NMPF Highlights Dairy’s Resilience, Honors Farmer Leaders at Annual Meeting

November 13, 2019

National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern highlighted the resilience of U.S. dairy farmers in a challenging economic and policy environment at NMPF’s joint annual meeting in New Orleans on Nov. 6, pledging that dairy would speak with one voice on crucial issues.

“Resilience against hardship has always been a fact of life in dairy,” Mulhern said. “We know that if we embrace change while holding true to our values, we will win.”

NMPF’s portion of the Nov. 4-6 conference was highlighted by bylaws changes that bolster its position as the premier organization for U.S. dairy farmers. The biggest U.S. dairy-farmer group also honored longtime leaders who have helped build today’s industry.

The organization added the chairman of its Small Cooperative Caucus, Jimmy Kerr of Cooperative Milk Producers Association based in Blackstone, Virginia, to its now 15-member Executive Committee, ensuring that cooperatives of all sizes have a voice in the organization’s thought-leadership body. The Executive Committee, that was formed earlier this year, enhances the geographic and size diversity the organization needs in its governance structure.

“NMPF represents a broader range of dairy farmers and interests than any other industry organization,” Mulhern said. “Committing to diverse leadership makes our united voice is the strongest it can be. Brighter times lie ahead for dairy, and we are ready to advance in a wide range of areas that serve all of our members.”

The meeting, NMPF’s main policy conference of the year, attracted more than 850 attendees, about 50 more than the previous year. It featured discussions of the state of the dairy industry and economy, with remarks from the organization’s chairman, Missouri dairy farmer Randy Mooney.

“Dairy farmers play an important role in society. We help preserve communities,” he said. “Like all of you, I’m proud to be a dairy farmer, producing the most nutritious product in the world.”

NMPF staff also presented on issues ranging from immigration to the fight against inappropriate labeling of plant-based products.

Awards presented at the meeting included the winner of the Communicator of the Year award, this year given to Michigan Milk Producers Association, and the winners of the annual cheese contest, with this year’s overall honor going to Associated Milk Producers Inc.

The Young Cooperators portion of the program, which began on Sunday, Nov. 3, included seminars on communications, the FARM program, and other topics of interest to younger producers.

NMPF also named new members to its Board of Directors, including:

  • James Jacquier, Agri-Mark Inc.
  • Harold Howrigan, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
  • David Kyle, Foremost Farms USA
  • Joey Fernandes, Land O’Lakes
  • Sonia Fabian, Lone Star Milk Producers.

NMPF also recognized four dairy leaders with “Honorary Director for Life” designations for their service to NMPF and the broader dairy community:

  • Adrian Boer, Northwest Dairy Association
  • Cornell Kasbergen, Land O’Lakes
  • Neal Rea, Agri-Mark
  • George Rohrer, Dairy Farmers of America.

Dairy Margins Widen to Highest Since 2017 in Positive Economic Sign

November 13, 2019

In welcome news for the dairy economy, the September margin under the Dairy Margin Coverage program rose by $0.56 per cwt. over the August margin to reach $10.41 per cwt, the second consecutive month margins have fallen outside the threshold necessary to trigger a federal payment. The is the highest seen since the beginning of 2017, allowing for the change in the alfalfa hay price in the margin formula’s feed cost calculation. The September all-milk price was $0.40 per cwt. higher than August’s and the DMC calculated feed cost for September was $0.16 per cwt. lower than August’s, mostly due to a drop in the price of corn.

As of November 6, USDA’s DMC Decision Tool, which can be accessed online, projected the margins shown in the chart below. The DMC margin is currently projected to remain above $9.50 per cwt. for the remainder of 2019 and during all of 2020. Milk prices are expected to generate most of the monthly changes in the margin forecast, while feed costs are anticipated to remain relatively stable during that time.

The DMC information page on NMPF’s website offers a variety of educational resources to help farmers make better use of the program. NMPF also posted a new video explaining how farmers can benefit from the DMC.

