Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

July 03, 2007

Commissioner: Dairy Assistance Deadline Is July 9

All Eligible Producers to Receive Final Payment by End of July

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today reminded dairy producers who have yet to apply for the New York State Dairy Assistance Program to do so before July 9, 2007. The Dairy Assistance Program, included in the 2007-08 State Budget, made $30 million available to dairy farmers who produced milk during the 2006 calendar year when milk prices were at extreme lows.

All New York dairy farmers who produced milk in 2006 and were in operation as of April 1, 2007 are eligible to apply for the Dairy Assistance Program. The Program does have a 4.8 million pound cap for all eligible producers. Applications can be obtained from the Departmentís website at or by calling the Department at 1-800-554-4501. Applications must be delivered to the Department or postmarked no later than Monday, July 9, 2007.

To date, $25.8 million of the $30 million allotted for the Program has been paid in the form of direct payments to 4,994 dairy producers in New York State. Those producers represent 93 percent of the Stateís total milk production. Producers were paid a payment rate of $.35 per hundred pounds on eligible milk production of 7.4 billion pounds, making the average payment to producers $5,158.

The Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) has issued electronic payments and paper checks to eligible and approved producers since May 9, 2007. ESDC will issue initial checks to the additional applicants who file by the July 9, 2007 deadline and are approved for payment.

In addition, all eligible producers will receive an additional and final payment estimated to be $.04 to $.05 per hundred pounds of eligible milk in order to use the remaining $4.2 million of the $30 million allotted for the New York State Dairy Assistance Program. For those eligible producers that reach the 4.8 million pound cap, they can expect their final payment to be between $1,920 and $2,400. Final payments are expected to be issued by the end of July.

New York is the nationís third largest dairy state with nearly 6,000 dairy farms and 640,000 dairy cows that produced nearly 12 billion pounds of milk annually. The average dairy farm in New York State is family owned and consists of 100 cows, producing an average of 18,879 pounds of milk per cow per year.

New York dairy farms contribute more than $1.9 billion, over half of the Stateís total agricultural receipts, each year to the Stateís economy. The dairy industry has some of the highest economic multipliers of any industry in New York State. For every new job created on a dairy farm, an additional 1.24 jobs are created in the local economy and an additional $.83 is spent in the community for every dollar of output on a dairy farm.

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