The Dairy Community

Programs We Manage

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Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM)

Created in 2009 by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), with support from Dairy Management, Inc. (DMI), the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program raises the bar for the entire dairy industry – creating a culture of continuous improvement. The FARM Program is composed of dairy farmers, cooperatives, and processors across the United States.



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Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) is a program designed exclusively by America’s dairy farmers for the benefit of America’s dairy farmers.

It is a voluntary farmer-funded national program developed by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), to help preserve family dairy farms.


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REAL® Seal 

The REAL® Seal was created by America’s Dairy Farmers over 30 years ago to differentiate their products from imitations. Products bearing the REAL® Seal must meet specific guidelines and be certified by their dairy processing or food manufacturing companies. These companies register their products, provide product ingredient labels and certify that those products meet the required standards and contain no imported, imitation, or substitute ingredients.



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American Butter Institute 

The American Butter Institute is an Arlington, VA-based trade association for manufacturers, processors, marketers and distributors of butter and butter products. Originally established as the National Association of Creamery Butter Manufacturers in 1908, ABI’s mission is to promote and protect the interest and welfare of the butter industry. There are currently 27 active member companies that market approximately 90 percent of all the butter manufactured in the United States.



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National Ice Cream Mix Association 

The National Ice Cream Mix Association is a non-profit trade association representing member companies across the United States who share a common interest in the soft serve mix industry. The Association uses its resources to foster and promote the general interests of its membership and the soft serve mix industry.



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Dairy Management Inc.

Dairy Management Inc. and its related organizations work to increase sales and demand for dairy through research, education and innovation, and to maintain confidence in dairy foods, farms and businesses. DMI manages the National Dairy Council and the American Dairy Association. It also founded the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

U.S. Dairy Export Council

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) is a nonprofit, independent membership organization that represents the global trade interests of U.S. dairy producers, proprietary processors and cooperatives, ingredient suppliers and export traders. Dairy Management Inc. founded USDEC in 1995 and, through the dairy checkoff program, is the organization’s primary funder. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service provides export activity support, and membership dues fund the Council’s trade policy and lobbying activities.

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is a voluntary organization that works with leaders from across the dairy value chain to align on pre-competitive priorities, drive progress and speak with one voice. The goal – to advance a shared social responsibility platform and demonstrate U.S. dairy’s collective commitment to provide the world responsibly produced dairy foods that nourish people, strengthen communities and foster a sustainable future.

National Dairy Council

Since 1915, National Dairy Council has been a non-profit organization founded by dairy farmers and funded through the national dairy checkoff program. NDC has been, and will continue to be, committed to providing science-based education about the nutrition and health benefits that dairy foods provide, while bringing to life hard-working dairy farmers’ shared vision of a healthy, happy, sustainable world. NDC works to provide practical information about how dairy contributes to health and sustainable food systems.

Local Dairy Checkoff

There are 16 state and regional dairy farmer-funded promotion organizations that work together as a federation with Dairy Management Inc. to grow sales, build trust and position dairy in a global food system.