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Dairy Council

The Organic Trade Association Dairy Council brings together farmers, handlers, processors, and manufacturers to discuss ideas around promotion, research, and education; to vocalize the benefits of the sector; to identify opportunities for continuous improvements and advance solutions; and to advocate for dairy policy in alignment with the Organic Trade Association's policy process.

Check out the Dairy Council's Annual Report       

Dairy Council Members


Chair - Adam Warthesen, Organic Valley
Vice Chair -
Secretary -

Member Farms and Organizations

Alexandre Ecodairy Farms 
Aurora Organic Dairy
D & M Family Farm 
Danone North America
Fagundes Bros. Dairy
Fair Hill Farms, Inc.
General Mills 
Harmony Organic Dairy LLC 
K-n-R Farms Organics
Maple Hill Creamery, LLC
Mensonides LLC 
Organic Valley
Perk Farm Organic Dairy 
Pleasantview Farm
Sheffers Grassland Dairy LLC 
Stonyfield Organic 
Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA)

    How to Join the Council and Eligibility Requirements

    In order to be eligible to join the Council, you must be an Organic Trade Association member.  If you are an OTA member interested in joining the Dairy Council, please reach out to Laura Holm, Government Affairs Associate.

    If you are not an Orgnaic Trade Association member, we welcome you to join the Organic Trade Association as a member.  The Organic Trade Association is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America.  The Organic Trade Association is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 9,500 organic businesses across 50 states.  Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers, and others.  To learn more about the benefits of OTA membership and how to join, contact Danielle Cote.

    Are you a small-to-medium-sized farmer? You may be eligible to join the Organic Trade Association as a farmstead member and receive full OTA membership benefits and voting rights for only $50 per year.  This membership category is for small-scale organic farmers with annual organic sales less than $250,000 who are also current members of one of the participating organizations in the Organic Trade Association’s Farmers Advisory Council.  To find out more about the Organic Trade Association’s farmstead membership, please contact Johanna Mirenda.


    2021 Dairy Council Report to OTA Board 2019 Work Plan 2019 Dairy Council Report to OTA Board Organic Dairy 101 Origin of Livestock Fact Sheet OTA Dairy Council Letter to USDA Dairy Letter to USDA

    2023 Meetings

    • Wednesday, March 29 at 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT (virtual)
    • Wednesday, August 9 at 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT (virtual)
    • Wednesday, December 13 at 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT (virtual)

    Laura Holm
    Government Affairs Associate
    (202) 403-8658