MADISON – The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has certified 14 nominees as eligible for election to the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc. (WMMB, Inc.) (d/b/a Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin).
The following candidates, listed by district, are certified as eligible:
District 3 Lincoln, Oneida, Price and Taylor counties
Nominee – Mark Leder – Gleason
District 6 Chippewa and Eau Claire counties
Nominees – Jaclyn Backhaus, Boyd, and Douglas Danielson, Cadott
District 9 Shawano and Waupaca counties
Nominees – Donald Robaidek, Pulaski, and Jeff Strassburg, Wittenberg
District 12 Portage, Waushara and Wood counties
Nominees – Ken Heiman, Marshfield, and Steve Pankratz, Marshfield
District 15 Adams, Juneau and Monroe counties
Nominee – Mary Cook, Wilton
District 18 Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha counties
Nominees – Vigil Haag, Mount Horeb, and Tina Hinchley, Cambridge
DATCP confirmed that all certified candidates meet the administrative rule marketing order eligibility criterion of being an active dairy producer (or representative of an affected producer), selling milk into commercial channels, and residing within their respective districts. DATCP certified each candidate’s timely nomination form, which included five signatures from active dairy producers within the district as well as completion of a notarized "Affidavit of Eligibility" form.
To facilitate the voting process, DATCP is in the process of distributing mail-in ballots to dairy producers who reside within the eight affected districts. Producers who do not receive a ballot by May 10, 2019 should contact Debbie Gegare, DATCP Market Orders Program Coordinator, at (608) 224-5116 or Debbie.Gegare@Wisconsin.gov to request a ballot. The election period runs through May 24, 2019 with results announced the end of May 2019.