Information about the Dairy Industry

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NMPF provides a forum through which dairy farmers and their cooperatives formulate policy on national issues that affect milk production and marketing. This helps to improve the economic well being of dairy farmers and assure the nation's consumers an adequate supply of pure, wholesome milk and dairy products. However, policy is just one area of the U.S. dairy industry. NMPF also works with organizations dedicated to other areas of the industry, such as processing, consumer relations, research, trade, and more. Learn about some of these organizations in the list below to see how their roles support the nation's dairy industry.

Dairy Checkoff Works

Dairy producers can learn how their 15-cent dairy checkoff investment works through generic dairy promotion, marketing, and research programs.

Dairy Farming Today

With less than 2 percent of the U.S. population involved in farming today, many people don’t have the opportunity to visit a dairy farm. America’s Dairy Farmers welcome the opportunity to connect the general public with life on the farm. U.S. dairy farms - 99 percent of them family owned and operated - are as diverse as the landscape that serves as their backdrop, but all dairy farmers work hard every day to provide safe, wholesome, and nutritious milk to the public. They also care for their animals and the land as they grow their businesses, making positive contributions to rural America.

Dairy Management Inc.

Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), based in Rosemont, IL, is the domestic and international planning and management organization that builds demand for dairy products on behalf of America’s 60,000-plus dairy producers. DMI works with state and regional dairy promotion organizations to integrate marketing, promotion, advertising, public relations, nutrition education, and nutrition, product, and technology research programs.

Fuel Up to Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League that helps students improve their schools by putting their ideas and plans into action to help everyone eat healthy and get active. Fuel Up to Play 60 offers the chance to make a commitment to healthy eating and 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

I Love Cheese!

The place for cheese lovers, this site profiles different varieties of cheese and helps you pick which ones best suit your taste buds. It also offers recipes, the history of cheese, and other “cheesy” facts.

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Dairy farmers, cooperatives, and companies, along with government and non-government organizations, financial institutions, associations, brands, and academia, are working together pre-competitively to foster innovation. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy provides a forum for everyone in dairy to better deliver nutritious dairy foods, beverages, and ingredients for the health of people, communities, and the earth. Established in 2008, the Innovation Center is the first organization of its kind to align the collective resources of the industry around its barriers and opportunities, so that we can offer consumers the dairy products and ingredients they need for a healthy and productive lifestyle.

National Dairy Council

The National Dairy Council (NDC) provides timely, scientifically sound nutrition information to the media, physicians, dietitians, nurses, educators, consumers, and others concerned about fostering a healthier society.

U.S. Dairy Export Council

For a global view, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) provides information on dairy trade policies, regulatory affairs, food-related foreign aid programs, and international products and suppliers.