Issues: Agriculture

Ribbon Cutting for Alfred State College’s Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

At a ribbon cutting for Alfred State College’s new Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Senator Young was joined by Dr. Terry Tucker, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Congressman Tom Reed, Eunice Lewin, a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees, Dr. John M. Anderson, the President of Alfred State, Patricia Fogarty, the Chair of the Alfred State College Council and Wallace “Pete” MacDonald, a Retired Professor.

 

November 2, 2012
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Animal Care and Control of NYC Limited Services Update

ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL OF NYC (AC&C) LIMITED SERVICES: Please note that AC&C will have limited service in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as follows: Queens and Bronx Pet Receiving Centers are closed; Staten Island Care Center is closed; Manhattan and Brooklyn Care Centers are open for adoptions, return-to-owners, and in-takes; Field Operations is operating normally; if there is an animal-related emergency, please call 311. Brooklyn Animal Care Center 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11208

November 2, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO, INDUSTRY LEADERS AT NEW YORK’S FIRST WINE, BEER AND SPIRITS SUMMIT

 

Governor Announces New Tourism Campaign, Regulatory Reforms

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, state leaders and dozens of winemakers, craft brewers and small batch distillers at New York’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, held Wednesday in Albany.

October 24, 2012
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Watch the first-ever "New York State Wine, Beer & Spirits Summit" (and read more on the results of the October 24th meeting, including a new tourism campaign and regulatory reforms)

In Albany on Wednesday, October 24th, Governor Andrew Cuomo convened the first-ever "New York State Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit" to bring together administration officials, state legislators, regional leaders, and industry representatives to discuss ideas on how to grow these respective industries, strengthen New York agriculture overall and create jobs.

Watch a replay of the Summit here...

Read more on what the Summit has already produced...

October 24, 2012
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SENATOR LAVALLE VISITS EAST MARION FARM; A DEER FENCE GRANT RECIPIENT

Senator LaValle, with the assistance of Executive Director Joseph M. Gergela III of the Long Island Farm Bureau, secured $937,681.25 for Suffolk County farmers to install much needed deer fencing to protect crops from  deer.  Sixty-nine farmers were supplemented with a maximum of $14,642 each and were able to install a total 178,746 feet of fencing.  Most farmers installed more than the maximum allowed by the program which totaled 266,702 feet of deer fence installed, slightly more than 50 miles. 

October 22, 2012
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Senator Farley a "Friend" of NYS Farm Bureau

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was honored to be named part of the New York State Farm Bureau's Circle of Friends for the 2012 Legislative Session.

Senator Farley has been a friend of the Farm Bureau for numerous years and this year's honor reaffirms his continued support for the farm community.

"We must remember agriculture is one of New York's top industries and is vital to our economy," Senator Farley. "Farms create jobs, generate significant economic activity and contribute to the tax revenue. Agritourism is also a wonderful asset to this area. We need to support our farmers as they support our area's economy and growth."

Senator Farley will be given the award at the NYS Farm Bureau's 2013 State Lobby Day in Albany.

October 12, 2012
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New Law Expands Opportunities for Fam Distilleries to Sell at Famers' Markets, State Fairs, County Fairs

A law was recently enacted that will allow licensed farm distilleries to sell their liquor at not-for-profit farmers' markets, the New York State Fair, and recognized county fairs. Senator Montgomery noted that this new law will help local farms to grow by providing distilleries with the same access to marketing opportunities currently allowed to licensed wineries, farm wineries, and farm breweries.

October 9, 2012
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO NAMED TO NEW YORK FARM BUREAU’S “CIRCLE OF FRIENDS” FOR 2012

In recognition of his continued efforts to help New York State farmers grow and create jobs, State Senator Mike Nozzolio has once again been honored by the New York Farm Bureau with its “Circle of Friends” award. The “Circle of Friends” award acknowledges Senator Nozzolio’s active support of New York agriculture and the New York Farm Bureau.

October 4, 2012
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NEW YORK FARM BUREAU NAMES SENATOR BILL LARKIN TO THEIR "CIRCLE OF FRIENDS"

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has been named to the New York Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends" for the 2012 Legislative Session.  This recognition is based upon his positive voting record in support of New York agriculture.

