AMPI members are represented on Capitol Hill by two primary organizations:
Midwest Dairy Coalition
AMPI is an active member of the Midwest Dairy Coalition. This alliance of dairy cooperatives represents dairy producers in eight Upper Midwest states on federal dairy policy issues. The Coalition collectively represents nearly 7,600 dairy farmers, or about 18 percent of the dairy farmers in the nation.
On a regional basis, the Coalition's membership represents a majority of dairy farmers in the Upper Midwest, and provides an effective and useful forum for dairy organizations to discuss, debate and propose common action dealing with the ever-changing federal dairy issues of the day.
National Milk Producers Federation
AMPI is one of 30 member cooperatives of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), based in Arlington, Va. NMPF develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies.
NMPF provides a forum through which dairy farmers and their cooperatives formulate policy on national issues that affect milk production and marketing. NMPF's contribution to this policy is aimed at improving the economic interests of dairy farmers, thus ensuring the nation's consumers an adequate supply of pure, wholesome and nutritious milk and dairy products.
The policies of NMPF are determined by its members from across the nation. Therefore, the policy positions expressed by NMPF are the only nationwide expression of dairy farmers and their cooperatives on national public policy.
Margin Protection Program
The most up-to-date information regarding the U.S. dairy industry's new Margin Protection Program can be found online at www.futurefordairy.com.