Issues: Dairy

September 17, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Opening Day of the 2015 Great New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped cut the ribbon for the start of the 2015 Great New York State Fair on August 27th inside the Dairy Building on the Fairgrounds. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured next to NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathleen C. Hochul.  

August 27, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC VISITS DELAWARE COUNTY FAIR

Senator Bonacic chats with the 2015 Delaware County Fair Queen Delaney Brown, of Downsville.

August 20, 2015
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RITCHIE VISITS WITH “ROYALTY” AT THE GOUVERNEUR & ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY FAIR

During her recent stop at the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair, State Senator Patty Ritchie had the opportunity to visit with St. Lawrence County Dairy Princess Megan Parkman and St. Lawrence County Dairy Ambassador Cameron Chester. 

As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Ritchie is focused on boosting business for farmers, as well as encouraging young people to enter into careers in agriculture.  During their discussion, St. Lawrence County Dairy Princess Megan Parkman and St. Lawrence County Dairy Ambassador Cameron Chester talked with the Senator about growing the dairy industry in St. Lawrence County.

August 14, 2015
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August 17, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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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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SENATE OK’S BILL TO LET CONSUMERS KNOW IT’S ‘GROWN IN NY’

Senate Ag Chair Continues Push to Connect Consumers and Local Farmers

The State Senate today approved a bill sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie to help push more locally grown food onto consumers’ plates with a marketing campaign aimed at making them aware that products are “Grown in New York.”

The bill—S.519-A—creates the “Grown in New York” marketing program, which sets standards for producers who want to label their foods as local.

“More and more, consumers want to ‘eat local,’ not only for the nutritional value of fresh, wholesome, locally produced foods, but also to help support their local community and their local farmers,” said Senator Ritchie. “But it’s not always easy to tell if a product is truly local, since grocers can sell ‘local’ foods that are really produced hundreds of miles away, or even from a different state.”

June 15, 2015
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Senator Young, Colleagues Offer Support For New York's Family Farms

Initiatives strengthen connections between local farmers and consumers

 

ALBANY – Providing the tools and incentives needed for success, the State Senate this week continued their ongoing effort to ensure that New York’s vibrant agriculture sector remains a cornerstone of the state’s economy.

 

As part of the Senate’s efforts to ensure the heritage of family farming continues from generation to generation, legislation sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was approved to help plan and develop new avenues for farmers to market their goods.

 

June 11, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Improve New York's Agriculture Industry

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help keep the state’s agricultural industry booming. Among the seven bills passed, two were given final passage and will be sent to the Governor for consideration.

June 10, 2015
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RITCHIE BILL TO CONNECT NEW FARMERS WITH VIABLE, SURPLUS STATE-OWNED LAND RECEIVES FINAL PASSAGE

Measure is One of Five Passed by the Senate Wednesday Aimed at Supporting Agriculture

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced a bill aimed at encouraging more young people to pursue agricultural careers by making it easier for them to access viable, unused state-owned lands has received final passage and will now go to the Governor for his signature.

The measure (S. 1824)—which was prompted by increasing farmland prices that make it difficult for farmers to dig into agricultural careers—is part of the Senate-led “Young Farmers” program, a far-reaching plan that seeks to preserve existing farms today and for the next generation. In addition, several other measures were passed by the Senate Wednesday, aimed at helping young and beginning farmers jumpstart their agribusinesses. 

June 10, 2015
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Senate approves creation of Dairy Farm Energy Assistance Fund ~ O’Mara co-sponsors bill to address key industry challenge

Albany, N.Y., June 9—As New York State continues this month’s celebration of Dairy Month, the New York State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to establish a “Dairy Farm Improved Energy Efficiency Loan Fund.”

June 9, 2015
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RITCHIE BILL TO REWARD DAIRY FARMS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT IMPROVEMENTS PASSES SENATE

Measure Part of Senator’s Sprawling “Grown in NY” Plan 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the Senate has given its stamp of approval to her legislation that would provide grants and low interest loans to dairy farms that make energy efficient improvements. 

The measure, Senate bill 2984, is part of Senator Ritchie’s “Grown in New York” plan, a multi-part initiative designed to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.

“Controlling energy costs on the farm is one of the keys to being successful in the agriculture industry, especially for dairy farmers,” said Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate’s Agriculture Committee. 

June 9, 2015
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Don’t Let the Tax Cap Expire: Let’s KEEP THE CAP!

From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief. 

May 20, 2015
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Don’t Let the Tax Cap Expire: Let’s KEEP THE CAP!

From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief. 

May 20, 2015
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SENATOR SUE SERINO HONORS LOCAL SENIORS

 

SENATOR SUE SERINO HONORS LOCAL SENIORS 

ALBANY—Senator Sue Serino (R—Hyde Park) passed a resolution in the Senate on Tuesday marking May 5, 2015  Senior Citizens’ Day in New York and recognized two local seniors for their invaluable contributions to our communities at a celebration in Albany.

“Our seniors have spent their lives building and shaping the state we know and love today and we are grateful for their commitment and dedication,” said Senator Serino in commenting on the resolution’s passage.

May 6, 2015
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Farmer to Neighbor Night

Sen. Ortt attended the 17th annual Farmer to Neighbor Night in Orleans County. The event raises money for the FFA program to send students for leadership training in the agriculture industry. Sen. Ortt said he would rally on behalf of farmers and others in the industry in Albany. Read the full article in the Orleans Hub.  

May 5, 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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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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