Agriculture leaders from across the state today joined Assembly Republicans in the well of the Legislative Office Building for the annual Dairy Day to promote the state’s farms and agriculture industry.
Another tradition at the event: Free ice cream.
“It is an honor to acknowledge the great success of our state’s dairy industry during this annual celebration,” said Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, Ontario County. “My conference and I are proud to support the hard-working men and women who have dedicated their lives to farming and making New York a national leader in dairy production.”
As of 2007, New York had 5,799 dairy farms in operation, and agriculture remains one of the state’s top sectors. New York ranks third in the nation in dairy production.
Vendors featured at the event included the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council; Cabot Creamery Cooperative; Chobani; Cornell Cooperative of Lewis County; Dairylea Cooperative, Inc. and Dairy Farmers of America, Northeast Council; Garelick Farms; H.P. Hood; New York Farm Bureau; Northeast Dairy Foods Association, Inc.; PRO-DAIRY; Stewart’s Shops; SUNY Cobleskill; and Upstate Niagara Cooperative.