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Groves and Stoll Join Holstein Foundation Board

Brattleboro, Vt. (February 3, 2015)…Brad Groves, of Billings, Missouri, and Rod Stoll, of Savoy, Illinois, are the newest trustees named to the Holstein Foundation board of trustees. The 12-member board oversees the direction of the Holstein Foundation’s youth and young adult educational and leadership development programs.

About Brad Groves

Brad Groves is the fourth generation on Groves View Dairy, where they milk 200 head of Registered Holsteins and Brown Swiss, and which received Century Farm status in 2013. The Groves-Vu prefix can be found nationally and internationally.

Groves served as co-chairman of the Host Day committee for the 2012 National Holstein Convention, held in Springfield, Missouri. He is also director at large for the Missouri Holstein Association and a 2014 graduate of the Young Dairy Leaders Institute.

“It is my pleasure to have been asked to join the Holstein Foundation board,” Groves said. “Holstein Association USA and the Holstein Foundation have done so much for me, I think it's time to help make decisions to help out the next recipient who will be touched by activities available through the Foundation.”

About Rod Stoll

Rod Stoll is vice president of marketplace engagement for Farm Credit Illinois. He grew up on a dairy and grain farm in Chestnut, Illinois, and earned a bachelor’s degree in dairy science from the University of Illinois. He worked for Monsanto’s dairy business, then as director of development for the University of Illinois’ College of ACES Advancement Office and the Illinois 4-H Foundation. He joined Farm Credit in 2007.

Stoll is a certified basketball official and a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He has served as a co-lead facilitator at 25 college LeaderShape Institutes around the country, and has moderated the Dairy Bowl at the National Holstein Convention’s Dairy Bowl for 23 years. “My extraordinary experiences working with Junior Holstein members as a Dairy Bowl volunteer since 1991 created a special place in my heart for the important work of the Holstein Foundation,” Stoll said.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to join the Holstein Foundation’s board team and commit to being a loyal advocate and faithful steward of the organization in this trustee role.”

For more information about Holstein Foundation programs, including Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or jhoynoski@holstein.com.

The Holstein Foundation, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vt., is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1989. The Foundation's cornerstone program for young adults is the renowned Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI). Current programs targeting youth ages 9-21 include the popular Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy competitions. The Holstein Foundation also focuses on youth outreach activities, offering free educational workbooks, and ribbons for local shows.