Investing in the People of Dairy

The Central Plains Dairy Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 organization, is committed to investing in positive, proactive programming supporting the dairy industry in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota.

Here’s how we’re investing in the people of the dairy industry:


Supporting the diverse set of education and workforce needs in the dairy industry through scholarships and educational grant programming.

Dairy Industry Enhancement

Supporting initiatives that promote diversity, resiliency, and sustainability in the dairy industry.

Promotion and Service

Supporting initiatives that serve the dairy industry through innovative programs, communication, and community development while emphasizing the quality of life.

Supporting Tomorrow’s Dairy Leaders Today

The fundraising goal of the Central Plains Dairy Foundation is to establish a $3 million endowment fund by 2025. Our intent is to distribute no more than two percent of the value of the fund annually.

Dairy Innovators Grant Program

These funds will be used to support multiple dairy industry initiatives. The Central Plains Dairy Foundation has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships, community development programs, and youth development programs over the past decade. The raising of these additional funds will not only allow us to continue our support of these important initiatives but to grow and expand our ability to support an even broader group of programs and initiatives that will positively impact the future of our region’s dairy industry.

We ask that you join us in helping support education, special initiatives, and programs. Your donation can help keep the dairy industry fresh, vital and strong in our region!

To make your tax-deductible contribution, contact:

Central Plains Dairy Foundation
Chris Maxwell, Executive Director

Board of Directors

The Central Plains Dairy Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors and a coordinator:

  • Deb Wehde, Agropur, President
  • Nathan Jensen, First Dakota National Bank, Vice-President
  • Jody Kuper, Valley Queen Cheese Factory
  • Jamie Johnson, Balchem
  • Tracey Erickson, South Dakota State University Extension Service
  • Lon Tonneson, Coordinator
  • Chris Maxwell, Executive Director