Sen. Gillibrand to Co-Sponsor Bill to Update Dairy Pricing
If dairy pricing remains the way it is now, the small dairy farms that cover New York state will be hardest hit.
That’s according to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the New York Democrat said the byzantine federal system of dairy pricing provides the slimmest of margins — or none at all — between the price farmers get for their milk and the cost of producing it.
Gillibrand Tuesday and Republican Congresswoman Susan Collins, of Maine, are introducing a Dairy Pricing Reform Act as part of a new Farm Bill.
Last year the Senate passed a five-year Farm Bill, but the House balked.
Gillibrand says “The flawed federal dairy policy is forcing dairy farms to go out of business at an astonishing rate.” Even as yogurt production has risen and promises to be a great boon to New York farmers, the state lost 65,000 cows in the last decade, Gillibrand said. The Finger Lakes region, including Rochester, was the only region to gain cows, with an increase of nearly 13 thousand cows between 2002 and 2012.