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I belong to... Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada: Chase Fullmer

Published on 11 June 2015

Chase Fullmer

Age: 27

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Location: Richfield, Utah

Your agricultural background, in a nutshell: My dad bought his uncle’s farm in 1978 and began milking with 39 cows. In 2005, we were milking 400 cows and had moved the dairy to Richfield.

Nine years later, we are milking 1,400 cows and in the process of building a new barn. I am the second generation on the farm and currently working with my father, two brothers, wife and two young daughters.

If I were not a dairyman … I would be a vet or doctor. I have always loved the medical profession.

I have been a member of this checkoff board since … I have been a board member of the Utah Dairy Commission for four years and just began my time on the United Dairy Industry Association board.

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Why did you join this board? I joined the commission board because I love the business and am very interested in the future of the industry.

A little-known fact about this organization is … despite our size, we have had the good fortune of great national representation and influence.

My favorite representative of this organization is … Karen Koncar. She always went above and beyond to teach me about the local and national role of the board.

What the organization does best is … spending our money judiciously and making our relatively small budget stretch as far as possible. I am proud of our local partnerships and the impact we have made with our programs.

I feel valued as a member when … my peers elected me to be our next UDIA board representative. Being as young as I am, I appreciated that my fellow board members had the faith and trust in me to represent them at the national level.

An influential or interesting person I have met through this organization is … Herman Edwards, who spoke at our joint annual meeting last year.

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He is influential or interesting because ... he had an honest and candid way of addressing the audience that I felt was inspirational; I could easily relate to him.

The dairy industry’s greatest opportunity is … showing people that we produce one of the best products on the market – a product that is not only nutritious but can help feed the world.

I hope my dairy legacy is … We are building a new barn with hopes of being here for at least another generation. I don’t have any sons, but if I have one, I hope to be able to pass the farm to him and his family if that is the career he wants.

My advice to all dairymen/dairywomen is ... spend more time with family. We have the opportunity to work with them on occasion, but we often put other things in front of family – it’s the nature of what we do and who we are, but I think that all of us could spend more time with the ones we love. PD

Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada
1213 E 2100 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(801) 487-9976

Members: Founded in 1953, Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada consists of 14 executive board members.

Mission:
The Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada works on behalf of local dairy farm families to offer nutrition and agricultural education and generate public awareness about the health benefits of dairy foods. Our promotion efforts represent our farmers’ legacy of on-farm excellence and environmental sustainability and their commitment to producing high quality, nutritious dairy products.

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