Dairy farmers play a critical role in Western New York's economy. Our farmers need a level playing field to grow their operations, which is why I sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo urging him to provide New York dairy farms with regulatory relief to help milk producers expand their businesses.
On Monday, I requested that New York State raise the threshold for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) regulations from 200 cows to 300 cows, which is consistent with national standards. Increasing this threshold will help dairy farmers increase milk production, enabling them to fulfill the needs of New York's growing yogurt industry. I also asked the state to expand programs to assist dairy farmers with environmental conservation and protection. I am happy to report that on Wednesday, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine announced that the state would comply with my request and raise the threshold to 300 cows, providing much needed relief.
Please know that I will continue to fight against unnecessary regulations that create burdens for our dairy farmers as they work to grow their businesses.