Nominations sought for Dairy Promotion Board New York

NYS Department of Agriculture

Any individual producer marketing milk in New York may be nominated

 The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is currently accepting nominations to fill a vacancy on the New York Dairy Promotion Order Advisory Board, with the term ending April 30, 2020.  The Advisory Board assists the Commissioner in the administration of the Dairy Promotion Order and makes recommendations on dairy marketing promotion, nutrition education and research programs.   All nominations must be received no later than March 1, 2019.

Commissioner Ball said, “The dairy industry is a major driver of New York State’s economy and the State’s largest agricultural sector.  I encourage our producers to put forth their nominations for the Advisory Board, whose work is important to the continued education of consumers and promotion of New York dairy products, especially as the industry continues to face challenges in today’s marketplace.”

Any individual producer marketing milk in New York may be nominated for membership on the Advisory Board. Nominations can only be made by individual New York milk producers and must be submitted in writing and signed by the individual producer making the nomination. Cooperatives and other farm organizations are not authorized to nominate individual producers to the Advisory Board, but may endorse producers who are nominated.

Each producer making a nomination for the Advisory Board should do so by filling out the nomination form, here.  The completed form should be emailed to Dan McCarthy at [email protected]. The deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019.  For more information on the nomination process, please call 518-457-4921.

The Dairy Promotion Advisory Board advises the Commissioner on the disposition of approximately $15 million a year in funds collected from milk producers under the producer-approved New York Dairy Promotion Order. The Board also makes recommendations on promotion and nutrition education programs, and various dairy product and research projects. The Advisory Board consists of ten New York milk producers appointed by the Commissioner who serve a three-year term. The first New York State Dairy Promotion Advisory Board was appointed in May 1972 at the request of dairy producers.

New York State has approximately 4,500 dairy farms that produce nearly 15 billion pounds of milk annually, making New York the nation’s third largest dairy state. The dairy industry is the State’s largest agricultural sector, contributing significantly to the State’s economy by generating nearly half of the State’s total agricultural receipts, and providing some of the highest economic multipliers in the State.

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