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The Van Ommering Dairy Farm 

David Van Ommering is a partner with his brother, Robert, at Van Ommering Dairy, a third generation operation on 190 acres in Lakeside. Van Ommering Dairy was established in 1960 by his parents, Gerrit and Gerry Van Ommering, after emigrating from the Netherlands. The dairy produces raw milk, which is sold through a cooperative to processors for cheese, butter, and milk powder products. Van Ommering is immediate past president of the San Diego County Farm Bureau and an active board member serving on several committees. He has also served as a board member of the Lakeside Planning Group, is past president of the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the San Diego Milk Producers Council. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and has worked on the dairy most of his life. In 2005, the Van Ommering Dairy launched the first methane gas-powered electric generating system in San Diego County in an effort to take advantage of his dairy’s “natural” resources and supply the operation’s energy needs. While the effort was costly and fraught with regulatory and bureaucratic delays, it has been a significant success.

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