Schumer: Growing popularity of Greek yogurt requires more upstate dairy production

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is launching a two-pronged plan that will provide New York dairy farmers, who wish to expand their operations to meet the demand being substantially fueled by the Greek yogurt boom, with the financial tools they need. Thanks to new plants including the Quaker Muller plant, Alpina, Fage and Chobani, the New York Farm Bureau predicts that New York’s dairy farmers must be able to expand their output by 15 percent in order to take advantage of the opportunity that Greek yogurt presents for our farmers. To help dairy owners who wish to expand, Schumer plans to introduce bipartisan legislation – the DAIRY (Dairy Augmentation for Increased Retail in Yogurt products) Act – with Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) that would establish federal savings accounts targeted to farmers to help them save and grow during booms and to weather market downturns. The accounts would be structured to reward savings during periods when business is strong and defer taxes on those savings until farmers must withdraw funds to cover new expenses or manage cash flow.

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