Dairy Promotion Order


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 Seventeenth Dairy Promotion Advisory Board, serving from May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2023.

  • Larry Bailey, DFA Seat
  • *Dean Handy, At-large Seat
  • *Donald Harwood, Rochester Cooperative Milk Producers’ Bargaining Agency, Inc. Seat
  • Jason Kehl, Niagara Frontier Cooperative Bargaining Agency. Inc. Seat
  • *Carl Moore, New York Farm Bureau Seat
  • *Alicia Lamb, At-large Seat
  • *Sheila Marshman, New York State Grange Seat
  • Kim Nelson, Agri-Mark Seat
  • Julie Patterson, At-large Seat
  • *Judy Whittaker, At-large Seat

*New member in 2020

Next Meeting

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

Past Meeting Materials

The most recent meeting of the Dairy Promotion Order Board took place on September 21 and September 22, 2021. The meeting minutes are posted below and more materials from the meeting will be posted here when they are available.

Materials from the September 10, August 5, and July 16 2021 meetings are also posted below. Access the September 21 and 22 meeting recordings. Access the September 10 meeting recordingAccess the August meeting recordingAccess the July meeting recording

For minutes and materials from 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.