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I belong to... Professional Dairy Producers Foundation: Deb Reinhart

PD Staff Published on 31 December 2013

Featured member of PDPF

Age: Let’s just say I’m younger than my dairy.

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Location: New Holstein, Wisconsin

History of your dairy, in a nutshell: We actually just received our Century Farm Award last year, which was a huge privilege for our family. The farm has been in my husband Dave’s family for many years.

When we came back to the farm after my husband’s military service, we were milking 50 cows. Now we milk 300 in a grazing system.

“If I wasn’t a dairywoman, I would be …” a fashion designer. I actually had started my career before I met Dave.

How long have you been a member of PDPF? I joined the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation in 2007 as a board member. By the time I became chairwoman in 2010, I was a believer.

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Why did you join PDPF? My husband says I am foundation from my head to my toes, and he is right. In all my roles throughout my dairy career, I have continually seen the need for an organization that is neutral, nimble and ready to meet the challenges that come with our unique industry.

A little-known fact about PDPF … it’s a national organization. People may still think of us as a Wisconsin organization because we started here, but really we fund programs and initiatives from coast to coast.

My favorite representative or employee of PDPF is ... our board. We have such a great group of dairy leaders, all at different stages in their dairy careers. It’s such an honor to work for them and with them.

What PDPF does best is … use the unique bond that we have with our partner organization, the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW). We are two separate organizations but are able to use funds even more wisely with our distinctive link.

I feel valued as a member when … I talk with someone who has benefited from our efforts. ... The foundation funded a program in North Carolina a few years ago, and it was so wonderful to talk with the dairy producers who benefited. Education and networking benefits us all.

An influential or interesting person I’ve met through PDPF is … every producer or family I have met during a donor visit.

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They are influential or interesting because ... we, as dairy producers, are all influential as a whole. Together, our dairy producers can use their passion to leave a legacy of a proactive and sustainable dairy industry for our next generation.

The dairy industry’s greatest opportunity is … to tell its story and connect our consumers.

I hope my dairy legacy is … a strong, nimble foundation that has the resources to respond to issues that arise in dairy and for programs that develop our future generations as they continue the legacy of dairy farming.

My advice to all dairymen/dairywomen is … be proud to tell your story and always take the opportunity to do so. PD

Professional Dairy Producers Foundation
820 North Main Street, Suite D
Juneau, WI 53039
(800) 947-7379

Year organized: 2002

No members, but donors support the foundation

Mission:
To share ideas, resources and experiences about important issues surrounding the dairy industry through educational opportunities for dairy producers and the public.

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