Allen Merrill, Chairman
Allen Merrill, of Merrill Farms, Inc. in Parker, South Dakota, is the chairman of Midwest Dairy Association. He farms with his father and son, and together they milk 150 head of cattle, raise Holstein steers and grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa and oats.
Merrill plays a prominent role in in the dairy industry. In addition to serving as Midwest Dairy chairman, he is as an officer on the Midwest Dairy South Dakota division board and serves in leadership positions on the United Dairy Industry Association and Dairy Management Inc. boards. He also sits on the South Dakota Dairy Producers board and Dairy Farmers of America Central Area Council.
Merrill supports his community by providing dairy cattle for non-farm children in 4-H to show at the county fair, as well as volunteering his time to FFA projects. He is passionate about the School Breakfast Program and ensuring all students have access to healthy meals.
Merrill is married to his wife, Kristi, and they have two children.