NYFB Praises Opportunity to Grow NY Dairy Farms
“Governor Andrew Cuomo has followed up on his promise made at last summer’s historic Yogurt Summit, and has reduced burdensome regulations that previously limited the growth of dairy farms in the state. The change announced today will allow family farms to grow from 199 cows to 299 cows before certain costly standards kick in. This will encourage farmers to expand their herds in order to take advantage of the growing market opportunities in New York yogurt production which now leads the nation.
At the same time, Governor Cuomo is providing more environmental funding to help farmers invest in environmental protections. This money will assist our farmers to grow responsibly, keeping up with the high standards they set for themselves as caretakers of the land and water they depend on to have successful farms for generations to come.
NY Farm Bureau is very appreciative of Governor Cuomo’s forward thinking initiatives that recognize the important connection between agriculture and economic development. New York dairy farms, milk processors and the yogurt industry generate thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue for New York, and it is vital the state support the growth of our farms that will grow our economy.
In addition, NY Farm Bureau would like to thank Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens and his staff for the thorough review of the regulation changes that made this day possible. Also, the support of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Darrel Aubertine during this process shows the commitment New York is making to its family farms.
While this is a wonderful opportunity for our state’s dairy farms, it is also a win for the people of New York State who will continue enjoying delicious, healthy yogurt that is made in their own back yard,” said Dean Norton, President of New York Farm Bureau.