Issues: Agriculture

National Farmer's Market Week ~ August 2-8, 2015 ~ Find a market near you

August 2-8, 2015 has been declared National Farmer's Market Week.

Find a local market HERE.

August 4, 2015
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Summer 2015 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer 2015 Rural Futures Edition (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

July 31, 2015
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Bombshell animal cruelty case spurs petition

MOHEGAN LAKE, NY - Following the second arrest made in an animal cruelty case involving a Mohegan Lake Pet Shop, New York State Senator Terrence Murphy announced the launch of his Protect Our Pets Petition in an effort to put pressure on the Assembly to pass what he calls crucial legislation that seeks to provide added protection to animals across New York.

July 31, 2015
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August 17, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Ortt Meets Fairgoers at Orleans County 4-H Fair

Senator Ortt stopped by the Orleans County 4-H Fair Thursday evening to met up with fairgoers. The fair is a long-standing tradition that celebrates food, agriculture and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. 

July 30, 2015
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SENATOR CARLUCCI TO KICK OFF POVERTY HEARINGS IN ROCKLAND

Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester), as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Social Services will host a series of hearings throughout New York State on poverty. The first hearing will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the Pearl River Library, located at 80 Franklin Avenue, in Pearl River, NY, at 1 p.m.

July 28, 2015
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Ortt Kicks Off Orleans County Fair, Remembers Army Spc. Johnston

Senator Ortt and Assemblyman Hawley kicked off the Orleans County Fair with an opening ceremony Monday, but did so with a heavy heart. They took a few minutes to reflect on a comrade who lost his life while fighting in Afghanistan. Army Spc. Jason Johnston died in 2009. The Senator and Assemblyman presented his mother, Jeanine, with a proclamation in her son’s honor.

 

July 27, 2015
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Finger Lakes Cheese Festival on Saturday, July 25, a great chance to support local agriculture, tourism ~ O'Mara reflects on family's history in cheese making in New York State

Odessa, N.Y., July 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today reminded area residents that the 4th Annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival takes place this Saturday, July 25, at Sunset View Creamery in Schuyler County.

July 23, 2015
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CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OF ORANGE COUNTY CUTS RIBBON ON BRAND NEW EDUCATION CENTER AND 4-H PARK

(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic joined local elected officials, members of the community, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County employees and members of the Orange County Agriculture community, at a ground breaking ceremony for the brand new Education Center and 4-H Park in the Town of Mount Hope yesterday. Senator Bonacic delivered remarks and presented Cornell Cooperative Extension with a Senate proclamation congratulating them on their 100th Anniversary, which is Saturday July 25th.

July 23, 2015
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Ortt, Hawley Call on Assembly Majority to Pass Legislation to Prevent Canal Bridge Closures

Legislation to Close Loopholes in Canal Law and Hold State Accountable, Held up in Assembly

KNOWLESVILLE – Standing in front of the heavily traveled Knowlesville lift bridge in Orleans County, New York State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) and New York State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I – Batavia) today urged the Assembly Majority to pass a bill that would prevent further closure of bridges over the Erie Canal and other canals within New York State. Bridges include lift or movable, highway and pedestrian.   

July 20, 2015
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Ortt Announces Farm-to-Seniors Initiative Underway

Program Allows Seniors to Access Fresh Produce From Local Farmers Markets for Free

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced coupon booklets are available for low-income Niagara County seniors to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and other products at local Farmers Markets. The Farm-to-Seniors initiative promotes nutrition and healthy eating while also supporting the local farming and business community. A total of $2 million was included in this year’s state budget to support the initiative across New York.    

July 16, 2015
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Senator Carlucci to Host Hike of 1779 Trail

Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester) will be hosting a “Hike with Your Senator,” on Thursday, July 16th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Senator Carlucci will be leading a group through the 1779 Trail, which retraces the route taken by Brigadier General Anthony Wayne’s Corps of Light Infantry in its assault on the British fortifications at Stony Point.

The Hike will launch at 5:30 p.m. from the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, located at 690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery, NY.

To RSVP for the hike, or for more information, please contact Senator Carlucci’s Office at 845-623-3627.

July 9, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Funding to Support School Resource Officers & Other Education Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced he has secured additional state funding to support the presence of school resource officers (SRO’s) in several local school districts.  The aid is being provided to school districts and law enforcement agencies in order to provide a uniformed officer in schools as a way to promote student safety, conflict resolution and anti-bullying initiatives. 

July 8, 2015
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More Seniors Now Eligible for Free Produce from Local Farmers' Markets

Program Sponsored by Senator Young Supports Better Health, Local Farmers

 

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) announced today that funding included in this year’s state budget will provide free farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from area farmers’ markets to seniors in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Livingston Counties.

 

July 2, 2015
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Senator Ortt's "End of Session" Week in Review

In late June, the state Legislature finished up a lengthy and unpredictable session in Albany with a broad overall agreement on many legislative issues. With such a diverse state, regionally and politically, Senator Ortt said it was challenging to get all parties to reach an agreement. Ortt said he's encouraged that the Senate was able to come to a settlement with the Governor and Assembly, while still fighting for Western New York. To learn more about these issues, take a moment to watch Senator Ortt's Week in Review.

July 2, 2015
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JOINED BY LOCAL OFFICIALS, BONACIC ANNOUNCES $250,000 GRANT FOR GOSHEN HISTORIC RACE TRACK

(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic stood alongside local elected officials, as well as Steve Jones, President of the Goshen Historic Track at a press conference today to announce that he has secured a $250,000 capital grant for the track to make capital improvements on the facility. Senator Bonacic was also joined by Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and  Village of Goshen Mayor Kyle Roddey.

July 1, 2015
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New Farmer Grant Fund Application Workshop

The New York State "New Farmers Grant Fund," part of Senator Patty Ritchie's Young Farmers initiative, was created in 2014 to provide assistance to new and early stage farmers to encourage them to consider farming as a career, resulting in the growth of agribusiness across the state. The fund is administered by Empire State Development, a NYS agency.

In 2015, Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate's Agriculture Committee, fought for--and won--an increase in the grant fund to $1 million. Eligible new farmers can receive matching grants for up to $50,000 to help them start and grow their agribusiness.

July 1, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Passage of Legislation to Help Farmers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Assemblymember Harry B. Bronson (D-Rochester/Chili/Henrietta) announce the passage of legislation (S.71A & A.2458A) that requires landowners receive notice and a copy of the application when any portion of a gas or electric line is to be installed. Notice must also be served on landowners when any portion of a major utility transmission building is to be constructed. The bill also requires that the Public Service Commission consider specific factors when determining the effect the facility would have on agricultural lands.

July 1, 2015
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