American dairy farmers export approximately 1 out of every 7 gallons of milk they produce. NMPF works to expand opportunities for farmers and cooperatives to reach foreign markets while balancing the flow of milk products into the United States. NMPF works in close collaboration with the U.S. Dairy Export Council on trade-related issues.
Because of U.S. dairy’s global reach, NMPF is deeply engaged in advocating for dairy’s best interests in free trade agreements that could open markets and create new opportunities for producers, including with our neighbors to the north and south.
Opening foreign markets to accept U.S. dairy products is key to the vitality of the U.S. dairy sector, making expanding these markets a top trade priority for NMPF.
Aside from trade agreements, NMPF is engaged on the international level through its leadership in global organizations like the International Dairy Federation, and its participation in meetings at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Health Organization (WHO).
Geographical indications (GIs) limit who can use certain product terms or names to those in a particular geographic area. GIs have been widely abused in recent years by European interests seeking to restrict competition from the United States and other non-European countries.
NMPF is a member of the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), an independent, international non-profit alliance that works with leaders in agriculture, trade and intellectual property rights to foster the adoption of high standards and model geographical indication guidelines throughout the world.