Cuomo on NY’s yogurt: “It is good for you, and it is good for the economy”

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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.

Cuomo said that the success of the state’s yogurt industry is good for the economy and healthy for its residents. He said agriculture is an important player in New York’s economy.

“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.”

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  1. This is more double speak. Here’s the reality… Under Cuomo NY has experienced the demise of 39,453 NY state businesses last year, Cuomo is raiding $1.75 billion from the reserves of the already over budget State Insurance Fund (SIF). Coumo can not even hold on to his democratic majority which is in the middle of a corruption scandal with “show-me-the-money culture” and “pay-to-play politics” throughout Albany. Cuomo has disenfranchised the Northern and Western part of New York with his SAFE Act.. He can’t make a decision, either way with respect to fracking. New York has the highest taxes in the nation, is the most indebted state, with 33 percent of income dedicated to borrowing. It is ranked as the least “business-friendly” state in the country and if that were not bad enough NY has the distinction of being the least free state in the union and is called the “Nanny State” with politicians legislating what we eat and drink. Municipal governments from Nassau County to Yonkers to Syracuse are teetering. And during Mr. Cuomo’s time in office, unemployment has risen above the national average. 9% of the state’s 2000 population left for another state between 2000 and 2011 — the highest such figure in the nation,” see the study by George Mason’s libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center.