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

March 26, 2009

Statement From Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker

USDA's Decision to Utilize Surplus Nonfat Dry Milk for Nutrition Programs

“Today, USDA Secretary Vilsack announced that 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk will be transferred from the Commodity Credit Corporation to USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service for use in domestic feeding programs.  This decision is win-win for both the low income families struggling to put nutritious food on their tables, as well as dairy farmers who are struggling with low milk prices, due in part to the surplus of dairy products in storage.

 “Along with the Pennsylvania and Vermont Commissioners of Agriculture, we asked USDA to consider using some of this surplus for domestic nutrition programs, and we are very pleased they will do so.  Currently, dairy farmers are particularly challenged with low milk prices that do not allow them to cover their costs of production.  By utilizing some of the surplus nonfat dry milk and reducing the nation’s inventory, USDA’s action today should help strengthen milk prices for farmers.

“While I recognize this is a small and temporary fix to a much greater problem, I greatly appreciate Secretary Vilsack’s leadership and support on this issue.”


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