Issues: Agriculture

Senator Young, Colleagues Offer Support For New York's Family Farms

Initiatives strengthen connections between local farmers and consumers

 

ALBANY – Providing the tools and incentives needed for success, the State Senate this week continued their ongoing effort to ensure that New York’s vibrant agriculture sector remains a cornerstone of the state’s economy.

 

As part of the Senate’s efforts to ensure the heritage of family farming continues from generation to generation, legislation sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was approved to help plan and develop new avenues for farmers to market their goods.

 

June 11, 2015
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SENATE OKs ANOTHER RITCHIE BILL TO HELP NEXT-GEN FARMERS

Part of Sweeping Effort to Preserve Future of Family Farming

The State Senate today passed another in a series of bills sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie to help preserve and strengthen the future of family farming in New York.

June 11, 2015
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Senate gives final approval to legislation in keeping with overall 'Grown in NY' legislative strategy ~ O'Mara says actions can help keep next generation of farmers competitive

Albany, N.Y., June 11—The New York State Senate has given final legislative approval to two pieces of legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, that continue to enact initiatives in keeping with the Senate’s “Grown in New York” strategy.

June 11, 2015
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2,700 LOCAL SENIORS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR FREE PRODUCE AT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS

Promoting Better Health and Boosting Local Farmers Are Goals of Expanded ProgramSenator Patty Ritchie today announced that funding she included in this year’s state budget will provide free farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from area Farmers Markets to 2,700 seniors from Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties, as a way to boost nutrition and healthy eating, while at the same time helping to strengthen the bottom lines of New York farmers.

June 11, 2015
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STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE NEW YORK STATE'S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

The New York State Senate today(6/10/15) passed legislation to help keep the state’s agricultural industry booming. Among the seven bills passed, two were given final passage and will be sent to the Governor for consideration.

June 11, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE NEW YORK’S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his collegues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help keep the state’s agricultural industry booming. Among the seven bills passed, two were given final passage and will be sent to the Governor for consideration. The agricultural industry has a substantial impact on the overall economic health and wellbeing of the state, and the measures passed today will help ensure that this industry will continue to thrive.

June 11, 2015
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SENATE PASSES FUNKE BILL TO LAUNCH NEW YORK STATE FARM INVESTMENT FUND

The New York State Senate today passed S.3678A, a bill sponsored by Senator Rich Funke to launch a new Farm Investment Fund in New York State. The Fund would make up to $10 million available to New York farms to assist with the costs associated with major start-up, infrastructure, and equipment purchases. Funke’s bill passed with bipartisan support.

June 10, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Improve New York's Agriculture Industry

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help keep the state’s agricultural industry booming. Among the seven bills passed, two were given final passage and will be sent to the Governor for consideration.

June 10, 2015
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RITCHIE BILL TO CONNECT NEW FARMERS WITH VIABLE, SURPLUS STATE-OWNED LAND RECEIVES FINAL PASSAGE

Measure is One of Five Passed by the Senate Wednesday Aimed at Supporting Agriculture

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced a bill aimed at encouraging more young people to pursue agricultural careers by making it easier for them to access viable, unused state-owned lands has received final passage and will now go to the Governor for his signature.

The measure (S. 1824)—which was prompted by increasing farmland prices that make it difficult for farmers to dig into agricultural careers—is part of the Senate-led “Young Farmers” program, a far-reaching plan that seeks to preserve existing farms today and for the next generation. In addition, several other measures were passed by the Senate Wednesday, aimed at helping young and beginning farmers jumpstart their agribusinesses. 

June 10, 2015
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Murphy passes bill to crack down on animal cruelty

ALBANY, NY - With numerous recent and disturbing reports of animal cruelty on the rise in New York State, one member of the State Senate says it must stop. Senator Terrence Murphy today said he passed a bill crafted to prevent those who abuse animals from committing similar acts in the future in the Senate. "Animal cruelty is a key indicator of future violence toward human victims, and yet under current law repeat offenders only face misdemeanor charges," Murphy said. "Treating animal cruelty as a felony will create more of a deterrent apropos of these heinous and profane acts against helpless animals. Whether it is direct violence or neglect, animal cruelty is wrong in all forms."

June 9, 2015
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RITCHIE BILL TO REWARD DAIRY FARMS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT IMPROVEMENTS PASSES SENATE

Measure Part of Senator’s Sprawling “Grown in NY” Plan 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the Senate has given its stamp of approval to her legislation that would provide grants and low interest loans to dairy farms that make energy efficient improvements. 

