Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) today announced it will form a new Farm Services Division to bring greater value to its members.
Although the cooperative currently offers value-added programs to its members, the formalization of the Farm Services Division consolidates the oversight of several member services, including risk management, health insurance, financial services and bulk buying programs, DFA said.
President of the new division will be Greg Wickham. In addition, he will continue to serve as chief executive officer of DFA-member cooperative Dairylea. Wickham oversees Dairylea's extensive agricultural services businesses, including several in partnership with DFA.
"Under Greg's leadership of the Farm Services Division, we expect further collaborations between Dairylea and DFA in the farm services area that will benefit members of both cooperatives,” said Rick Smith, DFA president and chief executive officer.
"With the ever increasing costs producers face, it is imperative that we look for ways to help them increase profits and decrease costs,” said Wickham.
Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. is a dairy marketing cooperative that serves and is owned by more than 18,000 dairy farmers in 48 states.
Catherine Merlo is Western editor for Dairy Today. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.