Dairy Farmer Resources

Helpful Information and Resources for Dairy Farmers

The Dairy Alliance is not just about promoting the consumption of milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy foods to consumers within the Southeast region. We are also here to assist you, the dairy farmer. This page shows how checkoff dollars work to assist dairy farmers and promote milk. It also offers a variety of resources to help farmers meet the needs of the 21st-century dairy farm, including industry resources, tools to help foster a positive dairy image and knowledge about current trends.

Your Dairy Checkoff Check-In

National Dairy Checkoff

Dairy checkoff works on behalf of U.S. dairy producers to drive increased sales of and demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients through many of the programs listed below. To learn more about the national checkoff program, visit www.usdairy.com.

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Dairy producers created the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy in 2008 to address challenges and opportunities that require industry-wide action. Thirty-four key industry leaders comprise six committees to address issues and opportunities that positively affect the entire industry.

Environmental Stewardship Goals

Using voluntary, collective environmental stewardship goals, the U.S. dairy industry collectively commits to become carbon neutral or better, optimize water use while minimizing recycling, and improve water quality by optimizing use of manure and nutrients by 2050. The Net Zero Initiative (NZI) promotes trust in dairy amongst consumers, increases accessibility to new technologies and solutions, and helps farmers find potential new revenue opportunities, including carbon and water credit trading, and manure-based products. Read more about the 2050 goals and the NZI.

Dairy’s Image

Dairy checkoff is committed to helping protect and promote the image of dairy products, producers and the industry by offering training and tools to help dairy farmers tell their story to the public. Through the “Community Outreach” program, we are connecting consumers to dairy farmers to tell the dairy farming story through speaking events, social media and one-on-one conversations. Contact your farmer relations manager for more details on the program.

Learn the Latest on Dairy Exports and Ingredients

The U.S. Dairy Export Council® (USDEC), funded in part by the dairy checkoff, works on behalf of producers and more than 100 member organizations to enhance global competitiveness and exports of U.S. dairy products by securing access and assisting suppliers to meet market needs that facilitate sales. The volume of U.S. milk solid exports has been rising steadily over the past several years. Currently, 13.3 percent of U.S. milk production is exported to Mexico, Southeast Asia, Canada and other destinations.

Receive Community Outreach Training

The Community Outreach program offers opportunities to explain the dairy experience to consumers. Submit the Google Form on the left to request access to training videos and handouts that will prepare you to share your dairy story.

Update Your Contact Information

Are you a dairy farmer, milk producer or dairy advocate? Update your contact information to stay informed about local promotion programs that are helping drive milk and other dairy product sales.

Order Promotional Materials

The Dairy Alliance has a wide variety of posters, handouts, banners and other materials dairy farmers, nutritionists and educators can use to promote the goodness of dairy.