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WMMB Opens Nomination Period for Board Elections
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/06/2015

Nominations will be accepted through April 1 for individuals to serve in one of eight director positions on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. According to the state's agriculture department, the nomination period has been pushed back by one month this year to accommodate new Marketing Order Rules.

Interested new-comers and incumbents in districts 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20 and 23 may be nominated if they are engaged in the production and sales of milk in their district.

Each year, one-third of the 25-member board is up for election. As directors, the winning nominees will supervise WMMB's business affairs, formulate and set WMMB policies, and serve on one of the WMMB committees.

A director spends about 200 hours each year on WMMB business, and attends an average of two committee meetings and five board meetings annually. Directors also may represent the organization at national, state and local industry meetings and events. Although directors are not salaried, meeting time is compensated with per diem payments.

DATCP officials say a nominee must get at least five signatures from active dairy producers in their district to qualify as a candidate, and he or she must complete an Affidavit of Eligibility and return it with the nomination form. Every licensed milk producer residing in the districts where an election is to take place will be mailed a postcard that outlines the election timeline and explains the nomination process.

After nominations have been processed, the department will hold a mail-in ballot election later in the spring.

For more information or to obtain a nomination form, call 608-224-5116.

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