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A MARK OF PURPOSE

Amy Osmundson | 6-X Dairy | Modesto, Calif.


Lance and Mike Mills | Warm Springs Dairy | Monroe, Utah

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DEFINING A MARK THAT MATTERS OUR PLANET Protecting Our Land Setting Our Gold Standard Caring for Our Animals Reducing Our Emissions Conserving Our Resources Uniting Our Efforts In Our Plants

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OUR PEOPLE

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OUR COMMUNITIES

Supporting Our Family Farm-Owners Supporting Our Employees Developing Our Leaders Fostering Our Collaborative Spirit

Investing in Our Communities Nourishing Our Communities Living Our Values

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All metrics in this 2020 Social Responsibility Report reflect best known values as of Jan. 1, 2020.

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DEFINING A MARK THAT MATTERS

At Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), we are more than 13,000 family farm-owners on more than 7,500 dairy operations across the country. We are proud to be part of the 1-billion-person global dairy community dedicated to feeding 6 billion people around the world who regularly consume dairy products. But before our milk makes it onto family tables in Chicago, or into chocolate bars in Japan, or baby bottles in Mexico City, it all starts with a commitment to producing dairy responsibly, ethically and sustainably.

OUR PURPOSE Our mission, and our purpose, is to deliver value to our family farm-owners as a global dairy cooperative. We do that in numerous ways. Beyond our core business of finding secure markets for our members' milk and paying them a competitive price, we offer access to valuable resources and services, invest in manufacturing capabilities that allow us to produce a variety of dairy products and connect our family farm-owners with consumers by sharing their stories. We are driven by our vision to enrich communities and consumers' lives through all the possibilities of dairy.

OUR SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY To deliver on our mission and achieve our vision, it is imperative that we think strategically about our impact on the environment, our communities and our family farm-owners, employees, customers and consumers. We started with an assessment of our business to identify, refine and assess a variety of potential environmental, social and governance issues to help guide us on our sustainability journey. We used the principles of the Global Reporting Initiative, the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world. It helped us pinpoint our sustainability priorities — economically, socially and environmentally — so we can focus our attention and resources on what matters most.

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Lawrence Schroeder Dairy | Windthorst, Texas

Through this research, we established our three sustainability pillars: our planet, our people and our communities. These pillars help support our sustainability strategy — to enrich the world through continuous improvement and innovation in the lives we touch, the planet we protect and the communities we reach.

SUSTAINABILITY PILLARS

We know the success of our business — today and for future generations — relies on the health and wellbeing of our planet. We strive to focus on our people by helping all of our employees and family farm-owners succeed. And finally, we enrich the communities we touch through all the possibilities of dairy. On our farms, in our facilities and on the road, our journey to continuously improve our social responsibility efforts takes a holistic approach. We are committed to developing solutions that reduce or eliminate carbon emissions, feed people around the world and help communities thrive.

OUR PLANET

The mark we make on the world matters. As a farmer-owned Cooperative, ours is A Mark of Purpose.

OUR PEOPLE

RICK SMITH

President and Chief Executive Officer

RANDY MOONEY Chairman of the Board

OUR COMMUNITIES

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OUR PLANET Taking care of our planet isn't just an initiative — it's a responsibility that's taken to heart. As leaders in sustainability, we're committed to seeking achievement of a net zero or net negative milk production carbon footprint. By driving efficiencies and implementing best management practices, our family farm-owners have already made great strides and are finding new ways to operate that helps protect the land we all depend on. Through ongoing innovation at our processing plants, our offices and on our family farms, we're ensuring there's a healthy planet for today, tomorrow and for future generations.

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Woods Dairy | Lodi, Calif.

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PROTECTING OUR LAND Farmers are the original stewards of the land, with centuries-long traditions of caring for their animals and farming responsibly. But they are also innovators, looking toward solutions for the future. And dairy farmers specifically are making huge strides in the areas of efficiency and lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Michael Carvalho | Carvalho Farms | Crows Landing, Calif.


Between 1944 and 2007, the U.S. dairy industry reduced the carbon footprint of a gallon of milk by 63%, driven in large part by advances in nutrition, herd genetics, and cow health and comfort. Currently, dairy comprises only 2% of all U.S. GHG emissions and continues to make improvements in its environmental impact.

