Cornell co-op calls on farmers for dairy business programs

NORWICH – Dairy still remains the top industry in Chenango County and as such, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County is reaching out to area dairy farmers to take part in two programs aimed to fortify the local dairy industry and to broaden farmers’ bottom line.

The CCE is partnering with the Chenango County Ag Development Council to offer financial assistance and support needed for dairy farmers to take part in one or both available programs. The intent, according to the CCE, is to help farmers accurately monitor their business expenses. Organizers say both programs are just one more small part of a larger ongoing effort to stabilize Chenango’s dairy market.

“In this economic climate, margins are always extremely tight for farmers,” said CCE Ag Economic Development Specialist Rich Taber. Taber cited the rising cost of business expenses including fuel and animal feed that burden local farmers, and the cost of dairy products which has stayed static in recent years. “We are hoping people can use these programs to identify the factors that will help their dairy business improve.”

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