ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 13 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association/Darigold and Tillamook County Creamery Association, which have contracts to sell 2.288 million pounds (1,038 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese to customers in Asia, Central America, the Middle East, North Africa and Oceania. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from September through December 2016.
So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives that have contracts to sell 38.149 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 7.491 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) and 21.301 million pounds of whole milk powder to 21 countries on five continents. The sales are the equivalent of 676.166 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis. Some totals adjusted for cancellations.
Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program in the long-term helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them. This, in turn, positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk prices.
The amounts of dairy products and related milk volumes reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when export and delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.
The Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Export Assistance program is funded by voluntary contributions from dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers. The money raised by their investment is being used to strengthen and stabilize the dairy farmers’ milk prices and margins. For more information about CWT, visit www.cwt.coop.