Dairy Industry Helping Lead USMCA Push

November 13, 2019

NMPF has been outspoken in its advocacy for USMCA and its benefits for dairy farmers. As this year’s congressional session draws to a close, NMPF is increasing efforts to encourage congressional leaders and USTR to come to an agreement that moves this trade pact forward.

NMPF president and CEO Jim Mulhern on Oct. 31 joined House Agriculture Committee Livestock Chairman Jim Costa and other agricultural leaders at an event on Capitol Hill to stress the importance of passing USMCA American agricultural prosperity. Together, they called on Congress to act swiftly to pass USMCA to improve our trade relationships and secure increased export opportunities.

Mulhern also penned an op-ed for Agri-Pulse that was published in conjunction with the event, writing, “The trade relationships the U.S. shares with our North American neighbors are among our most important, but they are long overdue for an upgrade. Congress has the opportunity to make that happen by passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). With just a handful of legislative days left on the congressional calendar in 2019, there’s no time to waste and congressional action is urgently needed.”

NMPF has also been a driving force behind an effort to amplify the voice of the dairy farmer in USMCA outreach. Working closely with members and with USDEC, NMPF spearheaded and secured placement for farmer-led guest columns in the Cedar Rapids Gazette in Iowa, the Daily Star in New York, the Reading Eagle in Pennsylvania, and the Star Tribune in Minnesota.

NMPF Files Comments Emphasizing the Unintended Consequences of Horizontal Standards of Identity

November 13, 2019

NMPF filed comments Nov. 12 to the Food and Drug Administration’s modernizing standards docket, emphasizing that in many cases so called “horizontal” changes to standards are unnecessary, and has potential for unintended consequences. NMPF cautioned FDA to not move forward with this proposal.

Horizontal standards, which would be guidelines applied to all current standards of identity as a way to modernize them all at once, were proposed at a meeting in September in which NMPF spoke of how some companies may use it to cheapen their food products, not make them healthier. “When dealing with hundreds of very different standards, and the intention is to improve one, such changes may not be transparent when applied to different foods, and stakeholders could be deprived of a proper opportunity to weigh in,” Clay Detlefsen, NMPF regulatory expert, said.

NMPF’s comments focused on why maintaining the standards of identity are necessary to meet consumers’ expectations of products, noting that innovation in food groups is already happening without horizontal standards. “Creating these horizontal standards could just allow companies to cheapen their products under the guise of innovation legally,” NMPF wrote. The full comments can be found here.

U.S., Mexican Dairy Industries Hold Fourth Annual Summit, Commit to Shared Goals

November 13, 2019

Strengthening their commitment to promoting dairy trade between their nations, the U.S. and Mexican dairy industries held their fourth annual meeting in Torreón, Mexico in October, discussing the importance of finalizing USMCA, addressing concerns regarding a proposal mandating front-of-packaging nutrition labeling in Mexico and reaffirming their commitment to advancing shared priorities.

NMPF, USDEC and organizations representing dairy producers and processors in Mexico attended the meeting. The U.S. and Mexican industries released a joint statement following the summit, including a multi-point pledge to protect and promote dairy.

“The dairy industries of Mexico and the United States are proud to be among the world’s leading providers of wholesome and nutritious dairy products. We help feed communities around the globe while driving economic growth and bringing myriad positive benefits to each of our respective nations. We salute the hard work of the dairy farmers and processors in both Mexico and the United States who produce superior dairy products in an increasingly competitive marketplace,” they wrote.

The annual country-to-country meeting came as the U.S. awaits congressional passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Mexico has already passed the trade pact, which will help further secure the partnership shared by the U.S. and Mexico and support the important role dairy farmers play in rural economies and providing high-quality food products to consumers. NMPF will continue working with partners in Mexico to achieve these common goals for the benefit of dairy producers.

