Larry Purdom, a dairy farmer from Purdy, has been re-elected to serve on the board of directors for Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. Purdom will represent the cooperative's southeast area for a three-year term.
Purdom, along with his wife and daughter, milks 140 cows, grows corn silage and hay, and raises a small herd of beef cows on 700 acres. He is chairman of the Missouri Dairy Association and serves on the Midwest Dairy Association.
Active in the dairy industry, Purdom serves on the Barry County Farm Bureau board and is chairman of the Congressional Agriculture Advisory Committee. He previously served on the National Dairy board.
Purdom was inducted into the Missouri Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2010 and also has been honored with the FFA American Farmer Degree and as an Honorary Star Farmer. He was inducted in the Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors and has won grand champions, premier breeder and exhibitor awards. Purdom received the Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder Award in 2011.
DFA's board structure ensures grassroots representation and leadership by the dairy farmer owner-members of the organization. Leaders are elected by members from each of DFA's seven regional areas for positions at the local district level, on area councils and for the national 51-member dairy producer board. Elected leaders are responsible for guiding management and establishing the policies and business direction of the cooperative.