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Officers

 

Dave Buck
President
(Dist #8 Representative)
Goodhue, MN
(651) 923-4274 
Click to email Dave

Marianne Peterson
Secretary
(Dist. #2 Representative)
Pine City, MN
(320) 629-6655 
Click to email Marianne

Dave and Ann have six children, all of them were active on the farm growing up and three have returned to work with the family. They also have 14 grandchildren. 

 

Sons Chris, Brian, and DJ have various levels of involvement in the two dairies. They milk about 500 cows on one and 350 on the other. They also feed out many steers. The family farms 1,300 acres growng oats for forage, alfalfa, and corn. 

 

“Minnesota Milk benefits Minnesota dairy producers by being a voice for dairy farmers whether it’s in St. Paul, dealing with the media or anywhere else we come in contact with the public.”

 

Marianne and Jeff have five adult children. Jacob, their oldest, is a partner in their farming operation where they milk 350 cows and have 2,700 acres of crops. Jeff is a past board member and president of Burnett Dairy Coop. Marianne is on the Pine County DHIA board and executive committee and also serves on the executive board for Minnesota Milk as the secretary. Marianne enjoys spending time with family, giving farm tours, working with young employees showing dairy through 4-H, and their family is also big supporters of Gopher sports and Twins baseball.

 

“Minnesota Milk has the opportunity to benefit all dairy producers in Minnesota. The Education Committee works hard to present producers with many educational experiences and networking opportunities. The Public Policy Committee works with state and federal leaders to ensure that laws and government policies work to the favor of the Minnesota dairy producer. They also work with other government and private agencies for the best interest of dairy in Minnesota. The Membership Development Committee works on different strategies to increase membership. They also work on the Producer of the Year award, Legislator of the Year, scholarships, and donations to develop new leadership programs for producers. The entire board and staff are committed to keeping Minnesota a dairy rich area.”

Shelly DePestel
Vice President
(Statewide Representative)
Lewiston, MN
(507) 523-2432 Click to email Shelly

Kristine Spadgenske

Treasurer
(Dist. #1 Representative)
Menahga, MN
(218) 564-4249
Click to email Kristine

Shelly is in partnership at Daley Farm of Lewiston LLP with her dad (Mike), uncle (Steve) and 4 brothers, Mark, Brian, Neil and Ben. They currently milk 1,425 cows, with all replacements also being home-raised. They also have 3,500 acres which consists of corn, alfalfa and pasture. Shelly and her husband Dean have 3 children. Shelly currently serves on the community relations committee for her local bank and is a MARL class V (Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leaders) alumni. She enjoys reading, hiking and home renovation when time and money permits.

 

Kristine and Mark live near Menahga in North Central Minnesota with their four children; Ryan, Kate, Adam and Seth. Kristine is a stay-at-home mom and Mark farms in partnership with his twin brother. They milk 250 cows, raise their own replacement heifers, and farm 200 acres of corn for silage and 600 acres of hay for haylage and dry hay.

Kristine is very involved as the current church council secretary at Bethany Lutheran Church, clerk for Runeberg Township, board member of the Becker County American Dairy Association, and director on the Minnesota Dairy Promotion Council/ Minnesota Division Board for Midwest Dairy Association. Mark and Kristine are also active participants of the Speak Out! Program implemented by Midwest Dairy Association. In her spare time, Kristine enjoys singing.

 

 

“We are fortunate to have an organization like Minnesota Milk who serves as a voice for Minnesota dairy farmers with legislatures both at the state and national level. We must continually work to educate our elected officials on day to day activities on the farm and how policies can affect us, both good and bad. Continuing education is vital to any profession, and Minnesota Milk does an excellent job providing farmers with educational opportunities so we can keep up to date with our ever changing industry. Minnesota Milk continues to create bridges with industry partners. I believe we must work together as an industry so we can remain sustainable in the future.”

