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Southern Tier Schools Left Out of Yogurt Pilot Program

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Schools in the Southern Tier are apparently not included in recently announced plans to serve New York State produced Greek-style yogurt in public schools.

BOCES officials in Broome County say they were recently informed that the local districts in the system are not included in the pilot program that had been touted by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer as a boost to student nutrition, New York dairy farmers and to the burgeoning yogurt production industry in the state.

Districts that are included in the federal pilot program are on Long Island, as well as in Poughkeepsie, the Albany area and Buffalo.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking into the cost effectiveness of putting the higher protein, perishable product in schools in New York, Tennessee, Idaho and Arizona.

Chobani Yogurt, which has a plant in Chenango County, is due to supply close to 200,000 pounds of yogurt to the program. Chobani also has a plant in Idaho.

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