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American Dairy Coalition grows

Rapid growth has brought new leaders and employees to the Green Bay, Wisconsin-based American Dairy Coalition.  Coalition CEO Laurie Fischer tells Brownfield it was time to get more people on the team.  “Our organization began about 18 months ago.  Now, we have over 30-thousand dairy farmers that we represent throughout the United States.”

Laurie Fischer, CEO – American Dairy Coalition

Fischer says farmer members made her the CEO and selected Green Valley, Wisconsin dairy producer John Jacobs, Jr. as the new president to promote dairy sales and exports and work on policy affecting farmers.  Fischer says, “He’s very determined to listen to the producer’s needs, and then work specifically on those policies to ensure that dairy farmers are heard in Washington D.C. and also remain profitable.”

Fischer says the American Dairy Coalition has also hired experienced Washington D.C. lobbyist Jeff Burton.  “I’ve worked with him during the last farm bill, and I thought he was very dedicated, passionate about agriculture, a very hard worker, and really cares that the dairy farmers are represented in the right way in Washington D.C.”

Along with promoting dairy sales and exports, the coalition’s 2017 priority issues include immigration, over-regulation, rural broadband and rural health care.

Similar organizations like Dairy Business Association focus on Wisconsin, and National Milk Producers Federation represents member dairy cooperatives.  Dairy Management Incorporated manages the National Dairy Council and the American Dairy Association, which also promote dairy sales and exports.  Fischer tells Brownfield ADC will be the farmer’s voice, and work with the other groups on common issues.

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