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Directors

Bob Dombeck
(Dist. #3 Representative)
Perham, MN
(218) 346-5952

Click to email Bob

Pat Lunemann
(Statewide Representative)
Clarissa, MN
(218) 756-2555

Click to email Pat

Bob and Tiffany have three young daughters; Morgan, Taylor & Karlie.  They enjoy lake days and trips in the summer and hunting and ice fishing during the winter.  The kids also enjoy helping with chores and feeding calves on the weekends.

Bob helps manage all aspects of the farm, dairy, and crop along with his father (Mark), brother (Steve) and brother-in-law (Jeremy).  They milk 350 cows, raise their own heifers and have 2,000 acres of crops (corn, soy, kidney & alfalfa) which are all under irrigation.

"Minnesota Milk keeps dairy producers updated in current affairs and monitors the government/ legislative issues and changes.  The educational programs that they sponsor also provide producers plenty of useful information."

Pat and his wife Jody have six adult children, Jake, (Breanne), Barrett, (Jami) Taylor, Reid, (Megan), Deandra, and Alex, and have one grandchild, Piper.  Pat and Jody own Twin Eagle Dairy near Clarissa, milking 800 cows and farming about 1,500 acres.  Pat is past President of Minnesota Milk, having served in that role for nine years.  Pat also serves on the board of Minnesota Agri-Growth as Vice-Chair.  (If you wait two weeks, that should change to chair)  Pat enjoys singing with the Staples Area Men’s Chorus, being part of the bass section for 36 years.

 

Minnesota Milk is THE advocating organization for Minnesota’s dairy farmers.  No other organization in Minnesota focuses solely on dairy issues for its members.  Minnesota Milk also provides a networking platform that can bring all of Minnesota’s dairy farmers together for policy issues, education, discussions, and sometimes even for fun!

 


Cassie Monger
(Dist. #4 Representative)
Foley, MN
(320) 387-3239
Click to email Cassie

Kindra Carlson
(Dist. #5 Representative)
Pennock, MN
(320) 235-2555
Click to email Kindra

Cassie worked off the farm for 8 years after college before coming back to farm with her Dad. She feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to come back to work for her family farm, and realizes her heart was always in farming. Since coming back to the family farm she and her Mom & Dad, Mark & Shelley Czech, together currently operate a Dairy and Grain operation near Foley, MN. They currently milk 350 cows and raise all of their own dairy steers, with a total of 1,200 animals. Cassie's role consists of managing the dairy operation, handling all the day to day administrative duties as well as the financial business management duties. Cassie has a 5 year old daughter, in her first year of school.

“Minnesota Milk plays a large role in being a spokesperson for the farmers on legislative issues that impact the local farmers at state and federal levels. Also having the opportunity to attend Dairy Expo or Dairy Management workshops that Minnesota Milk has sponsored has been a great resource for continuing education.”

Kindra and her husband Chad live near Pennock and farm in partnership with Chad’s parents, Curtney and Louise, and his brother Carl’s family as part of Carlson Dairy, LLP.  The family’s 1,500 cow herd grew from a tie-stall barn into a free-stall facility in the year 2000, and then added a cross-ventilated barn in 2012. Kindra is responsible for the financial and business management at the dairy and also works part-time at Bollig Engineering in Willmar assisting clients with project funding opportunities.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Agriculture and Carlson School of Management and spent 11 years in the banking and finance industry.  Kindra and Chad have three sons, Cael (16), Caden (14) and Conlan (10).

 

The MMPA’s emphasis on government policy, producer education, and membership opportunities, has provided a stable and consistent framework for MN’s dairy industry to continue to look for ways to grow and prosper both domestically and globally.  As a critical driver behind important initiatives that support growth, the MMPA is playing an important role in helping build a strategic long-term plan to enhance Minnesota’s dairy economy. 


Tom Sedgeman
(Dist. #6 Representative)
Sauk Centre, MN

(320) 293-7029
Click to email Tom

Garrett Luthens
(Dist #7 Representative)
Hutchinson, MN
(320) 587-3658
Click to email Garrett

Tom Sedgeman and his wife, Joyce, own a 300-cow dairy near Sauk Centre. He worked as a high school agriculture instructor earlier in his career, and was also a Kraft field representative.

