Investing in the People of Dairy

The Central Plains Dairy Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 organization, is committed to investing in proactive programming supporting the dairy industry along the I-29 Corridor in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota.

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

Education

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

Lon and Kathy Tonneson Scholarship

Click here for information regarding the Lon & Kathy Tonneson Scholarship
Click here to access the Lon & Kathy Tonneson Scholarship application – Deadline December 7, 2020

CPDF Scholarship

Click here for information regarding the CPDF Scholarship
Click here to access the CPDF Scholarship application – Deadline December 7, 2020

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.

Click here for information regarding the Dairy Innovators Grant Program
Click here to access the Dairy Innovators Grant application – Deadline January 31, 2021

Dairy Industry Enhancement

Supporting initiatives that enhance the dairy industry through grant programs targeted at innovation, communication, and community development.

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 2 percent of the value of the fund annually.

We ask that you join us in supporting 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
foundation@centralplainsdairyexpo.com
605.412.8403
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Board of Directors

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

  • Deb Wehde, Agropur, President
  • Nathan Jensen, Farm Credit Services of America, Regional Vice President Southeast South Dakota
  • Jody Kuper, Valley Queen Cheese Factory
  • Jamie Johnson, Balchem
  • Tracey Erickson, South Dakota State University Extension Service
  • Lucas Lentsch, United Dairy Industry Association for Dairy Management, Inc., Executive Vice President
  • Jason Mischel, Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Vice President of Sales and Procurement

For more information, contact us at 605.412.8403 or foundation@centralplainsdairyexpo.com

Central Plains Dairy Foundation
PO Box 1197
Fort Pierre, SD  57532-1197