NMPF Submits Comments on Dairy Trade Barriers to USTR

November 13, 2019

Every year, the USTR solicits comments from stakeholders on trade barriers to help shape their annual National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers. NMPF, in conjunction with USDEC, prepared an extensive review of trade policies hindering dairy exports to key markets.

NMPF is urging the U.S. government to continue its pursuit of fair and reciprocal trade agreements, while also cautioning them against using valuable resources to negotiate trade deals that will not yield agricultural benefits for the U.S. NMPF’s comments cover many detailed issues, including the importance of passing USMCA, the need to fully resolve the trade dispute with China, the trade imbalance driven by the EU’s unfair trade policies and FTAs, new technical regulations in the Gulf, and much more.

NMPF’s goal for this document is that it will inform and guide the USTR during trade negotiations and encourage them to make dairy’s needs a priority in any future deals.

Joint Agriculture Effort Supports APHIS Plan for Animal Disease Prevention and Management

November 13, 2019

NMPF participated Oct. 1 in a joint press conference with the National Pork Producers Council, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University to urge the USDA to quickly spend mandatory funding included in the 2018 Farm Bill to buy enough vaccine to effectively contain and eradicate an FMD outbreak.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Agency announced in August initial plans to carry out new animal health activities using resources provided by the 2018 Farm Bill. Section 12101 of the law established a three-part program to comprehensively support animal disease prevention and management. The bill included funding to create two new programs: The National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (vaccine bank) and the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP). It also expanded funding opportunities for the existing National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).

These 2018 FARM Bill programs were initially identified in 2014 as priorities for Food and Mouth Disease (FMD) preparedness by the NMPF Animal Health and Wellbeing Committee. NMPF worked with a coalition of other stakeholders to obtain new funding in the 2018 FARM Bill for FMD preparedness.

“The time to build a best-in-class FMD Vaccine Bank is now,” said Jamie Jonker, Ph.D., vice president for Sustainability & Scientific Affairs at NMPF, at the news conference. “NMPF has been active in informing our members and the dairy community of the importance of preparation, and a vaccine bank is a crucial element of protection for the entire livestock industry.”

FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Changing OTC Antimicrobial Status

November 13, 2019

The FDA released on September 23 draft Guidance for Industry #263 (GFI #263) “Recommendations for Sponsors of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs Approved for Use in Animals to Voluntarily Bring Under Veterinary Oversight All Products That Continue to be Available Over-the-Counter.”

FDA’s intent with GFI #263 is for animal drug pharmaceutical manufacturers to voluntarily change the marketing status of the remaining approved animal drugs containing antimicrobials of human medical importance from over-the-counter (OTC) to prescription (Rx) under the oversight of licensed veterinarians. This draft guidance comes as part of the FDA’s five-year plan for supporting antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary settings as part of a strategy to address antimicrobial resistance associated with the use of antimicrobial drugs in animal agriculture.

GFI #213 was the FDA’s first step to increase oversight of antimicrobial use through voluntary industry action to change marketing status of medically important antimicrobials used in feed or drinking water for food-producing animals from OTC to VFD/Rx. This also resulted in the elimination of the use of these antimicrobials for production practices. While GFI #263 will be voluntary, NMPF anticipates that pharmaceutical manufacturers will change the marketing status of the limited number of dosage forms of medically important antimicrobials that are still available from OTC to Rx for both food-producing and companion animals.

NMPF has recognized that OTC availability of antimicrobials was going away and has made the Veterinarian Client Patient Relationship, a cornerstone of the National Dairy FARM Animal Care Program. NMPF supports the prudent and responsible use of antibiotics and will be examining the potential impact on small or geographically isolated dairy farmers who may have a lack of large animal veterinary services where they are located.

NMPF will submit comments to the docket.

NMPF Submits Comments to National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative

November 13, 2019

NMPF submitted comments Sept. 30 to the revised voluntary sugar reduction targets from the National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative, emphasizing that while the revised sugar targets were more suitable for flavored milk and yogurt, dairy products still should not be lumped in with the other sugary products included.

