Hold on, Idaho, you haven’t passed New York yet.
The Empire State held onto its position as the nation’s third-largest producer of milk last year, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.
New York cows produced 12.432 billion pounds of milk last year, just ahead of Idaho’s 12.315 billion and far behind California (41.2 billion) and Wisconsin (24.5 billion).
Idaho has been gaining rapidly because farmers have been fleeing wage laws for farm workers in California, according to Julie Suarez of the New York Farm Bureau. Idaho passed Pennsylvania for fourth place last year.
The Legislature is expected to approve similar regulations in New York, including mandatory overtime pay, that farmers say will badly hurt the state’s already struggling agricultural sector. But advocates, like Sen. Liz Kreuger, D-Manhattan, said it’s a “human-rights issue” to treat all workers the same.