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Farms not cashing in on yogurt boom

Incentive lacking to expand production to meet demand

Production supervisor Anthony Valovic watches for quality control as Fage USA yogurt is packed into cases at the company's plant in the Johnstown Industrial Park in January 2012.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Production supervisor Anthony Valovic watches for quality control as Fage USA yogurt is packed into cases at the company's plant in the Johnstown Industrial Park in January 2012.
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The demand for milk by yogurt manufacturers in New York is rising, but Cobleskill dairy farmer John Radliff sees little reason to buy more cows to help meet it. For Radliff, who owns School Hill Farm, investing a lot of money in an expensive farm expansion is too great a risk. Milk prices are volatile and can swing wildly, and the consumption of beverage milk is in decline. “What matters is that I get on ...

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