Representing the Region

The Midwest Dairy Coalition is an alliance of dairy cooperatives representing dairy producers in eight Upper Midwest states on federal dairy policy issues. The Coalition collectively represents nearly 7,600 dairy farmers, or about 18 percent of the dairy farmers in the nation. 


On a regional basis, the Coalition's membership represents a majority of dairy farmers in the Upper Midwest, and provides an effective and useful forum for dairy organizations to discuss, debate and propose common action dealing with the ever-changing federal dairy issues of the day.

Who we are

 

Member organizations include: 


Associated Milk Producers Inc. 

Bongards Creameries 

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery 

First District Association 


Lakeshore Federated Dairy Cooperative, which includes the following cooperatives:


Providing a forum for debate and consensus on a regional level is what sets the Coalition apart. 

Other associations addressing dairy policy issues are either state level or national in scope. Coalition membership is diverse and varied from within the region, assuring thorough consideration of issues impacting the dairy industry and the capacity for grassroots-level action, including fly-ins to Washington, D.C. 

Experience

The Midwest Dairy Coalition has been representing the region's dairy producers on matters of federal dairy policy since 1990. The years of experience exhibited by our lead governmental affairs representative, along with a network of advisors and policy analysts, has helped the Coalition build its reputation as a driving force on the national dairy policy making scene.


The Coalition represents the best interests of the region's dairy cooperatives and their member-owners in what is often a complex process for affecting federal dairy policy. By continually representing the region's co-ops on issues of importance to Upper Midwest dairy farmers, the Coalition is able to establish and nurture valuable relationships with the nation's policy leaders and lawmakers.


To learn more about the Coalition and its positions on policies and issues of importance to dairy cooperatives and their member-owners, please click here.

The Midwest Dairy Coalition consists of farmer-owned cooperatives acting on behalf of the region's dairy producers to shape federal policy impacting the Midwest dairy industry.

For 25 years, the Midwest Dairy Coalition has worked to ensure the region's dairy producers have a strong and respected voice with policymakers in matters of federal dairy policy. The Midwest Dairy Coalition is the longest continuously operating organization of its kind in the region and has built a solid reputation in our nation's capital as a knowledgeable representative for the region's dairy industry. 


Dairy cooperatives are owned by the dairy producers they serve. They provide a number of services for their member-owners, from manufacturing and marketing dairy products made from members' milk to providing insurance and other benefits to promoting dairy product consumption. 

Relevant Reading

Dairy & Livestock Title, 2014 Farm Bill

Details of the Farm Bill that included the Dairy Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers. [...]

Dairy Margin Protection Program

The Margin Protection Program - Dairy replaces MILC. [...]

Midwest Dairy Coalition Brochure

Download a copy of this brochure about the Midwest Dairy Coalition. [...]

Ensuring a Voice on Capitol Hill

Working for dairy farmers since 1990

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