Media Center

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 7,400 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

Finalists Named for 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. – The 12 young women who will compete for the title of Minnesota’s 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way have been named, paving the way for each of them to have their likenesses carved in blocks of butter during the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.

The announcement […]

By |May 21st, 2017|

June Dairy Month Celebrates Dairy Products and Dairy Farmers

More than 75 years since the annual celebration began, June Dairy Month continues to recognize dairy products and the farmers who produce them. The festivities will kick off with World Milk Day on June 1.

Princess Kay Finalists to be Named May 21

Announcement Concludes Weekend Workshop for County Dairy Princesses
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s county dairy princesses will gather May 19-21, concluding a leadership development weekend with the announcement of the 12 finalists for the next Princess Kay of the Milky Way. The announcement takes place during a luncheon beginning at […]

By |May 2nd, 2017|

North Dakota Dairy Princess Candidates Sought

BISMARCK, N.D. – Midwest Dairy Association’s North Dakota Division is seeking candidates to serve as North Dakota’s 70th Dairy Princess. The entry deadline is Wednesday, May 31.

The North Dakota Dairy Princess serves as the official goodwill ambassador for the state’s dairy industry, helping communicate with people about dairy farmers’ […]

By |May 2nd, 2017|

Nancy Huls Named Vice President of Research and Insights for Midwest Dairy

Nancy Huls (Eggink) has been named vice president of research and insights for Midwest Dairy Association, a nonprofit in St. Paul funded by dairy farm families through the dairy checkoff.
By |May 2nd, 2017|