Members of dairy industry meet with U.S. Agriculture Secretary

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CHENANGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — As the dairy industry in New York state continues to face a crisis, producers from across the region got the chance to meet with the U.s. Agriculture Secretary at Chobani yogurt in Chenango County.

It marks the first visit by a Trump cabinet official to the 22nd Congressional District.

All of this comes as the price of milk has been below the costs of production for five years, forcing many small and medium sized dairy farms out of business.

At Wednesday’s roundtable, Secretary Sonny Perdue addressed concerns of area farms, saying the farm bill will provide a safety net until the prices are stabilized, but that doesn’t mean the work is over.

“Dairies have to be disciplined. Honestly, we have fewer dairies now, but we don’t have much fewer cows, and they’ve become much more productive and much more efficient. So as an industry, the dairy sector has to be very disciplined in expansion when prices recover,” Perdue said.

The event was hosted by Democratic Congressman Anthony Brindisi.

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