Midwest dairy co-op adds farmer-led conservation group coordinator
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative has added a coordinator for the co-op’s support of a growing number of farmer-led watershed conservation groups.
Jamie Fisher will work directly with the groups through Edge’s involvement in the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance, of which Edge is a founding member.
“Jamie brings excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and her first-hand knowledge of farming is an added value to our members,” said Tim Trotter, executive director of Edge, which has members throughout the Midwest.
“Empowering our farmers to pursue innovative approaches to protecting and improving water quality is our mission in supporting these watershed groups. We’re fortunate to have someone with Jamie’s talents and passion in this important role,” Trotter said.
Fisher holds a degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and farmed with her family for eight years. She most recently served in the roles of sales support, marketing and human resources at CP Feeds in Valders, Wis.
In her new role, Fisher will provide the watershed groups organizational and communication support, data collection and outreach. She will help the groups plan and implement their programming to expand conservation efforts and meet goals.
“I am excited to continue my involvement in agriculture and I look forward to working with the farmer-led groups,” Fisher said. “As I grow in my position, I will enjoy the connections and knowledge we share within the dairy community at both the local and national levels.”
Edge’s support for the watershed groups comes through the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance, which is a collaborative, industry-supported effort to promote and spur farmer-led solutions to environmental challenges, taking into account business viability and community engagement. The alliance was established in 2016 and driven primarily by Edge, the Dairy Business Association in Wisconsin and The Nature Conservancy.