Associated Milk Producers Incorporated and First District Association have formed a jointly-owned Common Marketing Agency. AMPI Chairman Steve Schlangen said it makes sense to work together to get a better return for their members and better utilize their manufacturing capacity. “This CMA is somewhat new in the dairy sector, but it is used more often in other sectors like sugar and cattle genetics,” said Schlangen. “Many times it happens because co-ops are on the weak side and need to do something, but this one is unique because both co-ops are strong financially.” This new entity is known as the American Dairy Cooperative. First District Chairman Josh Barka will chair the ADC board. Schlangen will be vice chair and the leadership of the two co-ops will rotate the chairmanship every other year.
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