Posts Tagged ‘Dennis Dugan’

Pinal 40 Awards $135,000 to Students and Non-Profits

August 7th, 2015 (franklin)

By Susan Randall, Casa Grande Dispatch

Pinal County has a new, home-grown philanthropic organization — a fraternity of businessmen who joined forces last December to promote Pinal County, especially its youth, farming and ag-related businesses. Click here for the entire article.

The Pinal 40 awarded $135,000 in grants and scholarships, including $40,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Casa Grande, Valley, $10,000 to the Pinal County 4-H Fair, $10,000 to Arizona FFA Foundation, and $20,000 to the Pinal 40 Endowment Fund. When the endowment reaches $1 million, it will permanently provide $60,000 a year for kids. The organization set aside $15,000 to be available to any Pinal County charity. Applications are available at pinal40.com. It also awarded $40,000 in agricultral scholarships to 18 students,who will study ag-related subjects at Central Arizona College, the University of Arizona or Texas Tech University.

Pinal 40 Members: Franklin Foods represented by Rocco Cardinale

Pinal 40 Members: Franklin Foods represented by Rocco Cardinale

Pinal 40 Member Frank Boyce of Shamrock Foods presents $2,000 scholarship to local student.

Pinal 40 Member Frank Boyce of Shamrock Foods presents $2,000 scholarship to local student.

Arizona FFA Foundation awarded $10,000 grant

Arizona FFA Foundation awarded $10,000 grant

The Pinal 40 is ready to make a big impact in 2015

December 19th, 2014 (franklin)

Under the leadership of Dennis Dugan of Triple D Dairy in Casa Grande, Arizona the Pinal 40 has been established to become the successor of the Dugans’ St. Patrick’s Day Foundation.  The Pinal 40 is a fraternity of community members from Pinal County, united in the common purpose of promoting and developing youth with an emphasis on farming and agriculture. But, this is only the beginning. In 2015, The Pinal 40 will host the Arizona AG Experience, a three day event to celebrate dairies, farming and agriculture in Pinal County.

Arizona AG Experience

Arizona AG Experience

Pinal 40

Pinal 40

Dairy Cows in Arizona?

July 19th, 2014 (franklin)

By Rocco Cardinale

The number one question I’ve had over the last two years has been, “There are dairy cows in Arizona?” This is a seemingly logical question when the sweltering heat and desert landscape are the typical images that come to mind when most of us picture Arizona. Those were my images as well, primarily because they are true.

Yes, it’s hot and dry for a good part of the year in the southwest Arizona county of Pinal, and it’s also the heart of a robust dairy milkshed. Yes, it feels as if you’re going to accidentally “mosey” (that will be my only Western movie reference, promise) right onto the movie set of an old cowboy picture with cacti in the background and the perfect tumbleweed rolling on by. The John Wayne vibe is still alive and well, especially in Casa Grande, where the “Duke” spent a great deal of time. Coincidentally, a portion of his Red River Ranch is now part of a dairy operation owned by Tom and Kathy Dugan. More about the Dugan’s later.

Just how much milk is produced in Arizona? Oh, about 4.4 billion pounds a year, ranking Arizona 15th in the U.S.  A majority of this milk is produced by the 86 member farmers of the United Dairyman of Arizona Cooperative (UDA). UDA collects the milk from each farm, and at their state-of-the-art processing facility in Tempe, pasteurizes the fluid milk for local bottlers and manufacturers. Cream and butter are also produced, as well as powdered milk for domestic and global distribution.

One of the original Arizona dairy families is the Dugan’s. Dennis Dugan, of Triple D Dairies and his five brothers (Dan, Pat, Mike, Richard, and Tom) are all dairy farmers. Only Richard in no longer active.  The Dugan’s parents, Delores and Mike, moved from Wisconsin to Arizona in 1962 with their six boys.  Today the Dugan brothers milk about 30,000 cows. After spending time with Dennis and touring the dairy farm, one thing is very clear, he still enjoys the dairy business. He effortlessly moves from topics on the latest herd cooling technology, global dairy issues and practices, to his new family foundation that will benefit underprivileged children. This family owned business represents the history and future of Arizona dairy, and Franklin Foods West is proud to have the Dugan’s, and all of the family farmers of UDA as suppliers.

So, to answer the question, “Yes, there are dairy cows in Arizona…about 175,000 of them.” Visit the Dairy Council of Arizona website and learn more about Arizona family farmers.

Rocco Cardinale

Rocco has over 15 years of marketing and branding experience in the food and beverage, and consumer packaged goods industry. His background stretches from founding a specialty coffee company in California to his current role as vice president of marketing for Franklin Foods, an innovative dairy products manufacturer.