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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 30 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

Power Up with a Protein-Packed Breakfast

With one month already underway in the New Year, now is about the time when people start struggling to uphold New Year’s resolutions. For those working on weight management or trying to increase overall energy levels, protein could help them stay on track with their goals.

Four Candidates Compete for Nebraska Dairy Princess Title

Four young women involved with the Nebraska dairy community are competing to win the title of Nebraska Dairy Princess. The contest judging was held January 23 in Norfolk, with the coronation to be held during the banquet at the Nebraska State Dairy Convention on Tuesday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Columbus.
By |January 28th, 2016|

Midwest Dairy South Dakota District Meetings Scheduled

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Midwest Dairy Association’s South Dakota Division Districts 1 and 2 annual meetings will be held Feb. 4 at the Days Inn, Brookings, in conjunction with a Crisis Readiness Workshop and the South Dakota Dairy Producers annual meeting that evening. All dairy farmers in South Dakota lie […]

By |January 4th, 2016|

Three Easy Ways to Give the Gift of Taste and Nutrition

The holiday season is full of hustle and bustle. There never seems to be enough time to buy gifts and entertain, all while taking care of one’s health. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Midwest Dairy Association developed a series of tips on how to easily give the gift of taste and nutrition during the holidays.

NDB Scholarship Award Winners Announced

The dairy checkoff has awarded 22 academic scholarships to students enrolled in programs that emphasize dairy and who have shown potential to become future dairy leaders.
By |November 20th, 2015|