Idaho Dairymen's Association

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From Our President

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Since 1944, the Idaho Dairymen’s Association (IDA) has worked tirelessly to develop and sustain the Idaho dairy industry, while protecting and promoting the health and welfare of the public.

We have seen remarkable growth in our industry, which is currently producing more than 14.6 billion pounds of milk per year and sustaining more than 579,373 dairy cows. We are wholly committed to the growth of Idaho’s dairy industry, and to the continued success of our dairy farmers, families and workers.

Idaho dairy farms currently support more than 39,400 jobs, which makes the dairy industry one of the largest economic drivers in Idaho. As such, the IDA shoulders the responsibility of ensuring the continued growth of Idaho dairy and the thousands of jobs that it supports.

With so many jobs and such an impact on Idaho’s economy, the Idaho dairy industry is seeing growth trends well beyond the national dairy industry. As you’ll see throughout this site, Idaho dairy is well above the national average for growth.

As we continue to see changes in the global dairy market, Idaho will continue to pride itself on quality, freshness and reliability. The evidence of Idaho’s dairy quality is undisputable, as shown by the recent building of the world’s largest yogurt manufacturing plant in our state.

As we have since our creation, the IDA will continue to advance the interests of Idaho’s dairies. We will advance legislation and support causes that promote the quality and sustainability of our industry. I am looking forward to yet another year of being part of the best dairymen’s association in the world, bar none!

PETE WIERSMA
President, Idaho Dairymen’s Association


There are 18 dairy producers elected to the UDI Board of Directors. Of those, 9 are elected to the IDA Board, with the remaining 9 serving on the Idaho Dairy Products Commission.

Elected Board members of united dairymen of idaho

PETE WIERSMA
Buhl, ID
President, IDA

TOM DORSEY
Caldwell, ID
Chairmen IDPC
Co-Chair, UDI

MIKE SIEGERSMA
Nampa, ID
Vice Chair, IDPC

ARIE ROELOFFS
Wendell, ID
Vice President, IDA

DON HEIDA
Kuna, ID
Secretary/Treasurer, IDA

KIM WOLFLEY
Blackfoot, ID
IDA Board Member

WILLIE BOKMA
Twin Falls, ID
IDA Board Member

TONY DEWIT
Wendell, ID
IDA Board Member

TED VANDER SCHAAF
Kuna, ID
IDA Board Member

CHRIS STEVENSON
Jerome, ID
IDA Board Member

ALLAN SWAINSTON
Preston, ID
IDA Board Member

STEVE BALLARD
Gooding, ID
IDPC Board Member

JOHN BRUBAKER
Buhl, ID
IDPC Board Member

BRIAN ESPLIN
Shelley, ID
IDPC Board Member

DAN GILBERT
Blackfoot, ID
IDPC Board Member

KIM KORN
Terreton, ID
IDPC Board Member

BERNIE TEUNISSEN
Nampa, ID
IDPC Board Member

DAVE VEENHOUWER
Jerome, ID
IDPC Board Member


From Our CEO

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The Idaho dairy industry is significant. As the third largest dairy producer in the country, Idaho’s dairy products and bi-products are popular with food manufacturers and consumers.

In response to changes in the industry, IDA continues to endorse and promote legislation that benefits and keeps the best interests of the dairies and their employees in mind.

The Idaho dairy families and workers are the heart of this industry. I am moved by the overwhelming commitment of the dairy families and workers across the state. Their unwavering support allows us to produce quality products and, in-turn, grow revenues and enhance the local and regional economies.

As the focus in Washington D.C. turns toward immigration reform, IDA is watching closely to ensure the best interests of our dedicated dairy workers and our state are a priority for policymakers. I am grateful to our local, state and federal elected leaders who work tirelessly to protect and promote our dairy families.

The Idaho dairy industry consistently ranks higher in revenues that any other agriculture commodities produced in Idaho. From our farms to the tables of people all around the world, Idaho will continue to provide consumers with the highest quality milk and dairy products. We are proud of our global reach and will continue to strive to export our goods into markets far outside of Idaho.

RICK NAEREBOUT
Chief Executive Officer, Idaho Dairymen’s Association