Issues: Dairy

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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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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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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Senate Republicans Continue Commitment to Support NY Farmers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joins Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and members of the Senate Republican Conference in unveiling 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.

"From dairy products to fruits and vegetables, New York's hardworking farmers produce fresh, quality food that we all depend on," said Gallivan.  "The Grown in New York program is designed to support and expand the state's vibrant agriculture industry and provide families throughout New York and the country with the best in locally grown and farm-made products."

March 5, 2015
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Help Support our Kids: End the GEA Budget Cuts!

I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid.  This will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school.

February 11, 2015
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Hosts Black History Month Celebration

 In honor of the countless contributions that African-Americans have made to our country, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, the Montefiore Health System, Health First and the Claremont Community Center will host a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

February 7, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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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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STATE OF AG: RITCHIE RELEASES ANNUAL AGRICULTURE REPORT

Report Details Advancements, Investments and New Initiatives in Farming 

***CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REPORT ***

An innovative plan aimed at preserving the future of family farming, increasing investments in vital agriculture programs and a renewed push to encourage people to “eat local,” are just several of the highlights included in  the 2014 Annual Report of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released today by the committee’s chair, State Senator Patty Ritchie. 

“Throughout 2014, my colleagues and I worked diligently to grow our state’s largest industry by doing things like repealing costly mandates affecting farmers, restoring and increasing funding for vital programs and launching new initiatives like Young Farmers NY,” said Senator Ritchie, who was just reappointed as Senate Agriculture Committee Chair last week.

January 26, 2015
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SENATOR GALLIVAN APPLAUDS COURT DECISION AFFIRMING CHANGES TO REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS ON FARMERS

COURT SAYS DEC REFORMS EASE THE BURDEN ON FARMERS WHILE PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT.     

 

January 16, 2015
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Future Farmers Event

Come learn about New York's New Farmers' Grant Fund created specifically for new and early stage farmers.  Senator Gallivan and a representative from Empire State Development will be on hand to answer your questions.  

December 17, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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RITCHIE NAMED TO NY FARM BUREAU “CIRCLE OF FRIENDS”

Receives Nod for Fourth Consecutive Year for Support of Agriculture Industry 

In recognition of her strong support for our state’s agriculture industry, State Senator Patty Ritchie was named to the New York Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends” for the fourth consecutive year. 

“As New York’s leading industry, agriculture is vitally important to the economic success of our state.  Not only that, but in many families, farming is a tradition, passed down from generation to generation,” said Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee.

“As someone who grew up on a farm and the representative of a region that is largely rural, I am thrilled to once again receive this special recognition.  As the 2015 Legislative Session approaches, I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with the Farm Bureau in an effort to further expand the industry and provide a boost to our hardworking farm families.”

As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee Senator Ritchie has led the charge to repeal costly mandates affecting farmers, restore budget cuts to programs utilized by those in the industry, launch new initiatives to protect the future of agriculture and cut red tape and to help ensure farming remains a viable profession in New York state. 

December 8, 2014
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NEW INCENTIVES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF FARMERS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

October 20, 2014
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RITCHIE CALLS ON GOVERNOR TO RE-OPEN HASTINGS REST AREA, ADD “TASTE NY” STORE

Request Comes As Governor Proposes Expansion of “Taste NY” Initiative 

As Governor Cuomo works to expand “Taste NY”—a program designed to highlight locally grown and produced food and products—Senator Ritchie is urging the placement of a Taste NY retail store at the now-closed Hastings rest area on I-81.

The request comes after the Governor this week proposed an expansion of Taste NY, setting goals to add Taste NY retail stores in strategic locations and triple gross sales of participating vendors in the coming year.  In her letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Ritchie suggests reopening the rest area between exits 32 and 31, which has sat vacant since 2010 and adding a Taste NY retail location in an effort to welcome visitors and highlight local products. 

“Heavily traveled by local residents as well as a significant number of Canadian shoppers going to and from Syracuse, I-81 would be a great location for featuring items grown and produced locally including wine, craft beer, maple syrup, fresh produce such as apples and onions, dairy products and so much more,” said Senator Ritchie in her letter. 

October 16, 2014
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STATE LAUNCHES COMPONENTS OF RITCHIE’S “YOUNG FARMERS NY” PROGRAM

Includes Initiatives to Encourage Young People to Pursue Agriculture Careers 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced components of her “Young Farmers NY” program—a plan aimed at addressing issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and preserving the future of family farming—are being made available today.

Parts of the program launched today include more than $600,000 in grants as well as a loan forgiveness program, both aimed at helping young farmers overcome obstacles and giving them a greater opportunity for a successful career in agriculture.

“It’s hard to imagine a world without farmers,” said Senate Agriculture Chair State Senator Patty Ritchie.  “But it’s something that could become a reality if we don’t take proactive steps towards addressing the issue of our state’s aging farmer population.”

“The components of my Young Farmers NY program rolled out today will give those who are just starting out a real incentive for joining the ranks of our state’s hardworking farmers and more importantly, will serve to protect our state’s biggest industry for many years to come.”

October 10, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN DISCUSSES AGRICULTURE AT NYSAC

ATTENDS BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE ON THE FUTURE OF FARMING

 

September 23, 2014
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Senator Valesky Attends Dairy Day at the NYS Fair

Senator Valesky joined NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball and Assemblyman Bill Magee for a Dairy Day breakfast at the New York State Fair on August 25.

August 25, 2014
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Senator Valesky Attends 2014 New York State Fair Opening

Senator Valesky joined Governor Andrew Cuomo to officially open the 2014 New York State Fair on Thursday, August 21.

August 21, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Cuts the Ribbon for Opening Day of the 2014 Great New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off the 2014 Great New York State Fair by partaking in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on opening day, Thursday, August 21, 2014.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Governor Cuomo and other elected officials throughout Central New York in the cattle building at the State Fairgrounds. 

August 21, 2014
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Senator Gallivan issues 2014 Agritourism Guide

Farms and businesses across Western New York are opening their doors, issuing a heartfelt invitation to sample the abundant bounty and natural beauty found in New York's growing venture - agritourism.  Agritourism is the intersection of agriculture and tourism, a heady mix of farms, markets, people, livestock and the culture of growing food, guaranteed to entertain people of all ages.  Whether you're looking for an authentic farm experience, a pastoral setting to pick strawberries or ride horses, or scary twists and turns in a Halloween corn maze, it can all be found right here in your own backyard.

August 14, 2014
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