Three board members were re-elected by members of the former Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative at its annual business meeting this week during the Dairy Strong conference in Madison.
Members also formally approved a resolution to change the name of the organization to Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, the name unveiled in November along with its new tagline “The Voice of Milk.”
Members re-elected John Pagel (pictured), Todd Doornink and Mitch Davis to the board.
According to an Edge news release:
Pagel owns and operates Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee, with multiple family members. He also has a farm-to-table restaurant and a retail cheese store, and his farm makes cheese curds on site.
He was a founding member of the cooperative and has served on the board of directors since its inception. Pagel has been active in advocating for dairy farmers in Washington, D.C.
Doornink, owner of Jon-De Farms in Baldwin, has been involved in the dairy business his whole life and farms with his father and daughter. He brings experience from local and state 4-H dairy programs and many Holstein Association activities, and is developing a farmer-led watershed group.
Davis, of Davis Family Dairies in Belle Plaine, Minn., has been part of the dairy community for 35 years and has participated in many areas of the supply chain. He operates several dairy farms in Minnesota with his family and he has also been involved in dairy processing.
Board officers remain unchanged: Pagel, president; Brody Stapel, vice president; Jim Winn, secretary; and Davis, treasurer.
Correction: Brody Stapel is the new vice president of the Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative. The vice president was misidentified due to incorrect information in the original news release.