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Cuomo: Loosening Regulations Will Help Small Farms

Kristine Bellino, WIBX

Nearly 900 small family dairy farms in New York have the chance to grow, thanks to a new regulation set to take effect next month.

Normally, farms with more than 199 cows face expensive licensing procedures costing up to $150,000, but by moving the threshold to 299, those same farms can grow without financial barriers.

The move fulfills a promise made by Governor Cuomo during his Yogurt Summit and will take effect on May 8th.

New York is the nation’s largest yogurt producer, making 692 million pounds of the product last year. In the past five years, the state has nearly tripled production and has overtaken the former leader, California.

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