Turlock area dairy farmer Pete Mensonides has been elected to a two-year term on the board of Dairy Farmers of America, a national milk-processing cooperative.
Mensonides and his wife, Eleanor, milk 450 cows and farm 80 acres. He served on the board from 1998 to 2002 and has been on the western area council and the marketing committee. Mensonides and 37 other people were elected to the 51-seat board during the cooperative's annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo.
The group also recognized outgoing board members, including Steve Hofman of Ripon and Ray Veldhuis of Winton. DFA's operations include a cheese, whey and cream plant in Turlock and a Hughson plant that makes butter, condensed milk, ice cream and other products.
Stephen Taylor of Turlock has been promoted to vice president for risk management at American AgCredit. Taylor, a 27-year lending veteran, will oversee the pricing desk, special projects and training for the credit staff. Taylor is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and the University of California at Davis. He has farmed wine grapes in Mendocino County. American AgCredit is part of a federally sponsored network of lending institutions that are owned by the borrower-members.
The starting time has changed for one of Wednesday's meetings on protecting dairy cattle from heat stress. It will be at noon, rather than 2 p.m., at the Branding Iron Restaurant, 640 W. 16th St., Merced. The other meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Barnwood Restaurant & Catering, 338 E. Main St., Ripon. The meetings are sponsored by Kentucky-based Alltech Inc. Admission is free, but people planning to attend should call 559-226-0405 in advance.