The People

Integrity. Honesty. Quality.

Cayuga Marketing LLC consists of 29 member owners, who own and manage dairy farm businesses. These farms are located in Central New York within the counties of Cayuga, Onondaga, Schuyler, Tompkins, Madison, and Wayne. Cayuga Marketing is the 24th largest cooperative in the country. It markets approximately 1 billion lbs of milk per year.

Our Core
Values
  • High Integrity and honesty

  • Providing the highest quality milk

  • Committment to increasing member farm profitability

  • Good stewards of our land, herd, and our employees

  • Development of highly skilled and motivated staff

  • Improvement of the dairy industry by strong leadership

  • Efficient management of resources

  • Community minded

Kevin Ellis

Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Ellis comes from a long line of dairy farmers on both sides of his family. Kevin was born and raised on a 300-cow dairy farm in Tully, NY, where his father and brother are still in partnership. Kevin has a degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and a MBA from the University of Rochester Simon School. Kevin has varied work experiences, having been a dairy nutritionist, loan officer and financial consultant. Kevin has been with the dairy farm members of Cayuga Marketing since 2008 where he assisted in the development of a milk processing plant. Kevin was attracted by the visionary farmers of Cayuga Marketing and embraced the challenge to build a business from the ground up. Kevin oversees Cayuga Marketing’s milk marketing endeavors in addition to Cayuga Milk Ingredients, which became fully operational in September of 2014.

Mark Stevenson

Vice President, Milk Division

Mark joined Cayuga Marketing in November 2014 bringing over 35 years of experience in transportation and logistics, mostly in agriculture related industries. He has held positions in customer relations, dispatching, management, safety, and logistic solutions within the transportation industry.

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Mark is responsible for all aspects of operating Cayuga Marketing LLC as a New York State milk supplier, including the raw milk movement from farm to market, customer relations, regulatory compliance, producer and customer payments, and milk quality. Mark works with each customer to fulfill contract requirements in the daily supply of quality raw milk to customer processing plants. He is responsible for transportation of the milk and all relations with the milk hauling companies. He also works with Cayuga Marketing’s farm inspector to ensure producers and trucking companies are in compliance with the NYS and Federal Ag & Markets regulations.

Lisa Ford

Special Projects Manager

Lisa joined Cayuga Marketing in 2014 to work on projects such as safety, animal well-being, and milk quality. Lisa found her way to Central New York all the way from Maine, after spending time in Guatemala with the Peace Corps. She, then spent 10 years at Cornell between finalizing her graduate studies, and working for Quality Milk Production Services, providing training and support, in both English and Spanish. Those experiences, plus another four years with Merck Animal Health, prepared her well for her project areas.

Kathy Dudden

Executive Assistant

Kathy joined the Cayuga Marketing team in the Fall of 2014, bringing 30 years of customer service, office management and payroll experience with her. Kathy assists Kevin Ellis in the day to day functions at Cayuga Marketing, including farm payments, meeting preparation and accounts payable.


Developing Human Resources – a Core Value

Cayuga Marketing is continually working to bring resources to our membership and offers unique support for employee training. By employing a bilingual educator for the farms, our dairies have access to a variety of training options. We are continually striving to offer useful and innovative alternatives for training employees.

CM would like to thank the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America for supporting us with a grant to develop new hire safety training videos. This is a unique way to help farm management get new employees up to speed on safety topics on the dairy.

Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America