Oregon Dairy Farmers Association works on behalf of Oregon’s dairy farming families. Dairy farming is more than a full-time job, it is a lifestyle. With animals to care for, crops to nurture and cows to milk, the majority of an Oregon dairy farmer’s day is spent on the farm. So, Oregon’s dairy farming families rely on the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association (ODFA) to help them through the issues that directly impact their farm and their farming practices.
ODFA works with regulatory agencies to create science-based regulation and encourages legislators to pass thoughtful legislation in an effort to create an environment that will continue to allow Oregon dairy farmers the opportunity to provide a safe, local source of food for all of Oregon’s families.
ODFA also supports credible research efforts and communicates the scientific findings to Oregon dairy farmers to ensure that the best available information is available for the dairy farmer when it comes time to make decisions.
Oregon dairy farmers are committed to caring for their animals, protecting the environment, producing safe, high quality milk with the help of their families and their invaluable employees. ODFA helps Oregon dairy farmers achieve this goal.
ODFA has been representing Oregon’s dairy farming families since 1892. Currently, ODFA represents Oregon’s 270 dairy farms and 123,000 dairy cows.
Founded in 1892, the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association (ODFA) works on behalf of Oregon’s 270 dairy farming families.
ODFA is governed by a 9 member board comprised of 8 dairy producers and one public member.
ODFA works to create an atmosphere that is conducive for Oregon Dairy producers of all types, all sizes and in all areas of the state. This is achieved by :
- Working with local, state, regional and federal organizations to establish a climate for Oregon dairy farmers. ODFA works with regulatory agencies, dairy organizations and other agricultural groups to create fair results.
- Proactively addressing industry issues and concerns. Current issues include, but are not limited to, the environment, rural-urban interface, milk marketing, food safety, immigration and animal welfare. Development of producer programs and educational material is one way in which ODFA tries to address issues and concerns.
- Working proactively with environmental groups and animal welfare organizations to share thoughts, ideas and encourage collaborative outcomes.
- Collaborating with and supporting Oregon State University in all areas including research, facilities, students and teaching.
- Encouraging and supporting the youth of the dairy industry. ODFA supports youth activities such as 4-H, FFA and the Oregon State University Dairy Program.