Two Rivers, Wisconsin
Pete Kappelman, a dairy producer, is co-owner of Meadow Brook Dairy Farms, LLC, and is current Chairman of the Board of Land O'Lakes, Inc., a cooperative designed to meet the needs of dairy farmers in the Midwest. Kappelman joined the Land O'Lakes Board of Directors in 1995 and served as Board Secretary and First Vice Chairman before being elected Chairman in 2004.
Land O'Lakes has been a farmer-owned cooperative for more than 90 years and is the nation's second largest co-op and a leading marketer of dairy-based consumer, foodservice and food-ingredient products across the U.S., as well as provides an extensive line of agricultural supplies (animal feed, seed, and crop protection products) and services.
Kappelman also serves on the National Milk Producers Federation Board where he is currently serving as Chair of the International Trade Committee; he is also an Ag Policy Advisor to the Administration for USDA and USTR. Kappelman is a current Wisconsin Alumni Association member and former board member of several organizations including the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board; the Board of the U.S. Dairy Export Council; the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, and the UW Center for Dairy Profitability.
Kappelman farms in partnership with his wife Shellie. The Kappelmans were Wisconsin's 1995 Dairy Farm Family of the Year. Kappelman received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, College of Engineering.