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FARM Program Introduces Farmer Advisory Council

October 11, 2018

The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program has announced the founding members of its inaugural Farmer Advisory Councils. These groups provide guidance and input for consideration into the FARM Program’s ongoing and future development.

These dairy producers represent diversity in farm management style, age, geographic location and cooperative/processor representation. With their council appointment, members are also considered ambassadors and liaisons for the FARM Program and will help with answering questions and championing the program within other organizations and their regional communities. Each council member will serve one, three-year term, and are expected to attend up to two in-person meetings per calendar year and two to four conference calls annually.

Members were selected by a committee comprised of members from the FARM Technical Writing Groups and FARM Program staff based on their ability to meet the outlined expectations. The 2018 group of council members include:

 

Agri-Mark

Nate Chittenden

NY

California Dairies Inc

Tony Louters

CA

Cayuga Marketing

Jeremy Brown

NY

Darigold

Dan DeGroot

WA

DFA

Brian Hardy

UT

First District Association

Duane Laveau

MN

Foremost Farms

Kristipher Scheider

WI

Grande Cheese Company

Sandy Larson

WI

Hilmar Cheese Company

Frank Dinis

CA

Land O’ Lakes

Stuart Hall

CA

Land O’ Lakes

Deb Reinhart

WI

Maryland Virginia

Jim Biddle

PA

Organic Valley

Leon Corse

VT

Select Milk Producers

Mike Visser

OH

Southeast Milk Inc.

Sutton Rucks

FL

Tillamook

Mike Prince

OR

United Dairymen of Arizona

Jim Boyle

AZ