Issues: Agriculture

In Honor Of Earth Week, Senate Passes Senator Young's Legislation To Protect And Preserve Our Environment

Comprehensive legislative package passed to protect natural resources, promote energy conservation, create green jobs, and increase ecotourism

 

ALBANY – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) to protect and preserve our natural environment were included in a comprehensive package of bills that passed the state Senate this week in honor of Earth Week.

 

April 22, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that will help New York farmers grow their businesses. The bill (S2250) would connect farmers to Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), giving them additional resources to promote economic growth and increase job creation.

Under current law, IDAs can issue loans and provide technical support to manufacturers, processors, and warehousers of agricultural products, but not to those businesses that directly grow, harvest, or collect agricultural products.

April 22, 2015
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS

Legislation Will Aid in Job Creation and Promote Economic Growth

for New York’s Most Rural Communities

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will help New York farmers grow their businesses. The bill (S2250) sponsored by Senator William Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), would connect farmers to Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), giving them additional resources to promote economic growth and increase job creation.

 

April 21, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Support Local Farmers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will help New York farmers grow their businesses.

April 21, 2015
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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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Sen. Ortt Requests More Equate Testing

Senator Ortt, along with Senator Gallivan and Assemblywoman Corwin, aired concerns about the use of equate in the Town of Wheatfield and other parts of Niagara County. They sent a joint letter asking the state DEC to do additional studies on determining the impact of the use equate in municipalities.  Read the full story by The Niagara Gazette.  

April 15, 2015
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Event at 5 Spoke Creamery in Goshen

On Monday April 13, a representative from Senator Bonacic's office attended an event hosted by the Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC) of New York. The EIC administers the Energize NY Program, which supports conservation, and renewable energy projects for commercial enterprises. The event was held at 5 Spoke Creamery, a dairy farm in Goshen, NY. With the help of the Energize NY program, 5 Spoke Creamery was able to install almost 200 solar panels on the property to help reduce the cost of operating the farm.

April 14, 2015
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April 20, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR NEW YORK STATE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

April 6, 2015
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2015-16 State Budget Supports Important Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says the $142-billion 2015-16 state budget provides critical funding to important state programs while controlling the size and cost of government.  The state’s fifth consecutive on-time budget keeps spending within a two-percent cap, increases aid to education, rejects tax increases and provides property tax relief for homeowners.  The spending plan also includes funding for regional assets such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the NFTA and Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

April 1, 2015
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Agriculture Industry Gets Big Boost In The State Budget

Strengthens connections between local farmers and consumers 

ALBANY – Agriculture, a cornerstone industry in New York State and economic driver in the region, will receive strong support in this year’s state budget, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean). 

April 1, 2015
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Ortt: State Budget Delivers for Western New York

Senator Points to Education, Economy and Veterans’ Services

 Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced passage of the 2015-16 New York State Budget, which includes several of Ortt’s Western New York priorities. Ortt pointed to key measures to strengthen education, economic development, and veterans’ services.

April 1, 2015
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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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