The National Dairy Producers Organization, Inc., are holding meetings to discuss industry specific topics with Congressional representatives as well as producers in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. These meetings launched Wednesday, April 18, when board members Dennis Trissel, Bob Krucker and Gary Genske met with Congressmen and their representatives in Washington D.C. to discuss industry compromise as well as the Dairy Industry Stabilization and Sustainability Act of 2011 (DISSA).

Fifteen senior staff meetings are expected to be held over a two-day period.

Following the Washington D.C. visits, dairy producers are invited to attend meetings in Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania. This tour will begin Friday, April 20, in Wytheville, Virginia, and will conclude in Rebersburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, April 25.

National Dairy Producersʼ Director Tom Van Nortwick and Treasurer, Gary Genske will appear at these meetings to discuss a number of featured topics and further inform dairy producers about the progress of the National Dairy Producers Organization, Inc.

Topics will include:

  • achieving producer profitability
  • 100 percent USA trademark
  • Dairy Industry Stabilization and Sustainability Act of 2011 (DISSA)
  • the 2012 National Agenda

Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

April 20
10 a.m. at Wythe County Livestock Exchange, 3561 Stoney Fork Rd,Wytheville VA 24382
7 p.m. at Woodmen of the World Building, 3045 Waylon Highway, Dayton, Virginia 22821
Contact: Eric Crowgey, (276) 613-1915

April 23
11 a.m. at New York State Fairgrounds, Art and Home Center- Martha Eddy Room (Exit 7 off Rte 690W out of Syracuse)
Speakers: Gary Genske, NDPO Treasurer; Tom Van Nortwick, NDPO CEO
Special Guests: Darrel Aubertine, NYS Ag Commissioner; Mary Burgett, NYS Dairy Princess
Contact: Lynette Robinson, (315) 658-2361

April 24
9 a.m.
at Yoder’s Restaurant, Route 322, Newholland, PA
7:30 p.m. at Robert Fulton Fire Hall, Peach Bottom, PA
Contact: Mike Eby, (717) 768-3984, or John King, (717) 284-5756

April 25
9 a.m.
at Rebersburg Fire Hall, Rebersburg, PA (off of Route 192)
Contact: Sam Fisher, (570) 726-6399

Producers are encouraged to offer their questions, concerns and ideas as they participate in these meetings and become involved in the issues. PD

—From National Dairy Producers Organization, Inc., news release