NYFB President Norton’s Statement on the Success of Gov. Coumo's Yogurt Summit
“Governor Cuomo’s Yogurt Summit in Albany showcased the needs of both the yogurt and dairy industries in New York. He brought everyone to the table to have an important discussion. Not only did the Governor listen to our concerns, but he swiftly took the first steps to help dairy farmers expand their farms to ensure the Empire State becomes the ‘Yogurt Empire of the World.'
For years, small dairy farmers kept expansion at bay because of rigorous and costly regulations that kicked in anytime a farm had more than 200 cows. Moving the threshold for CAFO (Concentrated Animals Feeding Operations) compliance to 300 cows is an unprecedented step and a sure sign the Governor understands our needs while also maintaining the highest environmental standards for dairy farmers in the country.
Today’s actions also bode well for every segment of New York agriculture. The communication lines are open between farmers and their leaders in state government. Knowing we have a friend in Governor Cuomo creates greater promise for the future of all farms.
New York Farm Bureau looks forward to partnering with Governor Cuomo and his administration including Ag and Markets Commissioner Darrel Aubertine and DEC Commissioner Joe Martens on a number of other initiatives that will ensure agriculture in this state will thrive. New York is truly open for business…including agribusiness.”