SOURCES OF U.S. GHG EMISSIONS IN 2017

9% AGRICULTURE

29% TRANSPORTATION

12%

COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL

22% INDUSTRY 28% ELECTRICITY Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2017

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT The U.S. dairy industry has a history of continually finding ways to produce more wholesome, nutritious milk with less impact on the environment.

BETWEEN 2007 AND 2017 THE U.S. DAIRY INDUSTRY

AND FOR EVERY GALLON OF MILK PRODUCED

USED

PRODUCED

16% MORE MILK

17% 31% LESS FEED

LESS WATER

REDUCED ITS CARBON FOOTPRINT BY WITH

10% 25% FEWER COWS

Source: Capper, Cady; Journal of Animal Science, 2019

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Hunter Ridge Dairy | Eaton, Colo.

SETTING OUR GOLD STANDARD Our members' commitment to attentive animal care practices, milk safety and quality, workforce development and environmental stewardship is critical to maintaining the trust customers and consumers have in DFA, our members and the industry as a whole. Our Gold Standard Dairy Program is designed to help our team of field representatives across the country implement common practices in these areas amongst our family farm-owners and offer resources to help them continuously improve. Since 2007, Gold Standard, DFA’s on-farm evaluation program, has been through four iterations, revising its standards to account for updated, science-based practices and goals.

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The most current version, Gold Standard Dairy Program 5.0, which went into effect at the beginning of 2020, will be in operation through 2022. The program collects information related to animal care and wellness, water use and conservation, soil management, workforce development practices, wildlife and natural habitat conservation and energy efficiency, to name a few. To stay current on an evolving industry, it takes our family farm-owners, their employees and DFA's team of field representatives to ensure a safe, sustainable and quality supply chain.

100%

of DFA member farms participate in Gold Standard evaluations

MORE THAN

45,150

evaluations have been conducted since the program's inception in 2007


CARING FOR OUR ANIMALS As part of our Gold Standard Dairy Program, we incorporate National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program as the animal care module. This science-based, internationally recognized program demonstrates our producers’ commitment to caring for their animals and promoting continuous improvement by providing industry documents, manuals, templates, employee training guidelines and helpful checklists. In line with our Gold Standard Dairy Program, the FARM program is reevaluated every three years to evolve alongside the latest research in animal care standards. During an animal care evaluation, a certified evaluator will assess the herd on overall condition, cleanliness and health.

Provitius Ant | Provitius Ant | Mincipit, Pa.

Focus areas of the animal care evaluation include:   • Strong veterinarian relationships  • E  mployee training and animal handling • B  est management practices for calves, sick animals and cows producing milk in the herd  • S trong protocols and documentation demonstrating best practices are being followed

THE

FARM PROGRAM

Program integrity demonstrated by: • T hird-party verifications completed on a subset of dairies annually • S hadowing all evaluators on evaluations annually • R  igorous training including a full day in a classroom environment and hands-on learning on member farms   • Y  ear-round support offered through a network of certified trainers and farm practices staff  

is compliant with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and was one of the first livestock animal care programs in the world to gain compliance.

Ray De Vries | Thompson River Dairy | Johnstown, Colo.


REDUCING OUR EMISSIONS As our dairy farmers continue to improve the efficiency of their operations, many have been working to reduce GHG emissions on their farms. And while we've already achieved many of our objectives, we have lofty goals remaining, including achieving net zero by 2050. DFA is continuing to find new ways to leverage technology and partner with other industry leaders to benefit our family farm-owners' operations and help reduce GHG emissions.

Bar-Way Farm | Deerfield, Mass.

HERE’S HOW WE’RE WORKING TO REDUCE GHG EMISSIONS ON OUR FARMS:

Mitigating enteric methane emissions by supporting novel feed additives designed to reduce emissions

Utilizing renewable energy both on farms and in our plants

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Capturing emissions through healthy soil and crops, C02 is removed from the atmosphere and stored in farm land

Building more anaerobic digesters by partnering with companies like Vanguard Renewables to help farmers install this technology

126

FARMS CAPTURING energy through solar projects

33

FARMS

with active anaerobic digesters


ACHIEVING NET ZERO

DFA is committed to working toward a net zero or net negative carbon footprint for our Cooperative, and is also working in partnership with other dairy industry leaders to achieve that goal for U.S. dairy as a whole. Farmers are in a unique position to absorb and store carbon on their land. Supporting DFA member farms and family farms across the country is a key strategy in the battle against climate change.

