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NMPF announces a changing of the guard

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has promoted John Hollay to the position of vice president of government relations, effective immediately. Hollay joined the organization in May 2012 as director of government relations, and was promoted to senior director in the summer of 2012.

“John has made a tremendous, positive impact on the organization in the short time he’s been with NMPF, building on our relationships on Capitol Hill and across Washington, D.C.,” said Jim Mulhern, chief operating officer of NMPF. “His strategic insight and hard work on behalf of dairy farmers have helped make our entire organization more effective.” Hollay’s main focus during his time with NMPF has been on farm bill, immigration and labor issues.

Before joining NMPF last year, Hollay served as senior legislative assistant with Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney, with responsibility for issues pertaining to agriculture, energy, environment and labor. He was also the lead congressional staffer on the re-establishment of the Dairy Farmer Caucus on Capitol Hill.

NMPF also announced on October 8 the departure of Dana Brooks, senior vice president of government relations. She left NMPF on October 11, having accepted a position with Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, to direct the firm’s federal government affairs office in Washington, D.C.

“Dana has been a highly-effective and well-respected advocate for dairy producer and cooperative interests on Capitol Hill and elsewhere within the federal government,” Mulhern said. “She has served our members with great distinction, and everyone throughout the organization wishes her the best in her new role.”

During Brooks’ tenure at NMPF, she helped focus attention in Congress on the importance to the nation’s dairy farmers of enacting the Dairy Security Act as part of the Farm Bill, advanced efforts to address the economic crisis that affected dairy farmers in 2009, and highlighted the important role of dairy nutrition in children’s diets through her work on the Child Nutrition reauthorization bill. She was also instrumental in ensuring that the mandatory, electronic reporting of dairy prices was signed into law in 2010.