Issues: Agriculture

Senate Passes 2013-14 Budget Resolution

The New York State Senate today approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled.  The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent two-percent state spending cap.

March 11, 2013
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RITCHIE HELPS KICK OFF MAPLE SEASON

Agriculture Committee Chair Lists Schedule of Events to Celebrate ‘Sugaring Season’

State Senator Patty Ritchie attended a ceremonial tree-tapping, invited farmers to showcase their wares and tout the future of their industry, and announced a schedule of public events to mark the start of maple “sugaring season” in New York State.

Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, joined in a tree-tapping ceremony at the Kenny family’s Sweet Creations maple farm in Madrid on Saturday.

March 11, 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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Governor Announces $285,000 in Funding for Third Year of FreshConnect Farmers' Market Program

Funds to Support Farmers’ Market, Youth Market, and Food Box Projects to Bring More New York State Farm Products to Underserved Communities

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $285,000 in available funding for the third year of the Governor’s “FreshConnect” program, which brings fresh food from New York farms to underserved communities throughout the state. The FreshConnect program assists New York farmers by increasing the sale of locally-grown food products while improving nutrition and promoting economic development around the state through projects like youth markets, delivery of products to low-income housing facilities, and new initiatives at traditional farmers’ markets.

March 8, 2013
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Senator Montgomery Welcomes Future Farmers of America (FFA) to Albany

Students from Wyoming County talk with Senator Montgomery about how FFA has helped them develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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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Senator Maziarz Joins "Your Voice" on March 4th

Senator Maziarz is joined by NY Farm Bureau President Dean Norton on this week's "Your Voice.  They discuss the Niagara Wine Trail, farming in NYS, and the Agricultural Assessment among other agricultural and farming issues within New York State.

March 8, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Room 411 LOB

Dwayne Hill, President of the New York State Maple Producers Association to address the Committee.

March 12, 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
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4-H students visit Albany

Senator George Maziarz welcomed 4-Hers from Niagara and Orleans County to Albany on March 5 for the annual 4-H Capital Days Legislative Breakfast.  Pictured with Senator Maziarz and adult 4-H leaders are Brandon Alt, Quinn Schlegel, Zachary Blackburn, and Cassie Travers.

March 7, 2013
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SENATOR BONACIC IN SUPPORT OF THE “GROWN IN NEW YORK” PLAN

Senator Bonacic speaks after introducing the "Grown in New York" Plan- March 5, 2013

March 6, 2013
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SENATOR BONACIC IN SUPPORT OF THE “GROWN IN NEW YORK” PLAN

This week I joined with the New York Farm Bureau to announce the Senate Republican plan for agriculture, known as “Grown in New York.”  

The proposal helps farmers expand their markets, boost productivity, and increase profitability.  The proposed legislation I introduced:

March 6, 2013
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Little, Senate colleagues propose plan to boost agriculture

            A bipartisan group of state senators has proposed a plan to strengthen New York’s agricultural industry by providing targeted tax relief and increasing state financial support for programs expanding markets for New York-grown products.

March 6, 2013
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Senator Bonacic meets with 4-H Representatives from the 42nd Senate District

On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, State Senator John Bonacic (R,C,I-Mt. Hope) met with Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster County 4-H Community Educators and their students at the 4-H Capital Days breakfast in Albany. 

 

March 6, 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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INTRODUCING THE 2013 GROWN IN NY PLAN

The New York State Senate Republican Conference has introduced the “Grown in New York Plan” to strengthen family farms by expanding markets, removing obstacles, and investing in the future of farming.

The proposal would expand markets for our family farms by promoting Farmers Markets, Food Hubs and “Buy from your Backyard” programs to increase the amount of locally grown produce that is enjoyed by communities throughout the state, nation and world.

In addition to being one of the most productive agriculture industries in the country, our farmers unfortunately are among the most regulated. New York farmers can be subject to more than 20 different federal, state and local regulatory agencies.

March 6, 2013
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Ranzenhofer talks about the recently unveiled "Grown in NY" plan

Albany, N.Y. - State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer outlines some of the major items included in the recently unveiled "Grown in NY" plan.  The plan would strengthen New York'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. Click here for more information about the "Grown in NY" plan.

March 6, 2013
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Senator Maziarz supports "Grown in New York" program

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.

March 6, 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.

March 5, 2013
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Ranzenhofer backs “Grown in NY” plan

Plan aims to grow agriculture and family farms

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced his support for the “Grown in New York” plan.  The plan would 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 5, 2013
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Senator Marchione Honors 2013-2014 NYS Dairy Princess Courtney Luskin

New York State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon) recently welcomed the  2013-2014 New York State Dairy Princess Courtney Luskin to the State Capitol and honored her achievements with an official resolution passed during the Senate Session on Monday, March 4, 2013.  Pictured, from left to right, are 2013-2014 New York State Dairy Princess Courtney Luskin and New York State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon).

March 5, 2013
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