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Gordon Speirs
DBA President
The Dairy Business Association is embarking on new initiatives that help drive positive outcomes within the dairy industry. As most of you know, DBA was formed and structured to allow for both dairy producers and the dairy industry to work together as a whole to advance our industry. Not many farm organizations have this unique and effective structure. History has proven the DBA model has worked great, especially in the policy area as witnessed in the passage of the last Farm Bill.  We know that when an industry is aligned and working together, great things can and will happen. However, change is needed to pursue greater value for our industry. What worked in the past is not enough and will require more effort. This can only happen with your help.
 
The theme of our recent Dairy Strong event “Gain the Edge” is not meant to be a flashy phrase, rather it’s what DBA believes is important.
 
An example of our commitment to “gaining the edge” is the four core strategies adopted by our board a few months ago.
 
1)    Enhance member engagement and value
2)    Increase visibility and better internal and external communications
3)    Provide a sustainable, yet agile organizational model
4)    Be the place for industry thought leaders and innovators to collaborate
 
DBA is announcing the formation of four standing committees to develop greater opportunities to obtain our core strategies.. These committees are: Government Relations, Public Relations, Member Relations and Industry Relations.
  • Government Relations: Set annual policy agenda, serve as a sounding board on policy issues and help garner grass root support. Provide an advisory role to the board on various issues.
  • Member Relations: To keep the membership connected and engaged to the association. Provide membership engagement and recruitment plan, and provide input in increasing member value.
  • Industry Relations: To provide a mechanism to interact with our current and future corporate partners. Act as a conduit between the producers, ag organizations and agri-business members in creating better relationships, value added offerings and innovation for all members.
  • Public Relations: To develop a brand plan to extend the association’s message to all stakeholders. Provide a pro-active market communication plan to build trust and respect within and out of the industry. Act as a clearing house on industry topics that are aligned with the association’s mission. Provide a speakers bureau to the industry as well. Monitor media outlets and provide timely and creditable information
These committees are designed to engage all of you in helping us achieve our shared goals. It’s all about growing relationships with each other and building consensus on things that matter most. It means that collectively we must work together, work harder and work smarter. Your involvement is the missing and needed piece. We challenge all of you to take this opportunity to join DBA not only in spirit, but in involvement. After all, we can’t do our job without you! Please offer to get involved and help us today.
 
Best Regards,
 
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The Dairy Business Association of Wisconsin has hired a news media veteran as its new director of public relations. Jamie Mara joins the organization after working for 22 years in various roles in the news business, most recently as interim executive editor for Post-Crescent Media, based in Appleton, Wis.
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Green Bay, Wisconsin --- Congressman Reid Ribble was clear that the phosphorus summit he recently organized was meant to move beyond finger pointing and towards collaborative solutions. "Unfortunately, subsequent media reports have been more than happy to point fingers at agriculture, especially large dairies," said Laurie Fischer, the DBA's Director of Dairy Policy. "This is simply not fair." The summit featured the owners of two large dairies who shared the many steps they are already taking to reduce the possibility of phosphorus runoff.
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DBA is excited to announce Nicole Barlass as the new Director of Member Relations. "Nicole has an extensive background within the agriculture community and brings a breadth of knowledge, passion and enthusiasm to assist in leading our organization's growth," said Tim Trotter, DBA Executive Director.
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The Dairy Business Association is pleased to announce dates for the 2016 Dairy Strong Conference. Dairy farmers and industry professionals throughout Wisconsin, the Midwest and the nation will gather again January 12-14, 2016, at the Monona Terrace Convention Center, overlooking Lake Monona in Madison, Wis.
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Madison, Wis. – January 16, 2015 – Gordon Speirs was elected as the President of the Dairy Business Association (DBA) at the Annual Business Meeting held January 15, 2015 in conjunction with the first annual Dairy Strong conference January 13-15 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Madison, Wis. – January 14, 2015 -- The Dairy Business Association (DBA) honored 52 Wisconsin State legislators on Wednesday, January 14 in conjunction with the first annual Dairy Strong conference held January 13-15 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Madison, Wis. – January 14, 2015 -- The Dairy Business Association (DBA) honored Katie Grinstead of Vir-Clar Farm as the 2015 DBA Advocate. This award was presented in conjunction with the first annual Dairy Strong conference held January 13-15 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Green Bay, Wisconsin --- The Dairy Business Association (DBA) commends the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb for the agency’s creative and forward thinking budget request. The state’s current transportation needs far outpace the revenue generated from existing sources of transportation funding. The DOT proposals are expected to generate approximately $750 million in additional transportation funding over the course of the two-year budget cycle.
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Green Bay, Wisconsin --- The Dairy Business Association (DBA) is pleased that after protracted litigation, Kinnard Farms, a family-run dairy farm in Kewaunee County, is being permitted to expand without changes to its facility designs or nutrient management plan.
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Green Bay, Wisconsin --- In a decision issued yesterday, Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Boldt removed a major obstacle to the construction of the Richfield Dairy by resolving challenges to two high capacity wells permits and a WPDES permit.
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Down Cow Standard
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