'Contract with Producers' highlights dairy producer conference
BOARD OF DIRECTORS--Members of the board of directors for The National Dairy Producers Organization Inc. include (from left to right): Loren Olson, Hutchinson, Minn.; Bob Krucker, Jerome, Idaho; Robin Berg, Darlington, Wis.; Pete DeHaan, Salem, Ore.; Secretary Anthony Loken, Rollingstone, Minn.; Treasurer Gary Genske, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Chairman Bill Rowell, Highgate, Vt.; Dave Fitch, West Winfield, N.Y.; Doug Maddox, Riverdale, Calif.; Arden Tewksbury, Meshoppen, Pa.; Vice Chair Paul Rozwadowski, Stanley, Wis.; and Dennis Trissel, Harrisonburg, Va. (Photo by Leah Bigham.)
The National Dairy Producers Organization Inc. held an official signing of the "Contract with Producers" during their first annual meeting at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif. Feb. 8 to 10.
Broadcast on a national conference call, their first annual meeting was commenced with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance, prior to an introduction to the board of directors. Producers, spectators and media were invited to join the meeting, where chairman Bill Rowell addressed the purpose of the grassroots organization and the recently released "Contract with Producers" that was dispersed to the audience.
As they reviewed the document, Rowell prompted them with a quote from Prof. R.A Levins whose article "Do it yourselves" recently appeared in Hoard's Dairyman. "Now it the time to stand up and speak for ourselves, he said. Vice Chair Paul Rozwadowski echoed Rowell's urge: "Quit letting everyone dictate to us how we're going to get paid," he said. "We can fix this ourselves."
A large sign displayed behind the board of directors sent a clear message to the audience of their purpose: "Our number one priority and responsibility is producer profitability." The audience, overwhelmingly receptive to the mission, were invited to share their inquisitions during a closing question-and-answer session. The board of directors addressed their questions and accepted praise for their initiative.
Since the national meeting, several statewide meetings have spurred continued interest and communication with producers in N.Y., Pa. and Va.
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