Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

June 24, 2008

Commissioner Announces Milk Marketing Advisory Council

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker announced the members of the Milk Marketing Advisory Council (MMAC), created to advise the Commissioner on dairy policy matters. The announcement was made at a public Dairy Forum in Syracuse yesterday, where some of the newly named members joined the Commissioner to hear comments from the dairy industry on milk marketing issues.

"I am pleased to welcome these knowledgeable and respected members of the dairy industry to serve on the Milk Marketing Advisory Council," the Commissioner said. "While dairy is the State’s leading agricultural industry, there is always room for growth and improvement. Whether the issue is milk pricing or milk marketing issues in general, I am confident these individuals will be able to help us move this industry in the right direction that will benefit everyone involved in the dairy industry from farmer to retailer."

The MMAC was created to advise the Commissioner on matters related to dairy policy. The new appointments to the MMAC include representatives from all sectors of the dairy industry, as well as the Chair of the State’s Consumer Protection Board. The members of the MMAC include:

· Craig Alexander, O-AT-KA Milk Products Coop., Inc.

· Kathie Arnold, dairy producer & Northeast Organic Farming Association

· Mindy Bockstein, New York State Consumer Protection Board

· Gary Dake, Stewart's Processing Corp.

· Ed Gallagher, Dairylea

· Glen Gasstrom, dairy producer

· John Jennings, Great Lakes Cheese Co.

· Bruce Krupke, New York State Dairy Foods

· Jonathan Lamb, dairy producer & Northeast Dairy Producers Association

· Dan McGarr, dairy producer

· Eric Ooms, dairy producer & New York Farm Bureau

· Neal Rea, dairy producer & Agri-Mark

· Dave Schieferstine, dairy producer & Oneida County Farm Bureau

· Ed Schoen, Dairy Farmers of America 

· Dr. Mark Stephenson, Cornell University

The Agriculture and Markets Law prescribes the composition of a Milk Marketing Advisory Council to assure representation from dairy manufacturing, processing and production sectors in addition to representatives of milk consumers and milk retailers. The Advisory Council is comprised of leaders from each of the sectors and advises the Commissioner on pertinent policy issues impacting New York’s dairy industry, as well as provides a forum for communicating and networking between dairy industry leaders.

The MMAC will meet later this summer to review comments presented at yesterday’s Dairy Forum, as well as discuss issues of concern to the dairy industry overall.

New York State has 6,200 dairy farms that produce over 12 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 $2.4 billion at the farmgate, over half of the State’s total agricultural receipts, and providing some of the highest economic multipliers in the State.

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