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Board of Directors

Mike Eby
Dairy Producer- Retired
Chairman of the Board


Paul Rozwadowski
Dairy Producer- Wisconsin
Vice-Chairman


Gary Genske
Treasurer- California
Dairy Producer - New Mexico


Pete DeHaan
Dairy Producer- Oregon

Robert Krucker
Dairy Producer- Idaho

John J. King
Dairy Producer- Retired

Greg Millick
Dairy Producer – New York

Aaron DeBoer
Dairy Producer

Dan Meier
Dairy Producer – New York

Press Releases

MILK USERS/BANKERS WILL BE PROVEN WRONG


Milk users haven’t even a remote thought YET that the milk surplus won’t continue to exist and that they won’t be able to continue to buy milk for less than the cost to make it.

Milk users believe that dairy farmers will continue to wrongly believe that they can out-produce unprofitable milk prices.

Even some bankers wrongly believe that dairy farmers need to maintain or even add cows to out-produce unprofitable milk prices.

BUT both will be proven wrong.

More and more dairy farmers are starting to understand that the milk supply determines the milk price and that they can share in the balancing of the milk supply with PROFITABLE demand.

Dairy farmers are starting to understand that the reason they have been price takers instead of price makers is simply that the milk supply has exceeded the PROFITABLE demand for the milk.

Dairy farmers are starting to understand the truth Michael Swanson, Wells Fargo ag economist, spoke in Progressive Dairyman, Feb. 7,2018 issue when he said “Every 1% change in milk production results in a 10% change in price” —- that a 3% reduction in the milk supply will move the milk price up 30%.

Dairy farmers are starting to understand that by implementing NDPO’s policies, they will prevent a damaging surplus of milk production which depresses milk prices and causes financial loss and reduction in the number of U.S. dairy farmers and will send the correct milk supply to the market and will provide a profitable milk price for most existing U.S. dairy farmers and preserve as many U.S. dairy farmers as possible regardless of size or location.

Dairy farmers are starting to understand that they can not only survive but prosper.

To learn more, contact Mike Eby, Chairman, (717) 799-0057, mikee@ndpo.us, or like us on Facebook – National Dairy Producers Organization, or www.nationaldairyproducersorganization.com

Bob Krucker
NDPO Board Member

CO-OP MANAGEMENT PONDERS


Gordon Hoover of Land O’Lakes (LOL) and Skylar Ryll, manager of fluid milk marketing at Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) “ponder” co-ops, milk price and the milk market in Lancaster Farming, Saturday, February 17,2018 issue.

Hoover says his co-op has a place in the market.

But neither Hoover nor Ryll seem to have a clue as to what place or purpose their co-ops should occupy in today’s milk market.

Unfortunately, Hoover and Ryll are typical of most of the existing co-op management who have no clue as to what their true purpose is.

How about some enlightenment for co-op management and dairy farmer members?

Today, more than 50 dairy farmer member owned co-ops handle 80% of the milk made in this country by the 30,000 remaining co-op dairy farmer members, down from several hundred thousand that
existed a few decades ago.

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MINN) addressed the problem and purpose of the management of all dairy farmer co-ops as far back as 1993 at an AMPI convention when he said “That (co-op management) accountability has to be addressed. You guys control 85% of the milk with antitrust protection, but that protection is intended to benefit MEMBERS, not for each other to get bigger. This should be managed so that MEMBERS get the biggest return.”

Co-op management have consistently ignored Rep. Peterson’s directions and have managed co-ops primarily for their own benefit NOT for the benefit of the dairy farmer co-op member owner.

Existing co-op management and their minions (NMPF,DMI,DMS,USDEC,etc.) only care about the milk — the more and cheaper the better, and have encouraged and accommodated a milk supply in excess of profitable demand, allowing them to profit on every hundredweight of milk marketed while dairy farmer co-op members have mostly lost money on every hundredweight of milk marketed.

The co-op dairy farmer member owners have for too long allowed themselves to become helpless serfs to co-op mismanagement and need to now move from helpless to controlling their own co-ops and change their co-op goals and/or management with those that will benefit dairy farmer members instead of destroy them.

The milk supply determines the milk price and dairy farmers determine the milk supply.

It is time for the remaining U.S. dairy farmers to move from mindless maximum milk production and self-destruction down to the last dairy farmer standing and oppose co-op management’s manipulated behavior to over produce, and move to balancing the milk supply with profitable demand which will provide a sustainable, profitable milk price to as many dairy farmer co-op members as possible regardless of size or location.

Together, most U.S. dairy farmers can survive and prosper by joining and implementing the policies of NDPO, balancing the milk supply with profitable demand and promoting their milk with NDPO’s 100% USA Milk Trademark.

By implementing NDPO’s policies, dairy farmers will prevent a damaging surplus of milk production which depresses milk prices and causes financial loss and reduction in the number of U.S. dairy farmers and will send the correct milk supply to the market and will provide a profitable milk price for most existing U.S. dairy farmers and preserve as many U.S. dairy farmers as possible regardless of size or location.

To learn more, contact Mike Eby, Chairman, (717) 799-0057, mikee@ndpo.us, or like us on Facebook.

National Dairy Producers Organization www.nationaldairyproducersorganization.com

Bob Krucker
NDPO Board Member

TO ALL CO-OP BOARD OF DIRECTORS


You have failed and continue to fail to manage your dairy farmer member owned co-op in a way which provides a sustainable, profitable milk price to as many members as possible.

Together, the co-ops you manage handle nearly 80% of the US total milk production BUT the number of your co-op members has fallen dramatically down from several hundred thousand to leaving only 30,000 existing members today.

