News Archive


Wednesday, May 30, 2012
DBA Endorses Lt. Governor Kleefisch in Recall Election
The Dairy Business Association has enthusiastically endorsed Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch in the June 5th recall election. Lt. Governor Kleefisch has proven her dedication to growing our economy and job creation through her business recruitment and retention efforts.
[Full Release]

Thursday, May 24, 2012
DBA Supoports Repeal of EPA's Utility MACT Rule
The Dairy Business Association (DBA) is an industry organization comprised of dairy producers, processors and corporate supporters working together to promote the growth and success of all dairy businesses in Wisconsin. We write today to express our support for Senate Joint Resolution 37. Senate Joint Resolution 37 repeals the Environmental Protection Agency’s Utility MACT rule. If this rule is not repealed, it will increase the cost of coal-generated electricity; negatively impacting Wisconsin’s economy when we can least afford it.
[Full Release]

Friday, May 11, 2012
Statement Regarding Pending U.S. Farm Bill
Green Bay, Wisconsin --The debate over federal dairy policy, aka the “Dairy Security Act” and, in particular, the “Supply Management” provision, is far from over—here in Wisconsin or anywhere else in the Country for that matter.
[Full Release]

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Dairy Business Association Endorses Governor Walker in Recall Election
The Dairy Business Association (DBA) is proudly endorsing Governor Walker in the upcoming recall election. Governor Walker has not only been a champion of the State’s dairy industry, but an active participant in crafting policies that protect as well as promote the economic expansion of one of Wisconsin’s leading industries. DBA was the first state-wide agricultural organization to endorse Governor Walker in 2010.
[Full Release]

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wisconsin Dairy Business Association Supports Bennet Amendment Says NMPF Response is “Disingenuous”
Laurie Fischer, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association issued the following statement in response to the National Milk Producers’ Federation incorrect assertions about the amendment offered by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO).
[Full Release]

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Midwest Producer Groups Oppose Senate Dairy Bill
The Boards of Directors of Wisconsin’s Dairy Business Association (DBA) and the Minnesota Milk Producers Association (MMPA) have voted to oppose dairy provisions of the U.S. Senate’s Farm Bill proposal. DBA’s board opposition was unanimous.
[Full Release]

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Risk Management without Supply Controls (Alternative to Dairy Security Act)
Today, the Dairy Business Association (DBA) announced their support for an alternative dairy policy offered by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) (Amendment #5) that will protect all dairy farmers and our nation’s ability to be the consistent supplier of dairy products for the world marketplace.
[Full Release]

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
DBA Board Unanimously Opposes Dairy Provisions in 2012 Farm Bill
The Dairy Business Association (DBA) Board of Directors unanimously voted to oppose the Senate version of the 2012 Farm Bill released last Friday by the Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts. DBA has been vocal in their opposition of the supply control mechanism contained in the Dairy Security Act, which has been included in the 2012 Farm Bill proposal.
[Full Release]

Friday, April 13, 2012
Governor Walker Signs Bill Creating a Seasonal Road Weight Limit Exemption for Hauling Manure
The Dairy Business Association (DBA) commends Governor Walker’s signing of Senate Bill 410 which creates a seasonal exemption to the road weight limitations for transporting manure. Every fall farmers all over Wisconsin rush to apply the nutrients found in manure to their fields after crops are harvested and before the snow starts to fly. This bill is a step in the right direction in helping farmers to apply manure to fields in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
[Full Release]

Friday, April 06, 2012
DBA Sends Letter Opposing DSA to Senator Stabenow
We are compelled to voice our concerns over the inclusion of the Dairy Security Act (DSA) in the upcoming farm bill. The supply management provision within DSA would substantially harm dairy farms in Wisconsin and throughout the nation. Wisconsin’s dairy industry generates $26.5 billion in economic activity and employs over 146,000 Wisconsin residents. Due to the scope of the dairy industry’s integration with other sectors, it plays an integral role in the health of Wisconsin’s economy.
[Full Release]

Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Governor Walker Signs Bill to Streamline Permits for Innovative Technology on Dairy Farms
The permitting process for research and development of new technologies in the areas of advanced nutrient management and precision agriculture has just gotten a little easier with Governor Walker’s signing of Senate Bill 402. While this bill retains the current environmental standards, it streamlines the process by which permits can be obtained. The Dairy Business Association (DBA) hails the passage and signing of this legislation which will allow the continued evolution of agricultural practices and technologies.
[Full Release]

