Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,I,C – Newport) this week joined his Assembly colleagues in celebrating New York’s agriculture industry at their annual Dairy Day event. Dairy farmers from 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 vital dairy industry.
“Dairy Day is an important day at the state Capitol. Not only is it fun for New Yorkers of all ages but, more importantly, it highlights New York’s dairy industry, which is an essential contributor to the state economy, especially in my Assembly District,” said Butler.
The agricultural industry contributes significantly to the health of New York’s economy, bringing in more than $4.5 billion annually. New York has 34,200 farms that occupy 7.5 million acres, or approximately 25 percent of the state’s land base. New York also ranks third in the nation for dairy production.
“This annual celebration is the perfect way to show our appreciation for all that the dairy and agriculture industry at large do for our economy and the communities in which they exist,” said Butler. “I understand how important this industry is to New York and I will continue to work in Albany to pass farm-friendly legislation.”
Vendors represented at the Dairy Day celebration included, The American Dairy Association and Dairy Council; Cabot Creamery Cooperative; Dairylea Cooperative, Inc., and Dairy Farmers of America, Northeast Council; Garelick Farms; Hillcrest Dairy; H.P. Hood; Mohawk Dairy; Northeast Dairy Foods Association, Inc.; Ronnybrook Farm Dairy; Stewart’s Shops and Upstate Niagara Cooperative.