Automatic milk check withdrawals to fund regional and national marketing efforts are supported by one Door County dairy farmer. However, Rich Olson, of Olson Family Farm near Sturgeon Bay, questions why those dues are paying for high executive salaries. Dairy Management Incorporated promotes dairy products nationwide and is paid for through the withdrawal of 15-cents per hundredweight from each farmer's milk check. Reviews of the company's 2018 records show that Executive Vice-President Tom Vilsack, the former U.S. Agriculture Secretary, receives nearly $1-million in pay and benefits. Rich Olson sees some contradictions in Dairy Management's applications.
Dairy Management Incorporated is a non-profit organization that receives five-cents for every 15-cents withdrawn from dairy farmer's milk checks. The remaining ten-cents goes to organizations that market dairy products regionally.