2016 New York State Certified Dairy Application

Thank you for your interest in the New York State Certified program! If you have any questions, please contact the Department at NYSCertified@agriculture.ny.gov or 1-800-554-4501: Option 3.

The New York State Certified Program makes it easy for consumers to identify local, safely handled and environmentally responsible agricultural products. This voluntary program is a cooperative effort among producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, restaurants and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) to meet consumer demand for high quality food and agricultural products.

Upon acceptance to the NYS Certified program and submission of a signed Trademark Licensing Agreement, program participants will be able to display a new, high-impact label that will clearly stand out and tell the consuming public their food handling practices are audited and certified and they operate their farms in an environmentally responsible manner.








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If you will market more than one type of dairy product through the NYS Certified Program, or your product type is not listed above, please explain here.


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• Applicability.

Dairy processors must certify that a majority of their milk is from (or milk suppliers are) New York State farms;

• Safe Food Handling.

Dairy processing plant is in compliance with the required Plant Processor Supervisor (PPS) training; and the plant demonstrates successful participation in a third party food safety or safe food handling program that includes an annual on-site audit; and

• Environmental Stewardship.

A majority of their milk is from producers (or milk suppliers are producers) that participate in the New York State Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program, administered by the Department of Agriculture and Markets, with the completion of Tier 2 of the program (or higher) within three years of admission into the New York State Certified program.

Products made with soy are eligible for NYS Certified if a majority of their soy is from (or soy suppliers are) NYS farms and the processors meet the above requirements for safe food handling and environmental stewardship.



• Products from out of state plants
• Raw milk permit holders
• NYS processors that source a majority of ingredients
outside NYS








If you have questions or concerns about this requirement, please contact the The Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services at 518-457-1772.


Please provide name of Processing Plant Superintendent(s). The Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services will verify current compliance with the PPS training requirements.


1) Majority of Milk (or Milk Suppliers) from New York State Farms

• Provide a document verifying a majority of milk or milk suppliers (whether cooperative or individual farms) are from
New York State farms. A spreadsheet of annual milk suppliers and location of farm/cooperative membership is sufficient.
• Cooperatives can provide processors with an annual self-certified letter indicating a majority of cooperative members or volume of milk in the cooperative is from New York State.
• For establishments with both cooperative and farm supplier milk, please provide a document summarizing the milk sources/volume (as appropriate) and certify that the farms are from New York State.

2) Safe Food Handling Participation Documentation

• Please include a copy of the document verifying participation in a food safety audit program with an annual on-site audit. On-farm processors can provide verification of participation in a safe food handling or processing training program, such as those offered by Cornell University. Copy of certificate or letter of completion is sufficient.

3) Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Participation - Majority of Milk Is (or Milk Suppliers Are) from Farms That Participate in or Qualify for AEM Tier 2

• Please provide a document demonstrating that a majority of milk is (or milk suppliers are) from farms that participate in NYS AEM program Tier 2 or higher.
• Cooperatives can provide processors with an annual self-assessment letter indicating that cooperative membership predominantly participates in AEM or are permit holding NYS CAFO (or volume of milk in the cooperative comes predominantly from dairy farms that participate in AEM or is from permit holding NYS CAFO).
• For establishments with both cooperative and individual farm supplier milk, please provide a document summarizing the milk sources/volumes (as appropriate) and certify the status as either AEM Tier 2 or a permit-holding NYS CAFO.
• Farm processors should provide a NYS Certified Environmental Stewardship Verification Cover Form.

4) Trademark Licensing Agreement

• A signed licensing agreement must be on file with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets prior to use of the trademarked logos or slogans. Any unapproved use of these materials may result in liability under Federal Trademark Laws.













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