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Former MCMP Manager Honored During FarmFirst Coop Meeting
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/20/2015

The longtime manager of the former Milwaukee Cooperative Milk Producers has been honored in his retirement. Jim Bird was awarded the Meritorious Service award by FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative in recognition of all his years and dedication to the business in addition to the dairy industry as a whole. The group held its annual meeting in Onalaska last week.

Bird retired from FarmFirst this past year, marking the end of his four-decade career of advocacy and policy reform in the dairy industry.

"It's been a great experience thinking back on all his years and friends in the industry," Bird said. "We've accomplished a lot of things and helped a lot of people through some tough times. That's what it's all about."

MCMP merged with Family Dairies USA and Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative in 2012 to create FarmFirst.

The group also recognized several retiring board members at the meeting, including Bernie Vander Heiden, Kaukauna; Randy Peterson, Wilson; and Francis Cherney, Milladore

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative is the largest dairy marketing cooperative in the Midwest, serving nearly 5,000 farms in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.

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