Monday, March 26, 2012
Wisconsin Ready to Grow Dairy; But New Farm Bill may be an Obstacle
Last week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker called for increasing our state’s milk production to 30 billion pounds per year by 2020. That is a 15 percent increase from last year’s 26.1 billion pounds. Governor Walker thinks the 1% growth from 2010 to 2011 was not fast enough. We agree.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Wisconsin Livestock Groups Support Enactment of SB 138
The Wisconsin Pork Association, Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association, and the Dairy Business Association today, released the following statement regarding the Governor’s final approval of Senate Bill 138.
[Full Release]

Thursday, March 01, 2012
Governor Walker Helps Wisconsin Farmers by Signing Wetland Bill
DBA praises Governor Walker for signing Senate Bill 368, commonly referred to as the Wetlands Bill. This new law streamlines the wetland permitting process for dairy farmers expanding their operation by creating statutory timelines and allowing better use of wetland mitigation.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
DAIRY FARMER TELLS CONGRESSMEN RIBBLE AND PETRI ‘WE DON’T WANT SUPPLY MANAGEMENT’
John Pagel of Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy presented his position on dairy supply management at an Agriculture Policy Conference sponsored by U.S. Reps. Reid Ribble (WI-8) and Tom Petri (WI-6) in Kimberly, Wisconsin. The event was designed for people from the Wisconsin’s agriculture community to discuss the 2012 Farm Bill and other pressing issues affecting the state’s largest industry.
[Full Release]

Thursday, February 23, 2012
State Legislature Passes Bill Creating a Seasonal Road Weight Limit Exemption for Hauling Manure
The Dairy Business Association (DBA) commends the Wisconsin State Legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 410 which creates a seasonal exemption to the road weight limitations for transporting manure. Every fall farmers all over Wisconsin rush to apply the nutrients found in manure to their fields after crops are harvested and before the snow starts to fly. This bill is a step in the right direction in helping farmers to apply manure to fields in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, February 01, 2012
7th Annual DBA Expansion Symposium
DBA to Hold Dairy Expansion Symposium in Green Bay

Dairy producers and businesses can now sign up for the Dairy Business Association's seventh annual Expansion Symposium, scheduled for February 21-22 in Green Bay. The event will be held at the KI Center and will address the issues and topics that affect Wisconsin's dairy business.
[Full Release]

Thursday, December 08, 2011
DBA Board of Directors Select Officers
The members of the Dairy Business Association (DBA) recently held an election for three positions on their board of directors. Two seats for dairy producers and one seat for a corporate member were up for election this year. Jerry Meissner of Norm-E-Lane, Inc. was re-elected to a fourth term, Jim Winn of Cottonwood Dairy was re-elected for a second term and Jennifer Keuning, a corporate member with Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, was also re-elected for a second term. All will serve a three year term.
[Full Release]

Tuesday, December 06, 2011
DBA Re-Elects Meissner, Winn and Keuning to Board of Directors
Last week, the members of the Dairy Business Association (DBA) gathered in Madison for the 12th Annual Business Conference. Among speakers, educational opportunities and networking, three elections for the DBA Board of Directors were held.
[Full Release]

Friday, December 02, 2011
DBA Honors Niles and Brancel
Each year the Dairy Business Association (DBA) honors those who have made significant contributions to the dairy industry by recognizing them with either the DBA Advocate or DBA Leadership awards at the Annual Business Conference held November 29th and 30th. This year DBA recognized Dr. Don Niles and Secretary Ben Brancel.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Statement from Laurie Fischer - Executive Director of the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association
in response to the National Milk Producers Federation press release of 11.1.2011
[Full Release]

Monday, October 31, 2011
DBA - Annual Business Conference
The Wisconsin Dairy Business Association (DBA) 12th Annual Business Conference is scheduled for November 29 – 30 at the Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wis. This year’s event provides a key opportunity for dairy producers, processors and other industry professionals to join and collectively review market trends, legislative news and other developments that impact the state’s $26 billion dairy industry.
[Full Release]

