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Milk & Dairy

The Department works to promote the development of the dairy industry and to protect public health.
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Milk & Dairy in New York State
Supporting New York Dairy Community

The dairy industry is the largest single segment of New York's agricultural industry. The state has more than 4,000 dairy farms, is the fourth largest producer of milk, and is the largest producer of yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream. The dairy community in New York includes both large dairy operations and small, family run farms. It also boasts processing facilities of various types and sizes, from major global processing companies to small artisanal dairy product makers.

The Department’s Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services is responsible for many aspects of the state’s dairy industry, including licensing of dairy facilities, inspection of dairy processing plants, sampling of milk and milk products to ensure food safety protections, operating the state milk marketing order, overseeing the implementation of dairy promotion activities, and more. This work plays an important role in protecting public health and promoting the agricultural economic development of the dairy industry.

Dairy Businesses
Helping Businesses Thrive

All dairy processing facilities, dealers, specialty dairy product producers, brokers and haulers are required to have a current, up-to-date license.

New milk dealer license applications and license renewals are reviewed and evaluated in terms of financial responsibility, character, and ability or performance of the applicant in conducting the proposed business and providing service to the public.

There are a few exemptions from the state’s licensing requirements. These pertain to some milk dealers, stores, and producers. 

Milk Testing
Ensuring High-Quality Dairy Products

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Advisory Groups
Promoting Milk and Dairy Products
Dairy Promotion Order Board

The Dairy Promotion Order was established to promote the consumption of New York milk and dairy products and is advised on by a ten-member dairy farmer advisory board.

Milk Marketing Advisory Council

The Milk Marketing Advisory Council brings producers, processors, retailers, and consumers together to provide insight and advice to the Department in planning programs and policies pertaining to the challenging issues facing the New York dairy industry.

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