The Board of Directors for the American Dairy Association Mideast, the dairy promotion checkoff program serving nearly 2,700 dairy farmers in Ohio and West Virginia, re-elected their 2016 officers during their annual reorganization meeting. Officers are:

 Chair - Earl Stitzlein of Loudonville, Ohio

 Vice Chair - Chuck Moellendick of Pleasantville, Ohio

 Secretary - Greg Conrad of New Holland, Ohio

 Treasurer - Carol Losey of East Liberty, Ohio

The leadership team, along with 11 other dairy farmer board members, set policy and approve program direction and budgets to help increase sales and demand for dairy products and protect the image of dairy foods and farmers.

Programs focus on building trust and sales in dairy foods, creating lifelong dairy consumers, and advancing innovation through partnerships with industry leaders.

ADA Mideast is one of 18 state and regional dairy-farmer funded promotion organizations that work with Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff program and is funded by the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) and the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB).

The ADA Mideast Board of Directors re-appointed Chair Stitzlein and re-elected Board Member Larry Alexander of Big Prairie, Ohio to serve as Directors to UDIA, the federation of state and regional dairy farmer-funded promotion organizations that provides marketing programs developed and implemented in coordination with its members.

Ohio and West Virginia dairy farmers are represented on the NDB by ADA Mideast Board Member Urban Mescher of Maria Stein, Ohio who was appointed by USDA. The 38-member NDB, formed under the authority of the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983, carries out coordinated promotion and research programs to help build demand and expand domestic and international markets for dairy products.

The ADA Mideast Board of Directors also re-appointed Brian DeFelice of Smith Dairy, Orville, Ohio to serve as their non-voting advisory director and represent Ohio's dairy processing and manufacturing community.

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