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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.

Investor Group Warns U.S. Farm Antibiotic Policy Lagging

The United States is falling behind Europe in the fight to curb the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in meat production and experts are warning of the possibility of dangerous drug-resistant “superbug” infections as a result, according to a new report on Tuesday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the farm sector consumes around 80 percent of all medically important antibiotics in some countries.Meat producers around the world have used such drugs to prevent disease in healthy animals and to speed up their growth. WHO last week recommended eliminating both of those practices, saying they contribute to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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There May Be More Milk in School Lunches

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) applauded the introduction of a bipartisan bill to help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools. 

The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017, introduced by Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), would allow schools to offer low-fat and fat-free milk, including flavored milk with no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving, to participants in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs. The bill allows individual schools and school districts to determine which milkfat varieties to offer their students. 

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Misbranded Dairy Imitations Mislead Americans, Require Enforcement Action

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s recent comments about the need for strong federal oversight of food labels are exactly what is needed to address the misleading labeling and branding of imitation dairy products, the National Milk Producers Federation said on Oct. 26.

In a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, NMPF implored the agency to devote resources to prevent nutritionally inferior products from using the names of real dairy foods. The letter follows several recent public comments in which Gottlieb outlines the FDA’s interest in reviewing the information on food labels and their impact on public health. 

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