dairy http://wrvo.org en Chobani wins USDA contract to put Greek yogurt on lunch trays http://wrvo.org/post/chobani-wins-usda-contract-put-greek-yogurt-lunch-trays <p>Chobani Greek yogurt will be on more school lunch trays across the country as part of a new school lunch program.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture today awarded the central New York yogurt powerhouse a contract to expand a pilot program adding Greek-style yogurt to school lunches.</p><p>Chobani will now be able to put its yogurt in cafeterias for a month in seven states when the new school year starts up in August. Those states include New York, California and Illinois.</p><p>It comes after a successful three month pilot program this past school year in fewer states.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:32:48 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57594 at http://wrvo.org Chobani wins USDA contract to put Greek yogurt on lunch trays Byrne Dairy's new yogurt plant opens in Cortland County http://wrvo.org/post/byrne-dairys-new-yogurt-plant-opens-cortland-county <p></p><p>Byrne Dairy has entered the booming yogurt business in upstate New York as its new yogurt production facility goes online this week in Cortland County.</p><p>The central New York dairy icon moves from a milk and ice cream company to one producing both tradition and Greek-style yogurt, as well as sour cream and cheese.</p><p>Yogurt, namely Greek yogurt, has been a boon for the dairy industry in upstate New York in recent years, led by Chobani and followed by others.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57407 at http://wrvo.org Byrne Dairy's new yogurt plant opens in Cortland County Dairy industry sees a boom in New York http://wrvo.org/post/dairy-industry-sees-boom-new-york <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The New York state dairy industry is in a good place right now, and state officials say they want to keep it that way.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:13:20 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57439 at http://wrvo.org Dairy industry sees a boom in New York Chobani now a registered company in Delaware; says its not leaving http://wrvo.org/post/chobani-now-registered-company-delaware-says-its-not-leaving <p></p><p>New York-based yogurt company Chobani has registered its company in Delaware. Chobani says it’s not going anywhere, but it’s increased rumors the company is going public.</p><p>Chobani's headquarters is in Norwich, in Chenango County and it's factory is in New Berlin. But for tax purposes, the company is now a resident of Delaware.</p><p>Many corporations call Delaware their home on paper, because the state has more lenient corporate policies than others.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 23:22:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55772 at http://wrvo.org Chobani now a registered company in Delaware; says its not leaving Dairy farm worker encourages others to speak up about workplace dangers http://wrvo.org/post/dairy-farm-worker-encourages-others-speak-about-workplace-dangers <p></p><p>A Syracuse-area farm worker is touring regional churches and community centers to bring attention to workplace dangers on dairy farms.</p><p>José&nbsp;Cañas&nbsp;is originally from El Salvador, but he’s worked in New York agriculture for three years.</p><p>Cañas&nbsp;says he’s putting his job on the line to let people know about the risks posed to agricultural laborers from slippery floors, large animals, heavy equipment, and chemicals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 55 fatalities on New York state dairy farms since 2006.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 10:23:47 +0000 Michelle Faust 55274 at http://wrvo.org Dairy farm worker encourages others to speak up about workplace dangers Schumer calls on USDA to assist upstate dairy farmers with Farm Bill http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-usda-assist-upstate-dairy-farmers-farm-bill <p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:56:41 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53505 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls on USDA to assist upstate dairy farmers with Farm Bill New Farm Bill makes transition to organic dairy farming easier http://wrvo.org/post/new-farm-bill-makes-transition-organic-dairy-farming-easier <p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:16:40 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51514 at http://wrvo.org New Farm Bill makes transition to organic dairy farming easier Hanna says Farm Bill gets a lot right, but doesn't address everything http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-says-farm-bill-gets-lot-right-doesnt-address-everything <p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:57:35 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51370 at http://wrvo.org Hanna says Farm Bill gets a lot right, but doesn't address everything Hanna touts benefits of Farm Bill for upstate NY farmers http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-touts-benefits-farm-bill-upstate-ny-farmers <p></p><p>President Barack Obama signed the Farm Bill into law Friday, after four years of failed attempts to pass one. Rep. Richard Hanna says the bill will give economic stability to farmers in the upstate New York.</p><p>Hanna toured the Dutch Hill Creamery in Chenango Forks Friday morning and said the new Farm Bill will have a great impact on farmers in the state. And that New York state should focus more on the potential benefits of expanded farming.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:09:06 +0000 Matt Martin 51063 at http://wrvo.org Hanna touts benefits of Farm Bill for upstate NY farmers Chobani can't call its yogurt 'Greek' in the United Kingdom http://wrvo.org/post/chobani-cant-call-its-yogurt-greek-united-kingdom <p>Central New York yogurt powerhouse Chobani won’t be able to call its yogurt “Greek” in the United Kingdom after a court ruling.</p><p>A British court ruled yesterday that because Chobani’s Greek-style yogurt is made in New York state, not in Greece, they can’t call it Greek. The legal challenge came from a Chobani rival, Fage.