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.

DAIRY ROOTS RUN STRONG ON THESE COLLEGE CAMPUSES — OCTOBER 2021

Learn more about two innovative dairy programs complete with fully functioning dairies on campus and more.

 

GROW-NY BUSINESS COMPETITION FOSTERS INNOVATION – NOVEMBER 2021 

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

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.

ACCELERATOR COMPANY SPOTLIGHTs

NATURALLY POWERFUL HYDRATION

After four years of research and development, careful planning and a lot of hard work, GoodSport™, a startup sports drink company that participated in DFA’s 2020 CoLAB Accelerator, officially launched

COLAB ACCELERATOR PARTICIPANT PHARM ROBOTICS HITS MAJOR MILESTONE

Pharm Robotics, a tech company that’s developing a robotic injection system for dairy cows, recently received a patent for its technology.

WHEYWARD SPIRIT NAMED TO THE 2021 GRIST 50

Wheyward Spirit, a participating company in our 2020 CoLAB Accelerator program, was named to this year’s Grist 50.

HARDWARE-FREE TECHNOLOGY FOR MONITORING THE HERD

When it comes to working smarter, not harder, technology helps our family farm-owners do more with less.