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.
Founded in 1995, USDEC's mission is to enhance demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients by securing access and assisting suppliers to meet market needs that facilitate sales. Activation occurs through research and collaboration with members, government, academia and numerous related organizations whose common goal is to ensure the health and vitality of the U.S. dairy industry. USDEC, together with its network of overseas offices, also works directly with global buyers and end-users to accelerate customer purchasing and innovation success with quality U.S. dairy products and ingredients.
Dairy Management Inc., the farmer-funded marketing, promotion and research organization, is USDEC's primary funder through the dairy checkoff program. The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service provides export market development support, and membership dues fund the Council's trade policy initiatives.