Garrett wakes up every morning to his wife Melissa, and children Annabelle and Micah. His favorite time of the day is having breakfast with his family, and then taking a walk around the farm to check on the cattle, visit some of the crew and monitor for changes from the previous day. His goal is for the dairy to provide a great quality product, produced in a cost effective manner. Garrett enjoys traveling up to Northern Minnesota and also likes to read business books that discuss best practices in business. He also serves on three other boards of directors: Hassan Valley Township, Hutchinson Joint Planning Board, and Pelican Pines Board.

“Minnesota Milk provides another avenue for producers to enhance their operation though new ideas, tools, communication with other producers and industry experts. Minnesota Milk presents a positive front for Minnesota producers through educational seminars, tours, and literature to help enhance the public’s opinion of Minnesota producers. We also put effort into educating our local legislators on the obstacles and successes that might hinder or excel producers in the state.”

Roger Peters
(Dist. #9 Representative)
Tyler, MN
(507) 247-5899
Click to email Roger

Michael White
(Dist. #10 Representative)
Pine Island, MN
(507) 356-8915
Click to email Michael

Roger milks 250 cows and farms 320 acres. Roger and Kris have 3 children; Erin lives in Paynesville, Jeff lives in Tyler, and Mike is at University of Minnesota Morris. Kris works off the farm as a critical care supervisor at the Tyler Hospital. Roger is a township board member, AMPI delegate, and together they are members of the Tyler Area community Club.

 

“Minnesota Milk gives us a voice to be reckoned with. Legislators like to hear one voice and by being members, we can do that. With 14 members on our board, we should have a good picture of what dairy producers want from our state.”

Michael and Denise own and operate a 90 cow dairy herd southwest of Pine Island.  He just moved into a swing 6 parlor after milking in a tie stall for over 30 years.  He also has about 250 acres of land growing corn & alfalfa.  They have two grown children (Trisha and Matthew) and have been blessed with two grandaughters that are the light of their lives. Michael loves to bowl, camp, spend time with family and travel.

“Minnesota Milk unifies dairy producers throughout our state through representation in many areas. Government and media outlets are just a few examples. Without Minnesota Milk, our unified voices would not be heard.”

Rick Smith
(Dist. #11 Representative)
Adams, MN
(507) 582-1347
Click to email Rick

Craig Roerick
(Statewide Representative)
Upsala, MN
(320) 255-6169
Click to email Craig

Rick is a fourth generation dairy farmer, in partnership with his two brothers Randy and Joe. They milk 240 holsteins, raise 95 head of steers, and custom finish 3,500 hogs a year. On the crop side they raise corn, alfalfa, and soybeans on 600 acres of land.Rick and Tracy have three children, Derick, Mckinzie, and Jonah. They also love hosting exchange students having six over the years from Russia, Ukraine, and Indonesia. Rick enjoys bowling, camping, hunting and riding his Honda Goldwing. Rick has been a NMPF Young Cooperator for two years, serves on his local ADA board, and was also in the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program.

“Minnesota Milk is the voice of Minnesota dairy farmers. We as dairy farmers don’t have a lot of time to be heard with our busy schedules. I feel that MMPA has the expert people on staff to help us as dairy farmers if a problems should arise.”

Craig farms near Upsala with his brother, parents, and wife, Sarah. The farm began as a 25-cow stanchion barn in 1983 and now operates with three robotic milkers for 200 cows under Roerview Dairy, LLC. The family is also involved in a second enterprise called Roadside Chicks LLC., finishing six flocks of broiler chickens per year for GNP, and farm 500 acres of corn and alfalfa. Craig worked first as a breeding program specialist with Genex Cooperative and then with University of Minnesota Extension as an ag production-livestock specialist for Benton, Morrison, and Stearns counties in 2010 before returning home to the farm full-time in 2013. Craig earned degrees in agricultural education and dairy science from the University of Minnesota at Crookston.

“Being a member of Minnesota Milk gives us as a dairy community a unified voice at our state's capital along with providing the resources to pursue the issues and concerns that face dairy producers each and everyday.”
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