Gov Andrew Cuomo said on Friday that the marriage between government, yogurt producers and dairy farms was the key factor that allowed the state to outrank California as the No. 1 yogurt producer in the nation, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
“We worked very hard at the yogurt industry,” Cuomo said in an interview on the Capitol Pressroom radio show this morning. “New York chose for businesses to do well by partnering with yogurt companies.”
The state’s first yogurt summit in August 2012 provided businesses and dairy farmers with the opportunity to discuss options that would benefit the industry. Cuomo said the discussion led to changes in dairy farm regulations that would increase milk production.
Loosening restrictions on the Concentrated Animal Feed Operations regulations will give small farms the option to increase their herd size to 299 cows without burdening costs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in 2007 there were 872 small farms, which are farms with 100 to 199 cows.
Cuomo said the relationship between the state’s dairy farms and the Department of Environmental Conservation has been a success, making the yogurt industry a good model for the country. He said the opportunity to expand will further the dairy industry’s success.
“We are very happy with our yogurt,” Cuomo said. “It is good for you and it is good for the economy.”