NET ZERO INITIATIVES Net zero is the balancing of carbon emissions with carbon reductions or sequestration. We are determined to achieve net zero by 2050 through DFA-led initiatives and collaborations with key partners. DFA is in a strategic position to ensure long-term opportunities for sustainability of our dairy farms, big and small, across the country.

BALANCING CO2 EMISSIONS

carbon removal or elimination

DFA’S SCIENCE-BASED TARGET Science-based targets are developed to provide a clear route to reducing emissions. A target is science-based if it aligns with the latest climate science which requires keeping global warming well below two degrees Celsius. We’ve taken a close look at our business to better understand our existing footprint and how we can continue to drive progress over the next decade by setting targets for the Cooperative. With a baseline year of 2018, DFA's science-based target commits to reducing absolute emissions across our business 30% by 2030.

DFA'S GHG FOOTPRINT

1%

1% SCOPE 1

DFA IS COMMITTED TO A

Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources  

30%

SCOPE 2 Indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy  

REDUCTION

in scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. DFA’s science-based target has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative

SCOPE 3

98%

Indirect emissions in the DFA supply chain *Scope 3 emissions include categories such as downstream distribution, use of sold goods and dairy farms

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CONSERVING OUR RESOURCES From no-till farming and planting cover crops to reducing water usage and recycling manure, DFA’s family farm-owners are committed to producing wholesome dairy while protecting our water, soil and natural habitats. As the world’s original recyclers, farmers have placed high importance on land and water stewardship — and our family farm-owners continue to perfect these practices by utilizing sustainable innovations on the farm. Nearly all DFA farmers who grow crops implement a soil management plan to maintain or improve overall soil health. Good soil health supports water conservation, efficient use of nutrients and creates a more stable structure for plant roots. Fresh water is one of our most shared and precious natural resources, and it takes a lot of water to grow the food we all depend on. As part of our sustainability roadmap, we are committed to completing an assessment of water availability within our supply chain by the end of 2020, and analyzing ways we can continue to improve the environment.

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MORE THAN

3,900

DFA member farms maintain land to protect the Earth’s biodiversity, including natural habitat areas like wetlands for endangered species and other wildlife.


LAND STEWARDSHIP PRACTICES Our farmers' land management practices are industry-leading. They implement some or all of these practices at the following rates:

92% of member farms have a soil management plan to maintain or improve overall soil health

92% 92% 92% SOIL MANAGEMENT PLAN

Farms practice these management techniques on some or all of their crop land:

82% 82% 82% CROP ROTATION

63% 63% 63% COVER CROPS

Lou Brown | Brownhaven Dairy | New Bremen, Ohio


UNITING OUR EFFORTS Taking care of our planet doesn't happen alone. It takes a global community to ensure the next generation has an opportunity to work the same land for years to come. DFA is spearheading efforts toward common social responsibility goals with a transparent and collaborative spirit. From our strong support of the U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment to active leadership roles in Global Dairy Platform, DFA is advancing sustainability in our local communities and beyond. Through our membership in Global Dairy Platform, members of DFA's team meet with United Nations' representatives to showcase how U.S. production methods support the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals, with a global focus on reducing inequalities, developing sustainable cities and communities, fighting against hunger and poverty and much more.

James and Adam Graft | Leatherbrook Holsteins | Americus, Ga.


DAIRY INDUSTRY LEADERS DFA has an active role in engaging and supporting the global dairy industry on a range of initiatives to help ensure a more sustainable future for everyone. We're proud to collaborate with the following organizations and many more to support the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals:

THE U.S. DAIRY STEWARDSHIP COMMITMENT DFA is a proud adopter and supporter of the U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment, a collaborative platform that advances dairy's sustainability leadership and emphasizes dairy's long-standing values. We recognize the important role DFA has in advancing sustainability goals across the dairy value chain and reporting industry progress.

CO2 FEED IMPACT

ENERGY USE

GHG EMISSIONS

WATER QUANTITY

ANIMAL CARE

RESOURCES RECOVERY

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS

NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT

PRODUCT SAFETY AND QUALITY

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CRAIGS STATION CREAMERY The Craigs Station Creamery facility, a partnership between DFA and seven farm families, combines state-of-the-art technologies with a unique traceability story. The farms that supply Craigs Station are all located within 20 miles of the creamery. And for centuries, those farm families — like many — have practiced conservation of natural resources to ensure their operations remain viable for future generations, recycling water and waste and investing in sustainable energy sources whenever possible. Craigs Station Creamery is 100% powered by a methane digester located next to the plant on one of our family farms. Manure from the herd, as well as food waste, is broken down by microorganisms, producing liquid, solids and biogas. The liquid is used to fertilize fields, the solids serve as the cows’ bedding and the gas is used to generate power for the dairy and plant.

