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NEDPA Legislative Priorities

On Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 NEDPA participated in a virtual lobby day facilitated by Rick Zimmerman of Zimmerman and Associates, NEDPA’s lobbyist on retainer. The following handouts will be distributed to lawmakers to enhance our advocacy efforts.

2021 About Us

2021 NEDPA Legislative Priorities

2021 NEDPA NYCAMH One Pager

Cornell NMS Program One Pager

Who Are NEDPA Members?

Member Testimonials

Why We Join NEDPA

“Seneca Dairy is proud to be an Affiliate member of Northeast Dairy Producers Association. NEDPA is a valued resource for dairy farm families and provides timely/relevant information. Thank you for sharing your members stories and continuing involvement in our local communities.” -Seneca Dairy Systems LLC

“Being a part of NEDPA is about supporting a community that you’re in. Everyone in the dairy industry is in it together. Servicing dairy farms is our livelihood as hoof trimmers. The more we can do to strengthen the dairy community the better we as an industry are as a whole” -Zane Hendrickson, Hendrickson’s Hooftrimming, Inc.

“As the largest lender to New York’s dairy farms, Farm Credit East values being a NEDPA Affiliate member.  NEDPA provides proactive leadership on a wide range of issues affecting all New York dairy farms, through advocacy, but also as a source of information and practical assistance farms need to navigate today’s complex business environment.  Farm Credit East is pleased to partner with NEDPA through its affiliate membership program on these efforts.” -Tom Cosgrove, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Knowledge Exchange. 

“We are a member because NEDPA is on the forefront of the issues that are crucial to dairies and those dairies are crucial to our business.  NEDPA keeps us well informed with all the current events here in the Northeast which is so important as things continue to evolve and change quickly in our ever so important dairy industry.” -Jim Conroe, Sr. Regional Director East, Phibro Animal Health

 “Speaking as a producer, I need NEDPA to move forward and grow.” -Jon Rulfs, Adirondack Farms

Affiliate Members


NEDPA Chair Named to City and State NY’s Agriculture Power 50 List

Congratulations to NEDPA Chair John Dickinson of Ideal Dairy Farms on being named number 8 on City and State NY‘s Agriculture Power 50 list! John, alongside 8 other dedicated board members, oversee the Northeast Dairy Producers Association’s work educating, supporting and advocating for dairy farms of all sizes across the state. The organization is part of the Grow NY Farms coalition, which is pushing to keep in place a 60-hour overtime threshold for farm laborers.

This is City & State’s first agriculture-focused list, highlighting public officials, farmers, business executives, association heads, labor leaders, policymakers and others who have shaped New York’s agricultural landscape.

Check out the full list here:…/agriculture-power-…/185206/

The Northeast Dairy Producers Association Kicks Off June Dairy Month With NYS Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball at Ideal Dairy Farms and Argyle Cheese Farmer

NEDPA Board Chair John Dickinson today welcomed NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball to his family dairy farm in celebration of June Dairy Month. Along with Assemblymember Carrie Woerner and a representative of Senator Dan Stec, the Commissioner visited and toured Ideal Dairy Farms and Argyle Cheese Farmer in Hudson Falls, NY.

John Dickinson, Ideal Dairy Farms owner, and Northeast Dairy Producers Association board chair, said, “Our ability to expand, create jobs, and continue to provide high quality milk to our communities is due in large part to the hard-working employees who we are fortunate to have by our side on the farm every day. A passion for cow care, environmental stewardship, and teamwork is not easy to come by, and we are thankful for every employee who helps us get nutritious milk and dairy products to families across the state. As I raise a glass of milk to the Ideal Dairy Farms team, I encourage New Yorkers to not only celebrate Dairy Month in June, but year-round.”

NYS Agriculture Commissioner Ball said, “We are excited to celebrate Dairy Month, which provides us all an opportunity to recognize New York’s tremendous dairy farmers and dairy manufacturers who are producing and processing some of the very best dairy products in the world. At the Department, we are proud of our efforts to support our dairy community, especially over this difficult past year, with programs such as Nourish New York and the Farmland Protection program, while also focusing our efforts on promoting our dairy products to consumers around the globe. We have a lot to be proud of when it comes to New York dairy and I encourage everyone to support their local farms and processors this month and always.”

Assemblymember Carrie Woerner said, “The partnership between Ideal Dairy Farms and the Argyle Cheese Farmer is a wonderful venture for our community and for local agriculture. The Argyle Cheese farmer takes local milk and turns it into cheeses, cheese curds, and yogurt as well as products incorporating these into smoothies, dips and even meal prep including take and bake pizzas – all of this at their new processing facility and retail store right in Hudson Falls. The venture is a resounding success for the community in terms of creative ways to market local products and even better, it gives the community the opportunity to deliciously and conveniently “eat local”.

Read the full NEDPA Statement on today’s visit here:

NEDPA Director Jon Patterson Discusses Producing RNG via Anaerobic Digestion and the Clean Fuel Standard on New York NOW

A statement from Northeast Dairy Producers Association Board Chair John Dickinson on the NYS Budget agreement:

2021 Friend of NEDPA Award

During the NEDPA Annual Meeting on March 19th, Bob Gray of the Agriculture Labor Coalition was presented the “Friend of NEDPA” award for his many years of dedication working on farm labor issues. Check out the video below to see NEDPA Executive Director Tonya Van Slyke honoring Bob Gray and presenting the award. Congratulations and enjoy your retirement, Bob!

All totaled, NEDPA member farms now represent over 222,000 milking cows!  This equates to over half the milk produced in New York State. Thank you to our members for their continued support!

Go to for more about NYS farmers and farmworkers that care for the animals and land that produce your food. Here you can advocate for maintaining the current overtime threshold at 60 hours.