Our Purpose

Dairy’s Foundation® understands we as people have so much in common, regardless of heritage, age, gender, belief system, or any other category that would divide rather than unite us. We also recognize each of us has an inherent desire to be cared for and encouraged. By bringing forth educational programs for our dairy community and those impacted by it, we nurture, develop, and build those around us to do the work they were called to do.

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation believes education is the key to the success of the dairy industry and the success of those following in our footsteps – inside and outside of dairy.

Your support of Dairy’s Foundation® enables us to educate and help build the next generation.

“Continuous learning is essential for the dairy industry. The Foundation helps ensure future generations are engaged and continue to be innovative in producing food and fiber to feed the world. Education is the key to progress.”

Dr. Jim Metz
Founder of ANIMART (now known as Armor Animal Health)

Our Farm Leaders

Dairy’s Foundation® staff and board members recognize we do our best work when we collaborate with others; we’ve even integrated diversity into our board structure. Half our board members are active dairy producers and half are leaders in allied industry, ensuring our work is both relevant and creative, blending outside-the-boardroom strategies with off-the farm thinking.

Board of Directors

Brian Forrest

Board Chair
Maple Ridge Dairy Farm
Stratford, WI

Mark Diederichs

Vice Chairman
Lake Breeze Dairy
Malone, WI

Joan Behr

Madison, WI

Jim Mlsna

Ocooch Dairy
Hillsboro, WI

Steven Vale

Novus International
Sun Prairie, WI

Sam Schwoeppe

Schwoeppe Dairy LLC
Huntingburg, IN

Russ Warmka

Warmka Holsteins
Fox Lake, WI

Floyd W. Sutton

Zinpro Corporation
Freeport, IL

Sonia Rarick

Northside Elevator
Marshfield, WI

Our History

In 2002, Professional Dairy Producers Foundation was established as the charitable arm of Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), an organization that was formed by several Wisconsin dairy producers a decade earlier. To this day, the two organizations work alongside one another in their work to support educational dairy programs and expand the impact and reach of America’s dairy industry.

Our Founders

A special note of gratitude to our Founding Friends, who in 2002-03 raised their hands and opened their hearts to launch Dairy’s Foundation®. Their belief in the American dairy farmer and the next generation of dairy farm leaders never wavered. We are indebted to their generosity, courage, and commitment to strengthening the dairy industry through continuous improvement and professional development.

Recognize a farm family or dairy leaders noted below? Consider making a donation in their honor or memory. We’d be honored to send them a note on your behalf.

Dairy Producers

  • Todd and Liz Doornink
  • Jim Fitzgerald, Soaring Eagle Dairy
  • Kevin and Chris Griswold
  • Eric and Carol Hillan, Rusk Rose Holsteins
  • Lloyd and Daphne Holterman, Rosy-Lane Holsteins
  • Koepke Farms
  • James and Susan Kruger
  • Levzow Dairy
  • William and JoAnn Maedke, Maedex Holsteins
  • Dwight and Shelly Mayer
  • Walter Meinholz, Blue Star Dairy Farms
  • Jeff and Jean Opitz
  • Quantum Dairy
  • Deb Reinhart and David Geiser, Gold Star Farms
  • Jay and Kristi Richardson
  • John and Karen Ruedinger, Ruedinger Farms
  • Carl and Sharon Theunis Family
  • Hank and Pam Wagner
  • Roger and Tammy Weiland, Weiland Dairy

Agribusiness Professionals

  • Jim Barmore
  • Dana Cook
  • Dave Dickson
  • Joel Hastings
  • Lisa Hull
  • Jim and Ruth Metz
  • Angie Molkentin


  • Alliant Energy Foundation
  • ARM & HAMMER Animal Nutrition Group
  • Cargill Animal Nutrition
  • Citizens State Bank of Loyal
  • Cook's Countryside Trucking
  • CP Feeds, LLC
  • Culver's Franchising Systems
  • DairyBusiness Communications
  • Danisco Animal Nutrition
  • M&I Marshall & Illsley Bank
  • Monsanto Dairy Business
  • Twohig, Rietbrock, Schneider and Halbach
  • Wisconsin Farm Credit System

Thank you, Sponsors!

The agribusinesses that partner with us as sponsors are a critical cog in the support structure of Dairy’s Foundation®. We’re thankful to each of them for their commitment to advancing a legacy of learning for dairy. We invite you to join them – click the link to learn more!

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Up-to-date news, industry announcement and other Foundation happenings will be available to keep you in the know on current Dairy’s Foundation® events and projects – and the lives being impacted.

Dairy's Foundation Announces Grant Awards

MARCH 7, 2022 - DAIRY NEWS – Professional Dairy Producers Foundation (PDPF), also known as Dairy’s Foundation®, has awarded grants to three programs focused on building healthy and vibrant dairy communities.

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Plant a Seed, Inspire a Dream Campaign Success Will Create Lasting Impact

Juneau, Wis. – Professional Dairy Producers Foundation (PDPF), also known as Dairy’s Foundation®, recently concluded a major fundraising campaign to support educational programs for the dairy community. Raising a record $76,504, the fundraiser far exceeded the 2021 campaign goal of $40,000.

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Professional Dairy Producers Foundation Grant Applications Deadline Approaches

Juneau, Wis. - Professional Dairy Producers Foundation (PDPF), also known as Dairy’s Foundation®, is offering grants up to $5000 for new or unique programs for dairy-producer-focused initiatives. The independent grant selection committee will be searching for applications that focus on raising up the next generation of dairy producers, growing and maintaining public trust in the people and products of dairy, and building the skills of our producers.

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Janet Keller of the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation on supporting educational programs for dairy producers

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation has been supporting educational programs for dairy producers and farm youth for nearly two decades. Respected Wisconsin leader Janet Keller is executive director, and she tells Joel Hastings of DairyBusiness News about this non-profit organization's commitment to dairy families. This year's fund-raising campaign, "Plant a Seed, Inspire a Dream," features team competitions. Listen to this conversation and find more information at dairyfoundation.org.

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Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation awards five scholarships for PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy

DAIRY NEWS – Five students accepted into the 2021 PDPW Cornerstone Dairy Academy™ were awarded scholarships from the Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation (WROF).

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We are in this together

Our farmers and their rural communities are the heartbeat of Dairy’s Foundation®. We are all in this together and are eternally thankful for those who produce the nutritious dairy milk and food, fiber and fuel that sustains the people of our world.

What is PDPF?

Dairy’s Foundation® raises funds and awards grants to support educational initiatives. We work to build a professional, proactive, and prepared dairy sector united through continuous improvement.

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Dairy’s Foundation®
820 N. Main St.
Juneau WI 53039

Main Office: 800-947-7379
Email: info@dairyfoundation.org  

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