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Local dairy farmers are reacting positively to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for New York State to connect farms with companies who will buy excess milk, process it into yogurt and cheese, and donate it to food banks in need. Dairy farms have had to dump milk because processing plants ran out of capacity. But one local farm has already been doing what the governor is proposing.

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Congress is nearing a $450 billion deal to replenish a program to help small businesses devastated by the pandemic. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says among the key pieces included in this interim deal is money for rural hospitals, which have had to furlough hundreds of workers to offset financial losses.

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New legislation has been introduced in Congress that would help dairy farmers find workers. The Helping Labor Personnel Farms Act, better known as the HELP Act, would give agriculture workers legal work status for two years. Congressman Chris Collins (R-Clarence) showed public support for the bill last week. WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke with New York Farm Bureau Public Affairs Manager Steve Ammerman on how this bill would impact AG labor.

Upstate Niagara

New York dairy farmers paid millions in premiums for an insurance program that didn’t help. Now Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for more federal aid.

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President Donald Trump is promising to find a solution to a trade dispute with Canada that has left dairy farmers in New York and Wisconsin without a market for their product.