AMPI News Releases

Midwest dairy farmers elected to co-op board

AMPI announces new, recognizes retiring board members

NEW ULM, Minn. (April 11, 2014) — Brad Dejno, Jerry Geisler, Bob Hart and Dave Peterson have been elected to the Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) Board of Directors. The AMPI dairy farmer-owners took their seats on the board during the AMPI Annual Meeting this spring.

“The board of directors is keenly focused on ensuring AMPI remains the best milk market for Midwest dairy farmers,” said AMPI Chairman of the Board Steve Schlangen, a dairy farmer from Albany, Minn. “These gentlemen will be great additions to the board as we aggressively pursue member interests in the economic and political arenas.”

Dejno and his wife, Jackie, farm in partnership with his parents, brother and sister-in-law near Independence, Wis. Their dairy farm is comprised of 270 Holstein cows, 130 head of youngstock and 500 acres. The couple has one daughter, Sydney.

Geisler and his wife, Amy, farm near Bruce, Wis., and have five children: Daniel, Karla, Claire, Casey and Emily. Their dairy farm is comprised of 55 Jerseys and 200 acres.

Hart and his wife, Shelly, farm 240 acres with Shelly’s mother, Linda Frederick, near Galesville, Wis. In addition to a milking herd of 65 Holstein and Brown Swiss cows, they also raise more than 80 dairy steers for their direct-market beef product business.

Peterson farms near Boyd, Wis., with his wife, Brenda, and son, Matthew. The couple also has one daughter, Laurie. Together they operate 340 acres of farmland and milk 65 Holsteins.

Reelected to the board of directors were Tom Jandt, Chetek, Wis.; Mark Kaeding, Augusta, Wis.; and Brad Nevin, Rice Lake, Wis.

Retiring from the board of directors are Phil Johnson, Holmen, Wis.; James Koser, Almena, Wis.; Ed Maliszewski, Arcadia, Wis.; and Harvey Phelps, Cornell, Wis.

AMPI is headquartered in New Ulm, Minn., and owned by 2,600 Midwest dairy farm families from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. AMPI members annually market about 5.8 billion pounds of milk, resulting in $2 billion in sales for the cooperative. AMPI owns 10 manufacturing plants and markets cheese, butter and powdered dairy products, serving foodservice, retail and food ingredient customers.

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