CORE Program

At the CORE of MMPA

MMPA farmer-owners are the core of the cooperative, and their voices resonate in every decision we make! At MMPA, we’re dedicated to empowering our members through programs like CORE, where they can deepen their knowledge, strengthen relationships, and shape the future of dairy.

This year MMPA has hosted five CORE programs: MMPA 101, Sustainability Summit, Legislative Update, Superior Dairy Tour, and the Price Protection Program. Through the CORE program, members have deepened their understanding of our cooperative, tackled the intricacies of milk marketing, and fostered strong bonds with peers, industry partners and MMPA leadership.

Aligned with our cooperative principle of emphasizing “education, training, and information,” CORE has been a beacon of learning and empowerment. From tailored sessions for members to spreading the word about the cooperative advantage, we’ve embraced knowledge-sharing and advancement every step of the way.

We’re thrilled with the program’s success so far and look forward to the next ones!

2024 Programs

MMPA 101

February 1, 2024
Attendees learned more about how MMPA markets milk as a dairy cooperative and toured the Novi laboratory. They heard from MMPA President & CEO Joe Diglio, MMPA Board Chairman Doug Chapin and members of the MMPA team on:
• MMPA’s evolution,
• cooperatives and the role of the Board of Directors,
• MMPA’s manufacturing plants,
• MMPA products and customers,
• milk pricing,
• and member services.

Sustainability Summit

February 28, 2024
Attendees learned more about MMPA’s sustainability program and efforts. They heard from MMPA’s customers and partners about:
• the importance of sustainability for their organizations,
• sustainability programs they partner with MMPA on,
• and the role of carbon markets in the sustainability landscape.

Legislative Update

April 3, 2024
Attendees learned about MMPA’s involvement in legislative issues and the role of the Political Action Committee. They heard from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry about:
• what’s happening in the federal legislative landscape,
• progress on the upcoming Farm Bill,
• her strong partnership with MMPA and the dairy industry.

Superior Dairy Tour

April 11, 2024
MMPA members traveled to MMPA’s milk processing facility, Superior Dairy, in Canton, Ohio to tour the recently acquired plant and meet MMPA staff. Attendees:
• toured all facets of the plants’ production areas: plant receiving bays, 96-ounce and caseless gallon bottle blowing, ice cream production, milk loading areas and more,
• learned about Creative Edge’s role in development of the caseless milk gallon and the evolution of their latest innovation – the 96-ounce bottle,
• and tasted many products made using their milk at Superior Dairy.

Price Protection Program

April 24, 2024
Attendees learned about MMPA’s forward contracting program and how to sign up. They heard from StoneX, MMPA’s forward contracting partner on:
• the basics of forward contracting,
• the benefits of forward contracting,
• and a market forecast outlook