Omer will assume leadership on July 1, succeeding Steve Bechel of Eau Galle Cheese.
April 12, 2023
As president, Omer will lead an executive team that includes Doug Wilke of Valley Queen Cheese as First Vice President, Mike Sipple of Agropur as Second Vice President, Kim Heiman of Nasonville Dairy as Treasurer, and Chris Renard of Renard’s Cheese as Secretary.
The funds support industry training programs offered by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), as well as the World and U.S. Championship Cheese Contests and university dairy training centers.
April 6, 2023
Dairy processors, marketers, and suppliers raised a record $339,835 for dairy education at the 2023 Chr. Hansen Championship Cheese Auction, taking place at CheeseCon in Madison, Wis.
Ryan Dunn previously served as grants manager at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) within the Division of Agricultural Development.
March 15, 2023
Dunn inherits business operations responsibilities from Sara Schmidt, who will now serve as the association’s member engagement manager, leading membership development and driving engagement in WCMA trainings and programs.
These current and future dairy professionals have been selected to receive a total of $19,000 in scholarship funds in 2023.
March 8, 2023
Over 26 years, WCMA has awarded the Myron P. “Mike” Dean Cheese Industry Student Scholarship to 46 students affiliated with dairy manufacturers and processors. In 2023, this scholarship will be awarded to Lizzette Lopez and Tyler Schroepfer.
The reimbursement grants of up to $100,000 each aim to support recipients in diversifying on-farm activity, creating value-added products, enhancing dairy byproducts, and creating or enhancing dairy export programs.
February 6, 2023
Businesses in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin may apply for the funding, which is administered by the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA).
Six proposals were endorsed by the 21-member board of directors.
November 2, 2022
This set of recommendations emerged from the ongoing work of WCMA’s federal order reform committee, initiated in early 2021 to consider the future of the nation’s government-legislated milk pricing and pooling system.