The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) is a national non-profit founded in 1995 and funded in part by farmer checkoff dollars. USDEC is dedicated to ensuring the health and vitality of the U.S. dairy industry through exports. It
works for farmers to increase international demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients by working with suppliers, members, government agencies, and other partners to meet market needs and facilitate sales.
Today, approximately 15 percent of all milk produced by U.S. dairy cows is exported.
This is a huge leap from when USDEC was created in 1995, and only 2 percent of all dairy products were exported.
Through USDEC's work, the U.S. dairy export market has expanded from $1 billion in 2000 to $5.6 billion 2018.
Ninety-five percent of the world's consumers are outside of the U.S., so there is room for further growth.