About Us

Purpose

The purpose of the Nebraska State Dairy Association is for the promotion of dairy interests in the State of Nebraska.

Objectives

• To enhance dairy industry products through support of educational functions (Extension, Research and Teaching) and overall industry activities.
• To generate interest in youth by encouraging their participation in junior dairy programs and recognizing their achievements.
• To provide dairymen with latest technical and research information to help them improve their herds.
• To encourage efficient and profitable production through an awards program that recognizes outstanding production in herds and individual animals.
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Board of Directors
President
Bill Thiele
Clearwater
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Vice President
Dwaine Junck
Carroll
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Secretary Treasurer
Steve Kyser
Beatrice
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Director
Erin Marotz
Mead, NE
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Director
Linda Hodorff
Milburn
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Director
Rick Larson
Creston
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Director
Roger Sprakel
Crofton, NE
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Director
Jason Nuttelman
Stromsburg


Director

Dan Wolfe
Kearney
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Staff

Rod Johnson
Executive Director

402-853-2028

rod@nebraskamilk.org

Responsibilities: Ag Relations, Industry Relations, Processor Relations



Constitution of the Nebraska State Dairy Association

(1) This association shall be known as the Nebraska State Dairy Association (NSDA). ~ amended 02/19/2008

(2) The principal place of transacting the business of this Association shall be where the Secretary-Treasurer or the Official Agent of the Nebraska State Dairymen’s Association has residence in the State. ~ amended 02/19/2008

(3) The general nature of the business shall be the promotion of the dairy interest in the State of Nebraska.

(4) This Association shall contract no indebtedness and incur no liabilities whatever except by approval of its directors and in no case for an amount exceeding funds available for the current fiscal year.

(5) * Section 1.*
The Board of Directors of the Association shall consist of nine active members with consideration given to the geographic distribution of the membership. The President shall appoint a nominating committee composed of three members of the Association at least 60 days prior to the annual meeting. The nominating committee shall submit to the members at the annual meeting three nominees for the Board of Directors. Additional nominations may be made from the floor. Election may be either by ballot or acclamation.

Section 2.
The University of Nebraska shall provide an ex-officio board member from the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. This person shall be responsible for authorizing the expenditure of NSDA funds received from the State Legislature for educational purposes.

Section 3.
The affairs of the Association shall be administered by the Board of Directors. The Board shall select its own officers: President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer, at the time of the annual meeting.

Section 4.
Members of the Board shall serve three year terms. No person shall be eligible for more than two consecutive terms on the Board.

Section 5.
The officers of the Board shall hold their terms of office for the year following their election. No person shall be eligible to serve for more than two consecutive terms in the same office.

Section 6.
The Secretary-Treasurer shall order all bills paid against this Association. All of said transactions are to be laid before the Association at its next annual meeting for inspection and approval. The President shall appoint an auditing committee.

Section 7.
The Board may engage an Executive Secretary-Treasurer or an Official Agent who shall conduct the day to day business on behalf of the Association. ~ amended 02/19/2008

Section 8.
The annual meeting of the members of the Association for the election of the Board and transaction of other business shall be held during the months of February or March.

Section 9.
This Constitution shall become effective immediately upon adoption and may be amended or changed by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any called association meeting.
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By-Laws of the Nebraska State Dairy Association

(1) Annual dues for producer members shall be fifty dollars per year. Annual Dues for Allied Members shall be $50.00. ~ amended 09/09/2010

(2) Written notice of all regular meeting of the Association shall be given by the Secretary-Treasurer or the Official Agent of the Association at least twenty days before the meeting. ~ amended 02/20/2008

(3) All meeting of the Board of Directors shall be called by the President or any three of the Board of Directors, notice shall be given to the members thereof, at least ten days before the meeting. Non board members may participate at the invitation of board.

(4) Any vacancy on the Board of Directors may be filled by appointment by the Board for the unexpired term.

(5) Any person may become a member of this Association. To be a voting and active member, annual dues must be current. Each paid membership will be allotted one (1) vote. No provisions are made for proxy votes. All memberships must be approved by the Board of Directors. It is further provided that when in the judgment of the Board of Directors an emergency exists they shall have the authority to change the membership fee to be effective until the next regular annual meeting of the Association. ~ amended 02/20/2008

(6) The Board of the Directors shall fix the salary or compensation of the Secretary-Treasurer or the Official Agent of the Nebraska State Dairymen’s Association, and may authorize the paying of actual expenses of the officers and directors incurred while transacting the business of the Association. ~ amended 02/20/2008

(7) These By-Laws may be amended or changed by a two-thirds vote of the directors present at any called board meeting.

NSDA Board Policy As Adopted At Annual Meeting March 12, 2013

_Resolution #1: Raw Milk Sales and Public Health and Safety_WHEREAS, milk is an important part of a healthy diet for most Americans, and
WHEREAS, milk made safe by virtue of certain long established processes including dairy inspections and pasteurization, and
WHEREAS, current state law is very restrictive on the sale of unpasteurized (raw) milk.
THEREFOR BE IT RESOLVED, that the Nebraska State Dairy Association supports strong dairy inspection with restrictions and limitations on the sale of raw milk.

