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May 29, 2015
State Agriculture Commissioner Congratulates Former Director of Milk Control Alfred R. Place on First-Ever Hall of Fame Award
Long-time Agriculture and Markets employee recognized by the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments for his Leadership in the Industry
Casey McCue, Alfred R. Place, Commissioner Richard A. Ball
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball congratulates Alfred R. Place, former Director of Milk Control at the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, on receiving the inaugural Hall of Fame Award from the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) for his leadership and commitment to the dairy industry.
Commissioner Ball said, “Alfred was such a blessing to our Department for 30 years and I couldn’t be happier for him on receiving this national award. His induction into the NCIMS Hall of Fame is well deserved, and his tenure with the Department led to monumental improvements.”
Mr. Place, who lives in the Capital Region, was awarded this prestigious honor by the NCIMS at its annual conference held in April in Portland, Oregon. During his time with the Department and as NCIMS Chair, Mr. Place helped bring both producer and processor together to require a mandatory industry-based drug residue program which led to every tanker load of Grade A milk being screened for drug residues. This was a huge step forward for the dairy industry at the time, further evidencing its commitment to public health.
Nominations for the award were solicited by NCIMS from the dairy industry and state regulatory programs in all 50 states. A five-member committee recommended eight recipients, who were then confirmed by the Executive Board. These individuals received the Hall of Fame award based upon their leadership, contribution and commitment to the high values of the NCIMS, as well as their ability to epitomize the mission of NCIMS: “To Assure the Safest Possible Milk Supply for All the People.”
Casey McCue, the Department’s current Director of Milk Control, accepted the award on Mr. Place’s behalf.
Dr. Stephen Beam, Chair of the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, said, “The Hall of Fame Award honors those who have significantly contributed to the advancement of the NCIMS mission through highly dedicated and extraordinary service. Mr. Place’s history of bringing multiple stakeholders together from state and federal government, as well as the dairy industry, to tackle complex food safety issues of the day, demonstrated leadership that exemplifies how the cooperative nature of NCIMS has developed a highly effective and enduring Grade-A milk safety system in the United States.”
The Hall of Fame award was created at the 2013 NCIMS conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2015 Conference was the first time a group of people were inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the conference retroactively awarded recipients since its inaugural meeting in 1950.
Alfred R. Place was the Director of Milk Control at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets from 1962 to 1992. Mr. Place was the Chair of NCIMS in 1991, during the pivotal time of the drug residue issues and the ultimate development of Appendix N and associated memoranda that strengthened the NCIMS Grade A Program. Appendix N is the portion of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) which outlines the requirements for antibiotic residue testing in every tanker load of milk delivered to milk plants in the United States.
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