District 24 (Dane and Jefferson counties)
Incumbent Tina Hinchley of Cambridge is running unopposed.
Candidate: Tina Hinchley|
Farm Name (if applicable): Hinchley's Dairy Farm
County of Residence: Dane
When did you begin dairy farming? Many years ago when I was college, I worked on a small dairy farm and fell in love with farming. I began milking cows full time when I married my husband Duane Hinchley in 1996. Today we farm side by side, and purchased the family farm in the year 2000.
How many cows do you milk? 100 cows
Where do you ship your milk? Dean Foods
Please name any ag-related organizations or affiliations you belong to:
Cambridge FFA Alumni
Cambridge 4-H as a leader
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
Have you (or your farm) received special recognition or won any relevant awards?
I was interviewed by Brava magazine in their encore edition 2007-2008 for A Day In The Life of…(a farm woman). Throughout the years of hosting tours and events on our farm, we have been in the media annually. The last event was the Dane County Dairy Breakfast in June of 2009. We have received many Favorite Field Trip Awards from local schools and groups.
Why do you want to serve on the WMMB Board?
I would like to serve on the WMMB because I am very excited about the future of the Dairy Industry. I look forward to the growth of milk sales through new and exciting products. I would like to participate in the "brainstorming" of new ideas to attract new milk drinkers of all ages. I would love to see consumer's ideas and needs met with products that attract the whole family and become a favorite healthy drink, snack or ingredient in their meal preparation. I believe that MILK should be the number one choice when asked, "What do you want to drink?" I would like to help make that happen.
What else should dairy producers in your area know about you?
Shortly after becoming a dairy farmer, I began seeing a change and growing interest in the public's opinion regarding food production and farming. In 1997, we opened our farm to thousands of visitors annually. I have taken a "pro-active" step to educate others in an "up-close" environment. Visitors can experience our world of farming by walking throughout our farm to see how we milk, raise and care for our cows. I have been able to explain why we do what we do as farmers, and in turn have seen a growing attitude of appreciation towards farming and our rural lifestyle. Promoting the dairy industry has made me a better farmer, and more aware of the general public's thoughts and fears. To be able to communicate and correct misinformation is easy, and it is the right thing to do. We host farm tours daily April through October.
To vote, DATCP is sending ballots to licensed dairy producers who live within the eight election districts. Producers must return the ballots via mail by April 27. Producers who have not received a ballot by April 22 should contact Noel Favia at (608) 224-5140. More detailed bios can be found on www.wmmb.com/elections.