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Selling New Hampshire Milk In Local And World Markets

By Beth Potier, Media Relations
February 14, 2007

Robert Wellington, an economist and senior vice president at dairy farmer cooperative Agri-Mark, will discuss marketing milk from Portsmouth to Peking in a lecture at the Thompson School Feb. 22 from 6:10–8 p.m.

The event takes place in Cole Hall, room 219, and is free and open to the public. Farmers and agriculturalists particularly encouraged to attend.

Wellington will discuss the growth and diversity of demand for milk and dairy products for consumers locally and internationally. He will touch upon the role of cooperatives as well as international businesses. He will also examine the importance of price and product differentiation, including Federal Milk Orders, which set different farm milk prices depending on use; developing new dairy products and flavors; and marketing different farm milk production techniques such as rBST-free milk or organic milk.

Wellington serves as a member of the National Milk Producers Federation Federal Order and Price Support Committees. He is a director and treasurer of both the Council of Northeast Farmer Cooperatives and the Green Mountain Federation (of Vermont). He works closely with the Departments of Agriculture in all New England states and New York and is a member of the Massachusetts Dairy Advisory Committee. He has been active in legislative attempts at both the state and federal level to increase milk prices and frequently testifies before state legislative bodies and Congress. Agri-Mark is the largest dairy farmer cooperative serving the New England Market dairy farm families throughout New England and New York State.

Wellington’s talk is coordinated by UNH CREAM (Cooperative Real Education in Agricultural Management) and UNH Cooperative Extension’s dairy specialist Peter Erickson. For more information contact Drew Conroy 2-2625 or drew.conroy@unh.edu) or Peter Erickson at 2-1909.

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