INNOVATION

Essential to the culture of Dairy Farmers of America, innovation moves our Cooperative forward, brings us together and makes us stronger. While innovation often means targeting solutions to problems and looking at new ways of doing things, innovation at DFA is ultimately about finding opportunities — ones we might not even know exist yet — to position the Cooperative and our family farm-owners for future success. From researching and developing new products to take to market to implementing technology that creates efficiencies in our plants, we are committed to achieving innovation in all that we do.

CoLAB – DFA'S INNOVATION PROGRAM

As a community of family farm-owners and employees around the country — and the globe — we are always looking for ways to be more collaborative across the Cooperative. Our innovation program, called CoLAB, makes this possible. Initiatives in the CoLAB program include:

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Our 90-day program to grow ag-tech and dairy food product startup businesses.

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An online idea submission forum that puts our family farm-owners’ and employees’ ideas into action.

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Brainstorming sessions to inspire creativity and collaboration among employees.

Milk Bar Sessions

Connecting employees to innovation through interactive, informational events held virtually once a month on the latest news, trends and projects happening throughout the Cooperative.

TALK DAIRY TO ME

DFA’s monthly podcast about all things innovation. To listen, search for Talk Dairy to Me wherever you listen to podcasts, such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify.

GROW-NY BUSINESS COMPETITION FOSTERS INNOVATION

Learn more about the startup companies that participated in the recent Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit in Syracuse, N.Y.

 

THE REAL DAIRY PROTEIN SHAKE

Shake it up with us in this episode as we discuss Sport Shake®, a dairy-based protein drink and DFA-owned brand with a loyal following.

COLAB ACCELERATOR IN ACTION

Held once a year, DFA's CoLAB Accelerator is a 90-day program to grow up-and-coming ag-tech and dairy food startup companies in the dairy industry.

Through our experts, DFA provides mentorship and educational programming, which helps startups unlock more resources. In turn, the startups offer new opportunities, exciting technology and valuable resources to our family farm-owners, as well as nutritious dairy-based products to consumers or helpful insights to our business.

Watch the recording of our past Demo Days — the culmination of DFA’s CoLAB Accelerator program where participating startup companies give their pitches to an audience of potential customers, partners and investors.

DFA INNOVATION SPOTLIGHTS

SIMPLIFED TAKES INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO BABY FEEDING

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be exclusively breastfed until they reach six months old — but only 25% of mothers are actually meeting this benchmark

IGNITE YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON

If you're ready to spice up your holiday season, check out the return of an innovative product developed by DFA: Fireball® Cinnamon Holiday Nog.

HOW DFA MEMBERS ARE INNOVATING WITH SUCCESSFUL SIDE HUSTLES

It’s no secret that running a dairy farm is more than a full-time job. DFA's family farm-owners work tirelessly to run their operations, care for their animals and be good stewards of the Earth.

THE MODERN MILKMAN BRINGS BACK FRESH DAIRY DELIVERIES

DFA family farm-owner Seth Bahler saw an opportunity to deliver his farm’s fresh milk to consumers through its own private label and founded The Modern Milkman in 2019.