New York Dairy Farmers Gather to Discuss Dairy Checkoff, Industry Issues

Author: Administrator | December 06, 2019

New York Dairy Farmers Gather to Discuss Dairy Checkoff, Industry Issues

Nineteen New York dairy farmers joined ADA North East in a “Dinner on the Square,” for a two-way discussion meet focused on farmers’ view of the industry’s future and how their checkoff investment is managed to grow dairy sales and trust. 

Discussion topics circled around three categories – environmental stewardship, reaching the next generation of consumers (students), and consumer education and confidence. ADA North East staff highlighted our local checkoff programs, and Dairy Management Inc., staff discussed national efforts related to each topic.  

Former USDA Secretary and chair of the US Dairy and Export Council Tom Vilsack also participated in the event and discussed checkoff’s important role in exports and global markets. 

Participating farmers were: Bret Bossard, Barbland Dairy, Fabius; Austin Copenhaver, Ivy Lakes Dairy, Stanley; Kristin and Slade Cox, Ox Cart Dairy, Cato; Audrey Donohoe, Atrass Farm, Frankfort; Angela Eichorst, Riverside Dairy LLC, Tully; Sarah and Chris Ficken, New Moon Dairy, Munnsville; Dave Harvatine, Aurora Ridge Dairy, Aurora; Keith Kimball, Casa de Leche, LLC, Geneseo; Bill and Kelli Morgan, Scipio Springs, Union Springs; John and George Mueller, Willow Bend, Clifton Springs; Lisa and Greg Porter, Porterdale Farms, Adams; Steve Palladino, Walnut Ridge Dairy, Groton; Joel Riehlman, Venture Farms, Tully; and Kim Skellie, El-VI Farms, Newark.

About American Dairy Association North East

American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing more than 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit or call our Main Office at 315-472-9143.