Dairy Does an Economy Good

New numbers highlight breadth of dairy's impact on Idaho's economy  Twin Falls, Idaho – (October 24, 2014) – Newly released numbers showcase the thriving dairy industry and its economic impact in the state of Idaho and throughout the world. The University of Idaho’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) studied the industry and completed its economic impact study. The Idaho dairy industry is the 3rd largest dairy-producing state in the country in 2014 thus far, and has large contributions to the employment and economic foundation in Idaho. Tony VanderHulst, President of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association (IDA), states, “We use these economic impact studies to quantify our industries financial contributions to rural communities and the state. The study clearly shows we have a thriving and healthy dairy industry in Idaho. With the current robust dairy economy it can only be anticipated that the economic contributions for 2014 will increase significantly.” The Idaho dairy ... Read More

2014 Farm Bill

For an update on the recent Farm Bill and how it affects dairies, please see the presentation from Dr. Scott Brown from the University of Missouri's Agriculture Markets and Policy, Division of Applied Social Sciences. A Dairy Perspective on the 2014 Farm Bill Dr. Scott Brown Margin Protection Presentations: Background on the Margin Protection Program (MPP) TOPMargin Training on the MPP - Dairy Program Tool Dairy Outlook   Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you have about the Farm Bill. ... Read More

Economic Impact

The economic impact of Idaho's dairy industry is huge. Read more about our industry's economic contribution. ... Read More

Cloverleaf Creamery

Cloverleaf Creamery uses an old-fashioned technique to bottle healthy, all-natural milk from its small dairy of registered, pedigreed Holsteins. Owner Bill Stoltzfus has worked in the dairy business since the early 1970s and is nationally renowned for his award-winning herd. Although the creamery opened in 2007, the dairy has produced milk since 1992. The creamery’s products range from various milk products to cream, butter, yogurt, and ice cream. Processing roughly 28,000 pounds of milk per week, Cloverleaf makes all of its products from the milk produced in its own dairy, which currently milks around 80 cows on a regular basis. ... Read More

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)

Dairy Farmers of America is a national milk-marketing cooperative owned by and focused on more than 14,000 dairy farmer members in 48 states. The cooperative’s core business is to market members’ milk, pay them a competitive price, deliver value, and play a leadership role in the industry. Its membership in Idaho is 67 operations strong. DFA is making investments in new products, new facilities, and new ways for families around the world to enjoy what its members produce. Customers in Idaho include businesses like Chobani, Brewster Cheese, Glanbia, Sorrento Lactalis, and Dean Foods that connect family farms to family tables. Please visit www.dfamilk.com for more information. ... Read More

Magic Valley Quality Milk Producers

A group of Southern Idaho producers providing milk to processors in Idaho and Utah founded Magic Valley Quality Milk Producers Inc. in 1987. Over the next decade, its producer base expanded to nearly 70 members. In 1998, after Mid-American Dairymen purchased a major Utah customer that accounted for nearly 25% of the market, many Utah members decided to form their own organization. Today Magic Valley Quality Milk has 30 member farms throughout Southern Idaho and processes nearly 3 million lbs. of milk per day. It also hauls 100% of its members’ milk after forming an entity to support this effort in 2011. ... Read More

Northwest Dairy Association

Northwest Dairy Association is an integrated milk marketing and processing cooperative owned by nearly 450 dairy producers, 68 if which reside in Idaho. Its marketing and processing subsidiary, Darigold, produces a full line of dairy-based products for retail, food service, commodity, and specialty markets. Darigold operates 11 processing plants throughout the Northwest — including three in Idaho in Boise, Jerome, and Caldwell — to serve its dairy farm families. Each year Idaho NDA members ship nearly one-quarter — 2.05 billion pounds — of the co-op’s total 8.9 billion pounds of milk supply from farms in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Northern California, Montana, and Utah. NDA is the fifth largest dairy cooperative in the United States based on milk volume. ... Read More