About MMPA

To Advance the Success of Minnesota’s Dairy Producers

Since 1977, Minnesota Milk Producers Association has been the grassroots organization for Minnesota's dairy industry. Our strength comes from members working together and focusing on three key areas:

  • Policy

    Taking timely action to support or oppose issues impacting our members.

  • Education

    Providing programs that further the professional goals of our members.

  • Membership

    Creating more opportunities for our members to prosper.

All three are vital to the future of Minnesota's dairy industry and we are more active and aggressive today than ever before.

Goals and Objectives

  • Improve and build upon a positive business climate for dairy in Minnesota

  • Showcase that Minnesota is a great place for dairy.

  • Maintain and build brand recognition of Minnesota Milk.

  • Maintain fiscal responsibility to our members.

Dairy Checkoff vs. State Trade Associations

Checkoff Comparison-MMPA

Dairy Checkoff

  • The dairy checkoff was created by farmers for farmers, and Midwest Dairy is still 100% funded by dairy farmers today.
  • Dairy farmers are required to contribute 15 cents per hundredweight of milk sold to the dairy checkoff. Of this, 10 cents are used by the local dairy checkoff, Midwest Dairy, and 5 cents are used by the national dairy checkoff, Dairy Management Incorporated.
  • Midwest Dairy covers 9 ½ states throughout the Midwest and is responsible for handling local dairy checkoff within this region.
  • Midwest Dairy is governed by 127 board members at eight local, or quasi-governmental organizations. Ultimately, a 34-membered Corporate Board consisting of dairy farmers is selected to guide Midwest Dairy.
  • Can only be used for:
    • Consumer education
    • Promotion of dairy for human consumption
    • Nutrition, product, food safety and consumer research
  • Cannot conduct research to increase on-farm or processing productivity.
  • Cannot influence government and legislature.
  • USDA provides oversight of the dairy checkoff.
  • For more information about Midwest Dairy checkoff, visit www.midwestdairy.com.

Minnesota Milk Producers Association

  • A dairy farmer’s involvement within the Minnesota Milk Producers Association is voluntary at one penny per hundredweight of milk sold.
  • Minnesota Milk Producers Association’s board of directors makes all final decisions for budgeting, policy, education and membership initiatives on behalf of the association.
    • The board takes input from three committees made up of dairy farmers, academia, government and industry. Those committees are education, membership and policy.
  • Minnesota Milk Producers Association’s goals are:
    • Improve and build upon a positive business climate for dairy in Minnesota.
    • Maintain and build brand recognition of Minnesota Milk.
    • Maintain fiscal responsibility to our members.
    • Showcase that Minnesota is a great place for dairy.
  • Minnesota Milk Producers Association has a contract lobbyist, contract economist and staff that help to improve on-farm profit and regulatory processes.
  • USDA does not provide oversight of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association.

Minnesota Milk Producers Association and Midwest Dairy are two organizations with two separate boards. However, staff is contracted and shared between the Minnesota Milk Producers Association and Midwest Dairy.