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Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board

The Board develops programs and policies with the goal to increase the consumption of Massachusetts dairy products.

The Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board is a group of state officials, dairy farmers and others from the dairy industry.

The Board was created as a result of the Dairy Preservation Act of 2008. The goal of the Board is to create programs and policies to increase the consumption of Massachusetts dairy products. This goal is carried out through the annual release of the Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Grant Program.

The Board shall submit an annual report to the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means and the Executive Office of Administration and Finance.

While the Department of Agricultural Resources will chair the nine-member Board, other state agencies that will participate include the Secretary of Administration and Finance as well as dairy farmers representing the Massachusetts Cooperative of Milk Producers Federation, the New England Producer Handlers Association, the Massachusetts Association of Dairy Farmers, the Agri-mark Cooperative and a member representing the Massachusetts Food Association.

Each member serves for a term of 3 years. The Board shall meet quarterly or as need be if requested by 4 or more members of the board.

To receive electronic notices of meetings and information about the Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board contact the Board Coordinator Amanda Bruso at Amanda.Bruso@state.ma.us.

 

Next MA Dairy Promotion Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Massachusetts State Exposition Building on the Big E Fairgrounds (enter the fairgrounds through Gate 2), 2145 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield MA 01089

Meeting Agenda:

Call Meeting to Order-Board Chair

General Business:

Secretary’s Report- Approval of Meeting Minutes from November 28th 2017

Treasurer’s Report- Approval of Financial Report – Darryl Williams

Coordinator’s Updates:

  • Had meeting with the NH Dairy Promotion Board Coordinator regarding the Ice Cream Trail
  • Received approval for QP from USDA AMS for the MA Dairy Promo Board- will be working on submitting the report for 2017 (due in April)
  • Hand out printed Manomet studies
  • Northeast Dairy Products Summit on February 12th in Norwich, VT

New Business:

-Election of new Secretary

-Final review of FY 19 RFR draft

-FY 18 Grant Recipients Mid-Year Update Presentations:

  • NEDPB Zip Trips- 10:35
  • Eastern States Exposition - 10:55
  • MAF2S - 11:15
  • Topsfield Fair - 11:35
  • No presentations between - 12:00- 12:30
  • MA Cheese Guild 12:35- 12:55
  • CISA – 1:00- 1:20
  • MADF and Forgotten Farms/Williams College are not presenting

 

Board Updates:

  • Opportunity for board members to share updates of their own

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Public Comment

Adjourn Meeting

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