DFA Garden City | Garden City, Kan.

IN 2019, DFA RETURNED

54%

more water, on average, than it consumed back to the city that can be used for irrigation

2018 Sustainable Plant of the Year — Food Engineering

100%

powered by a methane digester located next to the plant on one of our family farms

DFA GARDEN CITY You can see for miles over the plains of Western Kansas. And between the blacktop highways and wheat fields sit DFA member farms, that for the longest time, didn’t have a close home for their milk. That meant milk was traveling up to 613 miles to be processed. In the fall of 2017, that all changed with the opening of our facility in Garden City, Kan., where raw milk is processed into cream and dairy powders every day. DFA's plant in Garden City exports millions of pounds of milk powder every year to countries like Colombia, Mexico and Malaysia.

DFA GARDEN CITY IMPACT

46

AVERAGE MILES milk travels from DFA farms to DFA's plant in Garden City, Kan.

2016

The placement of Garden City has significantly reduced miles traveled for milk in the region over the last four years.

2017 2018 2019 0

6,000

ESTIMATED MILES TRAVELED

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OUR PEOPLE At the heart of what we do is our people — our farmer-owners and the employees who support them. We are committed to investing in our people to ensure we can continue to deliver on our mission, execute our vision and live our values every day. We are dedicated to acting with integrity, instilling quality in everything we do, while being driven by passion and a sense of community. At DFA, we put our people first — on and off the farm. We want all of our farmers and employees to thrive, which is why we offer services and resources to help them grow and succeed.

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Jared, Jacob, Kathy, Ed, Jordan and Justin Wilgenburg | Deer Valley Dairy | Fort Morgan, Colo.

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SUPPORTING OUR FAMILY FARM-OWNERS For more than 20 years, DFA has been, and will continue to be, a member-focused Cooperative. Our family farm-owners, who are diverse in size, geography, age, farming models and business objectives, are the backbone of our business and the ultimate reason behind everything we do. While we continuously work to provide value for our members on their farms, we also work to provide resources and support for their families and employees.

MORE THAN

FARM SERVICES

by DFA Farm Supplies since inception

Through our Farm Services Division, our family farm-owners have access to price risk management, thousands of farm supply products and renewable energy consulting services to increase efficiency on their farms. In addition, we offer resources to help take care of the people on their operations through insurance products and services, and employee safety training, available in employees' native language. Everything offered through Farm Services is designed to help our members farm more profitably, ensuring the longevity of their businesses.

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$100

MILLION SAVED

$5

MILLION

in savings on CATÂŽ equipment through DFA's Member Savings Network


DFA BY THE NUMBERS

64.1

BILLION POUNDS of milk marketed

1,115 86,000

FARM EMPLOYEES

FAMILY MEMBERS

who received safety training through DFA Insurance during the first full year of the Safe Farm Program

and employees protected through DFA Insurance

Eastside Dairy II | Johnson, Kan.


SUPPORTING OUR EMPLOYEES Whether their work space is an office, plant floor, milk truck cab, lab or pick up truck, DFA employees are united in their passion for serving our family farm-owners. We work to build a culture of collaboration by fostering employee engagement, investing in innovation and growing the skills and capabilities of our workforce. As part of the DFA family, employees have access to a range of resources designed to improve their physical, emotional and financial well-being. Through our Happy. Healthy. Safe. wellness program, employees can participate in health challenges with their co-workers, access resources online or in person, and receive counseling and referrals to help deal with stress, financial or legal challenges. Employees also have opportunities to learn new techniques, strengthen existing skills and grow in their roles through our online and in-person training systems and our leadership development programs.

45%

of eligible employees earned a wellness incentive by completing a health risk assessment, tobacco attestation and onsite screening

$206,000

CONTRIBUTED by DFA toward tuition reimbursement for employees' continued education

711,080

STEPS LOGGED by employees at the DFA plant in New Wilmington, Pa., during a six-week Step Up Your Game Challenge

Amy Goodson, Nutritionist and Tobin Butterfield, Chef | DFA Headquarters | Kansas City, Kan.


