Midwest Dairy Association

General Information and History

Midwest Dairy Association™ represents more than 9,100 dairy farm families to nearly 38 million consumers across 10 Midwestern states. We work on behalf of dairy farmers to increase dairy sales, foster innovation and inspire consumer confidence in dairy products and practices.

Midwest Dairy Council®, an affiliate of National Dairy Council, is the nutrition education division of Midwest Dairy Association. The Council is dedicated to dairy nutrition research and education through the investment of more than 9,100 dairy farm families across 10 Midwestern states, and is committed to child health and wellness through our collaborative program, Fuel Up to Play 60.

Our History
Midwest Dairy weaves through nearly 100 years of dairy history. Farmers in Iowa, Missouri and eastern Kansas formed Midland Dairy Association in 1971. Their counterparts in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota - all states that produce more milk than they can consume - combined their state promotional organizations in 1993, forming the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council of the Upper Midwest. These two larger organizations joined forces in 2000, forming the Midwest Dairy Association and adding dairy farmers and territory in Arkansas, western Kansas and eastern Oklahoma. The American Dairy Association of Illinois joined Midwest Dairy a year later. The American Dairy Association/Dairy Council of Nebraska became part of Midwest Dairy Association in 2011.

Midwest Dairy Quick Facts:

  • We represent more than 9,100 dairy farm families to nearly 38 million consumers in 10 Midwest states, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
  • Midwest Dairy Association is a part of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), yet focused on Midwest industry priorities. DMI is the domestic and international planning and management organization that builds demand for dairy products on behalf of America’s more than 51,000 dairy farmers.
  • Midwest Dairy Council is an affiliate of the National Dairy Council, which has been dedicated to nutrition research, education and communication since 1915.
  • There are 23.5 billion pounds of milk produced annually in our 10 states. That is 12 percent of total U.S. milk production.
  • Dairy farmers in the Midwest invest 15 cents for every 100 pounds of milk they sell. Midwest Dairy receives 10 cents of this mandatory funding for regional programs. The remaining five cents goes to the National Dairy Board to fund national promotional, research and export programs carried out by Dairy Management Inc.
  • Midwest Dairy is directed by a 34-member dairy farmer Corporate Board with 14 of those members serving on Dairy Management Inc.’s national board.
  • We have 59 staff, including 16 registered dietitians and other specialized experts, across 10 states from North Dakota to Arkansas.
  • Our farmer-funded programs do not represent specific brands or dairy cooperatives, and we do not participate in regulatory activities or influence government policy.
  • To learn more about Midwest Dairy, visit midwestdairy.com. Follow us on Twitter (@MidwestDairy) and find us on Facebook at Midwest Dairy.