Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I – Schoharie) is reminding the farm community that the deadline to submit applications for the NYS Dairy Assistance Program has been extended to July 9.
“This is an important opportunity for those farm families who were unable to submit their application before the previous deadline,” said Lopez. “I encourage all of our neighbors who have not yet applied to do so as soon as possible.”
About 4,850 checks have been mailed out to date, and an estimated 1,200 dairy farmers are still eligible to receive assistance. All New York State dairy producers who produced milk in 2006 and were in operation as of April 1, 2007 are eligible and need to complete, sign and return their applications to the Department.
Those farmers who have not received an application should contact their county Farm Service Agency office, such as the Cornell Cooperative Extension, download an application online at www.agmkt.state.ny.us or call the Department of Agriculture and Markets at (800) 554-4501.
“Our dairy farmers are struggling, and it is critical that they take advantage of this program,” said Lopez. “I hope the filing deadline extension will allow all dairy farmers to access this important financial assistance.”