U.S. dairy farmers look to Idaho and Utah for leadership

John Brubaker, owner of Knott Run Dairy in Buhl, Idaho.

MERIDIAN, Idaho (Dec. 19, 2018) — The United Dairy Industry Association’s board of directors elected John Brubaker, owner of Knott Run Dairy in Buhl, Idaho, treasurer at the national dairy industry’s recent annual meeting in Phoenix. The group is a federation of state and regional dairy farmer-funded promotion organizations that provide marketing programs developed and implemented in coordination with its members.


Brubaker is one of four dairy farmers elected by their peers annually to represent Idaho on the group’s board of directors. Diamond Three Dairy owner Brian Esplin from Shelley, Dan-de Holsteins owner Dan Gilbert from Blackfoot, and Kasper Dairy owner Tom Kasper from Melba serve with Brubaker on the UDIA board. Brubaker serves on the Dairy West board of directors with Gilbert and Kasper and on the Idaho Dairy Products Commission board with Esplin, Gilbert, and Kasper.


Dairy West represents farmers, processors, and supply chain partners in Utah, too, and Fullmer Farms owner Chace Fullmer of Sigurd and Tuleview Dairy co-owner Jeff Hardy of Brigham City also serve on the UDIA board. Fullmer and Hardy are Dairy West and Dairy Council of Utah and Nevada board members, as well.


Steve Ballard, owner of Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese in Gooding, Idaho.

Meanwhile, Dairy Management Inc. elected Steve Ballard, owner of Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese in Gooding, Idaho, treasurer of its board of directors. Ballard serves with another Idaho dairy farmer, Korn Dairy owner Kim Korn from Terreton, on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. 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. Ballard and Korn also serve on the board of directors for Dairy West and the Idaho Dairy Products Commission, respectively.


Dairy West CEO Karianne Fallow applauds the national leadership efforts of Idaho and Utah dairy farmers. “As a multistate region producing over 16 billion pounds of milk annually, Idaho and Utah and its dairy farm families take their national leadership roles very seriously,” she said.


Ballard also was elected chair of the Dairy West board of directors at its recent annual meeting in Boise, and Brubaker was elected vice chair of the organization.


About Dairy West
Dairy West is a regional dairy promotion organization established in 2017 to represent dairy farmers, processors, and supply chain partners in Idaho and Utah. A Qualified Program regulated by the USDA National Dairy Promotion & Research Board, the 501(c)(6) organization raises awareness of the importance of dairy farming, promotes the health and nutritional benefits of dairy foods, and encourages global demand for Idaho and Western U.S. dairy foods through coordinated marketing and communications efforts, nutrition counseling, and research programs.

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