The Dairy Business Association’s board of directors elected a new president and vice president, and the membership chose three new directors during the organization’s annual business meeting today at the Dairy Strong conference.
Tom Crave of Crave Brothers Farm in Waterloo, Wis., an incumbent, will lead the board as president. He has been a dairy farmer for 38 years and has served on his local town board. Mike North, who is stepping down from that role, will become president emeritus.
Incumbent Amy Penterman, who owns and operates Dutch Dairy in Thorp with her husband, was chosen as vice president. Penterman also has worked as a crop insurance agent for 19 years and was in farm lending for 15 years.
DBA members elected one new corporate representative, Jack Hippen, and they chose two new farmer representatives, Kevin Collins and Robert Nagel. Steve Bodart of Compeer Financial was re-elected to a corporate position.
Collins has dairy farmed for many years in Greenleaf, Wis., and has served as chairman of his local town board and on its zoning committee. He is engaged in lobbying on the federal level as a member of the policy committee for DBA’s sister organization, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative.
Nagel is a partner and manager of several Wisconsin dairies and has experience as a large-animal veterinarian. He has been directly engaged with DBA on local and state legislative efforts.
Collins and Nagel replace Cody Heller and Lloyd Holterman.
Incumbent board member Lee Kinnard was named secretary and Bodart will be treasurer.
The Dairy Business Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of Wisconsin dairy farmers, milk processors, vendors and business partners who work to ensure that Wisconsin dairy farmers of all sizes have the support they need to thrive in the state’s economy, communities and food supply chain. The integrated approach is a unique model that fosters collaboration and innovation for the collective good. The association’s core work is advocating for sensible state laws and regulations that affect the dairy community. For more information, visit www.dairyforward.com.