2009 – Thoughts of starting a cooperative began in order to create a federal voice due to discontent with current bargaining cooperative and their policies.
April 2010 – Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative becomes qualified by the USDA as a verification (bargaining) cooperative. Charged $0.015/cwt for membership which was lowest at the time. All other cooperatives eventually followed suit and lowered costs, saving all dairy farmers over a million dollars a year. Board of directors is created.
December 2010 – First fiscal year ends with 27 members (~25,000 cows).
March 2011 – Board of directors visits Washington, D.C., for first time to discuss Federal Order reform, global markets, supply management, immigration reform, corn-based ethanol, EPA overreach, agricultural competition, and access to affordable credit.
April 2011 – First full year ends with 83 members (~50,000 cows).
September 2011 - Board issues policy statement on supply control: The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative opposes all forms of government milk supply control and changes to the government’s current milk pricing system which makes the existing Federal Order system even more disruptive to dairy markets. Instead; DBMMC encourages strong risk management tools which will protect dairy producers during catastrophic times; but also provides fiscal responsibility.
November 2011 – Board votes to maintain opposition to supply control mechanisms including those in the Dairy Security Act.
December 2011 - Second fiscal year ends with 134 members (~92,000 cows, 1.35 billion pounds of milk).
March 2012 - DBMMC expands into Federal Order #32 with the addition of farmers from West Point Dairy Products, Inc.
December 2012 – Third fiscal year ends with 282 members (~173,000 cows, 3.31 billion pounds of milk).
February 2013 – DBMMC’s first involvement with a Federal Order vote. The co-op chose not to bloc vote (common with other cooperatives) and allowed each member an individual vote.
June 2013 – DBMMC’s fight against supply management was victorious with the passage of the Goodlatte-Scott Amendment (Dairy Freedom Act) with the House of Representatives voting 291-135.
December 2013 – Fourth fiscal year ends with 437 members (~240,000 cows, 5.22 billion pounds of milk).
May 2014 – DBMMC starts a scholarship program for members and their children. Brad Zander, Barneveld, Wis., and Lauren (Berdan) Zellner, Auburndale, Wis., are the first recipients.
December 2014 – DBMMC becomes an affiliate of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.
Fifth fiscal year ends with 527 members (~260,000 cows, 6.37 billion pounds of milk).
January 2015 – New logo and a five-year crest unveiled at the first Dairy Strong conference in Madison, Wis.
April 2015 – DBMMC celebrates five years.
August 2015 – DBMMC expands into Federal Order #33 with the addition of farmers from Great Lakes Milk Producers.
December 2015 – Sixth fiscal year ends with 663 members (~330,000 cows, 7.82 billion pounds of milk).
February 2016 – DBMMC becomes a member of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) for a stronger presence in Washington D.C. NCFC is the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives and work on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues of interest to agricultural cooperatives and their farmer and rancher owners.
March 2016 – DBMMC becomes a member of Field to Market for a stronger presence across the entire agriculture supply chain. Field to Market is working to meet the challenge of producing enough food, fiber and fuel for a rapidly growing population while conserving natural resources and improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
December 2016 – Seventh fiscal year ends with 797 members (~360,000 cows, 9.59 billion pounds of milk).
January 2017 – DBMMC becomes a member of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, a nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. AAA works to connect key food industry stakeholders, engage food chain influencers and promote consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture, and protect by exposing those who threaten our nation’s food security with damaging misinformation.
March 2017 – DBMMC expands lobbying presence in Washington, D.C. with the hiring of Michael Torrey Associates.
November 2017 – Edge is unveiled as the new name of Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative, better representing the growth and evolution of the cooperative.