It's always been about dairy producers and their cows.
As it should be.
Established in 2013, FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative was created out of a deep dairy heritage that always put members first. Today, that farmer focus remains. Whether it's verifying test results, offering leadership opportunities or keeping you up-to-date on legislative issues, FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative works hard to provide quality service, fair representation and timely information for its members. We're member-owned. Member-driven. Member-focused. Because at the end of a long, hard day, what matters most are the people that are standing by you, and your farm.
We're there. That's FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative.
NAFTA needs revision, not revocation
It’s been exactly five weeks since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, and he’s moved quickly to take action on several of his campaign themes, including trade. When it comes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), IDFA believes maintaining the pact’s positive provisions should be a White House priority, along with renegotiating unfair and restrictive aspects. Overall, NAFTA has been very positive for the U.S. dairy industry, and we strongly support revisions, but not wholesale revocation.
Just over a decade ago, the United States was a net importer of dairy products. Since that time, U.S. dairy exports have risen from $1.8 billion to $4.7 billion in 2016. Our nation now benefits from a dairy trade surplus of more than $2 billion. We export about one day’s worth of milk per week to the world. In fact, nearly one-quarter of all U.S. dairy exports went to Mexico last year.
How Noosa Founds Creates Unusual Flavors
Creating the next yogurt flavor remains a never-ending quest for Koel Thomae.
The Noosa Yoghurt co-founder has helped develop several of the company's flavors over the past seven years — from plain to strawberry rhubarb to Mexican chocolate to blackberry serrano. Thomae has stayed on since selling Noosa to Boston-based Advent International in late 2014. Sales have since surpassed $100 million and her wildest dreams, and the Australian native remains a key part of innovation for the Bellevue-based company known for its creamy fruit-flavored whole milk yogurts.
Bridge the Consumer/Farmer Gap
Sometimes – a lot of times – engaging with consumers feels like an uphill battle. Farmers active on social media get cruel and disparaging comments on a regular basis from activists. Some, like Andrew Campbell, withstood outright threats. “Really, at the end of the day, what they wanted us to do was quit and not have that conversation,” Campbell said.
But this devoted young farmer and communicator isn’t a quitter. “If we’re going to have the conversation with consumers, we have to tell our story.”