CWTCooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 12 requests for export assistance from Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Association, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association who have contracts to sell 2.776 million pounds (1,259 metric tons) of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheese; 771,618 pounds (350 metric tons) of butter and 88,185 pounds (40 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, and South America. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from May through November 2016.

So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have contracts to sell 22.970 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 8.488 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) and 18.464 million pounds of whole milk powder to seventeen countries on five continents. The sales are the equivalent of 537.773 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

NMPFAssisting 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 impacts all U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

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.

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