Dairy Veteran to Head Dairy Council

Long-Time board member Herm Benedetti is new board chair.

Published on: Feb 17, 2009

The Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture appoints Herm Benedetti, vice president of Clover Stornetta Farms, chair of Dairy Council of California's board of directors.

Benedetti, a Dairy Council board member for the past 10 years, was elected chair at a recent board meeting and will serve as chair for two years. He is succeeding Chris Sawyer, producer and president of the family owned Diamond S Ranch in Waterford.

"Herm has long been committed to Dairy Council of California's role in promoting dairy as the cornerstone of a healthy diet," says Peggy Biltz, Dairy Council CEO. "He brings his vast knowledge to the table with more than 35 years of experience in the dairy industry as well as a deep-rooted passion for our organization. Not only has he been involved with Dairy Council for a decade, but his brother Dan was also a board member in the 1980s."

Benedetti said he is excited about this new position because Dairy Council is such a critical industry force on so many fronts.

"Whether it's battling childhood obesity, advocating on behalf of agriculture and dairy farming, expanding awareness of dairy as a nutritional staple, or touting the growing body of dairy-positive health research, the work the Dairy Council does is of increasing importance," says Benedetti.

Benedetti adds he looks forward to helping Dairy Council tackle a host of pressing issues, including expanding public understanding of the origin of food and increasing awareness of the important contributions of dairy agriculture.

"People have become so urbanized they've lost touch with where their food comes from, what agriculture is and what it needs to survive," Benedetti says. "Dairy Council has programs in place that address this issue and it is well positioned to continue informing consumers about the value of milk and dairy foods."

More is at www.dairycouncilofca.org.