"It is an honor to be named to the Farm Bureau's Circle of Friends," said Senator Larkin.  "Our farms are the backbone of New York's economy and have an exemplary reputation for producing some of the world's most desired and delicious products.  I consider it a privilege to support their efforts and thank them for including me within their Circle of Friends," said Larkin.

The New York Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends" membership is reserved for those who actively support the farm families of New York State. 

September 28, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE HELPS CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION CELEBRATE 100 YEARS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently helped Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County celebrate its centennial anniversary at an event held at the organization's Watertown office. 

September 28, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE RECEIVES ‘FRIENDS OF AGRICULTURE’ NOD

New York Farm Bureau Recognizes Ritchie for Two Consecutive Years

For the second year in a row, the New York Farm Bureau has added State Senator Patty Ritchie to its “Circle of Friends,” a recognition given to legislators who are strong supporters of the agricultural industry in New York State. 

September 27, 2012
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NY Farm Bureau to O'Mara: Welcome to our 'Circle of Friends'

Albany, N.Y., September 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been named as a member of the 2012 New York Farm Bureau "Circle of Friends" -- an honorary organization formed in 1990 by the state’s leading farm advocacy organization to recognize state legislators who strongly support agriculture. 

The Farm Bureau represents more than 35,000 member farm families and notified O’Mara of his selection earlier this week.

September 21, 2012
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Rural Futures Newsletter Fall 2012

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Fall 2012 edition of Rural Futures (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

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Rural Futures Newsletter Fall 2012

September 19, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Camillus Agricultural Advisory Committee Picnic

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco chats with Phyllis Price at the Camillus Agricultural Advisory Committee Picnic on September 8, 2012.  The event was held at the Ernie Canal Park.

September 14, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, September 16th

In this week's Community Connection: Remembering the victims from the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, how your voice can be heard regarding the New York State Thruway Authority's proposal to raise tolls for commercial trucks, and upcoming events in the week ahead. 

September 13, 2012
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GALLIVAN RECEIVES TOP HONOR FROM SMALL BUSINESS GROUP

One of Only Ten Lawmakers in State to be Named "Guardian of Small Business"

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York State’s leading small business advocacy organization, named Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) a “Guardian of Small Business” today for his record of supporting and advocating on behalf of New York State’s small businesses.

September 12, 2012
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New Montgomery Law to Help Bolster State's Procurement of NY-Grown Farm Products

Albany, NY (September 10, 2012): Legislation was recently signed into law (Chapter 452; S.4855) to increase the State’s purchasing of New York-grown farm products.

Under the new law, sponsored by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), a representative of a non-profit, New York-based group representing the state’s agricultural community will join the NYS Procurement Council. The member will aid in educating State institutions on the benefits of buying more New York grown and processed products whenever possible. The non-paying appointment to the Council will be made by the Governor.

September 10, 2012
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Senators Gallivan and Grisanti, Assemblyman Gabryszak Announce Legislation to Separate Canal System From Thruway Authority

Reform Would Save Thruway Authority Millions Annually, Help Prevent Toll Hike

Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R - Elma), joined with Senator Mark Grisanti (R - Buffalo) and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D - Cheektowaga) this afternoon at Canalside, the historical terminus of the Erie Canal, on Buffalo’s waterfront to announce formal legislation to sever the New York State canal system from the New York State Thruway Authority.

The announcement comes as the Thruway Authority is considering a plan to raise tolls on three-axle vehicles by 45 percent.

September 5, 2012
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Cortland County Bridge Project Can Wait Until After Fall Harvest

CORTLAND, 09/05/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) and Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R/C/I – Springport) are calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to delay the start of bridge construction on State Route 281  in Homer.

“The bridge reconstruction is vital but the timing is a major obstacle,” said Senator Seward.  “Our farmers deal with enough hardships without forcing them to navigate through a major, costly detour during the busy fall harvest season.”

September 5, 2012
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Metro: Farmers Markets Double in Decade

Sen. Krueger joined State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and other elected officials to call attention to the growth and success of farmers markets in New York. Alison Bowen reported in Metro:

“Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best, and farmers markets and green markets are a simple, beneficial way to connect our neighborhoods with fresh, healthy and locally grown food,” said New York State Senator Liz Krueger, who represents Manhattan.

August 29, 2012
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