Nominees Announced for Dairy Farmers of WI Board

Release Date:  April 19, 2018

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Media Contact:  Rick Hummell, 608-224-5041
Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020

MADISON ­– The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced today that 13 nominees are certified eligible for the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin 2018 board election.

Formerly known as the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, the organization recently changed its name as part of a rebranding effort. While the organization's legal name remains Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, it will be doing business as Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.

The following candidates, listed by district, are certified as eligible for election:

District 2                        Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marinette, Oconto, and Vilas counties
                                     Nominee – Connie Seefeldt, Coleman

District 5                        St. Croix, Dunn counties
                                     Nominees – Kay Zwald, Hammond; Rachel Kummer, Mondovi

District 8                        Marathon County
                                     Nominee – Steven Sternweis, Marshfield

District 11                      Outagamie and Winnebago counties
                                     Nominee – Mike Verhasselt, Kaukauna

District 14                      Jackson, LaCrosse and Trempealeau counties
                                     Nominees – Patricia Kling, Taylor; Louisa Peterson, Bangor

District 17                      Calumet and Manitowoc counties
                                     Nominee – Julie Maurer, Newton


District 20                      Richland and Sauk counties
                                     Nominee – Sharon Laubscher, Wonewoc


District 23                      Iowa and Lafayette counties
                                     Nominees – Jay Stauffacher, Darlington; Deborah Nelson, Arena;
                                     Jerry Zander, Barneveld; Brenda Yager, Highland

DATCP confirmed that each candidate is an active dairy producer or representative of an affected producer, who sells milk into commercial channels and lives in the district up for election. In addition, DATCP certified each candidate's nomination form, which included five signatures from active dairy producers within the district and a notarized "Affidavit of Eligibility" requirement.

To vote, DATCP is distributing mail-in ballots to dairy producers who live within the eight affected districts. Producers who do not receive a ballot by May 10 should contact Debbie Gegare, the Market Orders Program Coordinator at (608) 224-5116 or to request a ballot. The election period runs through May 25, with results announced the end of May. For more election information, visit

DATCP administers elections for Wisconsin commodity marketing boards. To learn more about the market order boards, visit