The National Salt and Sugar Initiative is a partnership between local, state, and national health organizations convened by the NYC Health Department. Following the same format as earlier goals for sodium reduction, the sugar initiative will set targets and monitor sugar levels in packaged foods and beverages, which contribute the most added sugars to human diets.

In the first set of comments submitted in response to the initial draft, NMPF pointed out that it was necessary to account for lactose, the natural-occurring sugar in milk. In a positive outcome for dairy, the natural-occurring sugars were accounted for by creating an allowance that raised the target levels in this draft of sugar targets so the benchmarks are more focused on added sugars.

Other key points in NMPF’s comments included:

  • Products falsely labeled as plant-based yogurt shouldn’t be included in the yogurt category, nor should they be given a natural sugar allowance.
  • Plant-based beverages shouldn’t be given a natural sugar allowance.
  • The varying range of added sugar found in yogurt and that the target set isn’t representative of the marketplace.

Dairy Industry Dominates Discussion at EPA Public Meeting on Advancing Water Quality Trading

November 13, 2019

An EPA meeting on water-quality trading Oct. 21 received a heavy dose of dairy’s strong support for National Milk on market-based solutions to environmental challenges. NMPF regulatory chief Clay Detlefsen was joined by Steve Rowe, president and CEO of Newtrient, and Bruce Knight, principal and founder of Strategic Solutions, all testified about dairy’s support of EPA’s efforts to create a demand for water quality trading programs

National Milk has a long history of supporting water quality trading, serving on the steering committee of the National Network on Water Quality Trading that published “Building a Water Quality Trading Program: Options and Considerations” and “Breaking Down Barriers: Priority Actions for Advancing Water Quality Trading.” National Milk has also been involved with Maryland’s effort to launch a water quality trading program and Pennsylvania water-quality procurement legislation.

At the meeting, NMPF stated its strong support for EPA’s efforts to promote water quality improvements at a lower cost than traditional regulatory approaches, agreeing with EPA that the Clean Water Act allows for pollutant reductions from water quality trading to achieve compliance with regulatory requirements.

Detlefsen also said NMPF appreciated EPA for its efforts this year to update their water quality trading policy to encourage technologies and practices that reduce nonpoint source pollution.  NMPF also concurred with the six principals laid out in the 2019 Memorandum, namely:

  • States, tribes and stakeholders should consider implementing water quality trading and other market-based programs on a watershed scale.
  • EPA encourages the use of adaptive strategies for implementing market-based programs.
  • Water quality credits and offsets may be banked for future use.
  • A single project may generate credits for multiple markets.
  • Financing opportunities exist to assist with deployment of nonpoint land use practices.
  • Encouraging simplicity and flexibility in implementing baseline concepts

National Milk will submit written comments to more fully address the issues and questions raised in the meeting’s Federal Register notice.

FDA Announces Extension for Compliance with Nutrition Facts Panel Requirements

November 13, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Oct. 23 that they plan to work cooperatively with manufacturers during the first six months following the Jan. 1, 2020, compliance date for the new Nutrition Facts label requirements for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual sales. In addition to working cooperatively, FDA won’t focus on enforcement during the first six months, giving manufacturers more time to comply. The decision comes after several manufacturers requested more time to meet the new requirements. 

Issued on May 3, 2018, the final rule includes various changes to nutrition facts panels to promote healthier food choices. These changes included: stating the number of servings in larger and bolder font; more prominently featuring calorie amounts; updating recommended daily values, changing the nutrients required to be listed as well as the actual amounts of nutrients declared; a new footnote explaining percentage daily values; and a line listing the amount of added sugar.

NMPF Backs Legislation to Provide Milk Haulers with Added Flexibility

November 13, 2019

Last month, NMPF celebrated the introduction of the bipartisan Responsible & Efficient Agriculture Destination (TREAD) Act by Reps. Angie Craig (D-MN) and Lloyd Smucker (R-PA).  The measure will give milk haulers more flexibility to move bulk milk from the farm to the plant by adding a new 150 air-mile exemption to the back end of a trip.

