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PDPF Foundation Raises First Million Dollars
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/20/2014

The education foundation of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin is celebrating a major milestone this year. The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation announced that it has now raised $1 million since it's inception in 2002. The group was established as a way to raise funds and award grants for educational programs that support the dairy industry.

"Reaching the milestone of a million dollars raised is a good time to pause and look at what we have accomplished together," PDPF Development Manager Deb Reinhart told Wisconsin Ag Connection. "Programs funded through our foundation are making a difference in dairy communities and in the lives of young people pursuing dairy careers."

The group has raised money through various ways, such as the annual Pie Eating Contest and Silent Auction at the PDPW annual conference. It has also generated tens of thousands of dollars through its 'Two Cents for Tomorrow' campaign, which is a voluntary milk check-off type program that allows producers from across the country to contribute up to two-cents per hundredweight from their milk check automatically.

The foundation uses those dollars to fund programs like PDPW's Youth Leadership Derby, Mentor Program, and the National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative. In addition, PDPF offers a competitive grant program to surface new ideas, resulting in grants being awarded for producer education programs in other states.

Reinhart says her group strives to develop three important areas for the industry: 'maintaining public trust, raising the next generation, and growing producer professionalism.'

For more information about the PDPF, go online to: www.dairyfoundation.org.

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