It’s Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) election time, and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) once again invites active Wisconsin dairy producers, with an interest in serving the state’s dairy industry and shaping its future, to serve as a director. DATCP oversees the nomination and election process, which involves nine districts this year.
Wisconsin’s dairy industry contributes more than $20 billion annually to the state economy – nearly twice the sum of Florida citrus and Idaho potato production combined. It is WMMB’s mission to keep the demand high for Wisconsin dairy products. Directors serve an important role in maintaining that mission, guiding the organization's finances, and formulating and setting its policies and long-range business plan.
Each year, a portion of WMMB's 25-member board is elected to three-year terms. All director nominees must be active dairy producers who sell milk into commercial channels and live in the district where they are nominated. Each potential candidate must acquire at least five signatures from active dairy producers within the district, submit a completed nomination form, and have the "Affidavit of Eligibility" certification requirement notarized. Nominations must be postmarked by March 1.
The following nine districts are up for election this year with results announced later in May.
District 1 Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Rusk, Sawyer, Washburn Counties
District 4 Barron and Polk Counties
District 7 Clark County
District 10 Brown, Door and Kewaunee Counties
District 13 Buffalo, Pierce and Pepin Counties
District 16 Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette Counties
District 19 Columbia and Dodge Counties
District 23 Grant County
District 25 Green, Rock and Walworth Counties
DATCP has mailed election announcement postcards to all licensed producers living within each of the nine districts. If you didn’t get a postcard or would just like to learn more, contact Noel Favia at (608) 224- 5140 or Noel.Favia@wisconsin.gov. Election details also are available at www.wmmb.com/elections.