Dairy Farmers of America honors long-time leader

Beckendorf retires from Board after 42 years of service to the dairy industry
April 1, 2009

Kansas City, Mo. - Charles Beckendorf was honored for 42 years of service to Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) and the dairy industry during the Cooperative’s 11th Annual Meeting, held March 24-25 in Kansas City. The Tomball, Texas, resident retired from DFA’s Corporate Board of Directors.

Beckendorf, a fourth-generation dairy farmer who has been dairying since 1967, has spent much of his life representing dairy farmers. More than 11 years ago, when he was serving as chairman of Associated Milk Producers Incorporated, he and three other milk cooperative leaders worked to create a new farmer cooperative. This cooperative – today known as DFA – was formed to reduce volatility and enhance members’ competitiveness in the marketplace.

“Charles Beckendorf has been instrumental in shaping a dairy cooperative that is both responsive to its members’ needs and proactive in seizing opportunities,” said Tom Camerlo, chairman of DFA’s Board of Directors. “His fine leadership has set a high standard for the future.”

Later serving as chairman of the farm commodity organization for National Milk Producers Federation, Beckendorf worked to ensure the best interests of dairy farmers were being met – including helping to create the Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Herd Retirement Program.
Beckendorf also has served on the boards of Dairy MAX, Dairy Management Inc. and United Dairy Industry Association. He served on DFA’s Government, Member and Public Relations Committee and chairs the Risk Management and Retirement committees.