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ADA Mideast Elects 2020 Officers at Annual Meeting
Ohio Ag Connection - 01/22/2020

The board of directors for the American Dairy Association Mideast, the dairy promotion checkoff program serving more than 1,900 dairy farmers in Ohio and West Virginia, elected its 2020 officers during the annual re-organization meeting.

Chair: Greg Conrad of New Holland, Ohio

Vice Chair: Mark Hoewischer of Mechanicsburg, Ohio

Secretary: Rob Bouic of Milford Center, Ohio

Treasurer: Joe Miley of West Salem, Ohio

Other board members include Bill Besancon, Wooster, Ohio; Donald Bickel, New Vienna, Ohio; Lois Douglass, Marshallville, Ohio; Greg Gibson, Bruceton Mills, W.V.; Larry Griffith, Bethel, Ohio; Lee Kohler, Baltimore, Ohio; Heidi Rennecker, Smithville, Ohio; Ken Ruprecht, Butler, Ohio; Travis Thompson, DVM, Navarre, Ohio; Bill Thurston, Delaware, Ohio; John Wuebker, St. Henry, Ohio; and advisory member Dannon Minster, Ohio.

The board members set policy and approve program direction and budgets to help increase sales and demand for dairy products and protect the image of dairy foods and farmers.

Programs focus on building trust and sales in dairy foods, creating lifelong dairy consumers, and advancing innovation through partnerships with industry leaders.

ADA Mideast is one of 15 state and regional dairy-farmer funded promotion organizations that work with Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff program and is funded by the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) and the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB).

The ADA Mideast Board of Directors appointed Chair Conrad and re-elected Vice Chair Hoewischer to serve as Directors to UDIA, the federation of state and regional dairy farmer-funded promotion organizations that provides marketing programs developed and implemented in coordination with its members.

Ohio and West Virginia dairy farmers are represented on the NDB by ADA Mideast Board Member Greg Gibson, who was appointed by USDA. The 38-member NDB, formed under the authority of the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983, carries out coordinated promotion and research programs to help build demand and expand domestic and international markets for dairy products.

The ADA Mideast Board of Directors also appointed a representative from the Dannon Company, Inc. of Minster, Ohio, to serve as their non-voting advisory director and represent Ohio's dairy processing and manufacturing community.

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