Monday, October 24, 2011
Wisconsin Dairy Business Association & Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Oppose Dairy Security Act
A recent presentation by economist Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has convinced the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association to remain steadfastly opposed to U.S. House bill H.R. 3062, the Dairy Security Act.
[Full Release]

Friday, September 16, 2011
Dairy Groups Join Together, Ask Congress to Say ‘No Way’ to Dairy Market Stabilization Program
The Wisconsin Dairy Business Association (DBA) is leading opposition to supply controls contained within proposed dairy policy legislation. Joined by nearly a dozen dairy industry organizations, DBA has sent a letter to House and Senate leaders urging them to reject the Dairy Market Stabilization Program proposed by the National Milk Producers Federation and included in the draft bill that Rep. Collin Peterson has offered for discussion.
[Full Release]

Monday, August 29, 2011
Wisconsin Dairyman Launches Website Giving Farmers a Voice
Wisconsin dairy farmer John Pagel launched a website today aimed at offering dairy farmers a resource for information about proposed dairy industry reform policy. The website, www.StopSupplyManagement.com, explains Pagel’s and others’ opposition to the supply management portion of Foundation for the Future (FFTF), a proposal from the National Milk Producers Federation.
[Full Release]

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
DBA Promotes Jayme Sellen as Government Affairs Director
The Dairy Business Association (DBA), an association of progressive dairy farmers, cheese processors and allied industry partners, has recently announced the promotion of Jayme Sellen to the position of Government Affairs Director for DBA. Ms. Sellen previously held the position of Deputy Government Affairs Director for the Association.
[Full Release]

Monday, August 22, 2011
Money Available for Town Road Improvement Projects
DBA worked with the Wisconsin Towns Association and the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association to secure an additional $5 million in funding to improve this vital infrastructure.
[Full Release]

Thursday, August 18, 2011
DBA Applauds Dramatic Changes to Improve the DNR
The Dairy Business Association supports the efforts of Secretaries Cathy Stepp and Mike Huebsch to make the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) a more efficient state agency while protecting our land, air and water resources.
[Full Release]

Monday, August 01, 2011
MN WI Joint Press Release
Congressman Collin Peterson, ranking member on the House Agriculture Committee, has introduced a dairy policy “discussion draft” aimed at improving the long-term prospects for dairy farmers. The Minnesota Milk Producers Association and the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association would like to thank Congressman Peterson and the National Milk Producers Federation for starting the dairy policy debate. Unfortunately, the policies included in the draft legislation need to be modified before moving forward.
[Full Release]

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) Introduces Dairy Policy Legislation
Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN) is circulating draft legislation around Capitol Hill which contains similar provisions from National Milk’s Foundation for the Future program. The Dairy Business Association expresses support for a strong risk management program and concern over Representative Peterson’s supply management provisions included in this proposed legislation.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
DBA Experiences Huge Success in First Session of Legislative Session
DBA is dedicated to improving Wisconsin’s dairy business and regulatory environment. Our highest priority is regulatory reform. Here are some of our priorities as well as DBA’s accomplishments that have improved Wisconsin’s dairy industry.
[Full Release]

Thursday, June 09, 2011
Ag Group Expresses Concerns Over Rock Co. Health Impact Study
Several agriculture groups worked together to express their concerns over a recent report by the Rock County Health Department to Department of Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith. This report was initiated and funded through a capacity building mini-grant offered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) in October 2010, and that it was written with technical assistance from DHS’s Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health.
[Full Release]

Thursday, May 12, 2011
DBA Praise the Efforts of Governor Walker and Secretary Stepp
The Dairy Business Association (DBA) praise Governor Walker and Secretary Cathy Stepp for their efforts to make the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) a more efficient state agency to better protect our land, air and water resources. Through a proposed Executive Order, the Walker Administration has outlined a plan to make the DNR more responsive to the public and speed up environmental reviews. Environmental standards will remain the same.
[Full Release]

Friday, May 06, 2011
Governor Walker Announces Appointments to ATCP Board
Today, Governor Walker announced four appointments to the Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Board of Directors. The members of this Board serve a six year term and provide direction to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection on the actions the Department takes.
[Full Release]

