MADISON – Milk producers who are eligible and interested in running for a Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW) director seat have until March 30, 2019, 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 lives in a district up for election, and sells milk into commercial channels.
Eight districts up for election. They are:
District 3 Lincoln, Oneida, Price and Taylor counties
District 6 Chippewa and Eau Claire counties
District 9 Shawano and Waupaca counties
District 12 Portage, Waushara and Wood counties
District 15 Adam, Juneau and Monroe counties
District 18 Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha counties
District 21 Crawford and Vernon counties
District 24 Dane and Jefferson counties
DFW directors guide the organization’s finances, formulate and set its policies, develop long-range business plans and maintain its mission. DFW is an advocate, marketer and promoter for Wisconsin Dairy Farmers and helps drive demand for Wisconsin’s dairy products. Through these initiatives, a DFW director has the opportunity to represent Wisconsin dairy producers and products, as well as become involved in activities that inform and educate consumers about the dairy industry and its economic impact.
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 other 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 1-24, 2019, with results announced at the end of May. Elected directors will serve a three-year term, July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2022.
Election information and the nomination form are available online at www.WisconsinDairy.org/elections or for a hard copy, contact Debbie Gegare, DATCP Market Orders Program Coordinator at (608) 224-5116.