Jonathan Oufnac, Executive IT Support and Mobility, and Heather Grossman, Associate Vice President, Legal | DFA Headquarters | Kansas City, Kan.

VALUE INTEGRITY Integrity is ingrained in our culture, inspires our work and ensures the strength of our reputation as a Cooperative. Our Value Integrity program reminds employees that everyone is expected to adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct every day in every way. The importance of acting with integrity in all business activities, from working with customers or members to treating your co-workers with respect, is reinforced as an expectation through training and communications on our Code of Conduct policies. To showcase our culture of integrity, we celebrate Value Integrity Week throughout the Cooperative each year. During the week, employees are reminded of critical compliance policies, recognized as Value Integrity All-Stars for setting an example for others and encouraged to talk about what integrity means to them.

330 EMPLOYEES were recognized as Value Integrity All-Stars

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DEVELOPING OUR LEADERS DFA offers leadership development programs for employees and members to help build individual strengths, group collaboration and shape the next wave of leaders within the Cooperative. No matter where employees are in their careers at DFA, leadership development programs are available to foster continuous development while enhancing their DFA knowledge and strengthen strategic and critical thinking skills.

7,000+ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT courses available on DairyU

Through our Young Cooperator and Emerging Leaders programs, our family farm-owners are able to expand their understanding of the Cooperative’s business, governance structure, operations and more. In addition, they are able to hone their skills and prepare for future farmer-leadership positions. Through DairyU, our online learning system, employees have access to numerous self-development courses, available on demand, in addition to in-person training courses. With guidance from their managers, employees are also encouraged to develop goals and career paths to help reach their professional aspirations within DFA.

Jackie Klippenstein, Senior Vice President of Government, Industry and Community Relations, and DFA member Josh Cleland, talk with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue


FOSTERING OUR COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT

The employees of DFA are made up of diverse workers across the nation, all working together to support our family farms. From essential operations personnel at our dairy manufacturing facilities to the wide variety of disciplines and skillsets at our 25 offices and in the field, DFA strives to retain a high-quality, diverse workforce. We pride ourselves on being a collaborative environment where we work together as one team to serve our family farm-owners — and it takes all kinds of people to make that happen. From our idea forum, where employees can submit innovative ideas, to our DFA Accelerator, a 90-day immersive program for startup ag-tech and dairy food companies, we aim to learn from others within our organization and beyond. It is important to us to provide an inclusive environment where everyone, from any background, can flourish.

DFA Garden City | Garden City, Kan.


OUR COMMUNITIES DFA strives to serve communities — from local to global. To do that, we support community service efforts through volunteering and monetary giving, providing education and outreach and connecting consumers to the source of their food. All of DFA's community-focused programs are deeply ingrained in our culture and formalized through our DFA Cares Foundation to ensure our community responsibilities remain a high priority. Dairy farms support a way of life. They sustain local economies by providing jobs and livelihoods, they strengthen rural communities, help their neighbors in countless ways and provide all the nutritional goodness of dairy to consumers around the world.

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Summer 2019 Interns

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INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITIES Dairy farmers have an impact on communities that goes well beyond the dairy aisle. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports the global dairy industry supports the livelihoods of 1 billion people worldwide. By creating jobs, providing income for families and encouraging outreach within local communities, every dollar generated from dairy farming is turned over three to seven times. Dairy farming supports rural communities from the central valley of California to the rolling hills of Pennsylvania.

THE U.S. DAIRY INDUSTRY PROVIDES

$159 BILLION IN WAGES

3 MILLION JOBS

$620 BILLION IN OVERALL

economic impact for 3% of U.S. GDP Source: Economic Impact Study of the Dairy Products Industry. John Dunham & Associates, 2019

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Natasha Sutherland | Stein Farms | Le Roy, N.Y.


NOURISHING OUR COMMUNITIES Dairy farmers spend countless hours nurturing their herd and land to help feed consumers around the world with one of the most nutritious foods — milk. Dairy's unparalleled nutrition plays an active role in reducing hunger and benefitting the health of our people from community to community.

GOALS FOR GOOD

16% 16%

In 2015, the dairy industry’s top leaders adopted Agenda 2030, which outlines 17 commitments as part of the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals, supported by Global Dairy Platform. Because sustainability goes beyond GHG emissions, these goals are dedicated to eradicating poverty, eliminating hunger and building sustainable communities.