Monday, April 25, 2011
DBA Talks to Congressman Duffy about Supply Management
Members of the Dairy Business Association (DBA) met with Representative Sean Duffy to discuss federal policies impacting Wisconsin dairy farmers and processors. The specific topic of concern was any type of supply or growth management also referred to as the Dairy Market Stabilization Program. This program attempts to reduce milk price volatility by penalizing dairy farmers of all sizes who produce more milk than a certain percentage of their base level; harming dairy farmers even more when milk prices are low.
[Full Release]

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Senator Kohl Co-Sponsors Bill to Fix Dairy Workforce Shortage
The Dairy Business Association (DBA) applauds Senator Herb Kohl’s co-sponsorship of the H-2A Improvement Act. This proposal would help to fix the labor shortage problems dairy farmers’ experience.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Governor Walker Invests in Dairy Farmers’ Futures by Extending the Investment Tax Credit
Governor Scott Walker signed 2011 Senate Bill 9 into law. SB 9 extends a non-refundable dairy and livestock investment tax credits until January of 2017. This bipartisan piece of legislation passed the legislature with overwhelming support.
[Full Release]

Monday, April 11, 2011
DBA Discusses Congressman Ryan’s Effort to Reduce the Federal Budget
Members of the Dairy Business Association (DBA) traveled to Washington DC to meet with Representative Paul Ryan to discuss federal dairy policy program cuts and specific programs that will be cut or eliminated in the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill.
[Full Release]

Friday, April 08, 2011
DBA Successfully Negotiated a Streamlined General Permit for Dairies with 700 or More Cows
After years of meeting with the Department of Natural Resources, reviewing draft language and attending public hearings, the Dairy Business Association is proud to announce the issuance of the Wisconsin Pollution Discharge Elimination System CAFO General Permit. The new general permit will streamline the WPDES permit process and is available to large dairy CAFOs with up to 4,000 cows.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, April 06, 2011
DBA Endorses Representative Ribble’s First Bill
The Dairy Business Association (DBA) endorses Representative Reid Ribble’s “Restoring Economic Certainty Act of 2011.” This bill, H.R. 1281, calls for a two year moratorium on new regulations from federal agencies. It will give dairy producers throughout the nation the predictability they need to create jobs and get people back to work.
[Full Release]

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
DBA Board of Directors Unanimously Endorses Justice Prosser for Re-election
The Dairy Business Association (DBA) Board of Directors has recently voted to endorse Justice David Prosser for re-election to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court in a unanimous decision. Justice Prosser has distinguished himself as a fair and impartial judge and Wisconsin is well served by his commitment to not only the people of Wisconsin but also the constitution and the rule of law.
[Full Release]

Monday, March 28, 2011
Congressman Reid Ribble Standing Up for All Dairy Farmers
Congressman Reid Ribble is protecting Wisconsin dairy farmers from unscientific regulations that will stifle job creation. The 800 members of the Dairy Business Association (DBA) praise Congressman Ribble for his efforts to bring back common sense to Washington D.C. and prevent the overreach of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As Wisconsin’s only representation on the House Committee on Agriculture, Congressman Ribble has been diligently working to protect all farms in Wisconsin.
[Full Release]

Thursday, January 27, 2011
New Study Shows: Dairy Market Stabilization Program Would Devastate Wisconsin Dairy Farmers
A new study by Informa Economics has concluded that the proposed Dairy Market Stabilization Program (DMSP), a supply management program, would have had an estimated $150 million withheld from Wisconsin farmers compared to California’s estimated withholding of $28 million.
[Full Release]

Monday, January 17, 2011
Dairy Producers Implement Environmental Management Systems
Dairy producers from around the state took part in a special project to support superior environmental performance through the development and implementation of an Environmental Management System for their farm. The Dairy Business Association - Green Tier Advancement Project (DBA-GTAP) was a joint venture between DBA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
[Full Release]

Thursday, December 30, 2010
DBA Praises the Appointment of Ben Brancel as Secretary of DATCP
Governor-Elect Scott Walker announced his selection of Ben Brancel to serve as the next Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
[Full Release]

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Wisconsin Farmers Applaud Governor-Elect Walker’s Regulatory Reform Info Paper
Governor-elect Scott Walker today released his “Regulatory Reform Info Paper.” This paper summarizes exactly what dairy business leaders have been suggesting for years.
[Full Release]

