NEWS RELEASES

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Applauds Farm Bill Progress; Asks Congress to Pass the Bill Quickly

December 11th, 2018

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative applauds the work of the Congressional leaders as the final conference report for the 2018 Farm Bill has been released.

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FarmFirst Elated with Permanent Rule Allowing Low-fat (1%) Flavored Milk in Schools

December 6th, 2018

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative is elated by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s actions of returning low-fat (1%) flavored milk back into schools by making it a permanent part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast program.

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Statement on the Signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

November 30th, 2018

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative is pleased with the signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and applaud the Trump Administration for their timely effort on its passage.

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FarmFirst Asks USDA to Increase Trade Mitigation Payments for Dairy

November 9th, 2018

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative sent a letter to Secretary Perdue today on behalf its dairy farmer members across the Midwest, requesting that the mitigation payments to U.S. dairy farmers more accurately reflect the cost of the retaliatory tariffs placed on U.S. dairy products.

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FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Kicks Off Fall District Member Meetings in November

October 22nd, 2018

Members of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative can begin making reservations to attend their fall member district meetings, taking place across the cooperative’s seven-state membership during the month of November.

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FarmFirst Urges FDA to Use Existing Dietary Guidelines to Define ‘Healthy’

October 12th, 2018

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative, and other members of the Midwest Dairy Coalition, submitted comments to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) suggesting that the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) be utilized by the agency when determining when the term “healthy” can be used on dairy food labels.

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Statement on New Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico

October 1st, 2018

This trilateral trade agreement continues a great trade partnership between these three countries, and it is a sign of all parties’ interest in long-term progress and growth to see these trade relationships continue.

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Statement on FDA Request for Comments on Dairy Food Labeling

September 27th, 2018

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative continues to be encouraged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and their most recent action to receive public comments on the labeling of plant-based products with names that include the names of dairy foods such as “milk,” “cultured milk,” “yogurt,” and “cheese.”

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FarmFirst Requests Stronger Support for Farmers, if Tariffs Persist

September 25th, 2018

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative recently sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting greater financial support to U.S. dairy farmers in light of the retaliatory tariffs from Mexico, China and other countries.

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Family Dairies USA Welcomes Deanna Malin to Milk Marketing Team

August 13th, 2018

Malin began her role on July 30. 

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FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Applauds Dairy Innovation Program

August 1st, 2018

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative applauds the U.S. Senate’s passage of the $7 million in funding for the Dairy Innovation Act. Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced the legislation in June as a way to support dairy product innovation, develop new products and expand markets.

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Statement on Defeat of the Lee Amendment to Block FDA Food Labeling Standards Enforcement

August 1st, 2018

Such strong opposition to the amendment is also sending a message to the FDA – that there is support for enforcing its standards of identity, and that there is concern in maintaining a fair marketplace.

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Statement on FDA to Prioritize Review of Standards of Identity for Dairy Products

July 26th, 2018

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative is encouraged by Commissioner Gottlieb’s comments, as he reiterated the same concerns the cooperative has regarding public health and misleading food labels.

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Statement on Ag Assistance to Offset Damage from Retaliatory Tariffs

July 24th, 2018

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative is encouraged by President Trump’s decision to authorize $12 billion in economic assistance to help farmers that are facing the impact of retaliatory tariffs. We are pleased that our repeated concerns have not fallen on deaf ears.

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Statement on FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s Comments on Dairy Labeling

July 19th, 2018

Our comments are being heard, as FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative has been focusing on this issue for quite some time.

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FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Awards 16 Scholarships to Students

July 11th, 2018

Nearly $130,000 has been awarded to member’s children to pursue higher education the last six years

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FarmFirst Thanks Senate Ag Committee on Farm Bill Progress

June 13th, 2018

Latest draft of Farm Bill includes several positive provisions

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FarmFirst Welcomes Betty Lund to Member Services Team

June 12th, 2018

Lund began her role on May 1

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FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Helps Farmers During April Snowstorm

May 24th, 2018

Nineteen FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative members, five in South Dakota and 14 in Wisconsin were affected by impassable roads during the snowstorm, however, because of their membership with FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative they received a disaster payment for their lost milk.

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FarmFirst Board Welcomes New Directors, Elects Officers

February 12th, 2018

Three New Board Members Join Cooperative Leadership

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FarmFirst Workshops Open to All Dairy Producers

January 30th, 2018

Young Cooperators Welcome all Dairy Producers to Attend

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FarmFirst Welcomes Jeff Lyon as New General Manager

January 25th, 2018

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative welcomes Jeff Lyon to the role of General Manager. He begins serving in this role on February 1, 2018.

