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Have your voice heard with Edge

Core services and Edge benefits:

  • Direct link to federal representation on policy issues that affect your business through our in-house government affairs staff and lobbying team, Michael Torrey Associates, in Washington, D.C.
  • Opportunities to participate on committees, focus groups and trips to Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of the dairy community
  • Market information and news impacting the dairy community, including monthly newsletters, weekly e-newsletter and email alerts on critical policy updates
  • Involvement with national organizations to work on federal regulations, customer issues and protect against anti-farming activism
  • Access to sustainability expertise and opportunity to participate in the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance (DSSA)
  • Access to exclusive webinars and other important information on our website
  • Promotion of members and the dairy community through news media and social media
  • Support from our team in crisis management, media relations, farm promotion including social media, regulatory compliance, regulatory rules and on-farm situations

Edge offers three options to get involved:

1. Member-owner

Dairy farmers who ship their milk to private processors are eligible for full membership in Edge under the Federal Milk Marketing Orders. Farmers pay $0.015/cwt of milk shipped to their processor to Edge. The milk processor takes care of payment from the farm to Edge via milk assignments.

Through this membership, members have full voting rights and are eligible to run for the board of directors. They are also able to participate in committees, focus groups and in all Edge activities.

Additional benefits:

  • Verification of milk and milk components at testing laboratories in accordance with the Federal Milk Marketing Orders
  • Bulk tank calibrations to ensure accurate milk weights
  • Opportunity for children of members to apply for scholarships

2. Farmer supporter

Dairy farmers who ship their milk through cooperatives are eligible to support Edge. Farmers pay a monthly rate based on the number of cows on their farm. Payments are made via automatic withdrawal.

Farmer supporter options:

  • 1-200 cows – $25/month
  • 201-500 cows – $50/month
  • 501-1,500 cows – $100/month
  • 1,500+ cows – $150/month

Supporters can participate on committees, in focus groups and in all Edge events. Due to federal rules, they are not eligible to vote or serve on the board of directors.
View all membership benefits here.

3. Corporate supporters
Any businesses that would like to support the work of Edge on behalf of the dairy community are eligible to participate as Edge supporters.

Various levels are available. View full benefits and levels here.

Learn more by contacting Nicole Barlass, director of member relations, at or (920) 883-0020 x104.

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