Crouch Highlights Farmers and Local Producers At Dairy Day Celebration In Albany

June 8, 2011

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R,I-Guilford) attended the Assembly Minority Conference’s annual Dairy Day celebration, an event designed to highlight and bring attention to New York’s dairy industry and showcase local dairy products. Crouch, a member and former ranking minority member on the Assembly Agriculture Committee and chair of the Agriculture, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Minority Task Force, stressed the importance of buying local, supporting local farmers and what can be done to help hardworking local farmers. Crouch also met with representatives from Chobani, a local business that has grown exponentially and is based out of New Berlin, New York.

“Today is a great opportunity for us to recognize and showcase New York’s hardest working industry – agriculture and its farming families,” said Crouch. “Agriculture is vital to our state and local economies, but equally important is buying locally to support this essential industry.”

Crouch also noted, “Agriculture is one of the largest industries in this state. For every seven jobs created on a dairy farm, 13 jobs are created in the private sector. That’s a huge positive impact on the economy of Upstate New York, which also benefits New Yorkers across the state by providing them with quality and healthy food.”

Crouch was joined by his colleagues, as well as Matthew Morgan, NYS Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets; Bruce Krupke, Executive Vice President, Northeast Dairy Foods Association, Inc.; Eric Ooms, Vice President, New York Farm Bureau; Stephen Coye, Vice President, New York State Grange; and Carroll Wade, President, American Dairy Association and Dairy Council.

“We cannot lose sight of the important work that our farmers perform every day to deliver the great products we get at the grocery store. As always, I would encourage everyone, the next time you go shopping, to support our local farms and agriculture industry by buying local.”