The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection released biographies on the candidates vying for a seat on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. The election period runs through April 27, with results announced later in May.
Please see below for biographies on the 13 candidates, listed by district and in alphabetical order:
District 3 (Lincoln, Oneida, Price and Taylor counties)
Incumbent Ed Jasurda of Phillips is challenged by Mark Leder of Gleason and Renee Zenner of Medford.
Candidate: Ed Jasurda
Farm Name (if applicable): United Pride Dairy, LLC (co-owner with Jon Pesko)
County of Residence: Price
When did you begin dairy farming? 1991
How many cows do you milk? 1,800 cows
Where do you ship your milk? Foremost Farms USA, Milan, WI
Please name any ag-related organizations or affiliations you belong to:
Foremost Farms USA
National Holstein Association
Wisconsin Holstein Breeders
Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
Have you (or your farm) received special recognition or won any relevant awards?
Genex Cooperative Genesis Herd
Hosted the 2006 and 2011 Price County Dairy Breakfast
Holstein USA Progressive Genetic Herd – 9 years
Why do you want to serve on the WMMB Board?
It has been a great honor to have served as the District 3 director for the past few years. The "Wisconsin" brand approach has served the dairy producers of Wisconsin very well. Wisconsin cheese is marketed and favored nationally by consumers! Our state's producers, cows, processors and retailers, along with WMMB, have a great thing going here! Producers from other states can only wish they had the demand for their dairy products like we do in Wisconsin.
What else should dairy producers in your area know about you?
I am a third-generation dairy farmer. Our family has been milking cows here for 101 years to date! I, like many others, didn't pay a whole lot of attention to where all the check-off money was going prior to getting on the WMMB board. I've learned that we are getting a good return on our check-off investment. I would appreciate the chance to continue to be the District 3 director.