After a profitable year in 2018, Associated Milk Producers Incorporated is returning patronage allocations back to its members on a faster-than-normal pace. “We’re going to revolve 20 percent of that in cash, which normally happens in August,” said AMPI Chairman Steve Schlangen. “We plan to send that out in March to get money in our farmers’ pockets for spring planting.” At its annual meeting, AMPI rolled out a new brand for its butter. “It’s going to be called Dinner Bell and we have the trademark on a label that would call it ‘co-op crafted’ so a consumer would know it came from a dairy farm cooperative and there would be traceability back to our farms.”
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