New York Senate Forum On Agriculture - Part 3 of 4

October 28, 2009

Part 3 of  testimony at the state capitol October 19, 2009 highlighting the desperation many farmers are feeling as they continue to cope with historically low milk prices.

“The stories of hardship experienced by many of our upstate farmers are heart-wrenching,” said Senator Seward.  “Many family farms that have been part of our landscape for generations have already disappeared, and if we fail to act now, more will be forced into foreclosure.”

“A short-term cash infusion is needed to support our farmers, and to keep them in business; a business which drives much of our upstate economy.” Seward continued.  “We also need a commitment from the federal government to fix the archaic milk pricing system.”