New York Dairy Assistance Program Announced

Relief available to dairy farmers hit hard by low milk prices
April 16, 2007

Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C-Macedon) is reminding Central New York dairy farmers that applications for the New York State Dairy Assistance Program must be postmarked by Friday, April 27, 2007.

Last year, dairy farmers experienced milk prices that hit 25 year lows. These prices, coupled with escalating costs for fuel and energy, put many dairy farmers in dire financial straits and forced some out of business.

Assemblyman Oaks supported the passage of the Dairy Assistance Program, which will provide $30 million in payments to eligible dairy farmers.

“I am pleased that we were able to provide much-needed relief to our dairy farmers. This will go a long way to help our economy and strengthen New York’s dairy sector,” said Assemblyman Oaks.

All New York state dairy producers who produced milk in 2006 and were in operation as of April 1, 2007 are eligible for assistance under the program. Eligible dairy producers should complete all parts of the application and have it postmarked no later than April 27, 2007.

Oaks also reminded dairy farmers that applications are available by contacting his office at (315) 946-5166 or by calling the Department of Agriculture and Markets at 1-800-554-4501.