“Milk is a highly perishable commodity that can now travel a longer journey from farm to plant as the dairy sector has evolved.  Therefore, it is critical to maintain a flexible regulatory climate for milk hauling.  We thank Reps. Angie Craig and Lloyd Smucker for their bipartisan bill to increase the hours of service exemption for agriculture – this measure will provide welcome relief to dairy producers across the country,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation.

Dairy farmers and haulers of other ag commodities have faced added regulatory strain in recent years with the implementation of a mandate that commercial motor vehicles be equipped with electronic logging devices (ELDs) if they move commodities and other goods beyond a certain distance.  This targeted legislation will provide relief from this mandate to many milk haulers who must transport bulk milk over longer distances than previously but will still come nowhere close to exceeding the drive time limits under hours of service rules.

NMPF looks forward to working with Reps. Craig and Smucker to advance this bill as part of highway legislation that Congress may take up next year.  The bill sponsors both serve on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and are well-positioned to advance this bill in a bipartisan way.

NMPF Warmly Received at FDA’s Eastern Milk Seminar

November 13, 2019

NMPF was asked to present the current status of the long battle against plant-based food companies’ misleading and inappropriate use of dairy terminology on dairy substitutes and alternative at FDA’s Eastern Milk Seminar on Oct. 29.

The seminar was held from Oct. 28–30 in Madison, Wisconsin and was attended by several hundred state and federal milk regulators with additional representation from the dairy producing and processing community.  The three-day seminar covered a variety of topics including a review of actions taken at the 2019 National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, pathogen control for dairy processing plants, farm inspections and a host of other topics.

NMPF’s Clay Detlefsen, began his presentation with the history of NMPF’s crusade against illegally labeled dairy substitutes, which began in the late 1970s.  After that, he shared consumer research that clearly shows that purchasers of plant-based products are clearly confused about the nutritional inferiority of those products when compared to dairy.  He then explained NMPF’s Citizen Petition and how plant-based products should be labeled and why FDA requiring plant-based food companies to follow the rules does not violate the 1st Amendment.

The audience was interested and engaged during the presentation and afterwards, Mr. Detlefsen received numerous expressions of gratitude and well wishes for the work NMPF has engaged in on this issue over the years. State officials are clearly frustrated with FDA’s lack of enforcement of standards of identity and want FDA to take long overdue action to end the nonsense that exists in the marketplace.

NMPF Urges Forward Movement on Bipartisan House Ag Labor Reform Bill

November 13, 2019

NMPF has announced its support for the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 4916), a bipartisan immigration bill that advances agriculture immigration reform sponsored by Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA). NMPF worked closely with the bill’s authors and other members of Congress to develop the measure.

The legislation works to address the dairy industry’s two key priorities by providing legal status to current agricultural workers and their families and reforming the H-2A guest-worker visa program to permit dairy and other year-round agriculture sectors to participate. The efforts of Chairman Lofgren and Representative Newhouse, both longtime champions for agricultural labor reform, are greatly appreciated by dairy farmers, who cannot wait any longer for action.

“America’s dairy farmers are eager to advance and improve this legislation as it moves through the Congress,” said Mike McCloskey, dairy farmer and chairman of NMPF’s Immigration Taskforce. “As producers of a year-round product, dairy farmers face a unique labor crisis because our jobs are not seasonal or temporary. From our years of work on these issues, we know first-hand just how hard immigration reform is. But we simply cannot and will not stop working to find a solution. Dairy needs workers for our industry to sustain itself. It’s that simple, and it’s that dire.”

Jim Mulhern, NMPF President and CEO, thanked the lawmakers for putting forward this essential step for agriculture labor reform, saying the bill is a critical first step in the process of getting a measure enacted into law during this Congress.

