Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-I-Lewiston, joined fellow legislators Tuesday in promoting the agricultural and dairy industries of New York at the Assembly Minority Conference's Dairy Day reception in Albany. The annual event takes place during June every year in recognition of National Dairy Month.
"The dairy industry is one of New York state's largest and most important industries," Ceretto said. "We are the nation's third-largest dairy producer, and Dairy Day is a great opportunity to recognize the dairy farms and farmers across our state."
Dairy Day 2012 was made extra special with the presence of former New York Giants Super Bowl champion running back and Syracuse alum Joe Morris. He spoke about the important role dairy plays in healthy diets for children and adults. He was joined by students from Glendaal Middle School in Scotia, who were recognized for their work in implementing the "Fuel Up to Play 60" program sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the NFL.
In addition to Morris, the reception featured several of the Empire State's dairy producers providing an array of dairy products to sample, such as cheese, chocolate milk, and a crowd favorite: ice cream.
New York has an estimated 6,400 dairy farms that produce approximately 12.4 billion pounds of milk per year, making New York one of America's most important dairy producers.