New York Reclaims Tittle as Nations 3rd Largest Dairy Producer
New York has regained its status as the third largest milk producer in the nation, the return to third place is bolstered by the state’s booming yogurt industry.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2012, milk production in New York increased 2.2 percent, at the same time the state produced 695 million pounds of yogurt, nearly triple the amount produced in 2009.
New York is now the number one producer of yogurt in the country, the state is also the largest producer of cream and cottage cheese in the country,
The dairy industry is the state’s leading agricultural sector and accounts for more than one-half of the state’s total agricultural profits.
In August 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo convened the state’s first yogurt summit to provide businesses and dairy farmers with an opportunity to discuss options that would benefit the industry.
Since then the state has eased regulations to encourage small dairy farms to increase the number of cows. Since 2009, milk production per cow has increased by 10.2 percent.
In his executive budget released last week, Cuomo proposed $500,000 for research into the management of acid whey produced by the state’s Greek yogurt industry.