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Like so many Dutch dairymen in the United States, Ben Van Warmerdam emigrated from Holland in 1947 with a dream of starting his own dairy. But, he also dreamed of being part of an industry that was united in its goals to provide wholesome, quality milk at a competitive price.

Only a month before leaving his home country, Ben had united Dutch dairymen there to get a better price for their milk. They were successful, receiving 20–30 percent more in their milk checks.

“That always...

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When Charles Krause was 16 years old, he was handed a job he didn’t expect for another decade or more.

“When I was in 10th grade, my father had a heart attack, and it kind of thrust me in charge of running an 80-cow farm,” Charles says. “I guess when something like that happens, you are either going to really hate milking cows, or find out it’s something you enjoy. You grow up real fast and take on a lot of responsibility.”

Charles ran the farm nearly single-handedly for 21...

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DFA’s 15th Annual Meeting   
During DFA’s Annual Meeting, more than 1,300 DFA members, industry executives and guests heard from industry and Cooperative leaders about how DFA and the U.S. dairy industry are seizing opportunities in the global marketplace. During the meeting, we also showcased our hardworking members through photos and video, as well as the décor throughout the meeting space.

On Tuesday, March 19, DFA’s chairman of the Board, Randy Mooney, spoke, as well as...

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From this land to families around the world
As owners of Dairy Farmers of America, our members reach beyond their farms and their communities by providing quality dairy ingredients to global customers, partnering with world-class dairy companies to create innovative dairy products and serving as a leader to ensure the U.S. dairy industry its place in the global market.

At our 15th Annual Meeting, we pay homage to the work our members do each day, and showcase how, from this...

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