Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente held a forum on Wednesday night with more than 30 local dairy farmers.

Following up on a pledge made during his 2018 State of the County Address in March, Picente gathered dairy farmers for the two-hour roundtable discussion at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Oriskany.

They discussed their concerns over the struggling dairy industry and searched for ways to find solutions.

Picente says he's planning to explore several items including milk marketing opportunities, instituting uniform permitting across the county and installing milk vending machines in county facilities and local school districts.

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