Issues: Agriculture

Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Room 816 LOB

March 27, 9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic " Environment / Agriculture / Housing "

Environment / Agriculture / Housing

Hearing Room B

Assembly

Senate

Vito Lopez (Co-Chair)

George Maziarz (Co-Chair)

Robert Sweeney

Cathy Young

March 22, 12:00 PM - 12:21 PM
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LEGISLATION CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG AIMS TO BOOST LOCAL AGRICULTURAL PURCHASES

ALBANY – The New York State Senate passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act,” a bill co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District), which promotes the purchase of food grown or produced locally. “’Buy From the Backyard’ encourages investment in New York’s agriculture and demonstrates our state’s commitment to the products grown, produced and harvested in our area. It reinforces the importance of supporting our local, hardworking farmers and aims to grow our economy,” said Senator Young.

March 20, 2012
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Seward Focuses on Agriculture

ALBANY, 03/19/12 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of locally grown or produced food.

Senator Seward co-sponsored the bill (S.2468) which requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources.

“Agriculture is New York’s number one industry,” said Senator Seward.  “In recent years, agribusinesses have taken on all shapes and sizes – large dairy farms, small alpaca ranches, roadside vegetable stands - encouraging the use of their products will help our upstate economy grow.”

March 19, 2012
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Senate Passes "Buy From the Backyard" Act to Boost Local Agricultural Purchases

The New York State Senate today passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of food grown or produced locally. The bill (S.2468), sponsored by Senator Thomas Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton), requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources. “If every household in New York spent just $15 per week on local food, we could pump $5.5 billion into New York State’s economy,” Senator Libous said. “And that’s just households. This bill will help state agencies join in supporting our farmers and stimulating the economy. We’re investing taxpayer dollars right back into our state."

March 19, 2012
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Senate Passes Measures to Reduce Pesticide Waste

The New York State Senate today passed two bills that would reduce the amount of pesticides that are unnecessarily released into the environment. The bills, sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset) and Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), have environmental and economic benefits by reducing the amount of pesticides needing to be applied or disposed of as hazardous waste.

March 19, 2012
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‘BUY FROM THE BACKYARD’ AIMS TO BOOST N.Y. FARMS

Senate OKs Ritchie Bill to Require 20 Percent Purchases from Local Sources

March 19, 2012
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic " Environment / Agriculture / Housing "

Environment / Agriculture / Housing

Hearing Room B

Assembly

Senate

Vito Lopez (Co-Chair)

George Maziarz (Co-Chair)

Robert Sweeney

Cathy Young

March 19, 1:30 PM - 1:53 PM
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SENATE PASSES “BUY FROM THE BACKYARD” ACT TO BOOST LOCAL AGRICULTURAL PURCHASES

The New York State Senate today passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of food grown or produced locally. The bill (S.2468) requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources.

March 19, 2012
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Senator Maziarz meets with members of the Future Farmers of America

On March 5, 2012 Senator Maziarz met with members of the Future Farmers of America in Albany from Albion High School as well as FFA State Officers during their Annual day in Albany.

March 16, 2012
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Senator Maziarz meets with District 4H Members

During the Annual 4H Capital Days on March 6, 2012, Senator Maziarz met with 4H student members and coordinators

March 16, 2012
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RITCHIE NAMED TO TWO BUDGET COMMITTEES

Albany One Step Closer to Enacting Another On-Time Budget

State Senator Patty Ritchie was named Tuesday night to two bipartisan committees tasked with ironing out differences between the Senate and Assembly budget proposals.

March 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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RITCHIE HIGHLIGHTS SENATE’S BUDGET GOALS

Jobs, Property Tax Relief, EPIC, Rural Schools, EEE Top List; Plan Includes Funds to Protect Fort Drum

March 12, 2012
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TAXES, RED TAPE ARE TOP PRIORITIES OF NY’s FARMERS

Agriculture Professionals Survey Results

March 12, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND NAMED TO THE FARM BUREAU’S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

Designation honors Saland’s commitment to agriculture

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C Poughkeepsie) today announced that he has been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends” for the 2011 legislative session. The award is based on a legislator’s voting record on issues of importance to New York agriculture, bills sponsored by the legislator, as well as overall legislative support for agricultural issues. Senator Saland has been named to the “Circle of Friends” every year since its inception in 1990.

March 12, 2012
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Washington County agriculture and food focus of Albany meeting

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE FOCUS OF ALBANY MEETING -- Jennifer Small, owner of Flying Pigs Farm, Jill Hamilton, a crew leader at Slack Hollow Farm, and Scott Keyes of the New York Farm Bureau were in Albany Tuesday, March 6 participating in Cornell University’s LEAD New York program designed to build strong leaders for New York’s food and agriculture industry.&nbsp

March 9, 2012
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Senator Maziarz's Weekly Update on "Your Voice"

This week Senator Maziarz talks with the New York State Farm Bureau President Dean Norton.

March 9, 2012
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RITCHIE BACKS JOB-CREATING, SMALL BIZ TAX CUT PLAN

Gives Small Business a Needed Push to Boost Hiring; Includes Extra Help for Farmers, Returning Vets

State Senator Patty Ritchie is backing a plan to cut taxes on small businesses to create jobs and boost New York’s still-struggling economy.

March 8, 2012
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Senator Saland meets with members and constituents of the New York State Farm Bureau.

3/06/12 - Senator Saland met with members and constituents of the New York State Farm Bureau where the Senator was presented with a Circle of Friends Plaque. 

March 7, 2012
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