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For nearly 42 years, Chuck Courtade, northwest region manager for the Mideast Area, has been serving dairy farmers in his home state of Michigan, and across the Mideast Area. In his position, Chuck works with customers on a regular basis and oversees field staff within his region.

This November, Chuck was honored at DFA’s annual Team Development Conference as one of twelve Be More Award winners. Award recipients were nominated by fellow employees in recognition of being team...

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DFA’s La Vaquita brand has a loyal following in Texas, particularly with first and second generation Hispanics. The brand’s top seller, queso fresco, has become a staple for many who use the cheese to top off traditional Hispanic dishes from enchiladas and tacos to soups and salads.

The mildly flavored, easy-to-crumble, whole-milk cheese has a strong presence in the Houston market, where it is made at a local DFA plant. However, the brand team’s ambition is to appeal to a broader...

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Focus on global exports critical for the future of dairy

As demand for dairy rises abroad and U.S. exports continue to grow, DFA has set its sights on becoming a leader in the global marketplace. Working with organizations like U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), and building innovative plants for ingredients destined for overseas markets, the Cooperative is thinking globally to deliver increased opportunities to our member-owners.

The value of U.S. dairy exports now exceeds $7...

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Jodi Calkins’ health insurance plan just didn’t add up. Different policies and payment schedules, coupled with rising premium costs, left her with more questions than answers.

Jodi and her husband, Ryan, milk 60 cows on their farm near Rome, Pa., where they also grow corn and hay. Jodi and Ryan, who come from generations of dairy farmers, started their own dairy in 2012, which includes a mixture of Holstein and Jersey cows. 

In addition to running the dairy, their busy...

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