Friday, December 10, 2010
Letter Congratulating Senator Kapanke
Congratulations on your appointment as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Higher Education. This committee and your role are incredibly important to not only the heritage and tradition of our dairyland but also to our future generations of farmers. As you know, agriculture is Wisconsin’s largest industry, generating over $59 billion in economic activity each year. It is a key component to growing our economy and creating jobs.
[Full Release]

Tuesday, December 07, 2010
DBA Honors Two Wisconsin Farm Families at Annual Conference
Two Wisconsin farm families were recently honored by the Dairy Business Association (DBA) at their Annual Business Conference. The Crave Brothers Farm, LLC was recognized as the DBA Advocate of the Year award recipients and Larson Family & Larson Acres was recognized with the DBA Leadership Award.
[Full Release]

Monday, November 29, 2010
Governor-Elect Walker to Address DBA Members
Governor-Elect Scott Walker will be speaking to more than 300 Dairy Business Association members during their Annual Business Conference, which runs from November 30th to December 1st.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
DBA Congratulations Rep. Nerison
The Dairy Business Association congratulates Representative Lee Nerison on being named Committee Chair of the Assembly's Committee on Agriculture.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, November 03, 2010
DBA Applauds Election of Scott Walker and Other Pro-Dairy Candidates
The Dairy Business Association would like to congratulate Governor-elect Walker and all of the other DBA endorsed candidates who won election last night. DBA endorsed a total of 98 candidates in last night’s election with 90 of them winning their election or re-election.
[Full Release]

Thursday, October 28, 2010
DBA Makes Congressional Endorsements
The Dairy Business Association is proud to endorse the following candidates for election on November 2, 2010. Each candidate has earned our endorsement by responding to candidate questionnaires, in-person interviews and past voting records.
[Full Release]

Monday, October 25, 2010
DBA Endorses Sean Duffy for Wisconsin’s Seventh Congressional District
The Dairy Business Association has endorsed Sean Duffy to lead Wisconsin’s Seventh Congressional District in Washington, D.C.
[Full Release]

Friday, October 22, 2010
DBA Endorses Paul Ryan for Wisconsin’s First Congressional District
Congressman Paul Ryan has earned the endorsement of the Dairy Business Association for re-election to Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. Congressman Ryan has been a vigilant watchdog for the people of his district.
[Full Release]

Thursday, October 21, 2010
DBA Endorses Ron Johnson for US Senate in the Nov 2nd General Election
Ron Johnson, candidate for the U.S. Senate, has earned the endorsement of the Dairy Business Association in the November 2, 2010 general election. Mr. Johnson understands how important the dairy industry is to Wisconsin and the need to advance policy items that enhance the $26 billion industry.
[Full Release]

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Reid Ribble Earns DBA Endorsement
The Dairy Business Association is proud to endorse the candidacy of Reid Ribble in the November 2nd general election. Mr. Ribble has the tools and experience necessary to best represent the people of the 8th Congressional District in Washington, DC.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
DBA Makes Endorsements in State Senate Races
November 2, 2010 presents the voters of Wisconsin with an opportunity to elect pro-dairy candidates to the Wisconsin State Senate. These candidates have shown their support for Wisconsin’s agriculture industry, which is responsible for employing one out of ten Wisconsin citizens and creates over $59 billion in economic activity each year.
[Full Release]

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
DBA Board of Directors Announce Endorsements in State Assembly Races
The Dairy Business Association Board of Directors and its members proudly announce their endorsement of the following candidates for Wisconsin’s State Assembly. These candidates have shown their support for Wisconsin’s agriculture industry, which is responsible for employing one out of ten Wisconsin citizens and creates over $59 billion in economic activity each year.
[Full Release]

Monday, October 18, 2010
DBA Announces 11th Annual Business Conference
The Dairy Business Association is excited to announce their 11th Annual Business Conference entitled “Reaching New Heights…A Journey for Learning.” Make plans now to join more than 300 dairy industry friends and partners on Tuesday, November 30th and Wednesday, December 1st at The Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin.
[Full Release]

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Five Star Dairy Recognized for Outstanding Environmental Efforts
The Dairy Business Association is proud to announce that Five Star Dairy, LLC of Elk Mound, Wisconsin was selected to receive the 2010 DBA Environmental Excellence Award. This award was developed to recognize a Wisconsin dairy producer in honor of its outstanding waste and pollution prevention projects that protect Wisconsin’s natural resources.
[Full Release]

