Jim Wedeberg is an organic pioneer. Jim was one of the original seven organic dairy farmers who founded CROPP Cooperative in 1988. As a founding member of the cooperative, Jim was involved in developing the original organic dairy production standards for the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA), a member-owned, nonprofit organization, which provides research, education and certification services to organic growers, processors and handlers around the world.
A longtime National Farmers Organization (NFO) advocate, Jim saw organic farming as an opportunity for family farms to take control of their own destinies. Combining organic production methods with grazing Jim established a successful organic model that has been repeated with great success. Over the years, Jim served on the Board of Directors and as Board President. Since 1998, Jim became the co-opís Dairy Pool Director. As director, Jim has many duties, including the implementation of dairy pool policies, development of quality and herd health programs, and balancing supply and demand. Under Jimís leadership, the Cooperative has expanded from its foundation of seven farms in Wisconsin to over 1,700 farms.
Jim and Julie Wedeberg and their sons John and Jake have a century farm near Gays Mills, Wisconsin. John, is the 5th generation of Wedebergs to run their family farm, while Jake is CROPP Cooperativeís On-farm Sustainability Coordinator.