Issues: Agriculture

YOUR FAVORITE FARMERS MARKETS: THE VOTES ARE IN!

From corn-on the cob to just-picked berries; one of my favorite parts of the summer and fall is being able to shop for fresh food at my local farmers market.  

And, as it turns out, it’s one of your favorite things too! Recently, I asked people in the Central and Northern New York regions to cast their vote for their favorite farmers market in my 2012 Online Farmers Market Survey.  The response was overwhelming—and there definitely were some close calls.  

July 30, 2012
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FIGHT THE BITE! MOSQUITO TREATMENTS, HORSE VACCINES STILL AVAILABLE

Third Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Oswego County

July 25, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Continues Outreach to Area Farmers at Hi-Land Farms in Middlebury

Senator Gallivan joins Greg Chamberlain and his family at their Wyoming County dairy farm, Hi-Land Farms. Dairy is one of New York State's leading industries and Wyoming County is New York's dairy capital. Senator Gallivan sits on the Senate's Agricultural Committee and has been recognized as one of the State's leading advocates for farmers and farming communities.

July 25, 2012
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MEET THE MURROCKS

I'm visiting places you work, to better understand the challenges of job creation in Central and Northern New York.

Here I'm pictured at the Murrock family's organic dairy outside Watertown, Jefferson County.

July 23, 2012
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July 19, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS RITCHIE ‘ANIMAL FIGHT’ BILL

Gives Law Enforcement New Tool to Catch, Punish Abusers

July 19, 2012
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GOV. CUOMO SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO BOOST CRAFT BREWERS

Cutting Taxes and Red Tape to Give NY an Edge in Growing Industry to Create Jobs 

July 18, 2012
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Additional Flood Recovery Funds For 51st Senate District

 

ONEONTA, 07/13/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today counties within the 51st senate district will receive the lion's share of $16 million in state grants and matching funds for stream and flood restoration work to repair damage incurred during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

July 13, 2012
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A Blue Ribbon for Ritchie from the Jefferson County Fair


Senator Patty Ritchie helped open the 2012 Jefferson County Fair on July 10, and got an added surprise when fair President Bob Simpson singled her out for her efforts to untangle a bureaucrat's snafu that threatened a smooth opening.

According to Simpson, Senator Ritchie's intervention saved organizers "thousands of dollars" and helped ensure another successful season for the fair, which is visited by tens of thousands of people from across Northern and Central New York.

Senator Ritchie is seen at the rear of this amateur video.

July 11, 2012
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Get Your Summer-Fresh Produce Through New York's FreshConnect Program

Summer means a fresh new season of New York produce.  FreshConnect program is increasing access to affordable, fresh New York-grown produce for all New Yorkers, while also supporting our local farmers. The FreshConnect program to support 34 projects at over 50 locations statewide. Many of these farm-to-table projects in underserved communities are now open.

FreshConnect projects include markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, and food distribution systems – allowing more New Yorkers to enjoy fresh, New York-grown fruit and vegetables available this summer season, like asparagus, strawberries, peas, broccoli, and more.

July 3, 2012
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SKELOS TAPS GALLIVAN AS NEW CHAIR OF COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

Area Business Leaders Laud Choice of Western New York Senator  

ALBANY - Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C-I, Rockville Centre) announced today that Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.

July 2, 2012
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SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS AND EAT RIGHT

 Summer Means Fresh Food Right in Your Neighborhood

July 2, 2012
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CNY HORSES GAIN PROTECTION FROM DEADLY EEE

Half-dozen Oswego Horses Join Over 200 Protected Through Ritchie-sponsored Clinics

A half-dozen Oswego County horses can be added to the list of equines now protected from the deadly EEE virus, following last night’s no-cost vaccination clinic sponsored in New Haven by State Senator Patty Ritchie.

June 30, 2012
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Rural Futures Newsletter Summer 2012

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer 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 Summer 2012

June 28, 2012
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SEN. RITCHIE TO HOST NO-COST EEE HORSE VACCINE CLINICS THIS WEEK

Vaccine 90 Percent Effective Against Always-Fatal Disease in Horses

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced she’s sponsoring two, no-cost EEE vaccine clinics for horses this week.

June 25, 2012
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RITCHIE BILL BOOSTS EFFORT TO FIND VACCINE FOR EEE

Directs State Health Leaders to Target “21st Century” Challenges

June 21, 2012
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Your Guide to Farmers' Markets,Vineyards, U-Pick Farms, Educational Centers, & More!

 

Farms and businesses across Western New York are opening their doors, issuing a heartfelt invitation to sample the abundant bounty and natural beauty found in New York's growing venture - agritourism.  Agritourism is the intersection of agriculture and tourism, a heady mix of farms, markets, people, livestock and the culture of growing food, guaranteed to entertain people of all ages.  Weather you're looking for an authentic farm experience, or scary twists and turns in a Halloween corn maze, it can all be found right here in your own backyard.  

June 21, 2012
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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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