NYS Cheese Manufacturers’ 2017 Spring Conference

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March 6th & 7th, 2017

This is your opportunity to attend our exciting Spring Conference and network with some of the industry’s leading manufacturers, vendors, and more!

The NYS Cheese Manufacturers’ Annual Spring Meeting will be held March 6 & 7, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel in Syracuse.  To make your hotel reservation, follow this link: Doubletree Hotel Room Reservations.



Monday, March 6th

TimeEventPresenter or Location
8:00amPresidential Address/Business MeetingTom Eastham
Empire Cheese, Inc
8:15-9:00amGMO’s – Consumer Push Back on TechnologyMargaret Smith
Cornell University
9:00-10:00amNY Dairy Industry Outlook – UpdateEd Gallagher
Dairy Farmers of America
10:15-11:15amCheese Judging Contest & ClinicHeather Spraker
NYS Dept. Ag. & Mkts.
Rob Ralyea
Cornell University
11:15-NoonNew Milk Analysis Tools for Farm Management (aka “Cow of Interest”)David M. Barbano
Cornell University
NoonLunch (Ticket Required)
1:30pmConcurrent Sessions (repeat once)
Session I: Culture AdjunctsTrish Dawson
Chr. Hansen, Inc.
Session II: Cheese Yield Evaluations: Improving the Quality of Cheese Composition DataDavid M. Barbano
Cornell University
Session II Animal Well-Being--Making it a Priority From Farm to Fork and How We Do ItLisa Ford
Cayuga Marketing
2:30pmRepeat Concurrent Sessions
3:45-4:45pm Corporate Ethics—Excellence with IntegrityMatt Davidson
Institute for Excellence & Ethics (IEE)
4:45-5:30pmBoard of Directors MeetingShelby Boardroom
5:30-7:30pmCheese Reception/Co-Host Cocktail PartyBallrooom

Tuesday, March 7th

9:00-9:45amDairy Food Safety – Current and Future ChallengesMartin Wiedmann
Cornell University
9:45:00-10:30amSupply and Demand of Cheese & Dairy Products: 
Current Trends/Forecasts
Matt Gould
Dairy Market Analyst
10:45-11:30amWhat’s Fermenting in Extension ResearchSam Alcaine
Cornell University
11:30-12:15pmCompany Story – NYS Ag. & Markets Division of Milk Control
and Dairy Services--Overview and Regulatory Update
Casey McCue
NYS Dept. Agriculture & Markets
12:15pmAwards Luncheon

Event Tickets

*Includes Lunches Mon. & Tues., and Monday Evening Reception/ Registration Fee is for one (1) participant
**You must be registered to order additional tickets



Venue Phone: (315) 432-0200

Venue Website:

6301 NY-298, East Syracuse, New York, 13057, United States

A 2-minute drive from Interstate 90, this hotel on an office park is 11 minutes' drive from Syracuse Airport. Flat-screen TVs and WiFi (fee) are offered in each room, as well as traditional decor and custom-designed beds. Suites add separate living areas and 6-person dining tables. There's a nautical-themed restaurant serving American favorites, plus a lounge bar. There are also indoor and outdoor pools, and a 24/7 fitness center. Other amenities include a free airport shuttle, 12,000 sq ft of event space including 2 ballrooms, and a business center.

  • March 6, 2017 - March 7, 2017
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm