Saturday: Greek Yogurt Backed For State's Farmers

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has taken to calling upstate New York the 'Silicon Valley of Greek yogurt.'

Several Greek yogurt plants have opened across the state, and dairy farmers have found an expanding market for their products.

Earlier this month, Schumer proposed special federal savings accounts that would allow farmers to defer taxes on those savings, and also proposed lowering the tax charges associated with buying dairy cattle.

Both measures are aimed at helping farmers make the most of the Greek yogurt boom.

Schumer said his proposals are ways "for dairy farmers to have the financial tools to keep pace with that exciting growth in a way that stabilizes risk for them."

He's far from alone in backing Greek yogurt.

Speaking in Copenhagen Saturday, state agriculture commissioner Darrell Aubertine said he wants New York to be one of the states the federal government uses to test Greek yogurt on school menus.

"We do have the children, we have the Greek yogurt facilities, I don't think there's a better place in the nation to make that marriage," Aubertine said.

There is already one plant devoted to making Greek yogurt, in North Lawrence, and talk of a second plant in Ogdensburg.

 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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