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FarmFirst Introduces 2018 Summer Internship

December 19th, 2017

This internship would expose a young individual to various aspects of the dairy industry and the cooperative’s role serving processing plants and producers across the Midwest.

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David Cooper Resigns as General Manager of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative

December 8th, 2017

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative announced today the resignation of its general manager, David Cooper, from the organization to be effective December 31st, 2017. A true, dedicated professional to all dairy farmers and industry professionals, his resignation marks a new chapter to refocus on his family.

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Second FarmFirst Summer Picnic Hosted at B. Kurt Dairy

August 4th, 2017

Plans for a second picnic are underway, as Young Cooperators Bryanna and Dylan Handel are set to host the second FarmFirst summer picnic on their farm in Barneveld, Wis. on Tuesday, August 22.

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FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Awards 25 Scholarships to Students

July 24th, 2017

Over $115,000 has been awarded to member’s children to pursue higher education in the last five years

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Misty Hollow Farms Hosts FarmFirst June Summer Picnic

June 7th, 2017

Plans set for their first YC picnic taking place this summer, held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 22 at Misty Hollow Farms in Athens, Wis.

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FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative to Pay Equity Patronage

May 26th, 2017

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Board of Directors have authorized return of fiscal year 2016 patronage equity to its members.

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Lighthizer Brings Valuable Experience to U.S. Trade Discussions

May 16th, 2017

Full agenda for Lighthizer when it comes to dairy

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FarmFirst Speaks Up for Dairy Farmers at National Trade Meeting

May 3rd, 2017

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative spoke in Washington, D.C. this week at a national trade policy rally to represent Midwest dairy farmers and stress the importance of free and fair trade on the dairy industry.

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The Milk Market Disruption: The Conversation Continues.

May 1st, 2017

Today, May 1st, brought to a close a very long month of April for several dairy farmers. It marks the end of some of the longest weeks for these dairy farmers, as the dairy community rallied around to support these affected farmers and work to find a solution leading up to this market day deadline.

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FarmFirst Applauds USDA Secretary Perdue on Changes to School Milk Options

May 1st, 2017

Announcement Returns 1% Flavored Milk to School Lunch Programs

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Statement from FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative

April 8th, 2017

As many of you know, several dairy farmers were given notice that they no longer would have a market for their milk with Grassland beginning on May 1st. At a time when volumes are high and markets are stressed, this notification couldn’t have come at a more difficult moment...

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FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Focuses on Connecting with Consumers at Fifth Annual Meeting

February 21st, 2017

This year’s annual meeting theme was ‘Connecting and Engaging on Common Ground’ as the challenges that exist in the marketplace have become a top concern among dairy farmers everywhere. 

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Producer Discovery Workshops Focus on the Future at FarmFirst Annual Member Meeting

January 18th, 2017

Dairy farmers are welcome and encouraged to attend the Producer Discovery Workshop series taking place on Friday, February 10 at Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells, Wis. as part of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative’s Annual Member Meeting.

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FarmFirst Applauds Senator Baldwin on DAIRY PRIDE Act

January 12th, 2017

Bill Prompts FDA to Enforce Existing Milk Labeling Standards

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FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Awards 28 Scholarships to Students

July 15th, 2016

Over $23,000 was awarded to member's children to pursue higher education

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FarmFirst Applauds Roberts-Stabenow Commitment to Food Biotech Legislation

June 23rd, 2016

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative is pleased to see a compromise agreement reached on the federal biotech food labeling legislation, thanks to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow.

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Clark Elected as Chair of FarmFirst Young Cooperators

February 18th, 2016

Clark, Leahy to lead Young Cooperator committee and program efforts

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FarmFirst Eyes the Future at Fourth Annual Meeting

February 17th, 2016

Members take time to prepare for future dairy prices and transition challenges

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FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative 2016 Scholarship Deadline March 1st

February 2nd, 2016

Applicants are reminded to submit scholarships before March 1st deadline

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FarmFirst Annual Meeting Set for Feb. 12-13

January 19th, 2016

All dairy producers are welcome to attend Producer Discovery Workshops

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Fall District Member Meetings Scheduled for FarmFirst

October 16th, 2015

Third season of District Member Meetings marks the end of the cooperative’s three-year transition
 

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TPP Trade Talks Concluded, Industry Awaits Details

October 6th, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership discussions concluded on October 5, and is being presented as a landmark agreement that will ‘liberalize trade across 40% of the global economy.’

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FarmFirst Applauds Deadline Extension for MPP

September 9th, 2015

Extension and new payment plan provides flexible planning for U.S. dairy farmers
 

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FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Awards 25 Scholarships to Students

June 10th, 2015

Over $21,000 was awarded to member's children to pursue higher education

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