Issues: Organic Farming

GALLIVAN’S REGULATORY REFORM PUSH CONTINUES ACROSS THE STATE

Two Wyoming County Farmers Travel to Watertown to Testify Before Senate Panel at Agriculture Forum

September 26, 2013
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Scaling Back Obesity: Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Reduce Obesity in High-Risk Areas Across New York State

Scaling Back Obesity: Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Reduce Obesity in High-Risk Areas Across New York State

Lawmakers urge Governor to sign legislation into law that will help reduce obesity, particularly amongst children and adolescents

September 13, 2013
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Letter to the Editor

Senator Ranzenhofer's Letter to the Editor appeared in the Amherst Bee on August 14, 2013.

 

August 9, 2013

August 14, 2013
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GOVERNOR SIGNS GALLIVAN’S BILL TO EASE COST BURDEN ON HIGH-TECH AGRICULTURE

Clarifications To Tax Law Will Ensure Farm-Based Anaerobic Digesters Qualify For Existing Agriculture Property Tax Benefits

Wyoming County Is Currently Home To Six Digesters

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S 4770-A –Gallivan) to ensure that anaerobic digesters, or bio-digesters, are properly classified as agricultural facilities for property tax assessment purposes.

August 2, 2013
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2013 WNY AGRI-TOURISM GUIDE IS HERE

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, or scary twists and turns in a Halloween corn maze, it can all be found right here in your own backyard.  

July 18, 2013
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SENATE OK’S RITCHIE BILL TO BOOST LOCAL FOOD IN STATE FACILITIES

Plan Would Support Local Farmers, Improve Nutrition in Prisons, Hospitals

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie that seeks to boost the amount of locally produced food sold to state prisons, hospitals and other facilities.

FIND LOCAL FOOD AT AREA FARMERS MARKETS

The measure (S.4061) would give agencies easy access to farm fresh products by directing officials to create a list of competitively priced food products that are available for institutional sale.

June 12, 2013
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FARMERS MARKETS IN FULL SWING ACROSS NY STATE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 Many people think of Memorial Day as the “unofficial” start to summer.  But, for me, there’s something else that signals the start of the season: the opening of farmers markets across Central and Northern New York. 

From fresh corn and crisp apples, to delicious pies and salt potatoes the farmers markets that dot our region are not only an opportunity to eat tasty, local, nutritious food they’re a great way to support New York State’s hardworking farmers too.

June 4, 2013
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Senate Unanimously Passes Klein Bill Aimed at Fighting Childhood Obesity in High Risk Communities

ALBANY, NEW YORK – On Monday night, the New York State Senate passed legislation to combat childhood obesity by implementing a wide array of initiatives. These initiatives include: expanding community gardens where fresh produce is grown, kick-starting new obesity programs that encourage schoolchildren to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and launching new services through Cornell University that provide obesity and respiratory disease prevention programs in high risk areas. Additionally, New York State will establish direct marketing campaigns aimed at encouraging children in high-risk neighborhoods to consume healthy foods.

June 4, 2013
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Senator Valesky’s Expanded Pride of New York Legislation Passes Senate Bill Will Encourage Restaurants to Use Local Foods

ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation creating a program to recognize restaurants featuring local products promoting New York-grown products sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) passed the Senate today.

May 30, 2013
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RITCHIE, AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COUNCIL EXPLORE WAYS TO CUT ENERGY COSTS FOR FARMERS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined with members of her Agricultural Advisory Council in Watertown this week to explore energy savings that would benefit the farming community.

Featured at the Thursday meeting was a presentation by National Grid, where a representative from the utility outlined ways farmers can save on energy bills.

“Electricity costs for farmers—especially dairy farmers—are very high,” said Senator Ritchie.

“That’s why it’s so important to find ways to cut energy bills so our hardworking farmers can boost their bottom lines, run successful operations, and create jobs.”

May 17, 2013
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SENATE PASSES EARTH DAY BILL PACKAGE

The New York State Senate today passed a package of six bills that celebrate Earth Day by promoting the use of renewable energy, reducing harmful pollutants, and protecting sharks and other vulnerable species.

“New York’s economic future is a green future, and the bills we passed today will help pave the way for employers to address their growing energy needs is an environmentally conscious way and protect our natural resources and wildlife for generations to come,” said Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma).

April 24, 2013
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

Discusses New “Grown in New York” Plan, Other Initiatives to Help Farmers

 Members of State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Agricultural Advisory Council met today in Ogdensburg to discuss the accomplishments of the past year and new initiatives to help farmers, including the Senator’s new “Grown in NY” plan.

“Our farmers are the backbone of New York State’s economy, and it’s so important that we give them the tools they need to create jobs and expand their industry ” Senator Ritchie said. 

“My advisory council has the firsthand knowledge  and insight as to how we can help support agriculture.  This group is—and will be crucial—to helping the Senate Agriculture Committee continue its commitment to helping our farmers.”

March 8, 2013
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RITCHIE TALKS AGRICULTURE WITH OSWEGO COUNTY 4-H MEMBERS

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed 4-H members from Central New York to the Capitol this week, to talk about the importance of agriculture education in schools.

During their visit, Senator Ritchie—who chairs the Senate Agricultural Committee—joined representatives for breakfast and listened to how the 4-H is working, according to their motto, “to make the best better.”

March 8, 2013
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Griffo Says Agriculture Incentives Will Keep NY Farms Strong

 (Albany) - Growing the state’s agriculture industry and helping New York’s family farms prosper is the goal of the “Grown in New York” plan, unveiled by Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) and Senate Republicans to strengthen the state’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.

March 6, 2013
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"Grown In New York" Will Boost Ag Production, Strengthen Family Farms

ALBANY, 03/05/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to unveil the “Grown in New York” plan to strengthen the state’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry.  Among the initiative’s highlights – market expansion for New York-grown products, financial assistance for farm-friendly programs, end to government red tape hampering farm growth, and improved farm safety.

March 5, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL “GROWN IN NEW YORK” TO STRENGTHEN AGRICULTURE AND FAMILY FARMS

Growing the state’s agriculture industry and helping New York’s family farms prosper is the goal of the “Grown in New York” plan, unveiled today by Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Senator Ritchie was joined at a Capitol news conference by other members of the committee, as well as leaders of the New York Farm Bureau to announce a plan to strengthen the state’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.

“Agriculture is New York’s leading industry, and Senate Republicans have been at the forefront of efforts to bolster agriculture and help farmers grow,” Senator Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) said. “Over the past two years, we have worked to restore budget cuts to vital marketing, research, and educational programs farmers depend on to strengthen their bottom line. ‘Grown in New York’ is the Senate Republican plan to build on that success and help farmers grow and build for the future.”

WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE BY CLICKING HERE.

March 5, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Senator Valesky’s Legislation to Promote Buying New York Products Passes Senate Agriculture Committee

Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will build upon a statewide burgeoning “Buy Local” movement by creating a program to recognize restaurants that feature local products passed the Senate Agriculture Committee today. 

February 12, 2013
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2013 Environmental Roundtable

Senator LaValle's 2013 Environmental Roundtable at the SCCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center was attended by more than 60 citizens, local leaders/elected officials, environmental groups, farmers and others. Be sure to watch when the 2 hour forum is broadcast on WVVH and YouTube. We'll post the links later this month

February 8, 2013
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RITCHIE RENAMED CHAIR OF SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

Also Lands Spots on Committees Key to Central and Northern New York Communities

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been renamed Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and was also named to serve on several committees with direct oversight of issues that are key to the regions she represents.

January 25, 2013
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