A new federal proposal would change the way New York’s military installations get milk and could hurt local dairy farmers. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is trying to stop it.
“To bring all the milk from central New York down to Virginia and then back up to Watertown, just doesn’t make any sense for anybody,” Byrne said. “Byrne Dairy can just bottle it here locally and bring it up to Watertown.”
The idea by the Defense Commissary Agency is to try to be more efficient by buying bigger amounts and using a warehouse, which makes sense for nonperishable goods, Schumer said, but not, he said, for perishable items like milk.
“I think when I present it to the top staff of the military they will see how dumb it is,” Schumer said. “We have to stop this because it would really hurt central New York.”
“Maybe they can’t supply milk for the whole Northeast,” Schumer said. “It would have the big boys come in. But the big boys don’t produce the best milk and they don’t produce it at the best price.”
Right now, it’s still just a proposal and a decision won’t be made until spring. This comes amidst an already struggling dairy industry for farmers, who have been suffering through four years of low milk prices.