Press Room

For ag and industry trade or consumer media inquiries, and to get the latest news on dairy checkoff in the Midwest, the Press Room is the place to check out. Find contact information for press to direct questions and interview requests. Scroll through press releases to read the latest updates on efforts to build demand for, and grow trust in, dairy.

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Ag Media Requests

For ag media related requests, contact Calli Smith, manager, Corporate Communications, 651-703-1712.

Midwest Dairy Vice President, Dairy Experience – Marketing Communications Jennifer Voegele.

Consumer Media Requests

For consumer media requests related to topics around sustainable nutrition or local events, contact Jennifer Voegele, vice president, Dairy Experience – Marketing Communications, 651-401-6390.

National Dairy Board scholarship winners announced

St. Paul, Minn. – The national dairy checkoff announced the recipients of its academic scholarships to students enrolled in programs that emphasize dairy and who have shown potential to become future industry leaders. Seven of this year’s scholarship winners are…

Minnesota dairy community crowns 67th Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Saint Paul, Minn. – Brenna Connelly, a 19-year-old college student from Byron, Minnesota, representing Olmsted County, was crowned the 67th Princess Kay of the Milky Way at a private ceremony that was streamed virtually on Aug. 12. Connelly will serve…

Meghan Hettinga Crowned 67th Iowa Dairy Princess

ANKENY, Iowa – Meghan Hettinga, a 20-year-old from Orange City, Iowa, was crowned the 67th Iowa Dairy Princess during an afternoon ceremony at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ankeny. Meghan, daughter of Jason and Mary Hettinga, will spend the year serving as a…

Dairy Experience Forum delivers consumer insights to help drive dairy demand

The event virtually united members of the dairy supply chain to gain valuable insights and prepare for the post-COVID-19 future St. Paul, Minn. – Midwest Dairy hosted the third annual Dairy Experience Forum on July 15, convening more than 400…

New leadership elected to Midwest Dairy board

Corporate Board members from left to right: Barb Liebenstein, Treasurer; Charles Krause, First Vice Chair; Allen Merrill, Chair; Dan Hotvedt, Second Vice Chair; Lowell Mueller, Secretary ST. PAUL, Minn. – Allen Merrill, a dairy farmer from Parker, South Dakota, was…

67th Princess Kay of the Milky Way coronation scheduled for Aug. 12, butter sculpting to begin next day

The annual coronation event will be live streamed on the Princess Kay Facebook page. Butter sculpting will take place in closed sessions at the butter booth on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds beginning Aug. 13. Saint Paul, Minn. – The 67th…

Midwest Dairy Takes Dairy Experience Forum Virtual

Registration now open for third annual conference, which offers dairy community first-hand look at today’s consumer trends to find opportunities to grow dairy demand. St. Paul, Minn. – Midwest Dairy announced registration is now open for the third annual Dairy…

Finalists Named for 67th Princess Kay of the Milky Way After First-Ever Virtual Judging

ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 17, 2020) — Ten dairy princesses from across Minnesota have been named finalists for the 67th Princess Kay of the Milky Way, after participating in virtual judging sessions held May 15-16. The virtual judging took the…

Midwest Dairy Donates $500,000 to Food Banks

Contributions across the organization’s 10-state region will help meet the dairy demand food banks and pantries are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic Saint Paul, Minn. – On behalf of 6,500 dairy farm families across the Midwest, Midwest Dairy announced they…

May Leadership and Promotion Event Cancelled

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The May Leadership and Promotion Event that gathers dairy princesses from across the state, scheduled for May 15-17, 2020, has been cancelled. The Princess Committee and staff have decided to rely on technology to continue with…

Midwest Dairy Selects Students from Nebraska to Serve as Dairy Ambassadors

LINCOLN, Neb. – Midwest Dairy today announced that six students were selected this year to be Dairy Ambassadors for the state of Nebraska. Ambassadors were selected to improve their leadership and communication skills while advocating for the dairy industry. Throughout…

Midwest Dairy Announces Inaugural Class for Dairy Experience and Agricultural Leadership Program

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Midwest Dairy announced today the first class of the Dairy Experience and Agricultural Leadership Program (DEAL), a new initiate that will help develop the dairy leaders of tomorrow. This 18-month program provides an opportunity for young…