Land is the base of any farm, and dairy farms are no different. Farmers manage over seven million acres of farmland, pastures, woodlands and wetlands in New York, which is about a quarter of the State’s total land mass. In many instances, land is an asset that has been handed down from generation to generation, and in every case, land is one of the most valued and cherished assets on a farm.
Dairy farmers are responsible stewards of their land and the environment that surrounds their farms. They are required to follow strict state and federal environmental regulations to safeguard land and water resources, which most farmers meet and exceed. But more importantly, they live on the land they work. They also drink the water and breathe the air. Dairy farmers are committed to protecting these natural resources for their business, as well as their quality of life.