The Division is responsible for administration of the New York State Dairy Promotion Order (NYSDPO), issued by the Commissioner and approved by the state's milk producers. The Order was established to promote the consumption of New York milk and dairy products.

Milk producers pay 15 cents per hundredweight of milk produced for dairy promotion. The New York State Dairy Promotion Order (our office) retains 10 cents and the remaining 5 cents is used for national program activities (paid to National Dairy Promotion and Research Board at 10255 West Higgins Road, Suite 900, Rosemont, II. 60118-5616). Monthly assessments collected are used for contractual milk promotion activities, administrative costs, and research.


The Dairy Promotion 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. The board advises the Commissioner on the disposition of approximately $15 million a year in funds collected from milk producers under the producer-approved NYSDPO. It also makes recommendations on promotion and nutrition education programs and various dairy product and research projects.


The following are the members of the Eighteenth Dairy Promotion Advisory Board, serving from May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2026.

  • Larry Bailey of Fort Ann, endorsed by Dairy Farmers of America
  • Kim Nelson of West Winfield, endorsed by Agri-Mark
  • Julie Patterson of Auburn, an at-large member
  • Jason Kehl of Strykersville, endorsed by Niagara Frontier Cooperative Milk Producers’ Bargaining Agency, Inc.
  • Carl Moore of North Bangor, endorsed by NY Farm Bureau
  • Dean Handy of St. Johnsville, endorsed by New York State Grange
  • Alicia Lamb of Oakfield, an at-large member
  • Judi Whittaker of Whitney Point, an at-large member
  • Roberta Wolf of Lyons, endorsed by Rochester Cooperative Milk Producers’ Bargaining Agency, Inc. and new to the Board*
  • Sarah Head of Homer, an at-large member and new to the Board*

All board members were appointed in 2023 for a three-year term. All members’ terms expire in 2026.No members of this board receive payment of expenses or other compensation in the performance of their duties as members, however, may be eligible to reimbursement of their ordinary and necessary travel expenses.

Next Meeting

Information about the next meeting of the Dairy Promotion Order Advisory Board will be posted  here when it is made available.

Past Meeting Materials

The most recent meeting of the Dairy Promotion Order Board took place on Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28. Materials from the meeting are available below. A recording of the February 27 meeting is available here. A recording of the February 28 meeting is available here

Materials from the September and August 2023 meetings are also available below.

For minutes and additional information about these or other previous meetings, please contact the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services.

Contact the Dairy Promotion Order Board

We have created an email address to help dairy producers in New York quickly and effectively provide feedback to the Dairy Promotion Order Board about the New York State “check-off” program. If you are a dairy producer and have any questions or concerns regarding the New York State promotion order “check-off” program, please email [email protected]

All questions and concerns will be shared with the Board and their response will be shared with the requestor.