Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is a milk marketing cooperative and dairy foods processor owned by more than 14,000 dairy farmers across the country.
DFA and the city of Fort Morgan have been partners since the plant was built in 1998.
The plant sits on 14 acres within the city limits of Fort Morgan and makes sweet cream, condensed milk and nonfat dry milk, all ingredients used to make cheese, yogurt and ice cream.
A mark of vision
By 1996 the dairy industry was changing rapidly. And as milk processors and grocers grew larger and more national in scope, it was clear that the regional structure of the traditional cooperative couldn’t keep up. So leaders from four of the nation’s leading milk cooperatives including Associated Milk Producers, Inc., Mid-America Dairymen, Inc., Milk Marketing, Inc., and Western Dairymen Cooperative, Inc. decided to take the reigns and make a change.
Motivated by a shared vision, they created a unified community that set out to empower the dairy farmer by uniting talents, leadership, markets and capital into a single, strong cooperative. And on January 1, 1998, DFA was formed.
Although DFA is a national milk marketing cooperative, it is divided into seven Areas, ensuring grassroots representation of our members.
- Areas are organized into districts, in which members elect representatives to serve on their governing Area Council.
- Area Councils monitor the marketing of milk and local issues.
- Representatives from Area Councils are elected to serve on DFA’s Board ofDirectors, which is comprised of 55 dairy producers who guide the Cooperative and establish policies and business direction.
About the Mountain Area
- 12 districts
- 248 member dairy farms
- 6.7 billion pounds of milk annually
- 27 million pounds of milk produced on average each year per member
Members provide milk for these leading customers:
- Brewster Dairy, Inc.
- Chobani LLC
- Dean Foods
- Glanbia Foods
- Leprino Foods
- The Kroger Company
- Safeway, Inc.
- Schreiber Foods
- Sorrento Lactalis, Inc.