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July 10, 2012 - 7:21am

Local dairy farmers looking for increased demand with opening of yogurt plants

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, agriculture, elba, Le Roy, Dairy Farms.

Will Greek yogurt mean a boom for local dairy farmers? Marwa Eltagouri takes a look at that question for the Buffalo News.

Local dairy farmers Gordon Offhaus and Dale Stein are featured.

In order to keep up with the Greek yogurt demand, it is estimated that milk produced by Western New York farmers must increase by 15 percent over the next four to five years, said Dave Dean Norton, president of the New York State Farm Bureau.

Since there isn't enough milk in the state right now to feed the Alpina Foods and PepsiCo plants, the plants will have to pay additional costs to freight the milk in from another state, likely Michigan, said Stein, the farmer from Le Roy.

The article is full of useful information to know if this segment of the local economy is important to you.

Don Lovelace
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I think it's Dean Norton.

Howard B. Owens
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Good catch. You are correct.

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Great so now local stores will have reason to drive up the cost for milk and other diary products on there shelves to rediculously high prices...

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Yes I would hate to see all those pens and pencils and notebooks skyrocket in price.

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The best yogurt I ever had was made from goats milk !
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I like yogurt of all kinds and goat's milk yogurt has a unique flavor that is delicious. It's available in the organic refrigeration aisle at Tops (if you're lucky).

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