NORWICH – Farmers across Upstate New York are standing in solidarity against a federally regulated milk pricing system they argue isn’t fair, especially for small farms.
Dairy farmers and supporters of the dairy industry rallied at the Classic Car Museum in Norwich on Tuesday. Despite existing federal safety net programs designed to help small dairy farms stay afloat, many local farmers say it simply isn’t enough to keep pace with increasing costs of production.
Tuesday’s meeting was organized by the Progressive Agricultural Organization, a Pennsylvania-based lobbyist group advocating for governmental help for dairy farmers. The organization is affiliated with the National Family Farm Coalition of Washington DC.
The cost of operating a dairy farm currently exceeds the minimum price of milk, and that sends a clear message, said Arden Tewksbury, manager of the Progressive Agriculture Organization: Dairy farmers are losing.