One milk cooperative’s road to prominence

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One milk cooperative’s road to prominence


Tue, 10/13/2015

A milk marketing cooperative born out of farmers’ concerns has grown to become a nationally ranked organization.

by Brittany Statz, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

Dairy farmers won’t soon forget 2009. Abysmal milk prices and razor thin margins were enough to push many of them out of the industry for good, and those who chose to stay held on by their fingernails.

But while 2009 was the end of the line for some farmers, it spelled a new beginning for others. Dairy farmers, already watching their pennies, more closely scrutinized where their dollars were going. They decided they needed something different that would give them more control over where that money was headed.

Those farmers, many of whom were influential in founding Wisconsin’s Dairy Business Association, created the Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative (DBMMC) in April 2010 in Green Bay, Wis.

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