U.S. Dairy Export Council
The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) is a non-profit, independent membership organization that represents the global trade interests of U.S. dairy producers, proprietary processors and cooperatives, ingredient suppliers and export traders. The Council was founded in 1995 by Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), the farmer-funded marketing, promotion and research organization.
Its mission is through analysis and collaboration, enhance demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients by securing access and assisting suppliers to meet market needs that facilitate sales. USDEC accomplishes these goals through market development programs that seek to:
- Build overseas demand for U.S. dairy products
- Resolve market access barriers
- Advance the industry's trade policy goals
USDEC activities are supported by staff across the United States and overseas in Mexico, South America, Asia, Middle East and Europe. USDEC is funded primarily by the dairy promotion check-off program. It also receives export activity support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Membership dues fund the trade policy and lobbying activities of the Council.<img height="20" src="https://www.usdec.org/files/images/clearpix.gif" width="1">