Lively Run Dairy

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.

Lyle Wood

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a major disconnect in the dairy industry. On one hand, milk shelves at the grocery store have been sometimes bare. On the other hand, North Country dairy farmers are having to dump their milk for lack of a market. It's a worst-case scenario for the region’s dairy farms as the industry’s been hurting for years.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

A new federal proposal would change the way New York’s military installations get milk and could hurt local dairy farmers. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is trying to stop it.

Deadline extended for dairy farmer safety net program

Jun 5, 2018

The USDA has extended the deadline for dairy farmers who want to sign up for a special safety net insurance program.

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.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

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.

Photo from the O-AT-KA Milk Website

Western New York's dairy industry could suffer a serious blow if Canada imposes new, restrictive trade rules. So says Senator Charles Schumer and many regional dairy producers.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

If American falls off the fiscal cliff, the price of a basic staple could skyrocket. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is warning that if Congress fails to avoid the cliff, the price of milk in New York could double. But one local ice cream maker calls the talk "hype."