We thank our outgoing Board Directors for their dedication, leadership and service to our Cooperative.
David’s family farm is entering into the first stage of their succession plan to transfer the farm to the next generation. The family milks 700 registered Jerseys on their 1,500-acre farm. They grow 100 percent of the dairy’s forages, some wheat and corn for grain and raise all replacement heifers. David has served on DFA’s Board since 2012. He is a past president of the American Jersey Cattle Association and a recipient of the association’s Young Jersey Breeder Award. David is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Wyoming.
St. Paul, Ind.
A dairy farmer for more than 50 years, Keith milks 90 cows and raises 800 acres of corn, beans, wheat and hay in partnership with his son. He also is actively involved in the American Dairy Association of Indiana. Keith is a member of the Indiana Dairy Producers, the Farm Bureau Dairy Advisory Board and the Wesleyan Church board.
Frank and his wife, Kim, own and operate Ponterio Holsteins. The operation consists of 100 registered Holsteins and 500 tillable acres of corn, alfalfa and grass hay. Frank is a past recipient of the Jackson County Conservationist of the Year Award. Frank is a member of the local FFA alumni organization and hosts an annual antique tractor ride to raise scholarship funds for FFA participants. He has also served on DFA’s Budget and Finance Committee and currently serves on the Fluid Milk and Ice Cream and Legal committees.
George and his brother farm 140 acres of land and milk 120 cows. They double crop corn and rye, as well as grow some alfalfa, and raise 100,000 turkeys annually. George was honored with Virginia Tech’s 2010 Distinguished Dairyman of the Year Award, 2008 Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District Clean Water Farm Award, 2008 Department of Conservation and Recreation Bay Friendly Clean Water Farm Award and was grand winner of the 2009 Shenandoah Basin Award. He serves on the boards of National Milk Producers Federation, United Dairy Herd Improvement Association and Virginia State Dairymen Association. George is also a trustee of Trinity Lutheran Church and a board member of the Rockingham Community Alliance for Preservation.
Lake Mills, Wis.
Charles and his son, Jason, milk 140 registered cows, have 150 head of replacement heifers and raise 850 acres of crops. Together they manage a feed-bagging business, sell seed and manage 1,000 acres of custom work. Charles is a member of the local, state and national Holstein Associations. He also served on DFA’s Audit Committee and Government and Public Relations Committee.