Meeting with Dairy Farmers of America

Thanks to the leadership of farmworkers members of the Workers Center of Central NY and the allies who participated in our collective action on Friday, March 25 today we will meet with the vice-president of DFA Northeast Region, Brad Keating. This is an important meeting because for the past year we have tried to bring important issues of workers and human rights to owners of farms in Upstate NY, specifically to Marks Farms in Lowville, NY but they have ignored the voices of workers and community, instead responding with intimidation, like calling the police when workers are meeting with members of the Workers Center or firing workers in retaliation for them resisting these employer’s tactics.

Today we have an opportunity to start a dialogue with Dairy Farmers of America, a milk cooperative of which Marks Farms is a member. Would they respond to our request to communicate with the owners of farms in NY, telling them to represent DFA values and code of conduct?

DFA Northeast represents: 

2,546 member dairy farms
8.2 billion pounds of milk annually
3.2 million pounds of milk produced on average each year per member

DFA members provide milk for these leading customers:
Commonwealth Dairy
Dean Foods
HP Hood
Great Lakes Cheese
Kraft Foods
Leprino Foods

Today NY dairy farmworkers’s voices take their place in the NY dairy food chain.

Sí se puede!