Bob Naerebout has spent the entirety of his career within the dairy industry. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1975 and has experienced life as a university employee when he managed Michigan State’s Dairy Research and Teaching Center. Bob has 20 years of on-farm experience milking his own dairy cows in McBain, Michigan prior to moving to Idaho.
In 2002 Bob took a position with the Idaho Dairymen’s Association (IDA) as their Executive Director. IDA was established in 1924 and represents all dairy producers of Idaho. The purpose of the Association is to protect Idaho’s dairy industry through environmental, legal, and legislative leadership.
During the fall of 2017, Bob narrowed the focus of his role with the Association to leading IDA in its government affairs and continuing to serve on the various national dairy industry boards he has been appointed to. Many of those boards’ primary goal is to see responsible immigration reform successfully moved forward. Currently, Bob serves on the Executive Committee for both the National Council of Agricultural Employers and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform and holds a Board of Directors seat for America is Better.
Through Bob’s engagements surrounding immigration reform, he and IDA have become a widely recognized as a leader for immigration reform.