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STATE AGREES TO PUT N.Y. MILK IN EMPLOYEE LUNCHROOMS

At Senator’s Request, State Will Also Look at Boosting Sales of Other NY-Grown Foods

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the state has agreed to put New York milk back in its employee lunchrooms, which serve tens of thousands of state workers and visitors every day, and also look to boost the sales of other New York-grown products.

Senator Ritchie, who made the announcement as she prepared to embark on a tour of a Madrid dairy farm Friday, said the move will open a broad new market for New York farmers, and also help showcase quality dairy and other farm products that are produced by New York farmers.

August 19, 2011
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STATE AGREES TO PUT N.Y. MILK IN EMPLOYEE LUNCHROOMS

At Senator’s Request, State Will Also Look at Boosting Sales of Other NY-Grown Foods

August 19, 2011
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AG ASSESSMENT BILL CUTS PAPERWORK

Proposal Relieves Burdens On Local Governments, Farms

State Senator Patty Ritchie says her bill (S5159) allowing the automatic renewal of agricultural assessments will help reduce paperwork for both New York’s 35,000 family farms and local governments. The bill passed the Senate Thursday night.

“Our hard working family farmers spend too much time filling out meaningless government forms,” Senator Ritchie said. “Our local governments have too many burdensome mandates from state government. This legislation reduces these meaningless bureaucratic requirements for both assessors and farmers.”

June 17, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL BOOSTS MAPLE FARMING

Seeks to treat ‘sugar bush’ as farms, not factories

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) today announced passage of another of her bills that cuts the red tape on farmers, and will help spur continued growth for New York’s maple syrup industry.

Senator Ritchie’s bill, S. 5499, exempts maple producers from strict industrial pollution rules that threaten to derail the growth of this important agricultural sector, which currently is valued at $13 million in 2010, with strong potential for explosive growth.

June 16, 2011
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‘LOCAL’ IS THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

Ryan and Cheryl Chaif have a recipe for success that could help businesses and farms across New York State.

At their Sackets Harbor restaurant and pub, “The Hops Spot,” the couple are showcasing breads made with locally grown wheat, Central New York meats, Jefferson County cheeses, beer, wine and produce raised at nearby farms.

I had the privilege of visiting with Ryan and Cheryl last week and hearing how they are building their own business and helping to increase sales at neighboring farms.

As the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, it’s clear to me that harnessing what’s being produced at New York State’s 36,000 family farms is critical to any effort to revive upstate’s economy.

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June 14, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO CUT RED TAPE ON AG BUSINESS

New law also a top priority of state’s new agriculture commissioner

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that Governor Cuomo has signed into law her bill that cuts red tape on nursery businesses, while also streamlining government and cutting costs for taxpayers.

The bill, S.4144, was “Departmental Bill No. 1,” and a top priority of state Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine.

“I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed into law this measure to make state government more efficient and which will provide relief for these small businesses,” Senator Ritchie said.  “As the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am very pleased to work with Commissioner Darrel Aubertine to enact this legislation.”  

June 8, 2011
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FARMERS' MARKETS HELPING TO GROW NY'S ECONOMY

I have to admit, I spend a lot of time driving across Central and Northern New York.

I try to make it a point to spend a day or two in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County each week to hear what people like you think about what we in the state legislature should be doing to help get New York back on the right track.

One of the best parts of visiting communities across our region is getting a chance to visit the many Farmers' Markets that are becoming such a major part of revitalizing both large and small towns.

June 7, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, June 6, 2011 Room 816 LOB

June 6, 12:30 PM - 12:34 PM
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RITCHIE BILL SLASHING FARM RED TAPE GETS COMMITTEE OKAY

Measure Cuts Taxes, Fees, Overregulation; Top Priority of NY Farmers

A bill that slashes red tape, taxes and fees on New York’s hardworking farmers—and is a top priority of the state’s farm communities—was today approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee and sent to the full Senate for action.

The “Farmers Regulatory Relief Act” (S.4340), sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, targets some of the most onerous taxes, fees and regulations that make it tougher for New York farmers to succeed.

“Family farmers are key to the economies of rural communities throughout New York, and helping agriculture thrive will provide a boost for our entire state economy,” said Sen. Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

June 2, 2011
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