Issues: Agriculture

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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Senator Farley Unveils "Grown in New York" to Strengthen Agriculture and Family Farms

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his fellow Senate Republican colleagues have created a plan, "Grown in New York" that aims to help New York's family farms prosper.  The goal is 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.

The Senate's "Grown in New York" plan would:

Strengthening Family Farms by Reducing Taxes on Farmers 

> Two-percent property tax cap for farms; and

March 5, 2013
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Grown in New York: Keeping NY's farmers competitive

Albany, N.Y., March 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate Republican colleagues today unveiled “Jobs & Progress--Grown in New York,” a comprehensive economic development strategy for agriculture that they believe can help keep New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 5, 2013
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Senator O'Mara highlights help for the grape-and-wine industry as part of the Senate's "Grown in New York" plan

Albany, N.Y., March 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate Republican colleagues today unveiled “Jobs & Progress--Grown in New York,” a comprehensive economic development strategy for agriculture that they believe can help keep New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 5, 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 AG CHAIR PATTY RITCHIE UNVEILS SWEEPING PLAN TO HELP FARMERS GROW

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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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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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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Senators propose 'Grown in New York' plan to strengthen NY agriculture ~ O'Mara says action needed to keep farmers from being 'taxed, regulated and priced out of business'

Albany, N.Y., March 5—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate Republican colleagues today unveiled “Jobs & Progress--Grown in New York,” a comprehensive economic development strategy for agriculture that they believe can help keep New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 5, 2013
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Senator Marchione Honors NYS Dairy Princess Courtney Luskin and Toasts NY's Family Dairy Farmers

Senator Kathleen Marchione honored the 2013-2014 NYS Dairy Princess Courtney Luskin with a Senate Resolution passed during yesterday's session.  Prior to Session, Senator Marchione and Ms. Luskin offered a toast -- with milk -- to NY's hard-working family dairy farmers and award-winning dairy products.

March 5, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Room 411 LOB

Dean Norton, President of the New York Farm Bureau to address the committee Amanda Rhodes, President of the New York State FFA to address the committee

March 5, 9:00 AM - 9:29 AM
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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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"So God Made a Farmer," by Paul Harvey

“So God Made a Farmer,” a speech by Paul Harvey, was made famous by this Dodge Ram Super Bowl advertisement. The speech was originally given by Harvey at a Future Farmers of America convention in 1978. I hope all of you view it for the first time or view it again. It is an excellent representation of what makes the American farmer so special. I am proud to have so many farms in my district and I am always amazed by their hard work and dedication. Thank you to all farmers throughout my district, New York State and America.

February 14, 2013
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‘FARM VIABILITY INSTITUTE’ FEATURED AT INAUGURAL MEETING OF SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

State Senator Patty Ritchie hosted the first meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Tuesday, and featured a presentation by representatives of the New York Farm Viability Institute, which sponsors agricultural research and other programs to help bolster farmers’ bottom lines.

February 14, 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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"So God Made a Farmer"

In the Finger Lakes region, agriculture is the backbone of our economy and local communities. Virtually every business, family and individual in our region directly or indirectly depends on agriculture, the single largest job producing enterprise in New York State.

As a strong advocate for New York’s hardworking farm families, I was pleased to see the commitment and dedication of our Nation's farmers recognized during this year’s Superbowl  with the reading of Paul Harvey's “So God Made a Farmer”.  This inspiring tribute is a reminder of the fortitude and determination of our Country's farmers.

 

"So God Made a Farmer"

February 11, 2013
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Farmworkers

(Albany, NY) – On February 11, 2013 legislators and activist yesterday held a press conference calling for immediate action by the New York State Senate Coalition to protect farmworkers.

Assembly Members Karim Camara, Cathy Nolan, Francisco Moya and Members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus alongside activist Kerry Kennedy of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, NYSUT , NYS NAACP, the Hispanic Federation, NYS AFL-CIO, NYS Catholic Conference, NYCLU, APRI NYC, and Rural Migrant Ministries are urging immediate action by the New York State Senate Coalition to pass the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act sponsored by Assemblywoman Nolan (A.1792) and Senator Espaillat (S.1743).

February 11, 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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