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.