“We have supported numerous efforts to address dairy’s acute labor needs. Passing legislation in the House is a critical step in the process.  We urge the Senate to work with us on this important issue so we can get an ag worker bill across the finish line in this Congress,” Mulhern said. “The bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act provides an important starting point for badly needed improvements to agriculture immigration policy. NMPF would like to thank Chairwoman Lofgren and Congressman Newhouse for their bipartisan leadership, and we look forward to continuing to work with them as this important legislation moves forward.”

CWT-assisted October Contracts Move Year-to-Date Export Sales Total Over 100 Million Pounds

November 13, 2019

The 41 sales contracts CWT assisted member cooperatives in securing in October brings the year-to-date total export sales CWT is helping members move overseas to 100.1 million pounds. The total is made up of 45.4 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 4.6 million pounds of butter, 277,782 pounds of anhydrous milkfat (AMF), 43.8 million pounds of whole milk powder and 5.9 million pounds of cream cheese. The milk equivalent of these sales is 897.5 million pounds on a milkfat basis.

Looking at October activity specifically; 22 contracts for 4.1 million pounds of American-type cheese, one contract for 125,664 pounds of butter, 5 contracts for 1.9 million pounds of whole milk powder and 13 contracts for 892,872 pounds of cream cheese were secured by member cooperatives with CWT’s assistance. The products will be going to customers in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Central America, Oceania and South America and will be shipped to 29 customers in 11 countries during the months of October 2019 through April 2020.

Assisting CWT member cooperatives gain and maintain world market share through the Export Assistance program positively impacts all U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price. It does this by expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products beyond the domestic market thereby increasing the total demand for U.S. farm milk.

The amounts of dairy products and related milk volumes reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when export and delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

All cooperatives and all dairy farmers benefit from CWT’s activities and should add their support to this important program in 2019 and beyond. Membership forms for 2019-2021 are available at http://www.cwt.coop/membership.

AMPI Wins Cheese Contest

November 13, 2019

Associated Milk Producers, Inc. earned the Chairman’s Plaque, winning the overall award at the 2019 National Milk Producers Federation’s Championship Cheese Contest.

Every year NMPF hosts the annual cheese contest member cooperatives.  This year 15 NMPF cooperative members submitted 237 entries, totaling 3050 pounds of cheese to be judged.  This year — with high-quality American-made cheeses from our membership — the contest celebrates and promotes the REAL® Seal.  AMPI’s winning Hand-Crafted Parmesan entry, crafted at its plant in Hoven, SD, earned a score of 99.20 in the Hard & Mold Ripened Cheese category. This cheese was judged the best cheese in the Championship round of this year’s contest.

AMPI’s Hoven plant specializes in making 22-pound wheels of Parmesan, Asiago and Romano.

Extra cheese from the contest and dairy products from the Dairy Bar were donated to the New Orleans Mission. The New Orleans Mission strategy is to RESCUE men and women from homelessness, abuse, human trafficking, and addiction, provide the tools and environment necessary for a sustainable RECOVERY, and later foster the successful RE-ENGAGEMENT back into society as a healthy and skilled individual, ready to lead a productive, purpose-driven life.

Winners in each of the 19 contest classes are as follows:


Mild Cheddar

First place: Tim Karr, Dairy Farmers of America, Pavilion, NY

Second place: Middlebury Team Agri-Mark, Middlebury, VT

Third place: Agri-Mark, Chateaugay, NY


Medium Cheddar

First place: Team 2, Tillamook County Creamery Association, Tillamook, OR

Second place: Team Cabot, Agri-Mark, Inc., Cabot, VT

Third place: Blair Cheese Floor, AMPI, Blair, WI


Sharp Cheddar

First place: Agri-Mark, Middlebury, VT

Second place: Cabot Team, Agri-Mark, Cabot, VT

Third place: Doug Snortheim, Foremost Farms USA, Marshfield, WI


Extra Sharp Cheddar

First place: Agri-Mark, Middlebury, VT

Second: Team 2, TCCA

Third place: Team 4, TCCA, Cape Meares



First place: Jay Thomas, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Campbell, NY

