Dr. Jamie Jonker
Vice President, Sustainability & Scientific Affairs

National Milk Producers Federation

Arlington, VA


Jamie Jonker is the Vice President of Sustainability & Scientific Affairs for the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) in Arlington, VA.  Jamie has general responsibilities in sustainability and scientific affairs, including animal health and welfare, animal biotechnology, dairy farm bio-security, dairy farm air and water quality, dairy farm sustainability, and technical service issues. He is also involved in coordinating relations with the Federation’s Animal Health & Wellbeing Committee and Environmental Issues Task Force.

Dr. Jonker is active representing the Federation on numerous national and international committees, including the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS), U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA), National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA), the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), Codex Alimentarius (Codex), Animal Agriculture Alliance (AAA), and the Sustainability Council of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. He serves on the U.S. Animal Health Association Board of Directors and the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shippers Board of Directors. He serves as Chair of the IDF Expert Group on Animal Feeding and a member of the IDF Standing Committees on Animal Health and Welfare, Farm Management, and Environment. Dr. Jonker has also served on the IDF Delegations to the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs and the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding.

Jamie received an A.A.S degree in Dairy Production and Management from the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, a B.S. degree in Animal Science from Cornell University, an M.S. degree in Animal Science with a concentration in dairy cattle nutrition from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. degree in Animal & Avian Sciences concentrating in dairy cattle nutrition from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining NMPF, his career included 6 years of experience in agricultural policy including service at the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture.

He spent his formative years on a 100-cow family dairy farm (a member of the Canajoharie Cooperative Milk Producers) in Stone Arabia, New York participating in all aspects of dairy production from crop production to animal health and reproductive management to animal nutrition. Starting with 4-H and the New York Junior Holstein Association and solidified during post-secondary education, Jamie developed a strong connection between agriculture and science. He believes the judicious use of science can bring domestic, international, and social spheres together to ensure beneficial advancement to the practices of agriculture.