The International Association of Milk Control Agencies’ (IAMCA) 87th annual meeting.

The Maine Milk Commission invites you to attend the 87th Annual Meeting & Conference of the International Association of Milk Control Agencies (IAMCA) from September 17 to September 19, 2023, in Freeport, Maine.


We encourage you to register early for this conference and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.

Submit registrations to Christin Gravelle by August 30, 2023

*If you choose to download the registration form, submit it to Christin Gravelle via email or fax:

Fax: 518-485-8730


The registration fee for the conference is $475 USD for participants and $150 USD for spouses, companions, guests and retired honorary members and $100 USD for children under 18.

Mail checks in US funds (payable to IAMCA) to:

Christin Gravelle
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
10B Airline Drive, Albany NY 12235 USA

To pay by credit card, please email Christin Gravelle at


Sunday, September 17th

Julie-Marie Bickford – Maine, Presiding

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Executive Committee Meeting / Business Meeting / Legal Reports

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

President’s Reception

  • Welcome to Maine! – Maine Milk Commission / DACF
  • U.S. Greeting – TBD
  • Canadian Greeting – TBD

Monday, September 18th

7:15 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Welcome and General Introductions

8:45 a.m.

The Importance of Dairy to Maine Agriculture

Amanda Beal, Commissioner, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

9:15 a.m.

U.S.D.A. Report

Dana Coale, Deputy Administrator – U.S.D.A. and/or Shawn Boockoff, Market Administrator, FMMO1 – U.S.D.A.

9:35 a.m.

Canadian Dairy Commission Report

Benoit Basillais, Chairman & CEO Canadian Dairy Commission

9:55 a.m.

COFOCALEC Dairy Report

Dr. Sergio Soltero Gardea, Director General, COFOCALEC (Estados Unidos Mexicanos)

9:35 a.m.

Milk Break / Refreshments

10:30 a.m.

Dairy in a Global Environment: Trade and the Geo-politization of markets

11:00 a.m.

The Changing Face of Dairy Regulation

  • A review of changes proposed in USDA Federal Milk
  • Marketing Order & US Farm Bill – Chris Galen, NMPF
  • Changes in Canadian dairy regulation – TBD
11:50 a.m.


11:55 a.m.


Nominating Committee (meets during lunch)

Legal Counsel (meets during lunch)

Agricultural & the Environment Tour

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Load Bus

The bus will leave promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment
  • Small Scale Agriculture’s Response to Climate Change
  • Not-so-extreme makeover – dairy barn edition
  • New farmer training – Stonyfield / grazing apprenticeship
  • Improving Soil Health and Crop Diversity to adapt to climate change
  • Innovative Research consortium (using seaweed to reduce emissions)
Eartha – a Global View of Climate Change (tentative) OR Maintaining Working Waterfronts in the battle between sea level rise and urban encroachment (tentative)
The Evolution of Pineland Farm & Creamery – Innovating in situ (Connecting consumers with Agriculture & community while fulfilling a social mission & meeting market needs)
6:30 p.m.

Taste of Maine Dinner Event
Location: Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room, Portland, ME Waterfront

8:30 p.m.

Board the Bus

9:15 p.m.

Arrive/Return to Hotel

Tuesday, September 19th

7:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast/Registration

8:30 a.m.

The Future of Fluid Milk – A panel discuession

  • The rise of consumer-driven milk variations (Lactose-free, A2, Ultrafiltered, Local, Organic, Grass-fed, etc.)
  • Battle for the “MILK” name – Real Milk vs “Alternatives”
  • Changing consumer habits (post-pandemic – fast food/ready to eat vs cooking)
  • Re-growing the Consumer sector for fluid milk
9:45 a.m.

Dairy Farmers of Canada Report

Steve Couture, Chairman, Dairy Farmers of Canada

10:10 a.m.

US Dairy Promotion / DMI

Paul Ziemnisky, Group EVP Wellness, Insights and Innovation – Dairy Management Inc. (DMI)

10:35 a.m.

