2016 Members of Distinction

March 22, 2016

Dairy Farmers of America’s Members of Distinction program honors members who embody the Cooperative’s core values and excel on their operations, in their communities and in the industry. Each year, one member farm from each of DFA’s seven regional Areas is honored during the Annual Banquet at DFA’s Annual Meeting. The 2016 Members of Distinction are:

DFA reports 2015 financial results

March 22, 2016

At the Cooperative’s Annual Meeting today, 
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) officials reported net income of $94.1 million, compared to $43.1 million for 2014. The increase was attributable to strong performances from DFA’s commercial operations and affiliates, as unit sales were up and margins improved.

DFA’s net sales totaled $13.8 billion for 2015, compared to $17.9 billion in 2014. This decrease is primarily a result of lower milk prices. The all U.S. milk price averaged $17.08 per hundredweight in 2015 compared with $23.97 in 2014.

Annual meeting focuses on reimagining dairy

March 22, 2016

This week, more than 1,500 members and guests gathered in Kansas City for the Cooperative’s 18th Annual Meeting.

This year’s meeting theme – Dairy Reimagined – looks at how, from the farm to the dairy case, the possibilities are limitless for the industry. Guests were encouraged to join the Cooperative in challenging the status quo.

Dairy Farmers of America acquires sole ownership of DairiConcepts

November 18, 2015

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) announced today that it would acquire 100 percent ownership of DairiConcepts, the Cooperative’s joint venture with Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited (Fonterra).

Fonterra and DFA have partnered in DairiConcepts as equal owners since 2000 when the joint venture was formed. DairiConcepts plays a key role in DFA’s strategy to further grow its ingredients division and extend its global marketing outreach, but was viewed as a non-core component of Fonterra’s strategy. The decision was made by both DFA and Fonterra to consolidate ownership.

Dairy Farmers of America breaks ground on new plant in Garden City, Kansas

October 8, 2015

Today, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) officially announced plans to build a dairy ingredients plant in Garden City, Kansas. In a ceremony at its 156-acre site in Garden City, representatives from the Cooperative were joined by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, city and state officials and the area’s dairy farmers to break ground on the facility. The state-of-the-art plant will produce whole, skim and nonfat dry milk powder, as well as cream, and is a partnership between DFA and 12 of its member farms in Southwest Kansas.

Dairy Farmers of America celebrates one-year anniversary for Craigs Station Creamery

September 29, 2015

Today, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and eight local dairy farm families celebrated the one-year anniversary of Craigs Station Creamery, a unique milk plant located in Livingston County, New York.

Opening in the fall of 2014, Craigs Station Creamery is a first-of-its-kind facility, which combines the resources from DFA, along with sustainable and environmentally friendly technology and the traditional goodness of family farming.

DFA urges activist groups to report abuse immediately

June 11, 2015

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) announced today the completion of a third-party audit of one of its member farms, Cactus-Acre Holsteins. This announcement comes two days after the Cooperative proactively released an undercover video, shot by animal rights extremist group, Mercy For Animals (MFA), depicting animal abuse on the farm owned by Jim and Marie Goedert in Fort Morgan, Colo. The video can be viewed at www.dfamilk.com/animal-abuse-the-dairy-industry-not-tolerated.

Annual Meeting emphasizes connections, collaboration and innovation

March 18, 2015

Today, more than 1,400 Dairy Farmers of America members and guests convened in Kansas City for the Cooperative’s 17th Annual Meeting.

2015 DFA Cares Foundation Scholarships

March 17, 2015

Dairy Farmers of America recognizes the importance of developing future leaders in the dairy industry and is committed to investing in their education. Since its inception eight years ago, the DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship has grown to honor an increasing number of outstanding students who are pursuing careers in the dairy industry.

DFA reports 2014 financial results

March 17, 2015

Dairy Farmers of America reported net income of $43.1 million for 2014. DFA’s net sales totaled $17.9 billion for 2014, a nearly 40 percent increase compared with $12.8 billion in 2013. This increase was primarily a result of higher milk prices, which averaged $23.98 per hundredweight in 2014 compared with $20.05 in 2013. The higher milk prices also provided improved margins for DFA farmer-members.

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