of the award.
Kenton Holle is a dairy farmer from Mandan, ND, and served as NDB Chair 2013-2014.
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