A marketing cooperative is owned by farmers and helps them market their milk. Many cooperatives have processing plants, while others serve solely as bargaining agents on behalf of the member-owners. Cooperatives give individual farmers better access to retail markets and more leverage in the food chain.
NMPF is a farm commodity policy organization representing a majority of the dairy marketing cooperatives in the United States. NMPF members market the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making National Milk the principal voice on national issues for these cooperatives and their dairy farmer members.