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R&D Dairy Open House is Backdrop for Dairy Month Proclamation

June 04, 2014 10:30 AM
Lt. Governor Lavon Heidemann will proclaim June Dairy Month in Nebraska on Saturday, June 14, at  R&D Dairy at 1540 Highway 51, Bancroft. The farm will open its barn doors to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. with the proclamation taking place at 2 p.m.

Students from Across the Midwest Celebrated Efforts to Eat Healthy and be Physically Active at 2014 Reward Summits

June 02, 2014 10:00 AM
Students throughout the Midwest gathered during April and May for nutrition and NFL-themed Reward Summits in Lincoln, Neb., St. Louis, Mo., Minneapolis, Minn., Kansas City, Mo. Sioux Falls, S.D., Chicago, Ill., Iowa City, Iowa and Springdale, Ark. as a reward for their efforts to eat healthy and stay active through Fuel Up to Play 60.

Raise a Glass of Milk to Toast Dairy’s Goodness

May 30, 2014 7:00 AM
More than 75 years since the annual celebration began, June Dairy Month continues to recognize dairy foods and the people who make them possible to enjoy. Today, dairy’s goodness comes from more than 9,000 dairy farm families from throughout the Midwest. Beginning in 1937, the observance was created as a way to help distribute extra milk when cows started on pasture in the summer months.

Twelve Become Princess Kay Finalists

May 18, 2014 10:37 PM
The selection of 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds Sunday, May 18, in St. Cloud has paved the way for crowning Minnesota’s 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the dairy industry’s official goodwill ambassador. The newest Princess Kay will be named just before the opening of the Minnesota State Fair in August, and each of the 12 finalists for the title will be sculpted in butter throughout the Fair.

Minnesota-based Marshik Dairy Receives National Sustainability Award

May 15, 2014 11:15 AM
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy recently announced the winners of the third annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. Midwest Dairy Association, the farmer-funded checkoff organization for 10 Midwest states, is pleased to announce that one farm within its territory, Marshik Dairy located in Pierz, Minn., was recognized for its Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency.

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Mike Kruger


Mike Kruger is CEO of Midwest Dairy Association, the dairy checkoff organization representing and funded by 20 percent of the nation’s dairy farmers.

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Jerry Messer


Jerry Messer of Beaver Creek Ranch farms in Richardton, North Dakota with three of his brothers: Mark, Greg and Scott and their spouses.

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Corporate Board officers for Midwest Dairy Association are, from left to right, back row: Jerry Messer, Bill Siebenborn, Allen Merrill;
front row: Kent Herbranson, Dan Grunhovd

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