The measure, Senate bill 2984, is part of Senator Ritchie’s “Grown in New York” plan, a multi-part initiative designed to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.

“Controlling energy costs on the farm is one of the keys to being successful in the agriculture industry, especially for dairy farmers,” said Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate’s Agriculture Committee. 

June 9, 2015
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Federal government pitches idea to connect out-of-work veterans with potential careers in agriculture ~ O'Mara cites it as another potential avenue for assisting NYS veterans and strengthening agriculture in keeping with Senate's 'Grown in NY' strategy

Since 2013, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and his Senate colleagues have pushed a comprehensive legislative strategy called “Grown in New York” aimed at keeping New York State's leading industry competitive for the next generation.

June 4, 2015
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Senate Holds Annual Animal Advocacy Day Event and Passes Legislation to Protect Animals

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to further protect animals and people from harm and cruelty as part of the Legislature’s annual Animal Advocacy Day.

June 3, 2015
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Lawmakers agree on NY's tastiest crop--it's the berries!

Senator Ritchie welcomes Dale Ila Riggs, President, New York State Berry Growers Association, to the June 2nd meeting of the State Senate Agriculture Committee.

New York is a national leader in research on diseases, pests and development of new types of berries to help promote and grow the state's $15 million, using over $800,000 in state budget funding secured by Senator Ritchie over the past three years.

Current research is helping to successfully stop a new invasive insect that threatens crops, and find new and tastier varieties that can

June 2, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture  Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair  9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 2, 2015  Room 411 LOB

Dale-Ila Riggs, President, New York State Berry Growers Association to Address the Committee

June 2, 9:00 AM - 9:31 AM
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O'Mara, Palmesano and colleagues hosting NYWIA 'Sip and Sample' event in Albany on Wednesday, May 27th ~ Event will help showcase products made in the Finger Lakes, Central and Western New York ~ Special Guest: Finger Lakes pianist Barbara Anderson

Albany, N.Y.—To complement ongoing efforts to promote, showcase and support products grown and made in New York State, Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) will host a second New York Wine Industry Association (NYWIA) “Sip and Sample” event in Albany on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

A first “Sip and Sample” was held on Monday, May 4th.   

May 26, 2015
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RITCHIE RELEASES 2015 FARMERS MARKET GUIDE

Effort Aimed at Connecting Consumers with Fresh Food, Boosting Farmers’ Bottom Lines 

***CLICK HERE TO VIEW SENATOR RITCHIE'S 2015 FARMERS MARKET GUIDE***

With the harvest season for many favorite locally grown fruits and vegetables just around the corner, State Senator Patty Ritchie is releasing her 2015 Farmers Market Guide, an annual publication that aims to connect consumers with fresh, healthy foods. 

“Fresh food should be on every grocery list, and there’s no better way to get flavorful, healthy fruits, vegetables and other items than by shopping locally,” said Senate Agriculture Committee Chair State Senator Patty Ritchie. “This guide makes it easy for consumers to find markets close by where they can buy fresh, nutritious foods, and boost our local agriculture industry at the same time.”

May 24, 2015
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Don’t Let the Tax Cap Expire: Let’s KEEP THE CAP!

From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief. 

May 20, 2015
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Don’t Let the Tax Cap Expire: Let’s KEEP THE CAP!

From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief. 

May 20, 2015
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MOVE OVER MAPLE: RITCHIE BILL TO HELP FARMERS ADD WALNUT, BIRCH SYRUPS TO NY BREAKFAST TABLES GETS FINAL PASSAGE

Potential Seen for Expansion Into New Products

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced final passage of legislation aimed tapping into the potential of the state’s many walnut and birch trees, which are seen by researchers as a way for producers of maple syrup to expand their markets. 

According to researchers, there are 22 types of trees that can be tapped for syrup, with the most common in New York State being black walnut and birch.  In recent years, Cornell University has been working to help maple producers explore the use of these trees to expand and add value to their businesses, and extend the season for “sugar makers,” as birch and walnut saps typically run after maple stops flowing. 

“We’ve seen the popularity of maple products explode in recent years and while there’s still room for the industry to grow, there’s also untapped resources contained in the millions of other trees throughout our state, namely birch and walnut trees,” said Senator Ritchie.   

May 18, 2015
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