Annual Northeast Dairy Foods Research Center Conference 
April 2024
PepsiCo Auditorium, Stocking Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


New York State Cheese Manufacturers’ Association Annual Spring Meeting
March 4-5, 2024
Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, Syracuse, NY

The NYS Cheese Mfrs' Annual Spring Conference is a great opportunity to keep pace with changes in the cheese industry with presentations by leading dairy industry experts, research reports from Cornell University, as well as regulatory updates. The Annual Spring Conference is held each year in March in Syracuse NY.


Northeast Dairy Convention
September 25-27, 2024
Saratoga Springs, NY

The combined Northeast Dairy Convention (NDFA, NDSA, PAMD and NYSCMA) will be held at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY. We have planned an agenda full of business sessions, networking opportunities, and casual activities. Speakers for our business sessions are still being finalized but you can look forward to our speakers presenting priority industry topics. More details to come!


Dairy Runway

Applications Now Open for Dairy Runway 
Free entrepreneurship training for early-stage dairy innovators 

The Dairy Runway Program welcomes food entrepreneurs and dairy innovators with early-stage ideas for value-added dairy products to participate in a free Cornell University-hosted entrepreneurship course focused on initial product concept and customer discovery. In addition to virtual classes, the program includes prototype training and business coaching.  

Up to 10 teams will be selected for the cohort and participate in a multi-week virtual course that combines synchronous classes, self-directed online learning, and one-on-one instructor check-ins. Throughout the course, industry experts and food entrepreneurs will discuss product branding, consumer trends, and the challenges of bringing novel products to market.  

Participants who successfully complete the course will advance to the program’s kitchen incubator stage to work one-on-one with a Cornell Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and to test their product’s formulation with food technicians and dairy specialists.  

Curious if your dairy idea is a fit for this program? Attend a virtual information session to learn more. Upcoming information sessions: 

Wednesday, May 8, 4-5 p.m. ET 

Thursday, May 23, 10-11 a.m. ET 

Wednesday, May 29, 4-5 p.m. ET 

 Applications are now open and will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. Apply now. 

 Questions can be directed to dairyinnovation [at] (dairyinnovation[at]cornell[dot]edu).  



Northeastern Dairy Product Innovation Competition  

The Northeastern Dairy Product Innovation Competition is open to innovators working to develop new value-added products using milk and/or dairy ingredients produced in the Northeast.

In this competition, up to 10 innovators will be selected as finalists and receive $20,000 in participant support, as well as business incubation services including product prototyping and optimization, food safety and compliance training, and help developing a business plan for bringing products to market. Of these 10 finalists, up to three will be selected to receive an additional $55,000 and have the chance to present at the 2023 Dairy Innovation Showcase as part of the Grow-NY Summit.

The competition is open to startups located in the United States that are pre-formation or early-stage, have a viable product and scalable business model, and are ready to commit to scaling their products if they are selected as finalists, utilizing milk and/or dairy ingredients produced at dairies in the Northeast.

Interested in learning more about the competition? Attend a virtual information session to see if your innovation is a fit.

Applications are now open and will be accepted through March 31, 2023. Apply now.