Agrimark Logo

Phone 978.552.5500
Fax 978.552.5587
CONTACT US

Menu
Member Login

Press releases

  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
March
  1. Three Northeast Dairy Farm Families Recognized for Their Herds’ Excellent Milk Quality
June
  1. Dairy Co-op asks U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to stop the price collapse and set minimum wholesale dairy product prices
June
  1. Richardson’s Rocky Acres Farm celebrated during June Dairy Month
April
  1. Townley named new CEO of Agri-Mark
  2. CABOT CREAMERY EARNS HONORS AT 2015 US CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTEST
  3. Agri-Mark paid out a record amount in milk quality premiums to farmers last year
September
  1. Young farmers receive $1,000 Scholarships from Agri-Mark
March
  1. Agri-Mark farmers receive $11 million year-end profit
  2. CABOT VINTAGE CHOICE CHEDDAR REPEATS AS GOLD MEDLIST AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
August
  1. Agri-Mark earns Grade A designation from FDA on its whey products
March
  1. PDF Agri-Mark farmers share $10.2 million year-end profit.
September
  1. PDF Agri-Mark Named 2013 Exporter of the Year
March
  1. PDF Agri-Mark farmers will share $15 million year-end profit
October
  1. Agri-Mark names Stammer new CEO
March
  1. Agri-Mark dairy farmers share $14.9 million profit
June
  1. PDF NMPF Board Adopts Multi-Faceted Proposal To Make Major Changes in U.S. Dairy Policy
September
  1. Marginal Milking Pricing Information
October
  1. PDF CWT To Focus on Exports After 2010
February
  1. PDF Rea elected to his third term as Agri-Mark Chairman
March
  1. PDF Agri-Mark dairy farmer co-op earns $11.8 million
June
  1. Agri-Mark pre-pays its dairy farmers
October
  1. PDF CWT Announces Third Herd Retirement of 2009
  2. Agri-Mark sends $2 million to struggling dairy farmers
January
  1. PDF CWT TO OFFER BRED HEIFER OPTION IN NEXT HERD RETIREMENT ROUND
  2. PDF Torn Between Two Loves; Football and Cheese
February
  1. Agri-Mark dairy co-op earns $17.6 million
June
  1. PDF
July
  1. PDF CWT Accepts Herd Retirement Bids
October
  1. PDF CWT Announces Herd Retirement
December
  1. PDF CWT Accepts 184 Bids Representing 61,00 Cows, 1.2 Billion Pounds of Milk
June
  1. Agri-Mark expects record farm milk prices
October
  1. Cabot receives a Rural Development Grant from USDA
March
  1. Allied and Agri-Mark farmers vote to come together
January
  1. Agri-Mark Farmers to Receive $11.4 Million
February
  1. Peterson elected to 13th term as Agri-Mark
April
  1. Cabot Distribution Center Nears Completion
May
  1. Allied and Agri-Mark dairy co-ops agree to work more closely together
January
  1. Agri-Mark farmers purchase McCadam Cheese business
February
  1. Agri-Mark announces $6.8 million profit
July
  1. Farm milk prices projected to jump this summer
February
  1. Agri-Mark Posts $5.7 Million Year-end Profit
  2. Peterson Elected to 11th Term as Chairman
April
  1. Farm Bill provides safety net for Farmers
December
  1. Agri-Mark set to purchase McCadam Cheese business
April
  1. Agri-Mark reports $1.9 million profit
  2. Agri-Mark farmers hold annual meeting in Vermont
October
  1. Wholesale Butter and Cheese Prices Collapse
For Immediate Release

Contact Doug DiMento
978-552-5541

Peterson Elected to 11th Term as Chairman

N.Y. dairy farmer optimistic about the future of his cooperative
Methuen, Mass. -- New York dairy farmer Carl Peterson of Delanson was recently elected to his 11th term as Chairman of the Board of Agri-Mark, the largest dairy cooperative serving the New England Market with more than 1,400 farmer-members. Peterson has served as Chairman of the dairy organization since 1992.

Roughly 400 of Agri-Mark's dairy farmers operate family farms in New York State, one of the expanding markets for their cooperative's Cabot brand of Vermont cheddar cheese and other dairy products.

"Agri-Mark just ended the last year with a $5.7 million profit," says Peterson, "despite the negative impact the terrorist attacks had on our industry. Sales of our Cabot brand of dairy products continue to increase every year, and our new whey protein operations were also very profitable."

Agri-Mark's year-end profits will mean an additional $.25 per hundredweight on a year's production to each of its farmer-members. Peterson says Agri-Mark farmers also received another $5.7 million in monthly premiums in addition to the past year's profits. He notes the co-op is now working to increase farm milk prices in the national Farm Bill now being debated in Washington.

During the elections of officers at a recent Agri-Mark meeting, dairy farmer Stuart Gadbois of Salem, Conn., was reelected to the position of Agri-Mark Vice Chairman, while Neal Rea of Cambridge, N.Y. was reelected Secretary. Paul Percy of Stowe, Vt., was reelected Treasurer, and dairy farmer John Malcolm of Pawlet, Vt., will join these officers as the other member of the co-op's Executive Committee.

Peterson says that there are a lot of challenges ahead for Agri-Mark and he is glad to have the opportunity to continue to work with the Board of Directors, members and management staff to further develop Agri-Mark's business.

"I am grateful for the chance to chart the future direction of Agri-Mark as it relates to the Northeast dairy industry," he says. "That is both a tremendous challenge and opportunity, one that I am looking forward to."

The co-op Chairman is among the 15 dairy farmers elected by local members to serve on the Agri-Mark Board of Directors. The co-op had sales of $570 million in fiscal 2001 and markets 40% of the milk in the New England Market for its farmer-owners.

"Co-ops like Agri-Mark are formed by farmers to work together in the marketplace," says Peterson. "As Northeast dairy farmers we continue to face the threat of lower milk prices and increased competition from other regions of the country for our markets. The investments we have made in our modern manufacturing plants and our Cabot brand will continue to generate farm dollars and protect our farmers from roller-coaster price fluctuations."

"We're focused on adding value to our farmer's milk, whether it be on the wholesale or retail end of the business," says Peterson. "If farmers want long-term profitability, co-op's like Agri-Mark have to capture more of the consumer's dollar in the marketplace for their farmer-owners. That's the best chance for survival in this business that I see."

Based in Methuen, Mass., Agri-Mark is the leading dairy farmer owned cooperative in the New England market with 1,400 farmer members from New England and New York State. The cooperative markets about 40% of the farm milk in New England and is active on regulatory and legislative issues for its members. Agri-Mark farmers own and market much of their milk under their award-winning Cabot brand of Vermont cheddar cheese and other fine dairy products.

Contact John Majkut

 
close
Member Login

Our brands

Cabot

McCadam

Agrimark Whey

Featured

EnSave: More Money = More Dollar Savings