Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance
Robert Mensonides (email@example.com)
Robert joined the WODPA organization in Febuary 2019 as the Executive Director.
Rob grew up on a dairy farm in Western Washington and is the eldest of four bothers
and the son of a Dutch immigrant. Rob studied at Washington State University and
earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics with an emphasis in Animal
Science and marketing. While attending WSU, he played football and baseball for the
Cougs and served as President for FarmHouse Fraternity, he also had the opportunity to be a member of CUDS (Cooperative University Dairy Students) where he helped manage the University Dairy herd.
Rob meet his wife of 21 years, Kami, at WSU while studying the same degree. They have a daughter, Mika, in her senior year at WSU now, and a 13-year-old son, Robbie, who is eating everything they can put in front of him and drinking a lot of Organic milk! In 2005, Rob and Kami started their own small organic farming operation in Eastern Washington on the farm Kami grew up on. They grow organic hay, corn, silage and small grains.
After graduation from WSU in 1997, Rob worked as a feed consultant for Cargill Feeds in Washington, and then in California. When the opportunity came up to move a little closer to the Pacific Northwest, Rob took a nutrition feed consultant position with Land O’Lakes Purina Feeds in Idaho in 1999. In 2006, Rob joined Agri-King and soon after entered a management position, where he helped grow the brand in the new PNW area. Working as a consultant with Dairy Nutrition Management Consulting and ISF also kept him connected with the dairy industry over the past several years.
Rob has been active with important organizations such as the Washington State Farm Bureau, Washington State FFA Foundation Board, Washington State Hay Growers Association Board, and the Washington Ag Forestry Leadership Program as a Class 37 graduate. These experiences has helped lay a great foundation for his position as Executive Director for WODPA.
Richard Mathews (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(717) 457- 0100
Richard joined WODPA as its first Executive Director on May 15, 2013. He has nearly 34 years of experience serving American Agriculture through various USDA positions and programs. He was the lead regulation writer responsible for the second proposed rule and final rule establishing the National Organic Standards. Shortly after publication of the organic final rule, Richard was promoted to the Program Manager/Associate Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program. He also researched and wrote pasture and other livestock provisions providing clarity and specificity to the NOP livestock standards.
Upon graduating from California State University, Chico in 2006, Darby became manager of the newly transitioning organic dairy at the Chico State University Farm. The Chico State Organic Dairy milks 85 cross bred cows and uses a seasonal calving, grass based system.
2nd Vice President
Jennifer Beretta, Santa Rosa, CA
Beretta Dairy is located in Santa Rosa, CA. They milk about 300 Holstein and Jersey cows. We have about 400 acres
total, 150 are designated for the endangered flowers so we are unable to irrigate those, but are able to irrigate 250 acres for pasture. We are able to make silage our self and also are able to cut hay on some of our ground for a 2nd and 3rd cutting. We are able to irrigate the pastures in the summer which allows grazing through the summer where many dairies around the area are not able to because they are dependent on rainfall. The dairy has been in operation for 55 years, we have been shipping organic milk to Wallaby for 8 years.