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I belong to... Minnesota Milk Producers Association: David Buck

PD Staff Published on 10 April 2013

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Age: 56

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Location: Goodhue, Minnesota

My dairy’s history: My wife, Ann, and I farmed with my family for 15 years and then bought a nearby 90-cow dairy farm in 1991. We gradually expanded to our current 500-crossbred-cow dairy.

Our six children have worked on the farm growing up and now our oldest son works full time between our farm and his. Several of our children are interested in farming. We are working on transition planning which is a challenge with our children ranging in age from 35 to 14.

If I wasn’t a dairyman, I would be ... bored. I like a job with variety and challenge.

The best thing about working in the dairy industry is ... the quality and diverse nature of the people you meet and network with. Also the satisfaction of producing a healthy product.

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I’ve been a member of MMPA for ... 12 years. I’ve served on the board for six years.

I joined MMPA to ... help support an organization that has Minnesota dairy farmers’ best interests in mind.

A little-known fact about MMPA is ... the different types of dairy farmers represented on our board. We have directors that are single-family operators, organic farms, farms with robots and large confinement operators.

What this organization does best is ... strive to follow our mission statement, which is to advance the success of Minnesota dairy producers. We do this with membership development, educational programs and public policy development, especially at the state level.

I feel valued as a member when ... I attend educational programs and learn something I can use on my operation. Sometimes you learn as much from the person sitting next to you and the networking after the meeting.

An influential or interesting person I’ve met through MMPA is ... Su Hao (James) from China. James sells equipment to new dairies being built in China. We heard him speak in Wisconsin and then met him on our trip to China on a governor’s trade mission trip.

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The dairy industry’s greatest opportunity is ... to convince the American people of the health benefits of dairy products and not just low-fat products.

The Chinese government requires whole milk for school children because of the healthy fat in milk. Here we take all the fat out so kids fill up on processed, high-carb food and then we wonder why they are overweight.

My advice to all dairymen is ... figure out what you are good at. Some players get to the Major Leagues because they can pitch, some can hit, some play good defense – so it is with dairy farmers. Some go for high production, some have low input costs, some play good defense. I think there is room in the dairy industry for all types. PD

Minnesota Milk Producers Association
108 Marty Dr.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 355-9697

Year founded: 1977

Members: Approximately 1,500 dairy producer members and supportive industry associate members.

Mission:
Advance the success of Minnesota dairy producers.

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