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Stephanie Cundith, MS, RD, LD
Communications Manager and Nutrition Spokesperson
scundith@midwestdairy.com
Office: 316.440.7436
Mobile: 913.904.8328

Sherry Newell
Sr. Communications Manager
Agricultural and Dairy Industry Trade Media
snewell@midwestdairy.com
Office: 320.363.4829
Mobile: 320.260.7512


Registered Dietitians

Need a registered dietitian expert on dairy science, child nutrition or dairy’s health benefits? Midwest Dairy Council’s registered dietitians can provide interviews, sound bites and answers to your dairy nutrition questions.


Scientific Advisors

Meet the scientists who contribute to and review our Fact Sheets. The Midwest Dairy Association Scientific Advisors are six leading dairy health, animal care and nutrition, farm environment, human health and nutrition, and dairy food experts.


Lucas Lentsch, CEO

Lucas Lentsch

Lucas Lentsch is the CEO of Midwest Dairy Association, which works on behalf of 8,000 dairy farm families in 10 Midwestern states to increase dairy sales, foster dairy innovation and inspire consumer confidence in dairy foods and farmers. Lentsch’s upbringing on a family dairy farm and his background in agriculture root him to an industry he is committed to serving.

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Jerry Messer, Chairman

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. Together the Messer family partnership milks 240 head of Holsteins, operates an 850-cow beef  herd and farms an amazing 19,000 acres of corn, wheat, barley, oats and alfalfa.

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News Releases

New Nebraska Dairy Princess Crowned in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Nebraska – Marta Pulfer, a 17-year-old from Wayne, Nebraska, was crowned the Nebraska Dairy Princess during the annual Nebraska State Dairy Convention in Columbus Feb. 21.

Pulfer is the daughter of Kent and Jodi Pulfer, and is a senior at Wayne High School. Her role as princess will be to […]

By |February 21st, 2017|

Look to Dairy for Healthier Eating in the New Year

It’s the New Year, which means many people are focused on improving their eating habits by selecting foods that are not only nutritious, but also clean, meaning they are minimally processed with few ingredients.

Dairy Farm Families Make Contribution to Super Bowl Host Committee’s ’52 Weeks of Giving’ in Minnesota

Midwest Dairy Council has announced it will provide $250,000 to provide Fuel Up to Play 60 Super School Breakfast grants – to support schools serving breakfast outside the cafeteria – to 52 communities across the state over the 52 weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII, to be held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in 2018.
By |December 13th, 2016|

Love Your Dairy Leftovers

Americans waste an estimated 40 percent of the food they buy. In fact, the average person wastes an estimated 25 pounds of food every month, and dairy products are thrown out more than other foods, even produce. Learning kitchen tricks and strategies to store dairy products properly can help reduce food waste.

Minnesota Dairy Industry Crowns 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Haley (HAY lee) Hinrichs (HIN ricks), a 19-year-old college student from Goodhue, Minnesota, representing Goodhue County, was crowned the 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Aug. 24.
By |August 24th, 2016|