20 CENTS PER SERVING*

ALL THE POSSIBILITIES IN ONE GLASS OF REAL, DAIRY MILK

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35%

25%

15% VITAMIN D

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strong bones bones and and teeth teeth strong

Helps promote promote the the Helps absorption of of calcium calcium absorption

Supports body body growth, growth, Supports red blood blood cell cell production production red and metabolism and metabolism

Dairy can have an impact on communities. With eight grams of protein in each glass, milk can help you maintain a healthy weight and keep your stomach full for a longer period of time. Dairy can help your family grow and increase overall health within PROTEIN CALCIUM your community. Builds and and repairs repairs Helps build build and and maintain maintain Builds Helps muscle tissues tissues muscle

PROTEIN PROTEIN Builds Buildsand andrepairs repairs muscle muscletissues tissues

25% 25%

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DFA Headquarters | Kansas City, Kan.

LIVING OUR VALUES The DFA Cares Foundation enables our farmers and staff to fulfill one of the organization's core values — community. The foundation is centered on finding ways we can give, serve and educate in our communities. We act year-round to support our farmers and communities when disaster strikes. Whether flood or fire, drought or disease, we rally to assist our neighbors in need with financial resources, a literal helping hand or donations of our products, both here in the United States and abroad. In partnership with Convoy of HopeŽ, we are also able to donate valuable milk powders and other ingredients to those in need throughout the world. In addition, we invest in the future of the industry with scholarships to students pursuing careers in dairy, and donate nutritious dairy and food products to those in need through our partnerships with local food banks across the country.

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$90,000 in total donations to the Great American Milk Drive by the end of June Dairy Month from fundraising at plants and offices by DFA employees and our #GiveMilkMoney campaign

$74,000 in scholarships to 52 students pursuing a career in the agriculture industry

$10,000 donated to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Disaster Relief Fund for flood relief to help Nebraska farmers, ranchers and rural communities


VOLUNTEERING AND GIVING At DFA, we live our values every day — and one way we do that is by volunteering and giving back to our local communities. It wouldn’t be possible to reach people within our communities and beyond without the help of the numerous organizations we partner with each year, such as the Great American Milk Drive, Feeding America®, Convoy of Hope and various local food banks and nonprofit organizations across the country. In 2019, DFA employees across the Cooperative came together to give back during events such as June Dairy Month, World Milk Day, Hunger Action Month and DFA holiday giving activities. In an effort to make a difference in their own backyards, employees at Kemps®, a subsidiary of DFA, launched a give-back campaign and donated 500,000 cartons of Kemps Giving Cow milk to Midwest food pantries. These 8-ounce, shelf-stable milk cartons help bridge the nutrition gap for kids who depend on free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch programs at school. During the campaign, for every gallon of Kemps milk purchased, cartons of milk were donated to Feeding America and Second Harvest Heartland food pantries. Throughout the month of June, DFA celebrated June Dairy Month by raising money to benefit the Great American Milk Drive, which works to get fluid milk into food banks for families in need. On June 1, we kicked off June Dairy Month by celebrating World Milk Day. DFA family farm-owners and employees across the nation worked together to raise money and awareness for the summer nutrition gap for school kids. For every share of #GiveMilkMoney on social platforms, a gallon of milk was donated.

70,300

meals were packaged for students at a local middle school by employees at DFA headquarters in Kansas City, Kan.

$54,500 in disaster assistance to 28 dairy farms in 15 states

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HUNGER ACTION MONTH Throughout September, our farmers and employees were encouraged to collect food and raise money for Hunger Action Month to benefit Feeding America and its network of food banks.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. $400 in gift cards donated to a local food bank for use in purchasing food at local grocery stores

ADRIAN, MICH.

120 GALLONS OF MILK donated per day to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective in the Mideast Area through a year-long partnership with Kroger®

More than 190 items, including canned and boxed goods, were donated to local food banks

MIDDLEBURY CENTER, PA. Donated milk to community members during their local family day, Family Day at the Tioga County Fair

KANSAS CITY, KAN. Employees volunteered at Harvesters, a Feeding America food bank

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63,000 POUNDS of cheese donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank throughout 2019


500,000 SHELF-STABLE MILK CARTONS donated to kids in the Midwest from the Kemps Giving Cow Project

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Profile for Dairy Farmers of America

2020 Social Responsibility Report  

2020 Social Responsibility Report  

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