Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I,C – Peru) today joined her Assembly colleagues in celebrating New York’s agricultural industry at their annual Dairy Day event. Dairy farmers across the state showcased their products by providing free samples of milk, cheese, yogurts and ice cream, which were available for visitors to enjoy while also learning about New York State’s dairy industry.
“Dairy Day is one of my favorite days in Albany. Not only is it fun for people of all ages, but more importantly, it also shifts the focus onto New York’s dairy industry, which is a vital contributor to the state economy, especially in my Assembly District,” said Duprey.
Milk, New York’s leading agricultural product, is produced statewide. Milk sales in New York state account for one-half of our total agricultural receipts. Production in 2005 was 11.7 billion pounds with a preliminary value of $1.91 billion, which makes New York the nation’s third leading producer of milk, behind only California and Wyoming.
“This annual celebration is the perfect way to show our appreciation for all that the dairy industry and the agricultural industry at large do for our economy and the communities in which they exist,” said Duprey. I understand how important this industry is to New York and I will continue to work in Albany to pass farm-friendly legislation.