Ohio Dairy Producers Association
The Ohio Dairy Producers Association is a grassroots legislative, research, and producer education organization,representing dairy farmers from across the state, regardless of farm size, breed or production strategy, marketing preference, or political affiliation. ODPA is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of representatives from producer and organization members.
Advocating for Dairy Producers
ODPA speaks with a unified voice to support or oppose proposed legislation and policy that might affect the dairy industry. ODPA also monitors regulatory activity and tracks important issues. When necessary, ODPA members are activated to further support ODPA's position.
Serving our Membership
ODPA offers its members producer education opportunities and access to Ohio dairy news and issue updates. Membership also provides an opportunity to participate in a Group Workers Compensation program.
Moving the Industry Forward
To strengthen Ohio's dairy industry, ODPA works closely with the Ohio Dept. of Ag, other government agencies, and The Ohio State University on topics like on-farm issues, environmental policies, and product innovation.
ODPA also works in tandem with the dairy promotion checkoff program to protect the image of dairy farmers by providing consumers with facts about animal care, environmental stewardship, on-farm practices and food safety.
By managing the producer-funded Ohio Dairy Research Fund and providing input on OSU Extension dairy research, ODPA helps dairy producers make advancements in areas like animal health, nutrition, and manure management.
Ohio Dairy Research Fund
The Ohio Dairy Research Fund is managed by ODPA, and was developed to support practical dairy research by voluntary dairy producer contributions that ultimately contributes to a viable and successful Ohio dairy industry.
Who Benefits from the Program?
Dairy producers directly benefit from the program. The research funded by the program is conducted at The Ohio State University. Faculty at the University submit written proposals to the Ohio Dairy Research Fund Committee for review.
The Committee consists of 10 dairy producers; therefore, producers control the program. Research projects are funded based on merit and available funds.
Advancing Ohio’s Dairy Industry
Since 1982, projects have included topics such as Johne's Disease, mastitis, reproductive performance, environmental toxins, milk quality, manure utilization, odor from dairy facilities, and nutrition.
Why are the funds needed?
Much research is needed to address today’s complex issues relative to dairy production, milk quality, and milk products. Since 1982, more than $731,000 in producer investments have funded research that has greatly benefited Ohio’s dairy industry. More essential research has been identified than there are funds presently available to support.
How Can I Support ODRF?
With the permission of the producer, one-tenth of one percent (1/10 of 1%) of the gross milk check is deducted each month by the milk-purchasing company. This equates to $2 to $3 per cow per year. The funds are automatically deposited in the Ohio Dairy Research Fund.