Source: Cooperatives Working Together
Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 7 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), and Tillamook County Creamery Association who have contracts to sell 315,261 pounds (143 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese, and 1.098 million pounds (498 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from September 2015 through March 2016.
Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have contracts to sell 44.131 million pounds of cheese, 19.376 million pounds of butter and 33.832 million pounds of whole milk powder to thirty-three countries on five continents. The amounts of cheese, butter and whole milk powder in these sales contracts represent the equivalent of 1.090 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis. Totals have been adjusted for contract cancellations.
Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program, in the long-term, helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them. This, in turn, positively impacts all U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.
The amounts of dairy products and related milk volumes reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when export and delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.
The Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Export Assistance program is funded by voluntary contributions from dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers. The money raised by their investment is being used to strengthen and stabilize the dairy farmers’ milk prices and margins. For more information about CWT, visit www.cwt.coop.