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BOISE, Idaho (Nov. 13, 2014) — The United Dairy Industry Association’s board of directors elected Tom Dorsey, owner of Dorsey Farms in Caldwell, First Vice Chair at the national dairy industry’s recent annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas. The group is a federation of state and regional dairy farmer-funded promotion organizations that provide marketing programs that are developed and implemented in coordination with its members.

Dorsey is one of four dairy farmers elected by their peers annually to represent Idaho on the group’s board of directors. John Brubaker from Knott Run Dairy in Buhl, Brian Esplin from Diamond Three Dairy in Shelley, and Arie Roeloffs from Southfield Dairy in Wendell serve with Dorsey on the UDIA and United Dairymen of Idaho boards. Dorsey also co-chairs the UDI board and serves as chair on the Idaho Dairy Products Commission board of directors.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed a second Idahoan — Steve Ballard, owner of Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese in Gooding — to the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board last month. Ballard, whose three-year term began Nov. 1, joins fellow United Dairymen of Idaho and Idaho Dairy Products Commission board member Dave Veenhouwer from Veenhouwer Family Dairy in Jerome on the 38-member panel. Formed in 1984 under the authority of the Department of Agriculture, the NDB carries out coordinated promotion and research programs to help build demand and expand domestic and international markets for dairy products.

United Dairymen of Idaho CEO Karianne Fallow applauded the national leadership efforts of her board members at the 2014 UDI Annual Meeting in Boise this week. “As the third-largest dairy-producing state in the country, Idaho takes its leadership role very seriously,” she said. “And dairy farmers across the country look to Idaho for leadership. With registration approaching 1,000 people this year, we enjoyed record attendance from farmers, allied industry, and guests.”

United Dairymen of Idaho protects and promotes the Idaho dairy industry and dairy farm families through outreach, nutrition counseling and partnerships with consumers, dairy processors, retail outlets, and farmers and their families. UDI is the parent organization of both the Idaho Dairy Council and the Idaho Dairymen’s Association. Visit IdahoDairy.com for more details.

Contact: Cindy Miller
Senior Director of Consumer Confidence
(208) 332-1645