Dairy Research


"Dairy farmers must work together
to address issues facing us and
protect the future of our industry."

Joe Miley, ODPA chair
dairy farmer from Wayne Co.

Building a Stronger Dairy Industry

ODPA is a united group of dairy producers 
who share a genuine concern for the 
future of their farms and their industry.

Thank You to Our 2017 Supporters!

Research-01Managed by ODPA, the Ohio Dairy Research Fund supports practical dairy research through voluntary dairy farmer contributions. 

Since 1982, the fund has assisted 132 different projects, with more than $827,000, in areas such as Johne's Disease, mastitis, reproductive performance, milk quality, environmental toxins, manure utilization, odor from dairy facilities, and nutrition.

Who Benefits from the Program?
Ohio dairy farmers directly benefit because the research is conducted at The Ohio State University  and at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).  To assure the funds are used effectively, written proposals are reviewed and administered by a committee of  Ohio dairy farmers selected from those who contribute to the fund.

How Can I Support ODRF?
With the permission of the farmer, as little as 1/10 of 1% or less than 2 cents per cwt of the gross milk check is deducted each month by the milk-purchasing company or cooperative. This equates to about $4 per cow per year.  AND, each dairy farmer dollar donated brings in even more matching state and federal funds to support research and Extension projects.

If you would like to support the Ohio Dairy Research Fund, complete this contribution form and mail to:  

Ohio Dairy Producers Association
5950 Sharon Woods Blvd
Columbus OH 43229