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I belong to... Professional Dairy Producers Foundation: Logan Bower

Published on 31 December 2013

Logan Bower, chairman of the Professional Dairy Producers

Age: 53

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Location: Blain, Pennsylvania

History of your dairy, in a nutshell: “I run a 550-cow dairy in Blain, Pennsylvania. I am the third generation to run Pleasant View Farms, which I purchased from my father in 1997.”

“If I wasn’t a dairyman/dairywoman, I would be …” a teacher or a coach. I enjoy teaching people, and I am very fortunate to be able to do that on my farm.

How long have you been a member of PDPF? I joined the board of the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation in 2010 and became chairman in January 2013.

Why did you join? I first became familiar with the group’s founding organization, PDPW, when I was president of the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania. I joined the coalition led by PDPW that produced the National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative guidelines, attended the PDPW Business Conference, and I was hooked.

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A little-known fact about PDPF is … it doesn’t matter where you live; we can all be part of the foundation. I may fly to Wisconsin for meetings, but the impact that we make is everywhere and is in every age bracket.

My favorite representative or employee of PDPF is ... I am indebted to our donors that support us. They are an excellent group and I am very grateful to them.

What PDPF does best is … unites us. We all have similar challenges in this industry, whether in Pennsylvania, California, Wisconsin, wherever. The foundation is a common place where we can come together and fund the programs that will address those challenges.

I feel valued as a member when … I come home after hearing about the good work we do. It’s refreshing to know that you have inspired a young person through one of the programs that we sponsor or that we have educated more producers through networking opportunities.

An influential or interesting person I’ve met through PDPF is … there is a unique chemistry between the board and staff. I feel really comfortable working with them.

The dairy industry’s greatest opportunity is … ensuring public trust in our product. I feel very strongly that we need to take steps to make sure that our milk and meat is safe, and that education is the key. We need to be able to tell our processors and consumers that what we are doing on our farms is producing safe, quality products on their table.

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I hope my dairy legacy is … that my personal legacy is in line with the foundation’s: education. My goal is to inspire those around me to learn more, to never be satisfied with the status quo. There is so much more to learn and to pass on to the next generation.

My advice to all dairymen/dairywomen is … take advantage of the opportunities around you. We at PDPF are creating opportunities for education for people of all ages. 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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