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.
FarmFirst Applauds USMCA Progress, Seeks Swift Passage of Trade DealFarmFirst Dairy Cooperative applauds the agreement reached on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. FarmFirst urges lawmakers to work diligently on legislation that will lead to its passage yet this year. “The agriculture industry has been eagerly awaiting the passage of the USMCA, especially dairy,” says John Rettler, dairy farmer from Neosho, Wis. and president of FarmFirst. “This new trade agreement addresses Canada’s Class 7 pricing issue as well as expanding market access for U.S. dairy.”
Apply for FarmFirst's New Leadership Program!As a complimentary program to the Young Cooperators activities, the purpose of this Leadership Program is to enhance members’ leadership skills and their understanding of cooperative business practices. This program is for all members of all ages and management styles. Each day-long program will focus on developing participants’ leadership skills set and their overall perspective on what it means to be a leader in the dairy industry and within a dairy cooperative. Participants will hear from and network with dairy leaders, including plant owners, cheesemakers, leading dairy economists, other dairy cooperative leaders, as well as other agricultural agency experts.
Trump Signs Off U.S.- China Trade Deal
President Donald Trump signed off on a so-called phase-one trade deal with China, averting the Dec. 15 introduction of a new wave of U.S. tariffs on about $160 billion of consumer goods from the Asian nation, according to people familiar with the matter.
The deal presented to Trump by trade advisers Thursday included a promise by the Chinese to buy more U.S. agricultural goods, according to the people. Officials also discussed possible reductions of existing duties on Chinese products, they said. The terms have been agreed but the legal text has not yet been finalized, the people said. A White House spokesperson declined to comment.