Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb Kicks-Off “Dairy Day,” Says New York’s Family Farms Should Be Preserved And Protected

June 12, 2009

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) is pictured kicking off the Assembly Minority Conference’s annual observance of “Dairy Day” earlier this week, where the many contributions of the dairy industry were recognized and celebrated.

The Conference’s 2009 Dairy Day event, held in the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building in Albany, attracted a record audience and featured free samples of products from Upstate dairy farmers and processors.

Kolb also spoke in favor of preserving and protecting New York’s family farms and called on the State Senate to defeat the so-called “Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act,” which the New York Farm Bureau has said will cost family farms over $200 million annually and force many out of business.

Kolb and his colleagues were joined by several Upstate farmers who expressed their strong opposition to the measure and outlined the negative financial impact it would have on the state’s agricultural industry.

Pictured above, from left to right, are Abigail Andrew, Second Alternate, 2009 New York State Dairy Princess; Brianna Fowler, First Alternate, 2009 New York State Dairy Princess; Lauren Osborn, the 2009 New York State Dairy Princess; Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia); Assemblyman Tony Jordan (R,C-Jackson); Assemblyman Cliff Crouch (R,I-Guilford), Ranking Member on the Assembly Agriculture Committee; Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb; Eric Ooms, Vice President of the New York Farm Bureau; and Audrey Donahoe, Treasurer of the Board of Directors, American Dairy Association and Dairy Council.