Proposal to Change Delivery of Milk to Military Could Hurt Central NY Dairy

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.

Byrne Dairy, which buys milk from more than 250 dairy farms in central New York, delivers more than 250,000 gallons of it to military installations across the state each year. But instead of just directly shipping the milk to bases like Fort Drum, the new plan would send products to a warehouse down south, before coming back up to New York. Byrne Dairy CEO Carl Byrne said he doesn’t want to see that happen.

“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.”

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