Farmers to rally in Le Roy this morning calling on Paterson to release stimulus funds
Local dairy farmers will join Assemblyman Steve Hawley in a rally in Le Roy at 11 a.m., calling on Gov. David Paterson to use federal stimulus funds to aid struggling dairies.
The dairy industry is caught between historically low prices for milk and rising production costs.
Stimulus funds are needed to stabilize Western New York's economy and create and maintain jobs, according to Hawley.
Hawley will be joined at the rally by Assemblyman Cliff Crouch (R,I-Guilford).
Statement issued by Hawley's office:
New York State's family dairies are currently facing the most difficult economic conditions in the modern history of the industry. Dairy producers are being paid prices that are catastrophically below the price of production for their milk, regardless of the size of their operations, and economists predict that fluid milk prices may not increase for another year.
The governor's office has indicated that the stimulus funds can't be used in such a manner, but at the same time, a Catholic charity in Buffalo recently received stimulus funds to support its efforts.
The rally will be at Stein Farms, 8343 Gully Road, Le Roy.