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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 Advisory Council

Meet the Scientists who contribute to and review our Fact Sheets. The Midwest Dairy Association Scientific Advisory Council is comprised of 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

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|

Fact Sheet: Butter Sculpting

The butter sculpting booth (in the Dairy Building, corner of Judson Avenue and Underwood Street) is a Minnesota State Fair exhibit sponsored by Midwest Dairy Association’s 3,000-plus dairy farmers. It’s one of the most popular attractions at the fair.
On opening day of the State Fair, the newly crowned Princess […]

By |August 11th, 2016|

Fact Sheet: Midwest Dairy Association’s Dairy Goodness Bar & All‐You‐Can‐Drink Milk Stand

Dairy Goodness Bar

The Dairy Goodness Bar, located at the corner of Judson and Underwood, regularly ranks among the fair’s top food attractions. Located in the Dairy Building near the butter sculptures, the Dairy Goodness Bar is open throughout the fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
The Dairy Goodness […]

By |August 11th, 2016|

63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way to be Crowned Wednesday Evening, August 24

ST. PAUL, Minn. (August 9, 2016) – Next week, Minnesota’s dairy community will kick off the Great Minnesota Get-Together by celebrating the coronation of the 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way. On Wednesday evening, Aug. 24, reigning Princess Kay, Kyla Mauk of Howard Lake representing Wright County, will […]

By |August 11th, 2016|