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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is announcing a new assistance program for dairy farmers in the Empire State.

The Dairy Acceleration Program announced this week is making $1 million in funding available to help dairy farmers develop individualized business and environmental plans. The program allows them to “tap into the expertise” of the Cornell Cooperative Extension network to grow their business.

“It’s an opportunity for some of the smaller- and medium-sized dairy farms to apply for grant funding for business-plan work, for estate planning, for certified nutrient management planning,” New York Farm Bureau President and Genesee County native Dean Norton said.

The program was developed during the Yogurt Summit commissioned by Gov. Cuomo.

“He brought together a bunch of yogurt producers, manufacturers, dairy farmers and academics to try and find a way to try and uplift the dairy economy across the state of New York and this was one of the ideas that came out of there,” Norton said. “He’s funding it. He’s trying to help grow the dairy industry and this program goes a long way towards doing that.”

There are restrictions, so see the Cornell Cooperative Extension for more information.

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