</p><p>The court said the labeling misleads consumers. Chobani hit U.K. store shelves in 2012, but withdrew its products last year, according to the Associated Press.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:47:46 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50655 at http://wrvo.org Chobani can't call its yogurt 'Greek' in the United Kingdom Schumer says Farm Bill deal good for New York farmers http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-says-farm-bill-deal-good-new-york-farmers <p></p><p>New York Sen. Charles Schumer says it’s “a good day” for upstate New York farmers now that there is a deal in the House of Representatives and Senate for a Farm Bill.</p><p>Congress is expected to begin voting on the bill later today. The five year farm bill, agreed upon in committees on Monday, reduces crop subsidies and increases crop insurance.</p><p>Farm Bills were first written during the Great Depression. This latest one took two years of negotiation.</p><p>Schumer, a Democrat, says the bill is especially good for small dairy farmers and maple sugar tappers in New York.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:33:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50539 at http://wrvo.org Schumer says Farm Bill deal good for New York farmers Farmers express concern about immigration policies, lack of Farm Bill http://wrvo.org/post/farmers-express-concern-about-immigration-policies-lack-farm-bill <p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:06:56 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50243 at http://wrvo.org Farmers express concern about immigration policies, lack of Farm Bill Hanna urges OSHA to consider delaying surprise dairy farm inspections http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-urges-osha-consider-delaying-surprise-dairy-farm-inspections <p></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:15:39 +0000 Gino Geruntino 49021 at http://wrvo.org Hanna urges OSHA to consider delaying surprise dairy farm inspections Maffei says partisan politics hurting Farm Bill legislation http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-says-partisan-politics-hurting-farm-bill-legislation <p>Farmers aren't the only ones worrying about Congress' failure to come to an agreement on the Farm Bill. Syracuse-area Rep. Dan Maffei says partisan politics have gotten in the way, and are hurting Congress' ability to move legislation forward.<br /><br />Maffei says the Farm Bill, and the legislation connected to it, which includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, should be passed, though both Republicans and Democrats need to compromise on their positions.<br /> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:07:21 +0000 Gino Geruntino 48295 at http://wrvo.org Maffei says partisan politics hurting Farm Bill legislation Auburn milk plant hopes to capitalize on export market http://wrvo.org/post/auburn-milk-plant-hopes-capitalize-export-market <p></p><p>A new dairy processing facility under construction in Cayuga County plans to make most of its money on the export market and its owners are hoping trade rule changes don’t hinder that.</p><p>An $80 million dairy facility going up in Auburn plans to sell powdered milk to countries in Asia and North Africa, but current trade rules with some of those countries could make exporting their products difficult.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:36:02 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48139 at http://wrvo.org Auburn milk plant hopes to capitalize on export market Syracuse dairy co-op plans merger with national operation http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-dairy-co-op-plans-merger-national-operation <p>A Northeast dairy cooperative headquartered in Syracuse plans to merge with a larger national operation from Missouri.</p><p>Century-old Dairylea told members at its annual meetings this week of its plan to merge with Dairy Farmers of America. Dairylea has been a partner organization since 2002.</p><p>The move, pending approval from members, will better position its farmers for the future, Dairylea spokeswoman Karen Cartier said.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:46:16 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45787 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse dairy co-op plans merger with national operation New York's Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Greek Yogurt Boom http://wrvo.org/post/can-new-yorks-cows-keep-demand-greek-yogurt Upstate New York has lugged around the Rust Belt identity for decades now. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:12:27 +0000 editor 43577 at http://wrvo.org New York's Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Greek Yogurt Boom Lawsuit challenges change to dairy regulation http://wrvo.org/post/lawsuit-challenges-change-dairy-regulation <p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:41:07 +0000 Matt Richmond 42177 at http://wrvo.org Lawsuit challenges change to dairy regulation A new age of cheese for upstate New York http://wrvo.org/post/new-age-cheese-upstate-new-york <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>It’s soft, stinky and delicious, and it’s an opportunity for economic development.</p><p>Upstate New York looks ready to usher in a new era of cheese production. A partnership between supermarket chain Wegmans Food Markets and Cornell University hopes to make the region a leader in the artisanal cheese industry.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:16:33 +0000 Kate O'Connell 40212 at http://wrvo.org A new age of cheese for upstate New York Amish dairy farmers work with Agri-Mark to get milk to market http://wrvo.org/post/amish-dairy-farmers-work-agri-mark-get-milk-market <p>St. Lawrence County may be losing population, but there's one group that keeps growing: Old Order Amish. They've moved to northern New York because of cheap, available farmland. But in order to maintain their lifestyle, the Amish need a market for the milk the produce. So they've turned to an unlikely partner: dairy co-op Agri-Mark.