August 16, 2016

Dairy Farmer Joins Trump’s Agriculture Advisory Board

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

Donald Trump announced the members of his agriculture advisory board on Tuesday. Among the members of the board are governors, secretaries of agriculture, and farmers. One dairy farmer is also serving on the board: Mike McCloskey of Select Milk Producers and Fair Oaks Farms.

 “The men and women on the committee will provide pioneering new ideas to strengthen our nation's agricultural industry as well as provide support to our rural communities,” Trump campaign officials noted in a press release Tuesday.

McCloskey his wife, Sue, built Fair Oaks farm and the milk brand, Fair Life. In addition, McCloskey is the founder and CEO of Select Milk Producers, a co-op that is now the sixth largest in the country. There is now doubt he will represent the industry well.

Several other farmers join McCloskey on the committee including Garry Niemeyer of the National Corn Growers Association, Steve Foglesong former chair of the Farm Foundation, and Steve Wellman and Ron Heck, both former presidents of the American Soybean Association. Governors on the committee include those from Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas.  Current agriculture secretaries of Texas, Mississippi, Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Indiana, Iowa, Georgia and Maine are also on the committee.

 “Mr. Trump understands the critical role our nation's agricultural community plays in feeding not only our country, but the world, and how important these Americans are to powering our nation's economy,” campaign officials wrote.