Thursday, September 23, 2010
DBA Endorses J.B. Van Hollen for Attorney General
The Board of Directors of the Dairy Business Association and its members proudly pledge their support for the re-election of J.B. Van Hollen as Wisconsin’s Attorney General.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
DBA Congratulates Candidates Moving to the General Election
Sixteen pro-dairy candidates endorsed by the Dairy Business Association in the September 14th primary election have moved on to the general election on November 2nd.
[Full Release]

Thursday, September 09, 2010
DBA Endorses Rich Zipperer for 33rd Senate District
The Dairy Business Association has endorsed Rich Zipperer for State Senate District 33. Rich’s hard work and dedication to growing Wisconsin’s economy will greatly benefit the dairy industry of this state.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, September 08, 2010
DBA Endorses Ron Johnson for U.S. Senate
The Dairy Business Association is proud to endorse Ron Johnson for U.S. Senate. He has the private sector experience to best represent Wisconsin in Washington D.C.
[Full Release]

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
DBA Endorses Jeff Plale for Wisconsin’s 7th Senate District
The Dairy Business Association has endorsed Jeff Plale for the 7th Senate District. Jeff is a common sense legislator that applies practical, everyday know-how to attract businesses to grow Wisconsin’s economy.
[Full Release]

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
DBA Supports Randy Romanski as New DATCP Secretary
Laurie Fischer, Executive Director of the Dairy Business Association, announced DBA’s support for Randy Romanski in his new role as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
[Full Release]

Monday, August 30, 2010
DBA Endorses Dave Hutchison for Wisconsin’s 1st Senate District
The Dairy Business Association has endorsed Dave Hutchison for State Senate in the First Senate District. Dave has a vast knowledge and experience in reforming and streamlining state government.
[Full Release]

Thursday, August 26, 2010
We have a New Address and Phone...
Effective August 19, 2010, we can be reached at:
Dairy Business Association
P.O. Box 13505
Green Bay, WI 54307-3505
(920) 771-0008
[Full Release]

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
DBA Endorses Tom Nelson in Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor
The Dairy Business Association’s (DBA) Board of Directors have chosen to endorse Tom Nelson in the Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor. Tom has the leadership, skills and work ethic needed to grow the dairy industry.
[Full Release]

Monday, August 23, 2010
DBA Endorses Brett Davis in Republican Primary for Lieutenant Governor
The Board of Directors of the Dairy Business Association (DBA) has unanimously endorsed Brett Davis for Lieutenant Governor. Brett is the only candidate in the race who has both direct experience dealing with state issues and private sector experience as a realtor and past president of the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce.
[Full Release]

Monday, August 16, 2010
DBA Endorses Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s Next Governor
The Board of Directors of the Dairy Business Association (DBA) announce their endorsement of Scott Walker to lead Wisconsin as its next Governor. DBA is proud to be the first statewide farm organization to endorse Walker. DBA believes Scott Walker is the best choice for Governor in 2010 because of his strong commitment to make Wisconsin one of the top states in America to invest capital to start, attract, retain or expand a business.
[Full Release]

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wisconsin Farmers Lose a Friend
Jerry Meissner, President of the Dairy Business Association, released the following statement regarding the recent death of Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Production (DATCP) Secretary Rod Nilsestuen:
“On behalf of the Dairy Business Association, we wish to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Secretary Rod Nilsestuen. Rod was a true friend of our farming community and a leader in the resurgence of Wisconsin’s dairy industry,” said Meissner. “While he will be remembered for his professional accomplishments as Wisconsin’s Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, we will remember him most for the care he took in making sure all voices were heard on the issues important to rural Wisconsin.”
[Full Release]

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
DBA Plans Green Bay Packer Tailgate Party for August 26
Brush off your green and gold for the Dairy Business Association’s 10th Annual Green Bay Packer Tailgate Party. Watch as the Super Bowl runner-up Indianapolis Colts come to Lambeau Field on Thursday night, August 26th. This game will be televised nationally on ESPN and should be a fantastic test for the Packers. Since starters normally get more playing time in the third preseason game, fans can expect to see quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers in more than just token appearances. The Packers last played Indianapolis in the preseason in 1996.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Sellen Named DBA Deputy Government Affairs Director
The Dairy Business Association, a statewide leader in advocating for progressive dairy farmers, cheese processors and allied industry partners, recently announced the addition of Jayme Sellen as their Deputy Government Affairs Director.
[Full Release]

