“It’s our mission to enhance our members’ experiences and continually increase member services,” said Tim Trotter, executive director of DBMMC, which has members in nine Midwestern states and is one of the fastest-growing dairy cooperatives in the country. “To accomplish this, we need the brightest, most talented and passionate people on our team who truly understand dairy. Both Elizabeth and Jill are the perfect fit.”
Kempel and Uhe will work directly with DBMMC members to provide on-farm support and information. They will also assist with implementation programs as part of the alliance, a diverse group of partners working to ensure continuous improvement at all touchpoints in the production of dairy foods.
Both have extensive, established relationships in the dairy community and involvement in a variety of activities that will bring added value to members.
Kempel brings on-farm sales experience, relationship management skills and a passion for customer service to the organization.
She was most recently an assistant vice president at Badgerland Financial in Janesville, Wis. Kempel has also been with Semex USA and Farm Credit Services of Mid-America. She was raised on a dairy farm in southern Indiana and holds a degree in agricultural sales and marketing with a minor in animal science from Purdue University.
“I look forward to working with and helping to support the goals of dairy farmers throughout the Midwest,” Kempel said. “I am excited to help foster the connection between farmers and customers. DBMMC is committed to advocating for our members, by listening to the issues important to them.”
Uhe has strong customer service and program management skills, extensive on-farm experience and a passion for helping farmers.
She and her husband own a dairy farm in Janesville, Wis. Uhe most recently was an agricultural loan assistant at Union Bank & Trust Company. She holds a dairy science degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work directly with dairy farmers of all sizes and management styles,” Uhe said. “I’m looking forward to bringing value to their farms and allowing them to focus and improve on their strengths.”
The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative provides milk testing verification services, market information and representation on dairy-related federal policies for its members in Wisconsin and seven other Midwestern states. Established in 2010, the co-op also aims to be a positive influence in the dairy community by collaborating and building consensus with other agricultural groups. For more information, visit www.dbmmc.com.