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Established in 1971, Family Dairies USA has earned its reputation in the Midwest as being the premier dairy cooperative for delivering its supply of milk to markets in the surrounding area. Family Dairies ability to market its milk to a number of unique quality plants allows it to ship to all four classes of milk! This flexibility allows Family Dairies USA to provide a strong consistent pay price to its patrons.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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