Helpful information and resources for dairy farmers
The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) is not just about promoting the consumption of milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy foods. We are also here to assist you, the dairy farmer. This page shows how checkoff dollars work to assist dairy farmers and promote milk. It also offers a variety of resources to help farmers meet the needs of the 21st-century dairy farm, including industry resources, tools to help foster a positive dairy image and knowledge about current trends.
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Meet the SUDIA Board of Directors
Laurens County, South Carolina
Yadkin County, North Carolina
Putnam County, Georgia
Fauquier County, Virginia
Glen Easter is a third-generation dairy farmer from Laurens County, South Carolina where he and his wife Marilyn milk more than 300 Jersey cows and farm 360 acres. | Video
Zach Myers is a third-generation dairy farmer from Yadkin County, North Carolina where he and his wife Sybil milk 900 cows each day. Zach’s grandfather founded the farm in 1949 with just 12 cows. Zach also serves as chair of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. | Video
Heck Davis is a third-generation dairy farmer from Putnam County, Georgia where he, along with his son and grandchildren, milk 300 cows each day. Heck’s grandparents founded Green Glades farm in 1951 and has grown to over 450 acres. | Video
Ken Smith is a fourth-generation farmer from Fauquier County, Virginia. Ken owns two dairy farms, one 400-acre grazing dairy with 165 cows and one 750-acre farm with 350 cows. In 2013, the Smith family opened Moo Thru, a retail store where Smith family ice cream and milk is sold. | Video
Maxie Aker, Virginia
Rabon Bayless, Tennessee
Jack Bentley, Georgia
Celeste Blackburn, Tennessee (Associate Director)
Kirk Butcher, Georgia
Judd Chambers, Georgia
Mickey Childers, Alabama
Bobby Combs, Virginia
Heck Davis, Georgia
Jeff Deener, Kentucky
Mike Ellis, Tennessee
Michael Ferguson, Mississippi
Kent Herman, North Carolina
Dan Holsinger, Virginia
Steve Lee, Tennessee
Clifford Loflin, North Carolina
Joe Parsley, Texas
Ronnie Patton, Kentucky
Lloyd Phillips, Virginia
Lynn Ramsey, Texas
Nathan Roth, Missouri
Billy Rowe, Kentucky
Terry Rowlett, Kentucky
Susan Sharkey, Louisiana
Allen Sisson, Virginia
Emory Young, Georgia
Your Dairy Checkoff
Dairy checkoff works on behalf of U.S. dairy producers to drive increased sales of and demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients through many of the programs listed below. To learn more about the national checkoff program, visit www.dairy.org.
Fuel Up To Play 60
Dairy farmers, through their checkoff investment, have partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Football League in an unprecedented campaign called Fuel Up to Play 60 that encourages students to get 60 minutes of physical activity every day and to eat nutrient-rich foods, including low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products. Learn more about dairy farmer’s commitment to improving children’s health and nutrition at FuelUpToPlay60.com.
Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Dairy producers, through their checkoff investment, created the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy in 2008 to address challenges and opportunities that require industry-wide action. The Innovation Center works with and through industry on shared priorities of dairy farmers and the dairy industry value chain in a pre-competitive forum. Thirty-four key industry leaders comprise six committees to address issues and opportunities that positively affect the entire industry. Visit usdairy.com to learn more.
Dairy checkoff is committed to helping protect and promote the image of dairy products, producers and the industry by offering training and tools to help dairy farmers tell their story to the public and a comprehensive issues management system. As dairy farmers, you take excellent care of your cows and land to produce safe, wholesome milk and dairy foods. Through the “Community Outreach” program, we are connecting consumers to dairy farmers to tell the dairy farming story through speaking events, social media and one-on-one conversations. Proudly sponsored by the Southeast Dairy Association, contact your state industry relations manager for more details on the program.
Learn the Latest on Dairy Exports and Ingredients
The U.S. Dairy Export Council® (USDEC), funded in part by the dairy checkoff, works on behalf of producers and more than 100 member organizations to enhance global competitiveness and exports of U.S. dairy products. The volume of U.S. milk solid exports has been rising steadily the past several years. Currently, 13.3 percent of U.S. milk production is exported to Mexico, Southeast Asia, Canada and other destinations. The August 2012 issue of USDEC’s Export Profile looks at U.S. opportunities in whole milk powder exports and how the industry is beginning to act to capitalize. Read more about the global whole milk powder trade.
Checkoff partnerships drive change and grow short- and long-term dairy sales. Over the past year, marketing partners; such as McDonalds® and Domino’s®, have contributed $6 for every $1 that producers invest.
Order Promotional Materials
SUDIA has a wide variety of posters, handout, banners and other materials dairy farmers, nutritionists and educators can use to promote the goodness of dairy. Click here to order your materials.
Updates from ‘Dr. Dairy’
National Dairy Council Chief Science Officer Greg Miller, Ph.D., also known as ‘Dr. Dairy,’ offers the latest on developments in dairy research and how your checkoff investment benefits the science justifying the role of dairy as part of a healthy diet. For more Dr. Dairy videos, visit our YouTube channel.