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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 Advisory Council

Meet the Scientists who contribute to and review our Fact Sheets. The Midwest Dairy Association Scientific Advisory Council is comprised of seven leading dairy health, animal care and nutrition, farm environment, human health and nutrition, and dairy food experts.


Mike Kruger, CEO

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.

Mike has 35 years of experience in dairy promotion and a lifelong devotion to the industry that started when he grew up on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota. He has managed the Midwest Dairy Association since 1985, overseeing its expansion from one state to 10 states.

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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

‘Dairy 3 for Me’ Pledge Calls for Commitment to Three Daily Servings of Dairy

The recently released 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods every day to maintain a well-balanced diet, however the majority of Americans fall short of this amount, getting on average less than two daily servings.

South Dakota Crowns 61st Dairy Princess

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Carrie Weaver of Bancroft was crowned the South Dakota’s 61st Dairy Princess tonight (Tues., March 29) in Sioux Falls during the kickoff for the Central Plains Dairy Expo.

The new princess is the 19-year-old daughter of Dave and Deb Weaver. She attends Lake Area Technical Institute […]

By |March 29th, 2016|

South Dakota Dairy Princess to be Selected March 29

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota’s 61st Dairy Princess will be crowned in Sioux Falls the evening of Tuesday, March 29. A free program is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center Rooms 8 and 9 in Sioux Falls, in conjunction with the Central […]

By |March 24th, 2016|

Midwest Dairy Board Leadership Elected

Annual Meeting Held in Minneapolis March 8-9
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Jerry Messer, a dairy farmer from Richardton, N.D., will continue to lead Midwest Dairy Association in the coming year. Messer was re-elected chairman of the checkoff organization during the group’s annual meeting in Minneapolis on March 8-9. Allen Merrill, Parker, […]

By |March 16th, 2016|

Midwest Dairy Association Names Next CEO; Mike Kruger to Retire After 35 Years

Midwest Dairy Association, a non-profit organization which manages dairy farmer checkoff funds in a 10-state region, has named Lucas Lentsch as its next CEO. Lentsch, who is currently serving at South Dakota’s secretary of agriculture, will begin working for the organization in mid-April, transitioning into the group’s leadership post as the current CEO, Mike Kruger, moves toward retirement on July 1, 2016.
By |February 25th, 2016|