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Dairy Food Processing

Dairy Food ProcessingNew York State is #1 in the production of yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese and is also #4 in total cheese production. There has been tremendous growth in the numbers of companies coming to New York State to manufacture dairy products as a result of the high quality milk supply, proximity to markets and state-level and extension support that is given to the dairy manufacturing industry.

Dairy Food Manufacturing also employs well over 8,000 people in New York State. Additionally, for every job created by dairy food manufacturers, an additional 5.6 jobs are created indirectly (i.e. through vendors, contractors, et cetra). With the growth and projected growth in dairy foods manufacturing, developing a workforce is essential to sustainability. The Dairy Foods Processing Specialists works with dairy plants, regulatory agencies, workforce development agencies and suppliers to educate a future workforce for the dairy foods manufacturing industry.

The Dairy Foods Processing Specialists also work with start-up companies. Harvest New York connects companies with technical and business resources and helps companies understand key considerations before entering the dairy business. These include providing insight into regulatory requirements, plant operations, understanding market dynamics, and emerging market trends.






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Artisan Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshop

February 26 - February 27, 2019
2 days
Plattsburgh, NY

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Food Safety Plan Reviews

Barbara Williams, Dairy Processing Specialist

Last Modified: January 30, 2019
Food Safety Plan Reviews

In New York State, 4,295 dairy farms produce 14.9 billion pounds of milk. As approximately 95% of milk received at New York dairy plants come from NYS sources (2016), dairy products employ over 63,000 employees and provide a $42 billion impact on the NY State Economy. The FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act requires food-processing facilities to write and implement comprehensive food safety plans to prevent recalls and protect public health. The Harvest New York Dairy Processing Specialists can review Food Safety Plans of New York dairy processing facilities to ensure they are complete and comprehensive.


Working with Cornell's Dairy Foods Extension Team

Anika Zuber, Regional Dairy Processing & Marketing Specialist

Last Modified: March 7, 2018
Working with Cornell's Dairy Foods Extension Team

Harvest New York Dairy Processing Specialists work directly with Cornell's campus-based Dairy Foods Extension team. Harvest New York Specialists extend the knowledge and resources from the Dairy Foods Extension team to their respective Northern and Western New York regions. This collaboration fosters direct communication with industry stakeholders and keeps Cornell's dairy research team aware of current and relevant industry needs.

Top 3 Considerations for Starting a Value-Added Dairy Business

Anika Zuber, Regional Dairy Processing & Marketing Specialist

Last Modified: February 28, 2018
Top 3 Considerations for Starting a Value-Added Dairy Business

One of the first questions often asked when an individual is considering adding value to their milk is, "How much capital investment it is going to take to start a project like this?" While this is a critical question when starting a business, many people do not consider the other hidden costs associated with actually operating a value-added dairy business. Food safety is a topic that new processors don't typically think about in the beginning. Here are our top 3 things to consider when looking into value-added dairy processing.


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Upcoming Events

Artisan Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshop

February 26 - February 27, 2019
2 days
Plattsburgh, NY

This coaching workshop is intended for Artisan Cheese and Dairy Food Producers who are preparing to create, or are already developing, a FSMA compliant, preventive control (PC)-based, food safety plan for their facility. The goal of this workshop is to provide Food Safety Plan review and coaching sessions that guide attendees through each step in development process. PCQI lead trainers will be present to review topics and answer questions.
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Indoor Specialty Mushroom Cultivation Course

February 26 - April 2, 2019
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
New York, NY

The six-week course combines mushroom growing and marketing instruction with discussions about the ethnography of mushroom production. 
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Manure Applicator Training (CCE-Steuben County)

February 28, 2019
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Bath, NY

Manure Applicator Training
DEC Approved Training for CAFO Farms Thursday, February 28, 2019
Two Sites!

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Mushroom Cultivation Course

CCE's Urban Agriculture Program is collaborating with the Cornell Small Farms Program and Farm School NYC to offer "Indoor Specialty Mushroom Cultivation." The six-week course combines mushroom growing and marketing instruction with discussions about the ethnography of mushroom production. Students will gather from 6pm - 9pm on Tuesday evenings, February 26 - April 2, to participate in Cornell's 90-minute mushroom cultivation webinar together and then explore how indigenous and other cultural history and practice, race, class, and social justice relate to the themes raised in the webinar. Event details and registration is available through Farm School NYC.

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