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Click here for the Preliminary Legislative Highlights of the 2015 Legislative Session or download the file below.

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2,700 LOCAL SENIORS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR FREE PRODUCE AT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS

Promoting Better Health and Boosting Local Farmers Are Goals of Expanded ProgramSenator Patty Ritchie today announced that funding she included in this year’s state budget will provide free farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from area Farmers Markets to 2,700 seniors from Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties, as a way to boost nutrition and healthy eating, while at the same time helping to strengthen the bottom lines of New York farmers.

June 11, 2015
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Lawmakers agree on NY's tastiest crop--it's the berries!

Senator Ritchie welcomes Dale Ila Riggs, President, New York State Berry Growers Association, to the June 2nd meeting of the State Senate Agriculture Committee.

New York is a national leader in research on diseases, pests and development of new types of berries to help promote and grow the state's $15 million, using over $800,000 in state budget funding secured by Senator Ritchie over the past three years.

Current research is helping to successfully stop a new invasive insect that threatens crops, and find new and tastier varieties that can

June 2, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture  Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair  9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 2, 2015  Room 411 LOB

Dale-Ila Riggs, President, New York State Berry Growers Association to Address the Committee

June 2, 9:00 AM - 9:31 AM
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture  Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair  9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 5, 2015  Room 411 LOB

May 5, 9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Room 411 LOB

April 22, 9:05 AM - 9:22 AM
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STATE BUDGET INCLUDES RECORD FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURE

Restores Spending Cuts and New Funding  to Help Boost Products “Grown in NY”

March 30, 2015
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RITCHIE: SENATE BUDGET INCLUDES RECORD FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURE

Restores Cuts, Includes Full Support for Senator’s ‘Grown in NY’ Plan

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the Senate’s 2015-16 Budget Plan includes record funding for agriculture programs, including full support for her landmark “Grown in New York” plan that links consumers and local farms and preserves the future of family farming in the state.

The Senate’s budget plan (S.4203) increases support for agriculture by more than $20 million above the Governor’s proposal. Included is additional funding for programs that have proven critical to the success of farmers in Central and Northern New York, including restoration of funding cuts to the well-regarded Farm Viability Institute and the Northern New York Agriculture Development Program, as well as for research and promotion of key farm products, from apples to dairy, maple syrup to onions.

The restorations and new funding are more than five times the amount included in the Assembly’s agriculture plan (A.6003), which only restored about half of the cuts in the Executive Budget.

March 11, 2015
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RITCHIE: ‘GROWN IN NEW YORK' PLAN WILL STRENGTHEN AGRICULTURE

Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled their new “Grown in New York” multi-part plan to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.

March 4, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture  Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair  9:00 AM, Tuesday, February 10, 2015  Room 411 LOB

February 10, 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
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SENATOR RITCHIE QUESTIONS AG COMMISSIONER ON NEW STATE BUDGET

On the first day of public hearings on the Governor's proposed new State Budget, I had the opportunity to question Richard Ball, Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets about the plan, and efforts to help farmers grow. We discussed the Young Farmers initiative, funding for farmland preservation, efforts to connect consumers to growers and budget cuts to programs that I believe provide a wealth of benefits to farmers.

The public hearings are just a step in the process of enacting an on-time, balanced budget, and I will file frequent updates here on my website. Be sure to check back often.

 

 

January 28, 2015
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