You may have benefited co-op MANAGEMENT’S best interest and the best interest of their processing and retailing “partners“ by achieving increasing dairy product volumes and sales numbers BUT you have done so by encouraging and accommodating a milk supply in excess of profitable demand resulting in most member dairy farmers receiving a milk price less than the cost to make the milk and their financial
destruction.

You need to change your co-op goals and management teams to ones which will provide a sustainable, profitable milk price to its members.

Here is HOW you meet your responsibilities as a co-op Board of Directors and properly manage your members co-op for their benefit and promote their sustainable profitability.

YOU MUST:

(1) Implement a pro-rata, across-the-board reduction in the acceptance of milk for processing, uniformly implemented from every co-op member, until the milk supply is balanced with profitable domestic market demand, which provides a milk price greater than the member dairy farmers average cost to make the milk;

(2) Accept no non-member milk and sell no member milk, unless the price paid or received is greater than the member dairy farmers average cost to make the milk;

(3) Do not own, operate or be involved with any processing facility, make any dairy products or chase any dairy market that will not pay a milk price greater than the member dairy farmers average cost to make the milk;

(4) Use the National Dairy Producer Organization’s 100% USA Trademark on all co-op made products to promote U.S. made dairy farmer milk.

By implementing NDPO‘s policies you will help prevent a damaging surplus of milk production which depresses milk prices and causes financial loss and reduction in the number of U.S dairy farmers and will send the correct milk supply to the market and will provide a profitable milk price for most existing U.S. dairy farmers and preserve as many U.S. dairy farmer’s as possible regardless of size or location.

DO YOUR JOB co-op Board of Director’s and benefit your members and preserve what is left of our secure, diversified national milk producing infrastructure.

NDPO and it’s dairy farm family members will support you in adopting NDPO’s policies and changing your co-op goals and management teams to ones which provide a sustainable, profitable milk price to your members.

Mike Eby
NDPO Chairman

Who Will Make the Milk

The existing remaining U.S. dairy farmers are now deciding who will be providing our future dairy products.

Will the milk be made by the existing 38,000 family dairy farmers who create and support our present national milk producing infrastructure OR a handful of corporate milk makers located in a handful of locations?

The battle is raging between the existing dairy farmers of all sizes and locations who want to survive and preserve our secure, diversified, national milk making infrastructure and most others in the dairy industry, including the management of dairy farmer member owned cooperatives, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), and most dairy processors who call for maximum milk production and the cheapest global dairy products made with the cheapest milk in the world.

Who wins this battle between the dairy farmer and the “dairy industry” will determine the future source of this country’s dairy products.

Will the milk come from our existing U.S. dairy farm families OR the last U.S. or foreign corporate milk making enterprise standing, who supplies the world’s cheapest milk?

The question the U.S. dairy farmers are presently deciding is do they continue with maximum milk production in excess of profitable demand and their race to the global bottom and the last dairy farmer standing OR join and implement the policies of NDPO which will prevent a damaging surplus of milk production which depresses milk prices and causes financial loss and reduction in the number of U.S. dairy farmers and will send the correct milk supply to the market and will provide a profitable milk price for most existing U.S. dairy farmers and preserve as many U.S. dairy farmers as possible regardless of size and location?

It is a dairy farmer choice to properly manage the milk he makes and his co-ops, or not.

The family dairy farmer members of NDPO urge you to join and implement the policies of NDPO and to not only survive but prosper.

Bob Krucker
NDPO Board Member

THE PROBLEM AND SOLUTION

Dean Foods company’s shares have plunged 20.1% in three months as recently reported by ZACK.com.

Dean Foods says it is “…evaluating existing volume profitability. This means ensuring that volumes are produced and sold at appropriate margins.”

TRANSLATION: Dean Foods wants to balance supply with profitable demand just like the U.S. dairy farmers should be balancing the milk supply they make with profitable demand for the milk.

The milk price in the U.S. decreased in July, representing a 5.2% decrease compared to September 2016 and has been falling like a rock ever since.

WHY? TOO MUCH MILK.

SOLUTION:

Join and implement the policies of NDPO which will prevent a damaging surplus of milk production which depresses milk prices and causes financial loss and reduction in the number of U.S. dairy farmers and will send the correct milk supply to the market and will provide a profitable milk price for most existing U.S. dairy farmers and preserve as many U.S. dairy farmers as possible regardless of size and location.

Bob Krucker
NDPO Board Member

THE NDPO MISSION

NDPO has and will continue to address hundreds of questions and issues presented by U.S. dairy farmers, which basically boil down to the question — What is NDPO going to do about all the many “bad guys” in the dairy industry and their purchased politicians and government bureaucrats who are destroying the family dairy farmer?

The answer is that NDPO will ASSIST any group of dairy farmers who can realistically challenge and remove the “bad guys” in the dairy industry and government that are destroying the family dairy farmer.

But, dairy farmers THEMSELVES must take the initiative and marshal the finances to challenge the conditions and people that are destroying them.

NDPO, by itself, cannot and will not do this FOR the dairy farmer.

What NDPO has done, can do and will continue to do is show the U.S. dairy farmer HOW to take responsibility for themselves and their own actions of excess milk production and thereby achieve profitability.

The U.S. dairy farmers need to balance the milk supply they make with profitable demand and change the goals and/or management of their co-ops to benefit themselves, the member owners.

NDPO’s message of self-responsibility may never be accepted by some but it is understood and accepted by many.

Whether enough dairy farmers accept responsibility for the milk they make and their co-ops before it is too late, is the soon to be answered question.

Bob Krucker
NDPO Board Member