Issues: Agriculture

The New Battlefield: Armyworms Damaging Crops, Disaster Relief Available

By Remington Whitcomb, The Post-Journal

State Sen. Cathy Young (R-Olean) and County Executive Greg Edwards gathered alongside Bruce Kidder on his farm in Jamestown Friday to discuss what action needs to be taken against the armyworm.

The armyworm is a species which is native to the southern parts of the United States. Occasionally, during the growing season, the armyworm will make its way into the northern states, however it does not overwinter here.

June 19, 2012
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RITCHIE PRAISES NYC PLAN TO ‘BUY LOCAL’

Might of Big Apple Purchasing Power Would Be Boon to Upstate Farmers

June 12, 2012
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Senator Seward Backs Farming Bills

ALBANY, 06/08/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced the introduction of legislation he is co-sponsoring that would help farmers who suffered significant crop loss due to extreme weather earlier this year.  The “Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act” would establish a special tax credit for farmers who experienced widespread damage and loss to their crops as a result of an extremely rare and severe frost.

June 8, 2012
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES USDA DISASTER DECLARATIONS FOR FARM AREAS IMPACTED BY SUDDEN WEATHER CHANGES

The United States Department of Agriculture has officially issued Disaster Declarations for the Wayne-Finger Lakes Region and other Upstate agricultural regions impacted by recent unseasonable temperature extremes, State Senator Mike Nozzolio has announced.

June 6, 2012
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SENATOR LANZA, ASSEMBLYMAN CUSICK, GOVERNOR CUOMO, ATTORNEY GENERAL SCHNEIDERMAN, AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO MAKE NEW YORK STATE A NATIONAL LEADER IN FIGHTING PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Michael Cusick today joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to announce a landmark agreement on a comprehensive prescription drug reform package that will make New York State a national leader in curbing prescription drug abuse.The new law will include a series of provisions to overhaul the way prescription drugs are distributed and tracked in New York State, including enacting a “real time” prescription monitoring registry to provide timely and enhanced information to practitioners and pharmacists; requiring all prescriptions to be electronically transmitted; improving safeguards for

June 5, 2012
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Celebrate Dairy Month!

From ice cream to yogurt, many of our favorite foods are dairy products.  But these snacks didn’t get to your kitchen without lots of hard work by New York State farmers.

June is National Dairy Month.  Not only is it a time to celebrate the contributions of the agriculture industry, but also a time to thank our dairy farmers.

June 4, 2012
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Lawmakers team to help 'frosted' growers

State Senators Patty Ritchie and Hugh T. Farley joined with Assemblymen Jim Tedisco, George Amedore and Pete Lopez to announce new legislation, the “Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act,” to help apple growers and farmers who have lost a significant amount of their crops due to the extreme weather state area has experienced this year.

June 4, 2012
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NYS Legislators Led By Farley, Tedisco, Amedore, Lopez and Senate Agriculture Chair Ritchie Call for “Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act"

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady), Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga), Assemblyman George Amedore (R,C,I-Rotterdam) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie) today joined with Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie (R,C-Oswegatchie) and farmers to announce new legislation, the “*Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act*” to help apple growers and farmers who have lost a significant amount of their crops due to the extreme weather state area has experienced this year.

At the beginning of the 2012 growing season, New York farmers experienced widespread damage and loss to their crops as a result of an extremely rare and severe frost.

June 3, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Blasts Thruway Authority's Plan To Hike Tolls On Truckers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) spoke out today against the New York State Thruway Authority’s recently announced plan to increase Thruway tolls 45 percent on commercial vehicles with three or more axles.

June 1, 2012
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Senator Valesky Introduces Legislation to Bring Local Food to Senior Facilities

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, recently introduced legislation to establish a farm-to-senior program to facilitate and promote the purchase of New York farm products by senior centers and other institutions for the aging, such as Social Adult Day Programs, County Area Agencies for the Aging and Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities.

May 30, 2012
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Sen. Krueger Writes in The Hill: Washington's Fad Diet

Sen. Krueger wrote this piece for The Hill's Congress Blog, explaining why Congress' proposed millions in cuts to the food stamps program make no sense.

May 24, 2012
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SENATE UNVEILS “NEW JOBS-NY” JOB CREATION PLAN

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan and members of the Senate Republican Conference today continued their strong focus on job creation and economic growth by announcing that the Senate will pass legislation next week to implement the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.

The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.

May 23, 2012
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Senator Grisanti-sponsored bill calls for training and certification of animal control officers

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass Bill S.2409D that amends the agriculture and markets law to provide for the training and certification of animal control officers.

The Agriculture Department will create a program to provide training, examination and certification for dog control officers, police officers and peace officers who deal with animal control or animal abuse issues.  This legislation is needed to protect both people and animals from untrained officers.

May 21, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Room 816 LOB

May 15, 9:05 AM - 9:11 AM
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RITCHIE HOSTS PUBLIC HEARING ON ANIMAL ABUSE

Utica Forum Prompted by Horrific Abuse Case

State Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie hosted a public hearing in Utica today to find ways to crack down on serious cases of animal abuse.

May 9, 2012
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO CALLS FOR FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION FOR AGRICULTURAL REGION IMPACTED BY SUDDEN WEATHER CHANGES

Recent unseasonable weather variations have severely damaged crops in the Wayne-Finger Lakes Region. In response to these unexpected temperature extremes, State Senator Mike Nozzolio is calling on Governor Cuomo to seek federal disaster assistance for farmers in Wayne County and other areas impacted by this unusual weather.

May 8, 2012
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Gallivan Joins Congresswoman Hochul for Agriculture Roundtable in York

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) co-hosted an agricultural roundtable with United States Representative Kathy Hochul (D-26th District) on Friday in York, Livingston County to gather input from area farmers. Both expressed the importance of agriculture and agri-business to the regional economy.

May 7, 2012
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Public Hearing: Cruelty of Companion Animals Legislation

Senate Standing Committee on AgricultureChair: Senator Patricia A. RitchiePublic Hearing: Cruelty of Companion Animals LegislationPlace: Utica State Office Building, 207 Genesee Street, 1st Floor, Utica, New YorkTime: 2:30 P.M.Contact: Todd Kusnierz (518) 455-3438Media Contact: Ryan Aguam (315) 793-9072ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 9, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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