Jodi Wright recognized with Dairy Leadership Award

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Rural Verona resident leads Missouri Holstein Association

COLUMBIA – Jodi Wright of rural Verona, executive director and secretary/treasurer of the Missouri Holstein Association, has received the Dairy Leadership Award from the Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors Foundation.

Wright grew up on the award winning Raim dairy farm in Cedaredge, Colorado. After earning degrees at Colorado State University, she went to work for the Holstein Association USA, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vermont. She moved to Clever, Missouri in 1997 to marry Larry Wright, becoming a member of his family’s Wrightvale Holsteins.

As the executive director of the Missouri Holstein Association, Wright manages the activities of the association, including sales, conventions, district meetings, district and state shows, field days and publications. She served as point person and publicity chair for the National Holstein Association’s convention in 2012—one of the most successful conventions ever held.

Recently she has assisted in the development of the University of Missouri Extension’s Women in Dairy program.

According to a spokesperson for the foundation, Wright was given the award "because of her tireless work and contributions to the dairy industry in multiple endeavors such as creating websites, researching sires and cow families for herd biographies, open and willing personality, professionalism and leadership abilities."

The Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors Foundation maintains and perpetuates the Dairy Hall of Honors in the Animal Science Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The MODHH Foundation provides an archive for the preservation of records and memorabilia of the Missouri dairy industry. The Foundation honors leaders related to the dairy industry with four annual awards.

The 2016 awards were presented at an awards luncheon on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus on Jan. 27.