Wisconsin Dairy Producers

 

Funded by Wisconsin's dairy farm families, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) works to maintain and build markets for Wisconsin-produced milk and dairy products nationwide, educate consumers about the quality and nutritional importance of milk and dairy products, and showcase the vital economic contribution that dairy makes to our communities and our state.
 


 

 

Wisconsin Dairy News

Watch our weekly dairy news segments which appear during local news broadcasts across Wisconsin.

 

What's Happening at WMMB?

  • WMMB Director Nomination Period Closes April 1, 2017

    Mar 24, 2017

    Milk producers who are eligible and interested in running for a Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) director seat have until April 1, 2017, to submit a nomination form to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). To qualify, a nominee must be an active dairy producer who: 1) lives in a district up for election, and 2) sells milk into commercial channels.

    Nine Districts up for Election
    • District 1  - Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Rusk, Sawyer, Washburn                       Counties
    • District 4  - Barron, Polk Counties
    • District 7  - Clark County
    • District 10 - Brown, Door, Kewaunee Counties
    • District 13 - Buffalo, Pepin, Pierce Counties
    • District 16 - Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette Counties
    • District 19 - Columbia, Dodge Counties
    • District 22 - Grant County
    • District 25 - Green, Rock, Walworth Counties

     
    Potential candidates must submit a completed nomination form and have the “Affidavit of Eligibility” (on the nomination form) notarized. In addition, nominees must acquire at least five signatures from active dairy producers who reside in the same election district.

    After DATCP certifies the nominations, the department will announce the candidates and hold a mail-in ballot election May 2-25, with results announced the end of May. Elected directors will then serve a three-year term July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2020.

    Election information and the nomination form are available online at www.wmmb.com/elections, or for a hard copy, contact Debbie Gegare at (608) 224-5116.

  • Act Now to Secure Tickets to Cheese Champion

    Feb 28, 2017
    Ticket availability is now very limited for Cheese Champion, the signature event of the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, set for Thursday, March 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin. Remaining tickets can be purchased online at: www.uschampioncheese.org.

    This event promises ticket-holders tastes of more than 40 of the nation’s finest cheeses, along with expertly-paired craft brews from local artisans. Pairings include cheese from Carr Valley Cheese, Cedar Grove Cheese, Organic Valley, Renard’s Cheese, and Widmer’s Cheese Cellars, along with beers from Badger State Brewing Company, Hinterland Brewery, Pigeon River Brewing Company, Stillmank Brewing Company, and Titletown Brewing Company.

    During the reception, the best cheese in the country will be named for the first time following the 2017 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, held March 7 & 8, also in Green Bay.

    “Thousands of cheeses will be evaluated, but only one can win the top honor,” said Kirsten Henning, Events Manager for the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, the host organization. “With some of the most respected and successful cheesemakers in the nation on hand to hear the big announcement, there’s no doubt you’ll feel the excitement in the room.”

    Cheese Champion also features the expertise of contest judges, ready to guide attendees’ sampling experiences. Judges will offer cheese cutting and tasting tips, and discuss the art of grading the appearance, flavor, body, and texture of entries from the nation’s largest cheese competition.

    “No matter your palate, Cheese Champion is sure to offer something that will ‘wow’ you,” said Henning. “Come taste the best, learn a bit about cheese, and toast the new U.S. Champion Cheese.”
  • What’s My Checkoff Doing for Me?

    Feb 20, 2017

    Kevin Walleser's WMMB Link Board column “What’s My Checkoff Doing for Me?” highlights the work we are doing on a national level with Regional Marketing Mangers across the country to ensure our Wisconsin cheese is available and identifiable in both retail and foodservice. Kevin’s column also discussed the changes and challenges happening in the dairy industry and to remember the checkoff is a significant resource for helping educate and communicate within the dairy industry and with consumers.

    Read this month's WMMB Link