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Cates, Dummer & Koepke Appointed to DATCP Board
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/12/2009

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has reappointed Mike Dummer of Holeman and Dick Cates from Spring Green to the state's Agriculture Department Board, and selected John Koepke from Oconomowoc as a new member of the panel. All three appointees will serve three-year terms that will expire in May 2015.

Dummer, who previously served as the chairman of the DATCP Board, is a livestock field representative for Equity Livestock in Baraboo. He is also a third-generation farmer in Western Wisconsin--and is a former regional director of field services in Wisconsin and a former regional director of livestock for the National Farmers Organization. Dummer was first appointed to the DATCP Board in 1998.

Cates is the owner of Cates Family Farm Rocking C Cattle in Iowa County near Spring Green, a grass-based farming operation that includes 700 acres of grazing land and up to 800-head beef steers, dairy replacement heifers, and a direct-market natural beef business. He is also the coordinator of the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers, a program of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

And Koepke is currently part-owner of the award winning Koepke Farms, Inc., a 330 Holstein cows operation that grows crops on 970 acres of land in Dodge County. He has a degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and is actively involved with the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, serves as President of the Waukesha Milk Producers' Cooperative and are members of the Watertown Area Outstanding Young Farmer Committee.

John replaces Shelly Mayer of Slinger, who choose not to accept a second term on the board.

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