Our Farmer Funders

Since the U.S. Dairy Export Council’s inception in 1995, dairy farmers have primarily funded our efforts through Dairy Management Inc. and the national checkoff program. Today, milk from 1 in 7 trucks leaving American dairy farms ends up in products and ingredients sold overseas, making exports a vital growth path for farmers and processors alike. Serving as DMI board members, dairy farmers provide strategic guidance for USDEC programs.

Updates About Our Farmers

Paul Rovey on U.S. Dairy Exports

U.S. Dairy Export Council chairman Paul Rovey talks about his multi-generational farm and the potential for his country being the world's most dependable supplier of dairy products.

U.S. Family Farm Stories: Quality

This installment of our farmer-narrated video series, "U.S. Family Farm Stories," shows the convictions of an Idaho dairy farmer who believes any job worth doing is worth doing right.

U.S. Family Farm Stories: Animal Care

This chapter of our farmer-narrated video series shows how a Washington State dairy farmer loves and cares for her animals.

U.S. Family Farm Stories: Environment

Our farmer-narrated video series showcases a Pennsylvania dairy farmer’s commitment to sustainability and careful stewardship of the environment.

U.S. Family Farm Stories: Relationships

Our farmer-narrated video series continues with a California dairy farmer demonstrating a personal approach to agriculture.

U.S. Dairy Farmers Explore Export Opportunities in Southeast Asia

Every two years, the U.S. Dairy Export Council takes four dairy farmers and two journalists on an informational “mission” to a key export market. The 2015 mission was April 12-22, to Southeast Asia.

How Exports Help One Dairy Family

Otto Perazzo started his dairy with six cows in 1947. Global demand is creating new opportunities for his sons and grandsons.


Q&A: Rovey Sees Sunnier Days Ahead for U.S. Dairy Exports

DMI and USDEC chairman Paul Rovey has an optimistic view on the future of exports, even in a year that has seen global markets weaken and milk prices drop. Read more on the U.S. Dairy Exporter Blog.


Farmers Tell Raw and Real Story of U.S. Dairy

Each USDEC mission has its “aha’ moments when a light bulb goes on over our dairy farmers’ heads. A gasp from a S.E. Asia audience prompted a recent "aha." Read more on the U.S. Dairy Exporter Blog.


Why SE Asia is Shifting from Oceania to the U.S. for its Dairy Needs

A delegation of U.S. farmers and journalists visiting the region see the opportunity for U.S. Dairy and the need for increased on-the-ground presence. Read more on the U.S. Dairy Exporter Blog.


U.S. Dairy Farmers Move Audience of more than 100 Importers in Singapore

Vivid photography and first-person storytelling demonstrate U.S. Dairy's commitment to quality, animal care, the environment and relationships. Read more on the U.S. Dairy Exporter Blog.


Dairy Farmer to Congress: “When Exports Increase, I Benefit”

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) needed to further expand dairy exports. Read more on the U.S. Dairy Exporter Blog.