Issues: Agriculture

Committee Meeting: Legislative Commission on Rural Resources Meeting

An opportunity to introduce new and continuing members of the Commission and to set forth the goals and initiatives for the current Legislative Session.

April 16, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Homer Central Junior Serves As Ag Commissioner At YMCA Conference

 

ALBANY, 04/15/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today welcomed Homer Central School junior Alice Jenkins to Albany for the 2013 YMCA Youth and Government Conference.

“The YMCA Youth and Government Conference is a terrific hands-on teaching tool to help students hone leadership skills and learn the inner-workings of our government,” said Senator Seward.  “Alice Jenkins and her peers are our future leaders.  It is great to see their interest in public service and creative vision to improve our community and society.”

April 15, 2013
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April 10, 2013
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STATE BUDGET PROVIDES REAL TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES, ADDRESSES CHALLENGES FACING UPSTATE

ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the State Budget on time for the third consecutive year, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today. The spending plan adheres to a self-imposed two percent spending cap, contains significant tax relief for middle-class families and businesses, and also addresses some of the unique challenges facing Western New York.

March 27, 2013
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March 27, 2013
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SENATE PASSES TWO FARMING BILLS CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR BONACIC

The New York State Senate yesterday passed two bills co-sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt.

March 26, 2013
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RITCHIE: STATE BUDGET INCLUDES WELCOME BOOST TO FARMERS

New Funding, Initiatives to Help NY’s Leading Industry Grow 

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the new state budget restores cuts to key agriculture programs, while adding new funding and a new marketing initiative to help farmers grow.

Senator Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, once again led efforts to stop funding cuts to key programs aimed at boosting productivity and strengthening the bottom lines of 36,000 family farmers who are at the center of New York’s leading industry.

March 25, 2013
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March 19, 4:30 PM - 4:43 PM
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RITCHIE ATTENDS 'MAPLE WEEKEND' EVENT IN OSWEGO COUNTY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Red Schoolhouse Maple in the Oswego County Town of Palermo recently, celebrating "Maple Weekend."

"Maple Weekend" is a two-weekend event taking place at farms across New York State.  "Maple Weekend" events include lessons on the art of maple sugaring, community breakfasts and opportunities to purchase fresh-made maple products directly from the source.

March 18, 2013
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Oneida State Senator says NY budget will be on time

by Laura Hand/CNYCentral

If the April 1 deadline is met, it would be the 3rd year in a row

April First is the deadline for NY's budget, and the State Senator from Oneida says this year's will be on time, with a bonus for school districts.

March 18, 2013
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March 14, 2:15 PM - 2:18 PM
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Your Voice with Senator John Bonacic: Agriculture in New York State

Senator Bonacic discusses Agriculture business in New York State- Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

March 13, 2013
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NYS Senate approves Niagara Wine Trails expansion

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) announced that the New York State Senate today unanimously approved legislation he sponsored (S.1095) to expand and rename the Niagara Wine Trail and Niagara Escarpment Wine Trail.  In effect, the wine trails would be enlarged to encompass all of Orleans County and Western Monroe County, bringing more wineries than ever into the popular wine trails’ network.

March 12, 2013
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GALLIVAN APPLAUDS SENATE’S 2013-14 BUDGET RESOLUTION

BUDGET PLAN WOULD CHANGE THE STATE’S FILM PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT TO LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR WNY

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 proposals to implement a two-percent state spending cap and reform the State’s film production tax credit program to level the playing field for Upstate.

March 12, 2013
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Senate Republicans Unveil “Grown in New York” to Strengthen Agriculture and Family Farms

Plan focuses on helping the State’s largest industry

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 recently by Senator Catharine Young and Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.  The Senators were 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 12, 2013
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March 12, 3:45 PM - 3:56 PM
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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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