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Division of Dairy and Commodity Regulation
Dairy Industry
Contact: Anne Marie Ference
609-777-0098

All forms below are in PDF format.

Dairy Industry Regulations

Dairy Industry License Applications

Dairy Industry Forms:

For Farmers

For Milk Dealers

For Stores and Suppliers

 

New Jersey's dairy industry is an important segment of the agricultural economy, supplying almost one-eighth of the fluid milk and dairy products used by New Jerseyans. The industry includes dairy farmers, animal breeders, dairy cooperatives, milk handlers, processors, distributors and retail stores, all of which are served by this division.

In the months ahead, the state's approximately 140 commercial and six institutional dairy farms will produce about 240 million pounds of milk for which dairy farmers will receive over $36 million. New Jersey consumers will purchase almost 2 billion pounds of fluid milk and milk products with an estimated retail value of more than $1 billion.

One of NJDA's primary responsibilities is to maintain the stability of this market. through enforcement of the New Jersey Milk Control Laws and Regulations, including the licensing of approximately 250 milk dealers, 49 milk processing plants, and more than 10,000 retail stores.

In order to assess activities in the marketplace and to provide information for program analysis, the division also collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on prices received by dairy farmers, milk production, milk sales, supermarket milk prices and other pertinent market data.

Field investigators conducted inspections of 2,400 retail outlets to insure that they were licensed and adhering to the milk control laws and regulations.

The division maintains strong ties to the New Jersey Farm Bureau's Dairy Committee, Rutgers Cooperative Extension at Cook College, and dairy cooperatives operating in the region.

As a result of the cooperation with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the Division has been able to provide assistance to the Garden State Milk Quality Initiative. This program has provided participating dairy farmers with help in reducing dairy herd infections and increasing milk production. It also assists farmers in analyzing their financial condition so that they can make better business decisions.

One key to strengthening the economic situation of New Jersey's dairy farmers could be state membership in the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact created by the 1996 Farm Bill. The compact minimizes the volatility of the prices paid to dairy farmers creating a stabilized price related to the price of production.

In late 1997, Governor Christie Whitman signed legislation authorizing New Jersey to become a member of the Northeast Dairy Compact. However, entry into the compact was contingent on a state contiguous to an original Compact state, in this case, New York, entering the organization, and would then require Congressional approval. In the wake of New York's recent state approval of membership in the Compact, New Jersey, New York and other eastern states have requested the Congressional approval needed to join the Compact as well. To date, Congress has not approved the action.

Although NJDA and New Jersey Farm Bureau continued efforts to bring about the reauthorization and expansion of the Compact, Congressional Consent expired on September 30, 2001. The expiration of Congressional Consent renders only the interstate agreement without force but does not terminate the state laws authorizing entry into the Compact. Should Congress again consent to the compact, it will be back in force.

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