NMPF was organized in 1916 to provide a forum for dairy producers and the cooperatives they own to participate in public policy discussions. NMPF advocates policies to Congress, U.S. and foreign government agencies, industry organizations, the news media, and the public.
We use our unique resources to harness the ever-changing climate in the politics and marketing of milk and dairy products from farm to table to promote the economic well-being of dairy producers and their cooperatives through coordinated industry efforts.
NMPF addresses policies concerning milk pricing, domestic and international market development, agriculture credit and taxation, environmental issues, food safety and health, animal welfare, product standards and labeling, and research and biotechnology.
Our mission is to foster an economic and political climate in which dairy producers and the cooperatives they own can thrive and prosper. Achieving such success assures consumers of adequate supplies of wholesome and nutritious dairy products at affordable prices.
This helps improve the bottom line of the associate members who provide services to dairy producers and cooperatives that they represent.
The National Milk Producers Federation organizes in Chicago, Illinois.
An early NMPF achievement is passage of the Capper-Volstead Act, which gives agricultural cooperatives certain exemptions from antitrust laws.
The Agriculture Marketing Agreement Act provides the basis for the modern-day Milk Marketing Orders.
NMPF supports the very first national June Dairy Month.
The Agricultural Act of 1949 makes price support purchases the cornerstone of federal dairy policy.
The Young Cooperator Program launches to help build leadership skills in younger dairy farmers.
The school breakfast program begins.
The first Dietary Guidelines for Americans is issued.
NMPF launches Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), a self-help program to bolster farm milk prices through expedited dairy beef sales, export market development and sales assistance.
NMPF launches the National Dairy FARM Program, which sets rigorous guidelines that ensure high-quality animal care on U.S. dairy farms.
NMPF's plan for a margin insurance program, the Margin Protection Program, is enacted, marking the most significant rewrite of federal dairy policy in more than a generation.