DFA Annual Meeting Focuses on Pride in Dairy

Jamie Johansen

More than 1,500 members and guests gathered in Kansas City for Dairy Farmers of America’s (DFA) 19th annual meeting, which emphasized what sets them apart and those ideals, values that matter most to members, leaders and employees. “We’re proud of who we are and what we do, and we want to show the world why,” said Randy Mooney, chairman of …

KS Dairy Farmer Testifies to Senate Ag Committee

Jamie Johansen

Kansas dairy farmer Lynda Foster says dairy farmers need Congress to make improvements in the dairy title of the farm bill this year, and not wait until 2018. In a field hearing Thursday on the campus of Kansas State University, Foster told members of the Senate Agriculture Committee that “dairy farmers deserve better” than the current Margin Protection Program (MPP). …

DFA to Sponsor 2017 AgTech Sprint Accelerator

Jamie Johansen

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is sponsoring the 2017 Sprint Accelerator, an innovative program that helps accelerate and grow startup businesses. DFA’s program will focus on startups in the AgTech arena, which can offer support and foster technologies to help manage the Cooperative’s nationwide operations. Specifically, the Cooperative is looking for AgTech startups with applications related to any portion of …

DFA Reports 2015 Financial Results

Lizzy Schultz

At the Annual Meeting held this week, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) officials reported a net income of $94.1 million. The value is a significant increase from the Cooperative’s $43.1 million income in 2014, and is attributable to strong performances from DFA’s commercial operations and affiliates. DFA’s 2015 net sales totaled $13.8 billion, compared to $17.9 billion in 2014. Low …

DFA Honors Seven Members of Distinction

Lizzy Schultz

Each year, one member farm from each of the Dairy Farmers of America’s (DFA) seven regions is honored during the DFA Annual Banquet. The 2016 Members of Distinction are: The Central Region honors went to the Hanke family, Hanke Farms Inc, of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Though multiple disasters have struck the operation, including a massive silo collapse, personal tragedy, and …

Re-Imagining Dairy at DFA Annual Meeting

Lizzy Schultz

More than 1,500 Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) members and guests gathered this week in Kansas City for the Cooperative’s 18th Annual Meeting. Dairy Re-imagined was this year’s theme, and attendees were encouraged to join the Cooperative in challenging the status quo and turn their focus to the limitless possibilities available to the industry in all areas, from the farmer’s …

CWT – 3.9 Million lbs of Cheese & Butter Export Sales

Jamie Johansen

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 11 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland-Virginia Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), and Tillamook County Creamery Association who have contracts to sell 1.613 million pounds (732 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese and 2.315 million pounds (1,050 metric tons) of butter (82% milkfat) to customers in Asia, the Middle …

1.9 Million lbs of Cheese & Whole Milk Powder Export Sales

Jamie Johansen

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 5 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association, and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 277,782 pounds (126 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese and 1.587 million pounds (720 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and South America. The product …

Farm Bill With Dairy Reform Signed

Cindy Zimmerman

President Obama traveled to Michigan State University to sign the Agricultural Act of 2014 on Friday. “Despite its name, the farm bill is not just about helping farmers,” President Obama told the small crowd invited for the signing. “Secretary Vilsack calls it a jobs bill, an innovation bill, an infrastructure bill, a research bill, a conservation bill. It’s like a …

Dairylea Members Approve Merger with DFA

Talia Goes

During a special meeting in Syracuse, N.Y., members of Dairylea Cooperative Inc. approved the proposed merger with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA). The merger will become official on April 1, and combines Dairylea’s Northeast-based 1,200 members with DFA’s 13,000 nationwide dairy farmer members. The cooperatives have enjoyed a successful working relationship since DFA was formed in 1998. Working together, Dairylea …