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|Rovey named new USDEC chairman|
|News - Industry News|
|Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:45|
Arizona dairyman Paul Rovey was elected chairman of the checkoff-funded U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) at the association’s membership meeting in October.
Rovey had been serving as interim chairman, filling the seat made vacant by previous chairman Les Hardesty’s retirement from the industry. He is the fourth elected chairman in the organization’s history, following Elwood Kirkpatrick (1995-2004), Tom Camerlo (2004-2009) and Hardesty (2009-2012).Rovey, a long-time dairy leader, milks approximately 2,100 cows on his dairy farm in Glendale, Arizona. He also serves as chairman of the board of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), a post to which he was elected in January 2003. He also has served as vice chairman of DMI, chairman of the board of the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) and the National Dairy Board (NDB).
In addition to his efforts in dairy promotion, Rovey serves as a leader within Arizona’s agriculture community, including chairman of the board for United Dairymen of Arizona. He studied animal science at the University of Arizona.
The group is focused on market development, market access and trade policy and is supported primarily by the dairy checkoff and complemented with additional funding from the USDA and membership dues.
“The coming years are going to be crucial as we work to cement our position as consistent suppliers of dairy products to buyers, whether here or overseas. USDEC’s model is sound and responsive, and I’m proud to be a part of this organization.”
Holle currently is the vice chairman of the National Dairy Board and a member of DMI’s Board of Directors. He milks 600 cows in Mandan, North Dakota, for Land O’Lakes, where he has spent years in various district leadership positions.