Second: Heather Stalbird, Upstate Niagara Cooperative

Third place: Fran Holmes, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Campbell, NY



First place: Mark Forester, Foremost Farms, Clayton, WI

Second: Team D, Foremost Farms, Appleton, WI. Smoked

Third place: Mike Breznak New Wilmington, PA


Mild Hard and Mold Ripened Italian

First place: AMPI, Hoven, SD. Hand Crafted Parmesan

Second: Caves of Faribault Team, Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc., Faribault, MN. St. Pete’s Select Blue

Third place: Caves of Faribault Team, Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc., Faribault, MN. AmaGorg



First place: Team 1, TCCA, Colby Jack

Second: Bill Stocker, Midwest Dairymen’s Company, Shullsburg, WI. Colby Jack Longhorn

Third: Tillamook Team 2, TCCA, Tillamook, Monterey Jack



First place: Prairie Farms Dairy, Shullsburg, WI. Baby Swiss

Second place: Bruce Workman, Select Milk Producers, Inc., Monticello, WI. Sweet Swiss

Third place: Prairie Farms Dairy, Luana, IA. Swiss


Plain Processed American

First: AMPI, Portage, WI. Colored Slice-On-Slice

Second: Team Wohlt, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, New London, WI. Swiss American

Third place: AMPI, Portage, WI. Swiss Slice-On-Slice


Flavored Processed American

First place: Jorge Espinoza, Bongards’ Creameries, Norwood, MN. Peppers Slice-On-Slice

Second place: Team Wohlt, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Swiss Onion Blend

Third: AMPI, Portage, WI. Monterey Jack & American with Red Bell and Jalapeno Peppers


Hot or Spicy Flavor

First: Bruce Workman, Select Milk Producers, Inc., Monticello, WI. Habanero Havarti.

Second place: Ellsworth Creamery, Comstock, WI. Ghost Pepper Monterey Jack.

Third place: First District Association, Litchfield, MN. Cheddar with Red Peppers


Unique or Mild Flavor

First place: Bill Stocker, Midwest Dairymen’s Company, Buffalo Cheddar

Second place: Team 1, TCCA, Trask Mountain

Third: Bill Stocker, Midwest Dairymen’s, Bourbon Barrel Smoked Black Pepper Cheddar


Open Class

First place: Ann White, Upstate Niagara Co-op, Campbell, NY. Whole Milk Ricotta

Second: Justin Riesman, Upstate Niagara Co-op, Ricotone

Third place: Prairie Farms Dairy, Luana, IA. Cream Cheese


Reduced Fat

First place: Troy Kittleson, Foremost Farms, Clayton, WI

Second: Team Cabot, Agri-Mark, Cabot, VT


Cottage Cheese

First: Rory Hundly, Prairie Farms Dairy, Carbondale, IL

Second: Bison, Upstate Niagara Co-op, West Seneca, NY

Third place: Quincy Team, Prairie Farms Dairy, Quincy, IL. 4%


Reduced Fat Cottage Cheese

First place: Rory Hundly, Prairie Farms Dairy, Carbondale, IL

Second place: Prairie Farms Dairy, Quincy, IL

Third: Ryan Stetzel, Prairie Farms Dairy, Fort Wayne, IN


Flavored Cottage Cheese

First: Ryan Stetzel, Prairie Farms Dairy, Fort Wayne, IN. Garden Veggie

Second: Ryan Stetzel, Prairie Farms Dairy, Peach

Third place: Ryan Stetzel, Prairie Farms Dairy, Fort Wayne, IN. Pineapple


Natural Cheese Snack

First place: Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth, WI. Cajun Cheddar Cheese Curds

Second place: Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth, WI. Hickory Bacon Cheddar Cheese Curds

Third place: Cut & Wrap Team, Agri-Mark, Cabot, VT. Extra Sharp Cracker Cut