ORISKANY, NY – Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente hosted a dairy farmer forum Monday evening.
It was held at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Oriskany.
The purpose of the forum was to present the Oneida County Dairy Farmer Sustainability Action Plan and discuss its progress.
The action plan is designed to aid dairy farmers in promoting their products to increase sales and jobs in the dairy industry.
Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente says there are many ways the county can help local dairy farmers.
“Schools have gone to skim milk. We’re trying to get whole milk back in schools. We’re trying to improve the overall economic development of our farms.”
He went on to say, the dairy industry “is one of the biggest industries in the county and in the state. And it needs our help.”
There are currently over 200 dairy farms in Oneida County that employ over 500 workers.