Albany, NY, May 24, 2011 — New York agriculture commissioner Darrel Aubertine also held a public session on the farm bill and the state's dairy farms. This one was last Friday at the state fairgrounds in Syracuse.
One of the attendees was Dean Norton. He's president of the New York Farm Bureau, the largest lobbying group for farmers in the state.
Dairy is a $9 billion a year industry, the largest segment of agriculture in New York. But dairy farms were hammered by historically low milk prices in 2009 and 2010. The amount of money farmers were paid for their milk was below the cost of production. Many did not survive.
Norton told David Sommerstein the farm bill needs to fix the volatility in the milk pricing system.