NY farmers look ahead to winter, discuss Farm Bill

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (WCAX) With colder temps on the way, farmers are working hard to prepare their fields for winter. Kelly O'Bdairy farmers spent the day talking with farmers in Champlain, New York about the tasks ahead, and what they need from Washington.

Hidden View Farms started out as a family business. "The farm was started in 1952 by my dad," said Dale Tetruealt, the farm's owner.

Since then Tetreault has bought up neighboring farms, and now it takes a team to work the land. Farmers from for all over New York and Vermont come to help prepare for winter. "This is crunch time. Trying to get the corn silage, the crop for this winter in to feed the entire cows, and at the same time spread all the manure on the field so we can get all the nutrients on the field and worked in and get everything done in a small window of time," he said.

But as they do all this work they can't forget the problems they have seen for years. "We need a price stabilization to somehow control our prices of what's coming in and what's going out," Tetreault said.

The price of milk is low and these dairy farmers are not making enough profit to maintain the farm. "We reinvest our own money back into the farm. There's no return right now that's showing back on the ledgers," Tetreault said.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, has been touring New York Farms to see what's working and not working as lawmakers tackle the Farm Bill. "It's important for me to hear feed back from local farmers whether it's apples or dairy -- as to what their priorities are for next years farm bill re-negotiations," Rep. Stefanik said.

She says she knows these dairy men are not getting what they need. "There are also issues that impact the dairy industry in terms of milk pricing that we need to address. That's one of the top priorities for the New York Farm Bureau and dairy farmers in the district," she said.

Rep. Stefanik says ideally the new Farm Bill will help farmers get a little back for what they're putting in.