Milk Marketing Advisory Council


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

The MMAC was reconvened in 2016 under Commissioner Ball.  The Advisory Council is composed of more than two-dozen members from the dairy manufacturing and processing sectors and from dairy farmer cooperative associations. Additionally, milk consumers and milk retailers are also represented. The MMAC provides a forum for communication and networking between dairy community leaders to discuss issues such as the current milk market situation, increased production, and trade policies.


The following are the members of the Milk Marketing Advisory Council:

  • Commissioner Richard A. Ball
  • Dr. Andy Novakovic, Chair
  • Tonya Vanslyke
  • Chris Laughton
  • James Davenport
  • Rick Naczi
  • Ed Gallagher
  • Mark Broadhurst
  • Paula O'Brien
  • Sheila Marshman
  • Craig Alexander
  • Ed Schoen
  • Chris Noble
  • David Fisher
  • Doug Shelmidine
  • Kathryn Boor
  • Kevin Ellis
  • Mike Barnes
  • Brad Keating
  • Melissa Johnson
  • Bob Wellington

Next Meeting

The next Milk Marketing Advisory Council meeting will take place on March 10, 2020 at 10B Airline Drive, Albany, New York 12235. The meeting will be held in the PONY Room from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Learn how to join the meeting via WebEx.

Past Meeting Materials

The most recent past meeting of the Milk Marketing Advisory Council took place on October 31, 2019. Please see the meeting agenda and supplementary materials below. A recording of the meeting is also available.

For minutes and materials from previous meetings, please contact the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services.