Issues: Agriculture

O'Mara: New budget includes support for Tier farmers, continues Senate's 'Grown in NY' strategy

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said that the new 2015-2016 state budget will include important support for farmers and the agricultural industry across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

March 31, 2015
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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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VACCINATE YOUR PETS TO STAY SAFE FROM RABIES

It's not too soon to think about vaccinating your pets against rabies.

Rabies is an incurable disease that is nearly always fatal. It's spread through contact with an infected mammal, such as a racoon, bat, fox or skunk. It's also been known to infect cattle and other livestock. That's why it's especially important to make sure your pets are properly vaccinated to help keep rabies out of your family's home.

Unfortunately, cases of wildlife rabies have been on the rise. From 2010 through 2013, there were 109 confirmed cases of wildlife rabies in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties, according to the state Health Department's Wadsworth laboratories. That's nearly 7 percent of the total number of wildlife rabies cases discovered statewide!

March 25, 2015
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Sen. Ortt's Week-in-Review

Sen. Ortt talks about the state budget, meeting with local farmers and advocating for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

March 20, 2015
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Arnot Teaching and Resource Forest hosts a New York Maple Weekend event this weekend, March 21 and 22 ~ Find out more

The Arnot Teaching and Resource Forest in the town of Cayuta will host a New York Maple Weekend event this Saturday and Sunday, March 21st and 22nd.

Read more HERE.

And in the Star-Gazette, "Sap ready to run at Arnot Forest"

For additional information on upcoming New York Maple Weekend events, visit www.nysmaple.com.

 

March 20, 2015
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March 19, 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
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Ortt: Senate Budget Boosts New York Agriculture

Senator Fights For Small Farms, Rural Communities and Market Expansion

New York State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I–North Tonawanda) understands the needs of farmers and the importance of increasing access to locally-grown products as a way to grow the region’s agriculture industry. Sen. Ortt recently voted in favor of the Senate’s “Brighter Future” budget plan, which addresses the priorities of Western New York families and farmers.

There’s been a demand among consumers for locally-grown food, and as a way to meet that demand, the Senate has put forth a multi-faceted “Grown in New York” agriculture plan. The farm plan supports local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food while strengthening rural communities.

March 16, 2015
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Senate Republican Budget Plan Creates Property Tax Rebate & Eliminates GEA

The New York State Senate Republican Majority approved a budget plan Thursday that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, increases aid to education and eliminates the Gap Elimination Adjustment.  It also makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure.

March 16, 2015
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March 16, 5:00 PM - 5:33 PM
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MAKE IT A MAPLE WEEKEND

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

Feeling like you need a cure for cabin fever?  On March 21st-22nd and 28th-29th,  more than 160 maple producers across New York State will open their sugar houses for “Maple Weekend.” Maple Weekends are chock full of events—everything from tours, pancake breakfasts, free samples and more—aimed at showing people just how maple syrup and maple products make their way from “tree to table.”

As Maple Weekend demonstrates, maple is more than just a tasty part of many of our favorite foods—it’s a major sector of our state’s agricultural economy.  When it comes to maple syrup production, New York is second only to Vermont. In 2014, 2.2 million taps across the state produced 546,000 gallons of syrup, which accounted for 17 percent of the total syrup produced in the entire United States. 

March 16, 2015
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GST BOCES STUDENTS VISIT ALBANY

Albany, N.Y.--In the photo above, Senator O'Mara meets in Albany with Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES students Derrick Griffith, left, and Zack Parker. 

The students, who are also members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA), accompanied Southern Tier soil and water conservation leaders to the Capitol on March 3rd to discuss priority issues.

"I think it's especially encouraging to have students like Derrick and Zack looking to carry on and lead this important and valuable work for the next generation," said Senator O'Mara, who chairs the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

March 13, 2015
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Senate Passes the "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

March 12, 2015
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Grown in NY Plan

The Grown in New York plan will help to meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities. Click here for more information. 

March 11, 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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NCPR: 'RITCHIE CARES DEEPLY ABOUT FARMING'

NCPR reports on Senator Ritchie's new "Grown in New York" program to boost family farming by connecting consumers and local farms, encouraging exports and strengthening farmers' bottom lines. The pna was included in the Senate's list of budget priorities and is expected to be adopted by the entire Senate later this week.

March 11, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Backs ‘Grown in New York’ Plan

New commitment will help strengthen agriculture industry

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced his support today for the “Grown in New York” initiative to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.

 

"Family farms all across Genesee County are a major contributor to New York’s $5 billion agriculture industry.  The initiatives proposed as part of the Grown in New York plan will help to grow our family farms and their employees by delivering more healthy, fresh food to our tables," said Ranzenhofer.

 

March 10, 2015
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New York Farm Bureau Members Honor Seward

ALBANY, 03/10/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) was recently honored as a recipient of  the “Circle of Friends” award from the New York Farm Bureau, one of the state’s leading and most respected agricultural advocacy organizations.

“Agriculture is our state’s number one industry.  It is vital to our economy and our way of life,” said Senator Seward.  “It is a great honor to work with our upstate farmers and agribusinesses and I will continue to do all I can to assist in their growth.” 

March 10, 2015
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Young, Colleagues Launch "Grown In New York” to Support New York's Family Farms

Package will ensure greater availability of products, increase farmer’s ability to market goods, and develop the next generation of farmers

 

ALBANY – With rising demand for fresh, local goods, the Senate will include the “Grown in New York” initiative in their one-house budget resolution. The program will provide funding to key sectors of the state’s agriculture industry.

 

By helping to develop the next generation of New York’s young farmers, promoting the preservation and growth of farmland, and empowering farmers to reach more homes and families with their goods, the Senate aims to build on past successes.

 

March 6, 2015
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES OPENING OF THE NEW FINGER LAKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE VITICULTURE AND WINE CENTER IN GENEVA

Earlier today, State Senator Mike Nozzolio, along with Assemblyman Brian Kolb, Dr. Barbara Risser, President of Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC), and numerous local officials and academic leaders, officially opened the new FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center.  The new world-class center is the only program of its kind in the Northeast and will create numerous jobs and economic opportunities in a wide variety of fields related to tourism and the wine and grape industry.

 

March 6, 2015
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O'Mara: 'Grown in NY' replanting efforts to encourage next generations of farmers

Albany, N.Y., March 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate colleagues have introduced the next phase of their “Grown in New York” agricultural development strategy and will seek to include key portions of it in the new state budget.

Since 2013, O’Mara and other senators have pushed the comprehensive legislative strategy aimed at keeping New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 6, 2015
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