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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 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

New Sculptor Takes On Butter Cow at Illinois State Fair

The Illinois State Fair would not be the same without the iconic Butter Cow, and now fairgoers can rest assured the classic dairy bovine will return in 2016. Organizers of the Illinois State Fair and Midwest Dairy Association are pleased to announce Sarah Pratt, of West Des Moines, Iowa, will bring her talents to Springfield for the Illinois State Fair.
By |July 15th, 2016|

Midwest Dairy Crowns 69th North Dakota Dairy Princess

BISMARCK, N.D. – Heather Lauinger, 17, daughter of Danny and Roxanne Lauinger of Strasburg, was crowned North Dakota’s 69th State Dairy Princess Tuesday in Bismarck June 28. Her coronation took place during a luncheon with the North Dakota Division board of Midwest Dairy Association, which sponsors the princess program.

Lauinger […]

By |June 29th, 2016|

‘Call It Breakfast’ Malts and Sundaes Join State Fair New Foods

St. PAUL, Minn. – Call It Breakfast ― made with Minnesota dairy farmers’ secret, State Fair-recipe vanilla ice cream or malt, topped with sprinkles, chocolate and latte-flavored syrup, and chunks of bakery-fresh doughnuts ― will join the traditional ice cream flavors at the Dairy Goodness Bar at the Minnesota […]

By |June 21st, 2016|

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|