Task Force Information

Task Force Directors Roster


Task Force I   Farm Buildings & Equipment

Dan F. McFarland, Director
Penn State University
York, PA

Tel. 716-472-8107

MISSION STATEMENT:
  • Activities & guidelines of this Task Force involve buildings & equipment for dairy operations.
  • Systems include designs for handling cows, feed, milk, ventilation & manure.

Task Force II   Plant Equipment & Procedures

Carli Peskar, Director
USDA-FMMA
Brunswick, OH

Tel. 330-225-4758

MISSION STATEMENT:
  • To develop meaningful guidelines for procedures and equipment involved in dairy plant operations.
  • To promote uniformity between the states.

Task Force III   Laboratory & Quality Control Procedures

Jessica Smith, Director
USDA-FMMA
Brunswick, OH

Tel. 330-225-4758

MISSION STATEMENT:
  • To cover topics related to laboratory, quality control, product evaluation & trouble shooting procedures.
  • To cover methods of assuring quality through good production and manufacturing procedures.

Task Force IV   Regulatory Issues & HACCP

Melinda Davis, Director
HP Hood LLC
Barre, VT

Tel. 802-661-3150

MISSION STATEMENT:
  • To foster communications & uniformity between the states.
  • This Task Force has been assigned guidelines concerning inspections as well as those relating to HACCP.

Task Force V   Milking Systems & Procedures

Alex Beard, Director
Dairy Farmers of America
Kansas City, KS

Tel. 740-251-8656

MISSION STATEMENT:
  • To address guidelines relating to milking system design, equipment and facility function and cleaning.

Task Force VI   Small Ruminants

Michelle Steinmetz, Director
WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
Madison, WI

Tel. 715-401-1393

MISSION STATEMENT:
  • To develop guidelines pertaining to all aspects of production and processing for dairy goat, sheep and other small ruminant operations.