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).
August 2011 – Disaster Assistance Program approved and made available to all members.
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.
April 2012 - Mission statement adopted: "DBMMC persistently provides leadership and influence on federal policy issues, with a strong focus towards dairy policy; ensuring positive results for today and tomorrow's dairy producers.”
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, 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.
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.