District 15 (Adams, Juneau and Monroe counties)
Incumbent Mary Cook of Wilton is challenged by Sandra Madland of Lyndon Station.
Candidate: Mary Cook
Farm Name (if applicable): Ridge-Vu Dairy
County of Residence: Monroe
When did you begin dairy farming? 1968
How many cows do you milk? 200 cows
Where do you ship your milk? Grassland
Please name any ag-related organizations or affiliations you belong to:
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board—15 years
President of Monroe County Dairy Promotions
Co-Chair Monroe County Dairy Breakfast Committee
President of Monroe County Dairy Association
4-H Dairy Leader and General Leader
Monroe County Fair Dairy Recipe Chairperson
Monroe County DHIA
Monroe County Farm Bureau
4-H Dairy Promotion Foods Revue Chairperson
State & National Brown Swiss Association
County, State and National Holstein Association
Farm-First Dairy Cooperative
Have you (or your farm) received special recognition or won any relevant awards?
Sparta Chamber of Commerce Farm Family of the Year
DHIA Milk, Fat and Protein Production Awards
Milk Quality Awards
Champion and Supreme Champion cattle awards
Jr. All-American cattle awards
All-Wisconsin and Jr. All-Wisconsin cattle awards
Monroe County Dairy Breakfast Host Family
Why do you want to serve on the WMMB Board?
As a dairy producer actively involved in our dairy operation each day, I am seeking re-election to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board to be able to continue to be a director on a farmer-owned board that has a direct involvement in the operations and direction of an organization's marketing, promotion, education and research programs. Without the dairy industry, Wisconsin would be a very different place to live.
WMMB invests Dairy Farmers' dollars in promotion, education and research activities to make sure Wisconsin continues to have markets for Wisconsin dairy products. The Wisconsin dairy industry contributes over $26.5 billion a year to the state's economy and accounts for almost 40% of all Wisconsin agriculture jobs. WMMB is the only organization that represents the interests of every Wisconsin dairy farmer in the state and national market place.
Promotion is the spark between our industry and the consumers, cheese companies, students and others. I know the value of educating the consumer and children about the nutritional value of dairy in their diets. We need to continue to communicate to our consumers that we are producing a nutritious, safe, wholesome natural product. Although over 80% of the WMMB budget is dedicated to cheese promotion marketing, another area of importance is the Wisconsin Dairy Council (WDC). An integral program of WMMB, WDC has a presence in over 1,600 schools with programs and materials.
I take an active role in dairy promotion and education in both the school classroom and at many community events. Dairy product education is very important for both students and consumers to be able to make healthy eating choices and informed decisions on the nutritional value of dairy in their diets. We need to encourage purchase and consumption of dairy products. We need to build life-long dairy consumption habits.
I will continue to be very active in the promotion and education of our dairy industry. I would consider it an honor and privilege to continue to represent District 15 dairy producers on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. I would very much appreciate your support and vote.
What else should dairy producers in your area know about you?
I am very active in local and county organizations. I am president of the Kendall American Legion Auxiliary, The Clerk for the Clifton Township, Treasurer of St. Joseph's PCCW, St Joseph CCD teacher (for 35 years), Tomah Area Cancer board member, a volunteer at the Tomah Veterans Hospital, teacher's aide sub for Tomah School District Special Needs students, and a Monroe County Board Supervisor.