Who We Are
We represent the dairy farm families who work hard every day caring for their animals and the land so that they can bring you – and others around the world – fresh, great-tasting, wholesome and nutritious dairy products. We represent dairy food companies with more than 130,000 employees nationwide dedicated to turning the nutritious milk into foods like cheese, yogurt and dairy ingredients. We represent the hundreds of thousands of dairy industry professionals who support a $100 billion industry that provides jobs to local communities. We are working together to help secure a bright future, providing healthy products, healthy communities and a healthy planet to future generations.
Dairy isn’t just what we do, it’s who we are.
What We Stand For
As the nation turns its attention to reducing calories and people struggle to be healthy, there is good news: Dairy foods can help. Dairy foods provide substantial nutrients per calorie, helping people make their calories count. The dairy industry is committed to providing people with real, fresh and natural nutrient-rich foods and beverages from childhood to adulthood.
According to Robert P. Heaney, MD, Professor of Medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine, “It’s hard to find any other single food that will give you the levels of nutrients you get in dairy.”
For generations, the people who have brought fresh, delicious milk and other wholesome dairy foods to America’s tables also are stewards of the land and contribute to local communities and family businesses. The vast majority of dairy farms are family-owned. And as active members of their communities, the nation’s 43,000-plus dairy farm families take pride in helping to feed our country and the world while doing their part to maintain natural resources. Dairy farmers are local business owners, parents, school supporters and active members of their communities. Dairy farmers and the dairy industry are a lifeline to at least 1.5 million jobs in the United States.
Dairy farmers have a long heritage as responsible stewards of the land, air and water, enabling generation after generation to carry on family traditions. Ingenuity and innovations have helped them do more with less. The entire dairy industry, from farmers and dairy food companies to distributors and retailers, has committed to reducing our carbon footprint by 25 percent by 2020. On December 15, 2009, the USDA recognized the work of dairy producers and the entire industry with a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). “This historic agreement, the first of its kind, will help us achieve the ambitious goal of drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions while benefitting dairy farmers,” said USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
For more information about the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and the people behind our products, visit www.usdairy.com.