Susie Sharkey, Chairman, Lanny Conerly, Retired & Commissioner Mike Strain, DVM

Mack Brown, Kennith Gill, Jerry Simpson, Matt Travis, Donnie Fisher, Robert Sharkey

     The Louisiana Dairy Industry Promtion Board has been in existence since its enactment by Louisiana Legislative Act in 1983. The Legislature declared the dairy industry to be a paramount agricultural industry affecting the health and welfare of the citizens of the state. Therefore, they decided by legislative intent and policy to assist dairy producers and others in the dairy industry to more effectively promote the consumption of Louisiana milk and other Louisiana products in order to assure a sufficient quantitiy of such products for Louisiana consumers. 
    The Board is housed within the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry . Eight members are appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, and the ninth member of the board is the Commissioner, who serves ex officio, but with the same powers, rights, duties and privileges as all other members.
     The Board is authorized to levy an assessment on all milk solids, milk fats, or fluid milk components sold. The assessment is paid by each dairy producer that sells milk solids, milk fats, or fluid milk componenets to dairy cooperative associations, processors, or distributors. 
     Collected assessments are used to develop and implement advertising, promotional  and/or educational programs for the promotion of milk and other dairy products, aimed at increasing consumption. Advertising, promotional and educational programs developed by the Board do not reference any private brand or trade name used by any processor of milk or dairy products.