Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R,C,I- New Hartford) welcomed Central New Yorkers to the annual Dairy Day held in Albany, New York.
"Dairy Day, hosted by the Assembly Minority Conference, highlights the importance of family farms and the importance of the dairy industry to the cultural heritage and economy of Upstate New York. For example, dairy is the largest agricultural industry in the state, making it one of the leading industries in New York for creating and maintaining private-sector jobs," said Tenney.
Vendors at this year's event included the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council; Cabot Creamery Cooperative; Dairylea; Garelick Farms; HP Hood; New York Farm Bureau; Northeast Dairy Foods Association, Inc.; Organic Valley; PRO-DAIRY; Stewart's Shops; and Upstate Niagara Cooperative.
"Our state currently ranks third in the nation in milk production and 98 percent of New York State dairy farms are family-owned and operated. I am proud we could take today to recognize the hard work of many of my friends, family and neighbors in the dairy industry," said Tenney.
Speakers at Dairy Day 2012 included Dean Norton of the New York Farm Bureau; Jim Buelow of Northeast Dairy Foods Association, Inc.; Stephen Coye, President of NYS Grange; and Kris Brock, Second Vice President of the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council.
"This year, we had the added excitement of welcoming former New York Giants running back and Syracuse alumnus Joe Morris. Mr. Morris highlighted the 'Fuel Up to Play 60' program, which motivates children to eat nutrient-rich foods such as local dairy products and exercise at least an hour a day," said Tenney. "Engaging our children in local pride for one of our state's most important industries, as well as teaching them healthy living, will maintain a vibrant and healthy New York for generations to come."