Idaho Milk Products

Three of the largest independently owned and operated U.S. dairies joined forces to bring a new level of quality and reliability to the dairy-ingredient industry in 2009. Today, Idaho Milk Products stands alone as the industry’s leading innovator in state-of-the-art milk processing. Idaho Milk Products is a wholly-owned, standalone business in which dedicated dairies provide a guaranteed large-scale milk supply directly to the plant operations. All milking parlors are within 45 minutes of the production facility. That unique proximity to a dedicated milk supply means under normal operating procedures Idaho Milk Products can transition from raw milk at milking parlors to final packaging within 24 hours. The company’s dedication to freshness results in better-tasting, better-performing dairy ingredients. Idaho Milk Products offers the following products: IdaPro® milk proteins — Milk protein concentrate and isolates in protein levels from 80 percent to 90 percent in regular, ... Read More

Lactalis American Group

Lactalis American Group is headquartered in Buffalo, New York, with large cheese and whey operations in Nampa, Idaho. The Nampa Lactalis plant employs more than 600 Idahoans and produces cheese and whey products made from milk primarily purchased from local and regional dairies. The Nampa facility is the company’s flagship U.S. plant and is part of Lactalis American Group, which in the United States produces some of America’s most popular cheese brands, including President, Galbani, Sorrento, Precious, and Rondelé. Beyond its leadership in cheese, Lactalis Group has demonstrated its global reach by supplying more than 600,000 metric tons of dairy ingredients worldwide. With continuous investments in Idaho in recent years, Lactalis American Group has enriched its portfolio of products by expanding its cheese offerings. Its Nampa facility is the largest fresh mozzarella facility in North America with a unique coagulator process, cream cheese, mascarpone, and new generations of dairy ... Read More

Marathon Cheese

Things have come a long way since Ray and Marie Goldbach founded Marathon Cheese in their basement in 1952. The processor opened its Mountain Home, Idaho, location in 2007 and continues to create quality cheese. Marathon Cheese packages millions of pounds of cheese each year — customizing packaging and orders for clients. The company never competes with its clients — its one of the only cheese packagers that never sells direct to retailers, wholesalers, marketers or food service operations. Visit www.mcheese.com for more information. ... Read More

Reed’s Dairy

Reed’s Dairy is a 160-cow producer/handler in Idaho Falls. Their processing facility bottles non-fat, 1%, 2% and whole milk in returnable half gallon plastic and glass bottles as well as disposable gallon bottles that are sold in grocery stores. They also produce a super premium ice cream, soft serve ice cream mix, mild cheddar and mozzarella cheese. The majority of Reed’s products are sold in their own dairy store and milk home delivery routes. Orders through their website have their ice cream and chocolate milk shipped all across the United States. For more information, visit www.reedsdairy.com. ... Read More

Stoker Farms

Stoker Farms is a milk processing plant in Burley, ID that was founded in 1943. The family-owned facility  has 7 full-time employees who process around 70,000 lbs. of milk each week. Stoker receives their milk from a dairy in Jerome, ID. They bottle whole, 2%, 1% and skim milk in both the gallon and half gallon. Stoker also bottles organic milk for Organic Acres, a local organic company. Their bottled milk is sold commercially throughout the state and the region. ... Read More

IDA Senate Immigration Letter

Dear Idaho Dairy Producer: The U.S. Senate is set to take up S. 744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act” this month.  This bill is better known as the “comprehensive immigration reform” legislation and it includes a separate agriculture visa program that IDA helped negotiate. Your help is needed now!  Please make one phone call to one office of each Idaho Senator to let them know you support the Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill and you want the Senator to vote for it.  That’s just two phone calls.  Each will take you less than one minute to make.  You may be asked to verify your home address or zip code so that the office will know you are a constituent. Senator Mike Crapo Washington, D.C. office: 202-224-6142 Boise: 208-334-1776; Pocatello: 208-236-6775; Twin Falls: 208-734-2515; Idaho Falls: 208-522-9779 Senator Jim Risch Washington, D.C. office: 202-224-2752 Boise: 208-342-7985; Idaho Falls: 208-523-5541; ... Read More

A Path to Profitability for Idaho Dairy Farmers

Dear Idaho Dairy Farmer: For nearly 5 years dairy farmers have been subjected to input costs and or prices for their milk that have created and sustained record losses.  The unparalleled low profit margins have contributed to the closing of thousands of dairies in the U.S. and near financial ruin for many thousands more, maybe as many as 70% of the total dairy farmer population.  Every dairy farmer has been adversely affected and it’s time for change. You will survive as a dairy farmer only if you are profitable. Dairy farmers need to learn to play by the rules of the market place.  The most important rule is the economic law of supply and demand.  To have milk be worth more than what it costs to make, the milk supply must be balanced with profitable demand. As with all buyers in the market place, buyers of milk will pay whatever they need to pay to get the milk they need but not a penny more. Idaho dairy farmers increased milk production by over 1,000% during the last ... Read More

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Economic Impact

Idaho is the third largest dairy producing state in the country, and holds the largest share of the revenue-producing agriculture industries in Idaho. Read more here…Idaho is the third largest dairy producing state in the country, and holds the largest share of the revenue-producing agriculture industries in Idaho. Read more here…Idaho is the third largest dairy producing state in the country, and holds the largest share of the revenue-producing agriculture industries in Idaho. Read more here…Idaho is the third largest dairy producing state in the country, and holds the largest share of the revenue-producing agriculture industries in Idaho. Read more here… ... Read More

Water Quality

Received national recognition for an Innovative Government Award from Harvard University. OBJECTIVE: To protect ground and surface waters in Idaho by developing a working arrangement between the regulatory agencies and the dairy industry. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – Idaho Dairymen’s Association (IDA) – Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) – Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) – US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)   ... Read More