DBA members will be hearing from a new president and seeing three new faces on the board of directors.
The changes were made during the association’s annual meeting in January at the Dairy Strong conference.
Tom Crave of Crave Brothers Farm in Waterloo, who had been vice president, will lead the board as president. He has been a dairy farmer for 38 years and has served on his local town board. Mike North, who stepped down from that role, is now president emeritus.
“The dairy community is at a cross-roads. We have issues we need to continue to address, such as conservation efforts and making sure regulations are fair and practical,” Crave said. “I am looking forward to the challenges. We have a great board to work with.”
The new board members:
Bob Nagel is a partner and manager of Holsum Dairies in Hilbert and has experience as a large-animal veterinarian.
“DBA leadership is both strong and has a deep bench. My role as a new board member is to support, add perspective and cultivate opportunities for DBA and the dairy industry,” Nagel said. “My approach is to bring energy, focus and business mindedness to help as needed.”
Kevin Collins farms at Collins Dairy in Greenleaf. He is a member of the policy committee for DBA’s sister organization, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, which works on federal issues.
“I look forward to connecting with our state agencies and elected officials to present the challenges our industry has and give state government insight into the direction that we’re headed,” Collins said.
Jack Hippen is North America manager for STgenetics and has been involved in the dairy equipment and dairy genetics industries for 25 years.
“I want to bring a continued sense of urgency for progressive programs, developed and implemented by DBA, to assist in making the dairy industry a growing and consumer-friendly pro-duction agriculture entity,” Hippen said.