• Nominees Announced for Milk Marketing Board Election

    Apr 19, 2017
    Dairy farmers in nine Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board districts have until May 25, 2017 to vote for candidates for nine open seats in the upcoming election. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will accept ballots between May 2 and May 25.

    The districts and nominees are:

    - District 1
    (Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn counties), nominee: Benjamin Peterson, Grantsburg.

    - District 4 (Barron and Polk counties), nominee: Audrey Kusilek, Rice Lake.

    - District 7 (Clark County), nominee: David Bangart, Greenwood.

    - District 10 (Brown, Door and Kewaunee counties), nominee: Julie Veldhuis, Kewaunee.

    - District 13 (Buffalo, Pierce and Pepin counties), nominees: Lanette Harsdorf, Beldenville; and Robert Sendelbach, Cochrane.

    - District 16 (Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette counties), nominees: David Schmitz, Fond du Lac; and Janet Clark, Rosendale.

    - District 19 (Columbia and Dodge counties), nominee: Becky Levzow, Rio.

    - District 22 (Grant County), nominee: Ann Kieler, Platteville.

    - District 25 (Green, Rock and Walworth counties), nominee: Stacy Eberle, Monroe.

    DATCP will mail ballots to eligible dairy producers. If you have not received a ballot by May 10th and are an eligible producer, please contact Debbie Gegare, the Market Orders Program Coordinator, at 608-224-5116 to request a ballot. 

    DATCP administers elections for Wisconsin commodity marketing boards. To learn more about the market order boards, visit
  • April Wisconsin Dairy News Stories

    Apr 03, 2017

    Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown - Airs week of April 3rd
    America's best-loved sandwich is offering rewards bigger than taste in a recipe challenge that's showcasing Wisconsin cheese.

    Midwest Dairy Challenge - Airs week of April 10th
    One hundred-twelve college students from 10 states across the Midwest converged on Madison to assess local dairy farms and network with their peers by participating in the 12th Annual Midwest Dairy Challenge.

    Empower Days - Airs week of April 17th
    The Lambeau Field Atrium was the backdrop for a series of seminars to teach local youth how to empower themselves to become better leaders.

    BelGioioso Masters - Airs week of April 24th
    Two BelGioioso cheesemakers join the elite ranks of Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers while two more cheesemakers are currently enrolled in the program. The Master’s program helps solidify their commitment to providing quality cheese to their customers.

    Watch this week's Wisconsin Dairy News
  • 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, 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:

    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


  • Discovery Farms introduces- The WaterWay Network

    Feb 15, 2017
    The WaterWay Network is a peer-to-peer forum for Wisconsin and Minnesota farmers and crop consultants to share information and collaborate on topics related to water quality and soil conservation.

    With the WaterWay Network, which is password protected, allows farmers to interact with each other to contribute tips, share experiences and use information provided by others to continue managing their operations efficiently and sustainably. Discussion topics are prompted by experts, starting the conversation and giving users access to valuable information from other farmers, consultants, and Discovery Farms.

    Currently, registration is open to Wisconsin and Minnesota farmers and crop consultants. If you’re interested but aren’t sure if you qualify, reach out to see if there are ways you can be involved.

    Visit to register. 

    Questions? Contact Erica Olson at 715.983.5668 or


  • February Wisconsin Dairy News

    Feb 03, 2017

    Butter Chocolate - Airs week of February 6th
    A local chocolatier in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, is making bean to bar chocolate with a surprise ingredient from the dairy state. Find out how this special ingredient is making a creamier chocolate.

    Recycled Ag Plastics - Airs week of February 13th
    A collection program is keeping about 125 tons of ag plastic out of landfills every week. See how this new recycling program is helping Wisconsin farmers and the environment.

    Food Trends - Airs week of February 20th
    When it comes to food trends, the latest data confirms that what’s old is new again, and natural foods, like dairy products and cheese, remain strong consumer choices.

    Loaded Fries - Airs week of February 27th
    While consumers are demanding products with simple ingredients, they’re not willing to compromise on flavor and complex taste. One local restaurant is taking America's favorite side dish and making it extraordinary by adding Wisconsin cheese and a few other ingredients.

    Watch this week's Wisconsin Dairy News
  • 70th Alice in Dairyland Application Deadline February 6, 2017

    Feb 02, 2017
    The application period is now open for the 70th Alice in Dairyland! Application materials are due by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2017 for consideration. Qualified applicants will be invited for a preliminary interview mid-February at the DATCP offices in Madison. Up to six top candidates will be invited to participate in the final interview process including the Briefing, March 16-17, and the Alice in Dairyland Finals, May 11–13, 2017 in Brown County.  The next Alice in Dairyland will begin employment Monday, June 5, 2017. Please direct any questions to

    Learn more about the Alice in Dairyland Program and application process.
  • Discovery Farms introduces The WaterWay Network

    Jan 19, 2017

    The Discovery Farms Programs of Wisconsin and Minnesota are excited to announce the launch of an online farmer-only discussion forum.

    The discussion forum, known as The WaterWay Network, is a password protected, online platform for farmers, crop consultants, and hand-picked experts only. Do you have questions about cover crops, nutrient management, soil health, or water quality? Members on the site can provide you with the answers you are looking for.

    "Farming presents challenges. Solutions can often be found from experience," said Erica Olson, UW Discovery Farms farmer network manager. "I am excited to provide farmers with a place to connect and learn from others’ experiences and expertise."

    By joining The WaterWay Network, you will become a part of a unique online community that focuses on conservation. Farmers and crop consultants will provide the applied knowledge and experience, while Discovery Farms and University experts will bring science to the discussion.

    Getting started is simple and FREE. If you are a farmer or crop consultant, register for an account today and get your questions answered at
  • 2017 PDPW Business Conference, 25th Anniversary & Agenda Released

    Jan 17, 2017

    Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) released the 2017 PDPW Business Conference agenda for dairy’s premier educational event, Mar. 15-16, 2017 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

    The headliners and keynotes include: Dr. David Kohl, Dr. Lowell Catlett, Tom Thibodeau, Jim Abbott, Bob Meyer, and The Henningsens. The conference will include 74 expert speakers and 61 educational sessions, which includes 25 specialty and breakout sessions, 15 learning lounge sessions and 5 hands-on learning sessions. They have added a new Preview Stage this year that will include clips from research that is being conducted at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Review the full Conference agenda online at

    This is also their 25th anniversary with a commemorative celebration to honor former leaders and founders of the organization.