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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.

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FarmFirst Commends USDA’s Direct Payment Plan

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative commends the Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and the USDA on their direct payment plan under the $16 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for U.S. producers, which is open for sign-ups at Farm Service Agencies (FSA) beginning on May 26th .

“FarmFirst has been advocating that funds need to be made available for farmers quickly, so we commend the USDA for making these plans as direct payments to producers as well as receiving 80% of the funds within a week of signing up for the program,” says John Rettler, dairy farmer of Neosho, Wis. and president of FarmFirst. “As it was described during President Trump’s press conference, farmers are the very first link in the food supply chain. Supporting U.S. farmers ultimately supports the entire food chain.”

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FarmFirst Applauds USDA’s Pledge for $317 Million in Dairy Product Purchases

“Dairy farmers are looking for real marketplace solutions to ensure that dairy products continue to get to those who need them, and this program helps accomplish that,” says John Rettler, dairy farmer from Neosho, Wis. and president of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. “We are grateful for the USDA and Secretary Perdue on their swift effort on getting this in motion. Time is of the essence as dairy farmers contemplate how they can keep their operations going, knowing that their milkchecks are falling far short of the bills they have to pay.”

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FarmFirst Commends Teamwork Approach of Two Leading Dairy Organizations

“There is no more important time than now for the industry to have a united voice when appealing to the USDA on the best ways to support the dairy industry. We applaud the united approach of NMPF and IDFA to share a proposal on the many tools that USDA can implement at this time,” says Jeff Lyon, general manager for FarmFirst, which is a member of NMPF. “The entire supply chain is hurting, especially our dairy farmers as they do not have the means to withstand this onslaught on milk prices after enduring the past five years of challenging low milk prices.”

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