Issues: Agriculture

Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Room 411 LOB

June 4, 9:00 AM - 9:09 AM
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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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Senate Passes Bills To Reduce Energy Costs for Businesses

Measures Increase Commercial Fuel Tax Exemption and Provide Low-Interest Loans to Dairy Farms for Energy-Efficient TechnologiesThe New York State Senate passed two bills that would help businesses save money by increasing commercial tax exemptions for heating fuel and helping dairy farms invest in energy-efficient technology. The measures would reduce the cost of doing business in New York State to help spur economic growth in agriculture and other key industries.

May 30, 2013
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Business, Farm Friendly Bills Receive Senate Go-Ahead

ALBANY, 05/29/13 – The New York State Senate today passed a pair of bills co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) that will provide savings for small businesses and dairy farmers.

May 29, 2013
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Senator O'Brien calls for fracking moratorium

 

ALBANY, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien stood with his Democratic conference colleagues to call for a moratorium on the issuance of certain natural gas drilling permits until a comprehensive health impact study has been completed.  Senator O'Brien stressed the importance of allowing the scientific inquiry regarding "fracking" to advance before making a final decision.

May 22, 2013
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May 21, 2013 - "Your Voice" with Senator Cathy Young

In this week's segment of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young discusses the Dentists Across New York program; her Woman of Distinction, Francie Potter; the Annual Maple Festival in Franklinville; and the Genesee River Wilds Transit Bridge Launch Site in Belfast.

May 22, 2013
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Senate Passes Valesky Legislation Expanding Agricultural Markets in New York State

ALBANY, N.Y.--The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will improve agricultural marketing efforts and connect farms to consumers across the state.

May 21, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILLS TO HELP NEW YORK FARMERS EXPAND TO NEW MARKETS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed three bills to help farmers succeed by improving agricultural marketing efforts and better connecting farms to consumers across the state.

The “Buy From the Backyard Act” (S978) requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources. The bill expands upon an existing law that encourages state agencies to purchase local food products. Mental health facilities, prisons, universities, and state institutions that have food contracts would be required to purchase at least 20 percent that is grown, produced, harvested or processed in New York State.

May 21, 2013
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Senate Passes Bills to Help New York Farmers Expand to New Markets

The New York State Senate today passed three bills to help farmers succeed by improving agricultural marketing efforts and better connecting farms to consumers across the state. The “Buy From the Backyard Act” (

May 20, 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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Forum/Town Hall: A roundtable to examine the state of New York’s rural hospitals

Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair: Senator Kemp Hannonand Legislative Commission on Rural ResourcesChair: Senator Catharine YoungRoundtable: A roundtable to examine the state of New York’s rural hospitalsPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.Caitlin McGowan (518) 455-2632Andrew Mangini (518) 455-3563 TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

June 3, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Senator Serrano Joins Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal & Upper West Side Students to Celebrate Maple Day

(Upper West Side, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano joined Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal to co-sponsor Maple Day for students from multiple Upper West Side schools. Students in attendance were provided with a tour of the “Maple Van,” a 28-foot trailer, built for activities and demonstrations including “tapping” trees to extract the sap that is later refined into syrup. With New York State being the third largest producer of maple syrup in the world, the event was an interactive opportunity for students to learn first-hand how maple syrup is extracted and processed in New York.

May 10, 2013
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Seward Drives State Funding To Farm Safety Program

BOVINA CENTER, 05/09/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2013-2014 state budget includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to protect New York farmers through continuation of the highly successful New York Rollover Protection System (ROPS) Rebate Program.

“New York farmers face countless daily challenges yet continue to deliver – providing us all with sustenance and fueling our state’s number one industry,” said Senator Seward.  “Making certain our farmers have proper safety equipment is crucial and that is why I have strongly supported the ROPS rebate program since its inception.”

May 9, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO GET LOCALLY-GROWN PRODUCE TO SENIOR CITIZENS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S2149) that would create a farm-to-senior program to promote the purchase of New York State farm products by senior centers and other institutions for the aging.

The program would replicate a similar effort, the farm-to-school program, which was established in 2002 to enable schools to purchase locally-grown farm produce for school children. The bill would give that same access to seniors.

May 9, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Get Locally-Grown Produce to Senior Citizens

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2149) sponsored by Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida), that would create a farm-to-senior program to promote the purchase of New York State farm products by senior center

May 7, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Get Locally-Grown Produce To Senior Citizens

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2149) that would create a farm-to-senior program to promote the purchase of New York State farm products by senior centers and other institutions for the aging.The program would replicate a similar effort, the farm-to-school program, which was established in 2002 to enable schools to purchase locally-grown farm produce for school children.  The bill would give that same access to seniors.

May 7, 2013
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Senate Passes Valesky Legislation to Bring Local Food to Senior Facilities

ALBANY, NY – The New York State Senate passed legislation today, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), that will help bring local farm products to senior centers and other institutions for the aging.

May 7, 2013
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Senator Maziarz receives Honorary Empire Degree from NYS FFA Association

Last weekend the New York State FFA Association held its annual convention in Albion, New York.  During the festivities, which drew hundreds of young people from around the state, Senator George Maziarz was bestowed with an Honorary Empire Degree for all he has done to support agriculture and education.  The Empire Degree is the highest honor FFA students can earn at the state level.

May 6, 2013
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Get Involved: I Love My Park Day

This Saturday, May 4th, New Yorkers across the State will be gearing up to show their love for our State parks and historic sites. Volunteers are needed throughout the day to help with clean-up and beautification at various sites. To get involved or to find a site near you, please take a second to visit http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/findanevent.shtml.

April 30, 2013
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