ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Dairy Promotion Council will be seeing a change in board representation due to re-districting which will start with this year’s fall nominating process. A redistricting proposal has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. With this approval, the districts have been re-aligned to 18 districts.

Re-districting was deemed necessary as the geographic realignment is consistent in representing the location of dairy farms within Minnesota. The change in the number of board member representatives correlates with a lower number of dairy farms.

Each district will continue to elect one representative to the Minnesota Dairy Promotion Council. The elected representatives will then serve congruently on the Midwest Dairy Minnesota Division Board. 

Beginning with this fall’s nominating process, the newly-realigned district map takes effect, and each district will be convening nominating committees to reflect the 18 new districts. For this election cycle, every MDPC board member will be up for election with half of the districts (odd-numbered) being elected for a one-year term and the other half of the districts (even-numbered) having a two-year term. 

In 2021, the odd number districts will be up for election after completing their one-year term.  By 2022, the rotating district election process will be back on schedule.

The Minnesota Dairy Promotion Council, one of several state commodity councils, is the funding authority for Midwest Dairy in Minnesota. The MDPC board members also serveon the Minnesota Division board of Midwest Dairy. The purpose of the MDPC is to distribute funds from dairy producers for the establishment of market development, promotion and research projects to benefit the Minnesota dairy industry in the production and sale of its product.

More information on the MDPC can be found at minnesotadairypromotioncouncil.com.

This article was submitted by the Minnesota Dairy Promotion Council.

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