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Media Inquiries

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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Allen Merrill, Chairman

Allen Merrill

Allen Merrill, a dairy farmer from Parker, South Dakota, is the new chairman of Midwest Dairy Association, elected during the organization’s annual meeting held in conjunction with the Western Dairy Forum in Phoenix, Arizona.

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News Releases

Midwest Dairy Elects New Leadership

ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Allen Merrill, a dairy farmer from Parker, South Dakota, is the new chairman of Midwest Dairy Association, elected during the organization’s annual meeting held in conjunction with the Western Dairy Forum in Phoenix, Arizona. Merrill previously served as first vice chairman. He replaces Jerry Messer […]

By |April 18th, 2017|

From Sweet and Spicy to Salty and Tart, Dairy Farmers ask Fans to Vote for the 2017 “Flavor of the Fair” April 7-17

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – As the days get longer and weather gets warmer, Minnesotan’s yearn for the long, lazy days of summer. And nothing tastes better on a hot day than an ice-cold malt. But what about a malt with dill pickle chips mixed in? Or crushed up spiced […]

By |April 7th, 2017|

Brandt Woman is 62nd South Dakota Dairy Princess

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Krista Harringa, an 18-year-old South Dakota State University (SDSU) student from Brandt, was crowned South Dakota Dairy Princess during the opening of the Central Plains Dairy Expo March 28 in Sioux Falls. Harringa is the 62nd woman to hold the title representing South Dakota’s dairy […]

By |March 28th, 2017|

Midwest Dairy Association Names Trudy Wastweet Chief Operating Officer

Midwest Dairy Association, a nonprofit organization which manages dairy farmer checkoff funds in a 10-state region, has named Trudy Wastweet as chief operating officer, a new leadership position.
By |March 8th, 2017|

Midwest Dairy Association’s Cindy Sorensen named Woman of the Year by Women Grocers of America

Cindy Sorensen, senior vice president of business development for St. Paul-based Midwest Dairy Association, was recently presented with the 2017 Woman of the Year Award by The Women Grocers of America (WGA). The award was presented at the National Grocers Association (NGA) show in Las Vegas on Feb. 14.
By |March 6th, 2017|