Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,I-Yorktown) today was joined with his fellow local dairy farmers and producers at the annual Assembly Minority Conference’s Dairy Day to honor the hardworking men and women who belong to the third largest national dairy industry.
“We are here today to recognize the hard work and dedication of the men and women present as members of New York’s dairy industry,” said Katz. “Recently, in the news there has been a great emphasis on organic and locally produced goods and services. Many of the farmers here today also offer their services to their communities at many of the local farmers’ markets across the state and in the 99th Assembly District.”
The less time that passes between farm and table, the fewer nutrients fresh produce will lose. Locally-grown foods contain more nutrients because they are picked at their peak freshness, transported shorter distances and sold directly to the consumer. Many dairy farmers and businesses were in attendance today, such as Garelick, Northeast Dairy Foods, and Stewarts, who all hold high standards for their products. Out of the 5,400 dairy-producing farms across the state, most are privately-owned and maintained by families.
During the year’s recent budget season, Assemblyman Katz fought to protect the many dairy and agricultural programs offered by Cornell University and the State University of New York from the governor’s proposed budget, including Cornell’s Agriculture in the Classroom program, Association of Agriculture Educators program and Future Farmers of America. These programs create solutions for more efficient and nutritious farming techniques and help nurture the future farmers of this state.