&nbsp;</p><p>Drive down some roads in the county, and it’s like stepping back in time.&nbsp;Traffic comes from buggies, not cars. Children in dark clothes and straw hats and bonnets play in neatly kept farm yards.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:04:14 +0000 Sarah Harris 40086 at http://wrvo.org Amish dairy farmers work with Agri-Mark to get milk to market Amendment to Farm Bill could help boost upstate milk production http://wrvo.org/post/amendment-farm-bill-could-help-boost-upstate-milk-production <p>The five year Farm Bill, likely to pass a vote in the U.S. Senate next Monday, includes an amendment from New York Sen. Charles Schumer that attempts to address rising demand for milk.</p><p>Schumer says the amendment could help New York’s dairy farmers supply a fast-growing yogurt industry.</p><p>It would create a $5 million pilot program aimed at helping small dairy farms access technical help for &nbsp;things like animal nutrition and business planning.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:31:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 39113 at http://wrvo.org Amendment to Farm Bill could help boost upstate milk production Byrne Dairy expanding one of its Syracuse-area plants http://wrvo.org/post/byrne-dairy-expanding-one-its-syracuse-area-plants <p>An increased demand for long-lasting dairy products has prompted Byrne Dairy to expand one of its three dairy processing facilities in the Syracuse area.</p><p>Byrne Dairy-owned Ultra Dairy wants to add about 100,000 square feet to its plant along Interstate 481 in DeWitt. The company says the expansion will allow them to add about 50 more jobs at the plant.</p><p>Ultra Dairy uses a more sterilized pasteurization process that allows products to have a shelf life of up to 140 days. The plant hasn't been able to keep up with orders lately, it told county economic development officials.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:30:32 +0000 Ryan Delaney 38944 at http://wrvo.org Byrne Dairy expanding one of its Syracuse-area plants Greek yogurt plant could boost upstate dairy industry http://wrvo.org/post/greek-yogurt-plant-could-boost-upstate-dairy-industry <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Upstate New York’s newest Greek yogurt factory opened its doors in Batavia, Monday. The factory is a joint venture between Pepsi and German dairy giant, the Theo Muller Group. The Muller Quaker Dairy Plant is touted as a shot in the arm for the dairy industry in western New York.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:29:39 +0000 Kate O'Connell 38957 at http://wrvo.org Greek yogurt plant could boost upstate dairy industry Immigration reform would address labor shortages on NY farms http://wrvo.org/post/immigration-reform-would-address-labor-shortages-ny-farms-0 <p>As lawmakers in the Senate's Judiciary Committee debate the immigration reform bill released last month, farmers in New York State are hoping to find enough workers to fully staff their operations. It's a yearly struggle in New York and nationwide and according to <a href="https://www.farmcrediteast.com/News-and-Events/News/20111005GuestWorkerTestimony.aspx" target="_blank">a report by Farm Credit East</a>, more than 1000 farms in New York could close or shrink by two-thirds if immigration laws were fully enforced. Fri, 17 May 2013 13:42:51 +0000 Matt Richmond 38005 at http://wrvo.org Immigration reform would address labor shortages on NY farms National Grid power upgrade grant helps Jefferson County dairy farm expand http://wrvo.org/post/national-grid-power-upgrade-grant-helps-jefferson-county-dairy-farm-expand <p></p><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 8px; margin-right: 8px; margin-bottom: 8px; margin-left: 8px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: normal; "><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">A Tylerville dairy farm, in Jefferson County, is growing, in part thanks to help from National Grid. The company awarded the farm a grant of $50,000 to increase its access to electricity. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 11:11:36 +0000 Joanna Richards 37269 at http://wrvo.org National Grid power upgrade grant helps Jefferson County dairy farm expand Hanna in favor of immigration reform http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-favor-immigration-reform <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utica-area Rep. Richard Hanna is one Republican who expects to be on board with any immigration reform that is being proposed in Washington currently. The 22nd Congressional District</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> representative says it's an important issue in a region where agriculture is key.</span></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 09:39:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 32555 at http://wrvo.org Deal reached to stop the $6 gallon of milk http://wrvo.org/post/deal-reached-stop-6-gallon-milk <p>Congress seems to have reached a deal to stop milk prices from rising to a warned about $6 a gallon in the New Year, but it's unclear if it will be voted on before the end of 2012. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:35:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 31249 at http://wrvo.org Deal reached to stop the $6 gallon of milk Byrne Dairy to join growing NY yogurt industry http://wrvo.org/post/byrne-dairy-join-growing-ny-yogurt-industry <p>The yogurt industry in upstate New York is getting attention as a bright spot in the region's lackluster economy. Now, Byrne Dairy is will be joining other companies in this growing agribusiness. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:51:00 +0000 Matt Richmond 28997 at http://wrvo.org Byrne Dairy to join growing NY yogurt industry Cuomo to hold wine and beer summit http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-hold-wine-and-beer-summit <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced he’s holding a wine and beer summit at the Capitol in October to improve business opportunities for the state’s wineries and craft breweries. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:18:10 +0000 Karen DeWitt 26735 at http://wrvo.org