U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of 17 members to a federal Dairy Industry Advisory Committee. Over the next two years, the committee will review the issues of farm milk price volatility, dairy farmer profitability and consolidation, and offer suggestions on ways USDA can best address the needs of a struggling dairy industry. It is not limited to federal milk marketing issues.
Representatives, nominated last fall, include: producers and producer organizations, processors and processor organizations, handlers, consumers, academia, retailers, and state agencies involved in organic and non-organic dairy at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
Producer members appointed to the committee are: Erick Coolidge (Pa.), Timothy den Dulk (Mich.), Debora Erb (N.H.), James Goodman (Wis.), James Krahn, (Ore.), Edward Maltby (Mass.), Manuel Souza (Calif.), Ed Welch (Minn.), and James Williams (Ga.).
Representatives from the processing industry include: Jay Bryant (Va.), Patricia Stroup (Calif.), Sue Taylor (Colo.), and Robert Wills. (Wis.).
Members representing state government, retail, academia and consumers are: Rodney Nilsestuen (Wis.), Robert Schupper (Pa.), Andrew Novakovic (N.Y.), and Paul Bourbeau (Vt.).
All members will serve two-year terms, beginning in January 2010, and expiring Jan. 1, 2012. The committee was expanded this year from 15 members to 17 and will hold its first meeting in early 2010. The meeting will be open to the public and USDA encourages public participation.
For additional information check the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee website, http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/DairyAdvisoryCommittee.
Dairy Industry Advisory Committee
Name State Business
Paul Bourbeau VT Paboco Farms, Inc.
Jay Bryant VA Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association
Erick Coolidge PA Le-Ma-Ra Farm
Timothy Den Dulk MI den Dulk Dairy Farm, LLC
Debora Erb NH Springvale Farms/Landaff Creamery, LLC
James Goodman WI Northwood Farm
James Krahn OR Oregon Dairy Farmers Association
Edward Maltby MA Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance
Rodney Nilsestuen WI Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Andrew Novakovic NY Cornell University
Robert Schupper PA Giant Food Stores
Manuel Souza CA Mel-Delin Dairy
Patricia Stroup CA Nestle
Sue Taylor CO Leprino Foods Company, Inc.
Edward Welch MN Associated Milk Producers Inc.
James Williams GA Williams Dairy Trucking, Inc.
Robert Wills WI Cedar Grove Cheese Inc.