Thursday, May 27, 2010
DBA to Present Environmental Excellence Award
The Dairy Business Association is proud to announce they will present the DBA Environmental Excellence Award at World Dairy Expo 2010. This award will be given to a Wisconsin Farmer in honor of the state’s most outstanding waste and pollution prevention projects that have been designed to protect Wisconsin’s natural resources.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Governor Vetoes Raw Milk Bill
The Dairy Business Association applauds Governor Doyle’s decision to veto Senate Bill 434 also known as the “raw milk” bill. “Governor Doyle listened to Wisconsin’s health care professionals…and he deserves a thank you for taking a courageous stand by vetoing the proposed commercial sale of raw milk,” said Jerry Meissner, President of the Dairy Business Association.
[Full Release]

Thursday, May 13, 2010
Governor Extends Important Tax Credits
Jerry Meissner, President of the Dairy Business Association, today publicly thanked Governor Doyle for his leadership on the expansion of the Dairy Farm Modernization Tax Credit now known as AB 756.
[Full Release]

Friday, May 07, 2010
Registration Open for DBA Dairy Classic Golf Outing
Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Dairy Business Association Dairy Classic Golf Outing taking place on Wednesday, June 23 at Lake Arrowhead Golf Club in Nekoosa, WI.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
A Life Cycle Assessment
The FAO released its report, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Dairy Sector — A Life Cycle Assessment.” It states that approximately 4.1 percent of total global GHG emissions are related to the global dairy sector. This figure includes emissions associated with milk production, processing and transportation as well as the emissions from meat production from dairy-related culled and fattened animals. Considering just global milk production, processing and transportation and excluding meat production, the global dairy sector contributes 2.7% of global GHG emissions, according to the new report.
[Full Release]

Friday, April 16, 2010
Clean Energy Jobs Act Needs Work
The Dairy Business Association of Wisconsin announced today its opposition to the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA). “It is extremely unfortunate that we are unable to support something as important as the proposed changes to Wisconsin’s energy policy. Everyone knows that we all stand to benefit from changes in the way we produce and use energy,” says Jerry Meissner, President of the Dairy Business Association (DBA).
[Full Release]

Tuesday, March 02, 2010
DBA Responds - It’s Family First on Wisconsin Farms
Hard-working families across this state rise every day ahead of the sun to begin their day. Most days, aside perhaps from the long-light days of summer, those days don’t end until after dark. The hours in between are spent working to generate an income to support their family…or families. For farmers, those long working hours are focused almost exclusively on producing the food and fiber that feeds not only the consumers within this state, but around the world.
[Full Release]

Friday, February 12, 2010
Jelinski Accepts Government Affairs Director Position
The Dairy Business Association (DBA), an association of progressive dairy farmers, cheese processors and allied industry partners who together produce one of Wisconsin’s most valuable commodities and provide over $60 billion dollars into our economy each year, recently announced Dave Jelinski as the new Government Affairs Director for the Association.
[Full Release]

Thursday, February 11, 2010
ANIMART and Pfizer Partner for DBA
In December 2009, ANIMART and Pfizer Animal Health partnered to donate over $1,000 to support dairy producers, large and small, to remain an active, thriving part of Wisconsin’s economy by fostering a positive business and political environment.
[Full Release]

Wednesday, February 03, 2010
DBA Elects New Leadership
The Dairy Business Association recently held elections for their board of directors during their Annual Business Conference's annual meeting. Re-elected for a third term was corporate member Greg Steele. Newly elected dairy producers include Gordon Speirs and Dr. Gordon A. Jones.
[Full Release]

Monday, January 04, 2010
DBA Expansion Symposium is "Rising to the Challenge"
The Dairy Business Association’s popular Expansion Symposium will be back for a fifth year on January 26-27 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Appropriately themed “Rising to the Challenge,” this two-day conference is aimed at helping dairy producers excel in today's business climate. As expected, 2009 proved to be a challenging year for the Wisconsin dairy industry as margins tightened, milk prices dropped and regulations heightened. This year’s Expansion Symposium will help producers gain and maintain the competitive edge necessary to succeed.
[Full Release]