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Reporter's Notebook

May 25, 2013

Dr. Davis learns more every day about Bassett


This week, the publication Modern Farmer ran a lengthy story examining the growth of the yogurt industry — along with the byproduct, acid whey. The publication interviewed one upstate dairy farmer, Neil Rejman, whose farm is two hours west of the Chobani plant. He said he was getting two 8,000 gallon shipments of whey each day from Chobani, deliveries that began a few years ago when a Chobani representative called him out of the blue.

Rejman told the magazine he has found a variety of uses for the whey, including mixing it with silage for livestock feed, combining it with manure for fertilizer and converting some of it to biogas.

The article closes with a Chobani spokeswoman, Lindsay Kos, stating: “We are currently exploring other options for our whey, but nothing we are ready to discuss at this time.

JOE MAHONEY is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at

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