Milk Break

10:45 a.m.

KEYNOTE: The Next Environmental Challenge: Maine’s Response to PFAS Contamination – How Dairy has Adapted: Observations & Solutions so far…

Meagan Hennessey, Director of PFAS Response, Maine DACF
Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Cooperative Extension Professor Emeritus & Consultant to Maine DACF

11:40 a.m.

IAMCA Legal Reports

US, Canada

12:00 p.m.


Executive Committee Lunch

Agricultural & the Environment Tour

1:15 p.m.

IAMCA Annual Business Meeting

  • Call to Order / Roll Call
  • Minutes: 2022 Annual Meeting
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of 2024 Officers
  • Suggestions for website, interim review/research, 2024 Annual meeting, etc.
  • Other Business
  • Adjourn
5:30 p.m.

Social Hour

630 p.m.

Annual Banquet


Harraseeket Inn

A block of rooms is being held at a special conference rate of $179.00 single or double per night plus 8% state lodging tax. Rooms must be reserved by August 5, 2023 to receive this special rate, which is available for IAMCA attendees from Saturday, September 16, 2023 through and including Wednesday, September 20, 2023.

Book Your Reservation

Phone: 1 (207) 865-9377

Specify that you are attending the IAMCA Annual Meeting/Conference and reference the group code “Milk Commission” or “Maine Department of Agriculture”.


The closest airport to the conference is Portland International Jetport – PWM Portland, Maine (21 miles/30 minute drive via US I-295)

Alternative airports include:

Freeport can be reached via the Amtrack Downeaster rail service with daily service from Boston-North Station. The Downeaster track service operates as a stand-alone commuter service (North Station) and requires separate connecting arrangements between Boston-Logan Airport, or US Amtrack-Boston (South Station).

The Harraseeket Inn is a 15-minute walk from the Downeaster Freeport station. Taxi service is available through A B Cab. The Harraseeket Inn may offer shuttle service through arrangements in advance.

Concord Coach Lines provides bus transportation between downtown Boston, Logan Airport, and other southern locations to Portland, Maine. The Portland terminal also serves the Amtrack Downeaster train service. Bus service through Concord Coach does not include a stop in Freeport, ME.

The commuter bus service – METRO BREEZ – connects Portland, ME, and Freeport, ME with 13 round trips on weekdays and 6 round trips on Saturdays. The closest stop to the Harraseeket Inn is the LL Bean/Village Freeport stop. Schedules, pricing, and other information about METRO BREEZ can be found on their website:


Contact Julie-Marie R. Bickford, Executive Director, Maine Milk Commission

Phone: (207) 287-3221

All information below is for the Charlottetown, PEI, Canada Meeting 2022

Preliminary Agenda

  • Executive Board meeting
  • Welcome Reception
  • United States and Canada Dairy Update
    • US Department of Agriculture
    • Canadian Dairy Commission
    • Dairy Farmers of Canada
  • The Dairy Industry in Mexico
    • Dr. Sergio Gardea
      Regulation, Products, Operations and Trade
      Director General, COFOCALEL Mexico
  • Issues in Dairy
    • Ducks Unlimited Canada and Dairy Farmers of Canada
      • Partnership to improve environmental sustainability
    • Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculture
      • Charles Kooyman, Colorado Department of Law
  • Dairy Production Research
    • Atlantic Veterinary College
  • Presentation by Amalgamated Dairies Limited
  • Executive Committee Meeting
  • IAMCA Meeting
    • Improving membership
    • Improving deliverables
    • Ongoing operations
  • IAMCA 2023 – Introduction
  • Networking Reception
  • Banquet

A tour is being planned that will include sites related to the meeting content.

Venue & Lodging

Delta Prince Edward Hotel
(part of the Marriott Hotels group)

Book Your Reservation

Request the group rate for the “Canadian Dairy Commission”

Phone: 1-844-496-8550

This meeting is being held prior to our Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee and associated meetings on the 27th and 28th of July, so a single reservation block has been established for the two events.

