Grotegut Earns First-Ever Community Builder Award

Wisconsin dairy plays a significant role within rural communities. Many who work in dairy are also community leaders, serving on boards for their schools, towns, counties, and other organizations.

This year, the Dairy Business Association and Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin collaborated to unveil a new honor for dairy men and women who prioritize building trusted relationships with their neighbors and the surrounding community.

At DBA’s annual Dairy Strong conference, the groups announced Doug Grotegut as the inaugural recipient of the Community Builder Award.

“I really enjoy sharing my farm with everybody,” Grotegut said in front of an audience at the KI Convention Center. “Reach out to people. It’s not just your farm, it’s your community. Do whatever’s right to help out.”

Grotegut, of the third-generation Grotegut Dairy Farm in Newton, has long been a leader in the dairy community. The farm milks about 3,500 cows and manages about 3,350 acres of land.

Notably, Doug played a pivotal role in hosting the Manitowoc County Breakfast on the Farm. The event drew thousands to the farm and educated the public about dairy farming in Wisconsin. His commitment to transparency is evident through the farm’s partnership with the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center. Each year, the farm hosts tours with individuals from across the globe.

“Doug Grotegut’s dedication to his community and Wisconsin dairy is exemplary,” says DFW CEO Chad Vincent. “His efforts to engage the public, promote sustainable farming and actively engage in community events make him — and the entire Grotegut family — a remarkable recipient for the first Community Builder Award.”