A press release says compared to 2012, New York's milk production increased by 2.2% in 2013. There was 0.4% growth nationwide.
“New York State has recaptured its spot as one of the top three milk producers in the country, proving that our efforts to create new economic opportunities for the dairy industry are working,” Governor Cuomo said. “Milk production is fueling thousands of jobs across Upstate New York, revitalizing communities and providing a variety of nutritious products for millions of consumers across the country. This year, we will continue working together to grow our thriving agricultural sector, and I congratulate New York’s dairy industry on this achievement.”
The growth is attributed to an increased demand for milk, largely due to the booming yogurt industry in the state. A press release says New York is the number one producer of cream cheese and cottage cheese in the country.
The dairy industry is New York’s leading agricultural sector, accounting for more than one-half of the state’s total agricultural receipts.
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