The state of New York is encouraging farmers to produce more milk.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, wanted to ease the rules for medium-size dairy herds as a way to help farmers meet the growing demand for milk. The state has dropped some environmental rules for dairy farms with between 200 and 300 cows. The rule change brings New York in line with federal regulations.
For the Cabot Creamery, which has the majority of its co-op member farms in upstate New York, the news is encouraging.
"This is going to allow for family farms to expand without having to go through all the rigamarole of regulations because it's difficult for farms to do that. Then they'd have to hire a lawyer and other things. It's not worth the effort," said Bob Wellington of Agri-Mark.
Cuomo hopes the increase in milk production will help New York's dairy processors to capitalize on the growing demand for Greek yogurt.
Environmental groups are suing to reverse the changes in farm regulations.