Reigning in milk production levels is seen as one way to stabilize volatile milk prices that have left many local dairy farms in dire straits.
Ellenburg dairy farmer James Normandin organized a meeting with state Sen. Betty Little and representatives of two dairy cooperatives last month. Normandin said Clinton County dairy farmers lost an estimated $20.9 million in 2009. Across the state, that figure is believed to have been $669 million, he said.
Senator Betty Little recently joined a contingent of state and local officials for a tour of three Franklin County agricultural businesses. One of the stops was Sustain Adirondacks, whose products are locally sourced within 300 miles are less. That means a majority of the ingredients come from local farms, the products are processed by local hands and sales and profits from the products benefit farmers locally.
Senator Betty Little joined a contingent of state and local officials for a tour of three Franklin County agricultural businesses.
One of the stops was Sustain Adirondacks which makes a variety of products including potato chips. Sustain Brand products are locally sourced within 300 miles or less. That means a majority of ingredients come from local farms, products are processed by local hands and sales and profits benefit farmers locally.
Senator Betty Little is pictured with Jennifer Bosley at the Franklin County Fair on Thursday, August 11. Bosley and her family, operators of the Tierney Farm in Malone, are exhibiting jerseys at the fair and spent time talking with the senator about agricultural issues.
Senator Betty Little is pictured with 7-year-old Evan White of North Bangor at the Franklin County Fair. Evan came up with a creative idea for the 4-H Goat Costume Class and looked great leading his "horse" goat around the arena.
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE FOCUS OF ALBANY MEETING -- Jennifer Small, owner of Flying Pigs Farm, Jill Hamilton, a crew leader at Slack Hollow Farm, and Scott Keyes of the New York Farm Bureau were in Albany Tuesday, March 6 participating in Cornell University’s LEAD New York program designed to build strong leaders for New York’s food and agriculture industry.
A bipartisan group of state senators has proposed a plan to strengthen New York’s agricultural industry by providing targeted tax relief and increasing state financial support for programs expanding markets for New York-grown products.