California Dairies, Inc., Joins National Milk Producers Federation
California Dairies, Inc., (CDI), the nation’s second largest dairy cooperative, has joined the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).
The addition of CDI means NMPF now represents about 70% of U.S. milk production, adding lobbying clout and reach.
“CDI bolsters the nationwide reach and diversity of our organization and strengthens our ability as farmer-owned cooperatives to tackle a wide array of challenges in marketing, farm labor, trade, food safety, nutrition and product labeling,” says Jim Mulhern, NMPF president and CEO.
“Both CDI and NMPF are active and respected organizations in Washington, D.C., advocating on behalf of respective memberships,” says Simon Vander Woude, CDI Board Chair. “However, we believe by combining our efforts, we can be even stronger and more effective coalition, advocating pro-dairy policies that fundamentally strengthen our farmers and our industry as a whole.”
CDI was accepted into NMPF membership this week at the organization’s June Board meeting. CDI will have five seats on NMPF’s 53-person board of directors. NMPF also created a 14-member executive committee, with CDI receiving one seat.