Kansas Dairy is an agreement between the Kansas Dairy Association and the Kansas Dairy Commission. The Kansas Dairy Association was formed in 1994. Several dairymen across the state felt the need to have a statewide organization that represented dairymen in Kansas, primarily at the state legislative level. As the first year of KDA unfolded, it became evident that there were other dairy functions and activities across the state that needed assistance. The KDA board decided to form the Kansas Dairy Commission.
Since this was a commodity checkoff program, it needed to be formed through the legislative process. During the legislative session of 1995, a state statute was passed by the legislature to form the Kansas Dairy Commission. The Kansas Dairy Association and the Kansas Dairy Commission decided in 2014 to brand themselves as Kansas Dairy. Each organization maintains their specific programs and responsibilities.