Crouch and Conference Celebrate Dairy Day at Capitol

June 9, 2009

Pictured left to right are NYS Dairy Princesses, Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,C,I-Greenwood Lake), Assemblyman Tony Jordan (R,C-Jackson), Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua), Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R,I-Guilford) and Eric Ooms, NYS Farm Bureau

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R,I-Guilford), Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) and the Assembly Minority Conference today hosted their annual Dairy Day celebration at the state Capitol in recognition of June being National Dairy Month. Visitors were treated to samples of New York State cheeses, yogurts, milk and ice cream products.

“Agriculture is one of New York State’s greatest assets. We should recognize this important industry, while highlighting and promoting the excellent products that our local farms work hard to provide,” said Crouch, Ranking Minority Member on the Assembly Agriculture Committee and Chair of the Agriculture, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Task Force. “I would encourage everyone to sample what New York has to offer by buying local the next time they stroll down the dairy aisle.”

Assemblyman Crouch was joined at the reception by Senator Cathy Young (R,C-Olean), Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee; Assemblyman William Magee (D,I-Madison, Oneida, Otsego), Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee; Jerry Cosgrove, NYS Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets; Oliver Orton, NYS Grange; Eric Ooms, NYS Farm Bureau; Bruce Krupke, New York State Dairy Foods Inc.; and Audrey Donahoe, ADADC, Inc.

Sponsors at the event included The American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Garelick Farms, H.P. Hood, McCadam Cheese, Mercer’s Dairy, New York State Dairy Foods, Perry’s Ice Cream, Pride of New York, Ronnybrook Farms Dairy, Sorento Lactalis, Stewart’s Shops, Upstate Niagara Co-Op and Jason Graziano.

“As a former dairy farmer, I understand the struggles that New York’s farmers are going through. In these tough economic times and beyond, we must do all we can to protect family farms and encourage the agricultural industry to thrive,” stated Crouch.

The New York dairy industry, with farms from Chautauqua to Washington counties, is the single largest sector of New York State’s vast and diverse agricultural industry, accounting for over 50 percent of the state’s farm cash receipts from all products. New York’s 655,000 dairy cows produce 11.7 billion pounds of milk worth over $1.56 billion annually. New York’s dairy farmers produce 7.1 percent of the nation’s milk supply, ranking third among the states in total milk production. The dairy industry is an integral segment of New York State’s economy and a major employer of labor from all phases of production, through marketing of milk and dairy products.