Resolution #2: Federal Farm Program
WHEREAS, the Federal Farm Program has an impact on the farm economy in Nebraska, and
WHEREAS, dairy producers contribute to the economic stability of their community, and
WHEREAS, dairy producers need equitable returns which reflect the financial realities of the dairy industry,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Nebraska State Dairy Association supports a farm program with funding to stabilize the economic performance of small and medium-sized dairies, while remaining available to cover financial risks for large scale producers.

Resolution #3: Milk Quality and Safety Standards
WHEREAS, milk quality is very important to maintain consumer confidence in our product
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Nebraska State Dairy Association supports the State of Nebraska to maintain regulatory standards under the Nebraska Milk Act.

Resolution #4: Environment
WHEREAS, the dairy industry’s carbon footprint per pound of milk producer has been shrinking since 1944, and
WHEREAS, there is little or no conclusive scientific evidence indicating that particulate matter from farm operations adversely affects public health, and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Nebraska State Dairy Association calls for the adoption of environmental regulations based on sound science and by means of a transparent process, land that the regulations be administered in a practical manner so as to prevent undue hardship for dairy farmers and their families.

Resolution #5: Farm Youth and Leadership ProgramsWHEREAS, the 4-H Program and FFA have successfully served generations of rural youth with practical education and leadership training, and
WHEREAS, the Nebraska L.E.A.D. program trains future leaders in production agriculture and agricultural business.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Nebraska State Dairy Association supports continued state and county funding to maintain 4-H programs throughout the state and FFA programs through the school districts, and supports the Nebraska L.E.A.D. program.

Resolution #6: Care of AnimalsWHERAS, the Nebraska State Dairy Association supports a vibrant livestock sector and believes in maintaining consumer confidence in the Nation’s food supply, and
WHEREAS, Nebraska dairy farm families provide quality care of their animals, and
WHEREAS, the foundation for the care of dairy producers animals is based on the values and integrity of the dairy producers whose way of life is dependent upon the health and well-being of their animals, and
WHEREAS, the Nebraska State Dairy Association will participate in initiatives such as Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) and the Beef Quality Assurance Program, which seek to establish livestock care standards that are based on sound science, economic feasibility and are broadly accepted in the marketplace.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Nebraska State Dairy Association urges its members to provide quality housing, nutrition, husbandry and veterinary care to all animals
FURTHER RESOLVED that the Nebraska State Dairy Association work with other entities to ensure the standards are being met and to educate nondairy farmers, including elected official about current animal care practices.
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Nebraska State Dairy Association work to resist efforts by extreme animal rights organizations to impact accepted animal care practices.

Resolution #7: Growth in the Nebraska Dairy IndustryWHEREAS, Nebraska has the components for growth in the industry, and
WHEREAS, Nebraska has many Livestock Friendly Counties, and communities interested in the economic development opportunities that the dairy industry has to offer, and
WHEREAS, good roads and infrastructure are critical to dairy growth
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Nebraska State Dairy Association supports efforts to grow the dairy industry by working with existing producers, and working with communities seeking to expand dairy in their area, and
FURTHERMORE, the Nebraska State Dairy Association supports efforts to encourage and provide funding for development of the infrastructure needs in communities which support the growth of dairy and livestock.

Resolution # 8: Support for the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center
WHEREAS, the new Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center is very important to the state of Nebraska as the beef epicenter of the United States; and
WHEREAS, approximately 70% of tests that the Veterinary Diagnostic Center currently conducts are directly related to cattle; and
WHEREAS, Nebraska State Dairy Association supported legislation during the 2012 Nebraska Unicameral Legislative Session designating state funds for the construction of the new Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center; and
WHEREAS, private sources are required by the Legislature to raise $5 million for construction of the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, Nebraska State Dairy Association will supports the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Nebraska State Dairy Association will encourage all dairy producers in Nebraska to consider monetary support to the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center.

Resolution #9 Support for University ExtensionWHEREAS Nebraska Dairy Producers have a continued need for scientific research and new information to manage and grow their dairies, and
WHEREAS Nebraska has an abundant supply of feed, water, and ample processing facilities to expand new and existing dairies, and
WHEREAS Nebraska needs to support all dairies in the state, regardless of size or management style, as well as work to expand the dairy industry within our state
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Nebraska State Dairy Association feels that the University of Nebraska must be positioned to provide sound scientific information to consumers and producers about the proper care of dairy animals and the safety of the consumers food supply, and
FURTHERMORE, the Nebraska State Dairy Association strongly urges the University of Nebraska to fill the Dairy Extension positions, (Animal Science and Veterinary positions) that were recently vacated.

*Position On Brand Inspection *(Adopted by NSDA Board of Directors March 13, 2013)
The Nebraska State Dairy Association takes a position against expansion of the Brand Inspection Area, and furthermore is against any required inspection, for transportation of cattle for purposes other than sale.