Local Attractions

Explore everything that Prince Edward Island has to offer at


New flight options have been added to Prince Edward Island this year. You can see all the available options at


Contact Doug Thompson, General Manager

Phone: (902) 393-2892


All information below is for the Golden, Colorado Meeting 2019


(Golden, Colorado Meeting 2019)

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Board Members, guided tour of Mount Evans. Lunch in Idaho Springs.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Executive Board meeting
Location: Boardroom

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

President’s Reception
Location: Buffalo Rose Stateroom
Wine/Beer and Hors d’oeurves

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Location: Golden Hotel, Golden Vista and Boardroom

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Location: Clear Creek Ballroom
Peter Hunkar
President, IAMCA
Kate Greenberg
Commissioner, Colorado Department of Agriculture

8:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Motivational Speaker – Survival and Overcoming Adversity
William Gallegos
Mr. Gallegos was a U.S Marine and Long Time member of the (JTTF) Joint Terrorism Task Force and involved in the American Embassy take-over in Iran.

9:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.

Family members and guests guided tour of Mount Evans. Lunch in Idaho Springs.

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Coffee break and nutrition break
Location: Area outside of Ballroom

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

USDA Studies
Dr. Mark Stephenson
Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Director of Wisconsin’s Center for Dairy Profitability

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: At hotel

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

United States and Canada Dairy Update
Dana Coale
Deputy Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Cliff Carmen
Assistant to the Deputy Administrator, Dairy Program, AMS, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Steve Couture
M.Sc., Senior Economist, Dairy Farmers of Canada

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Coffee break and nutrition break
Location: Area outside of Ballroom

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Dairy Industry in Mexico
Dr. Sergio Gardea
Regulation, Products, Operations and Trade
Director General, COFOCALEL Mexico

Dinner on your own
Numerous local restaurants within walking distance

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Location: Golden Hotel, Golden Vista and Boardroom

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

R & D and Agricultural Technologies
Management of technological innovation and R&D
Gregory D. Graff Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Colorado State University

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Coffee break and nutrition break
Location: Area outside of Ballroom

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Legal Issues in Agriculture
Charles Kooyman
Assistant Attorney General
Colorado Department of Law

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Perten Delta Instruments
Specific Dairy Equipment and Technology
Speakers TBD

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Discussion Session

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own
Numerous lunch locations near hotel

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Executive Committee Meeting
Location: Hotel Boardroom (box lunch)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

IAMCA Meeting
Improving membership
Amending IAMCA Constitution
Dan McCarthy, Peter Hunkar

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Coffee break and nutrition break
Location: Area outside of Ballroom

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Milk Beer
Dr. Sam Alcaine
Professor, Cornell University
Fermented dairy beverages and current research

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Omid McDonald
Founder of Dairy Distillery, holder of several patents and involved in developing high value applications for excess lactose

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

IAMCA 2020 – Prince Edward Island – Introduction
Doug Thompson

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
Location: Golden Hotel

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Golden Hotel

Optional Tour: Technologically Advanced Milk Plant (Limited Availability)

8:00 a.m.

Vans depart for processing plant tour
Location: Kroger Mountain View Processing Plant

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Kroger Plant Tour

10:45 a.m.

Vans Board for Return to Golden Hotel

11:45 a.m.

Vans arrive back at Golden Hotel


Buffalo Rose
1119 Washington Ave
Golden, CO 80401


The Golden Hotel
800 Eleventh Street
Golden, CO 80401

A block of rooms is reserved until July 11, 2019. Discounted room rates are not available after this date. To reserve your room:


Denver International Airport (DEN) serves Denver, Colorado.

For information on getting to and from the airport, visit Car Rentals or click on Transportation at


Contact Peter Hunkar or Ken Hauser at the Colorado Milk Marketing Board

Phone: (303) 757-7418