Midwest dairy farmers elected to co-op board

NEW ULM, Minn. (April 2, 2015) — Bill Post of Chandler, Minn., left, and Doug Carroll of Ryan, Iowa, have been elected to the Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) Board of Directors. The AMPI dairy farmer-owners took their seats on the board during the AMPI Annual Meeting this spring.

“Our board members’ collective expertise will be instrumental as we work together to strengthen the co-op’s performance,” said AMPI Chairman of the Board Steve Schlangen, a dairy farmer from Albany, Minn.

The 21-member board is elected to represent the interests of fellow member-owners from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. Directors in two of AMPI’s six divisions are elected each year to serve a three-year term.

Post and his wife, Merri, operate a dairy farm comprised of 140 cows and 700 acres. The couple have two children: Sarah and Jake.

Carroll farms with his wife, Jamie. Together they operate 500 acres of farmland and milk 120 cows. The couple have four children: Ashley, Blake, Brent and Brady.

Reelected to the board were Paul Bodensteiner, West Union, Iowa; Steve Hoffman, New Ulm, Minn.; Tom Hoscheit, Caledonia, Minn.; Paul Landon, Lancaster, Wis.; and Bruce Maas, Walnut Grove, Minn.

Three members retired from the board of directors. They include Bruce Martin, Pillager, Minn.; Dave Sullivan, Oelwein, Iowa; and Dave Vander Kooi, Worthington, Minn. Martin served seven years on the board, Sullivan completed eight years and Vander Kooi served 12 years.

AMPI is headquartered in New Ulm, Minn., and owned by 2,500 Midwest dairy farm families. AMPI members annually market about 5.8 billion pounds of milk, resulting in $2.2 billion in sales for the cooperative. AMPI owns 10 manufacturing plants and markets cheese, butter and powdered dairy products, serving foodservice, retail and food ingredient customers.

Source: AMPI