Two more Idaho Dairy Products Commission and United Dairymen of Idaho board members have been tapped for national dairy industry leadership positions. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed Kim Korn to serve a three-year term on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, and Dan Gilbert was elected to the United Dairy Industry Association’s board of directors.
Korn, owner of Korn Dairy in Terreton, replaces fellow United Dairymen of Idaho and Idaho Dairy Products Commission board member Dave Veenhouwer from Veenhouwer Family Dairy in Jerome on the 38-member panel. Steve Ballard, owner of Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese in Gooding and a colleague of Korn’s on both Idaho dairy groups’ boards, was appointed last year to the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board and has two more years to serve. Formed in 1984, under the authority of the Department of Agriculture, the NDB carries out coordinated promotion and research programs to help build demand and expand domestic and international markets for dairy products.
The United Dairy Industry Association has granted Idaho a fifth seat on its board of directors, and Gilbert, owner of Dan-de Holsteins in Blackfoot, was elected to fill it. He joins fellow United Dairymen of Idaho board members Tom Dorsey of Dorsey Farms in Caldwell, John Brubaker from Knott Run Dairy in Buhl, Brian Esplin from Diamond Three Dairy in Shelley, and Arie Roeloffs from Southfield Dairy in Wendell on the 43-member UDIA board. The United Dairy Industry Association is a federation of state and regional dairy farmer-funded promotion organizations providing marketing programs that are developed and implemented in coordination with its members.
United Dairymen of Idaho CEO, Karianne Fallow, said Gem State residents should applaud the national leadership efforts of Idaho’s dairy farmers. “Dairy is Idaho’s number-one ag sector, and we’re the third-largest dairy-producing state in the country, ”she said. “Dairy farmers across the country and around the globe look to Idaho for leadership, and we take this governance role very seriously.”
United Dairymen of Idaho protects and promotes the Idaho dairy industry and dairy farm families through outreach, nutrition education and partnerships with consumers, dairy processors, retail outlets, and farmers and their families. UDI is the parent organization of both the Idaho Dairy Council and the Idaho Dairymen’s Association. Visit IdahoDairy.com for more details.