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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

North Dakota Dairy Princess Candidates Sought

The Midwest Dairy Association North Dakota Division is seeking candidates to participate in this year’s North Dakota Dairy Princess contest on June 27 and 28 in Bismarck. The coronation will take place during the North Dakota’s Division Board of Directors meeting at the Radisson in Bismarck. The entry deadline is Wednesday, June 15.
By |May 20th, 2016|

Dairy Farmers ask Minnesota State Fair-goers to Vote for 2016 “Flavor of the Fair” Featured Malt Flavor, May 16-25

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Dairy Goodness Bar malts at the Minnesota State Fair are a time-honored tradition, and fair-goers know they can expect mainstays like vanilla and chocolate, and favorites like apple-caramel and rhubarb-strawberry to appear each year. However, for the second year in a row, Midwest Dairy Association […]

By |May 19th, 2016|

Princess Kay Finalists Named in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Twelve county dairy princesses have been named finalists for Minnesota’s 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way, an icon for the state’s dairy community best known for the Minnesota State Fair butter sculptures associated with it.

The 12 women, who come from dairy farm families or […]

By |May 15th, 2016|

Jer-Lindy Farms and Redhead Creamery Recognized with U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award

Jer-Lindy Farms and Redhead Creamery, a partnership between two generations of the Jennissen family, have been recognized with a 2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability.
By |May 12th, 2016|

Celebrate the Season, Pledge Three Daily Servings of Dairy

June Dairy Month is a time to recognize dairy’s nutritional and environmental benefits
St. PAUL, Minn. – More than 75 years since the annual celebration began, June Dairy Month continues to recognize dairy foods and the farmers who produce them. Beginning in 1937, the observance was created as a way […]