Gillibrand announces legislation to help NY farmers

By Conor Mooney

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 12:51 AM EDT

(WBNG Bingahmton) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced a plan Tuesday she believes will strengthen the Empire State's dairy farms.

Along with Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Gillibrand plans to introduce the "Dairy Pricing Reform Act" to the senate next week.

Gillibrand says the price of dairy products has continued to rise during the past 40 years. But farmers' pocketbooks haven't experienced a likewise response.

Farmers across the state have been forced to cut costs and sell cows to account for a growing financial strain.

The Southern Tier lost about 9,000 cows from 2002 to 2012.

"I really don't want to see consolidation in the dairy industry because once you see consolidation, the likely hood of out-sourcing increases greatly. I don't want to have to buy dairy from china or any other country. I want to have a wholesome dairy production in all parts of the country," Gillibrand said Tuesday.

A temporary extension of the farm bill was approved at the end of 2012.

The legislation will extend a part of the 2008 Farm Bill through September.

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