Issues: Agriculture

SENATE AG CHAIR RITCHIE TOURS IRENE-DAMAGED FARMS

Devastation is ‘numbing,’ says Ag Committee Chair

September 7, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: BIOMASS COULD FUEL 140,000 UPSTATE JOBS

Attends hearing on proposals to grow energy jobs

September 6, 2011
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Area Counties Included In Federal Disaster Declaration

ONEONTA, 09/05/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today reminded residents and businesses in eligible counties to apply for federal disaster assistance. “Families and businesses in communities devastated by Irene are determined to rebuild and the federal disaster declaration is a helpful step in the ongoing recovery.  I encourage those who have suffered damage to apply with FEMA as soon as possible to begin the assistance process,” said Senator Seward.

Those who have suffered damage are able to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).  Registration forms and additional information can be found online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

September 6, 2011
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CORNELL ANIMAL DISEASE EXPERTS ISSUE EEE WARNING

The animal disease experts at Cornell University are issuing a warning about recent heavy rains and flooding from Hurricane Irene that can lead to further outbreaks of the EEE virus. Please consider taking steps to keep your farm animals and your family safe.

September 5, 2011
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RITCHIE WANTS PUBLIC FORUM ON EEE

Infected St. Lawrence Co. Horse is Latest Incident of Disease That Claimed Child

State Senator Patty Ritchie is again calling on state officials for answers after a St. Lawrence County horse reportedly died from the same mosquito-borne illness that had claimed the life of a four-year-old Oswego County girl.

September 1, 2011
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AGRICULTURAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM EXTENDED TO LAND USED FOR CORN & HAY BALE MAZES

                OLEAN - A new measure that extends the state’s agriculture assessment program to portions of farm land used for amusements, such as corn and hay bale mazes, was recently signed into law by Governor Cuomo, according the bill’s sponsor Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olea

August 22, 2011
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IDC Bill to Help Increase Distribution of NY-Grown Products Signed in Law

 

Priority legislation by the Independent Democratic Conference that will help further expand the sale of New York State grown products in New York was signed into law today.

August 19, 2011
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STATE AGREES TO PUT N.Y. MILK IN EMPLOYEE LUNCHROOMS

At Senator’s Request, State Will Also Look at Boosting Sales of Other NY-Grown Foods

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the state has agreed to put New York milk back in its employee lunchrooms, which serve tens of thousands of state workers and visitors every day, and also look to boost the sales of other New York-grown products.

Senator Ritchie, who made the announcement as she prepared to embark on a tour of a Madrid dairy farm Friday, said the move will open a broad new market for New York farmers, and also help showcase quality dairy and other farm products that are produced by New York farmers.

August 19, 2011
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STATE AGREES TO PUT N.Y. MILK IN EMPLOYEE LUNCHROOMS

At Senator’s Request, State Will Also Look at Boosting Sales of Other NY-Grown Foods

August 19, 2011
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August 13, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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SENATOR RITCHIE VISITS OSWEGO COUNTY FARM

State Senator Patty Ritchie, the chair of the New York State Senate Agriculture Committee, visited the Strano farm in Oswego County to discuss agricultural issues with Oswego Farm Bureau and the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District. Shown are Nancy Weber (President of Oswego Farm Bureau), Senator Ritchie, Freddy Strano and John DeHollander (District Manager, Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District). Oswego County is one of New York state's leading agricultural counties. Senator Ritchie recently met with onion and vegetable growers to discuss drainage issues affecting some Oswego County farms after last spring's extensive rainy season.

 

August 16, 2011
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Senator Little meets Evan White and his "horse" goat

       Senator Betty Little is pictured with 7-year-old Evan White of North Bangor at the Franklin County Fair.  Evan came up with a creative idea for the 4-H Goat Costume Class and looked great leading his "horse" goat around the arena. 

August 12, 2011
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Tierney Farm Exhibits Jerseys At Franklin County

     Senator Betty Little is pictured with Jennifer Bosley at the Franklin County Fair on Thursday, August 11.  Bosley and her family, operators of the Tierney Farm in Malone, are exhibiting jerseys at the fair and spent time talking with the senator about agricultural issues. 

August 12, 2011
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First 2011 Edition of Rural Futures

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our first 2011 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 Summer 2011 Newsletter

August 10, 2011
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Senator Maziarz enjoys Niagara County Fair

Senator Maziarz practiced driving a 1940 BO John Deere tractor during the Niagara County Fair last week.  The Antique Tractor Parade and Show have been fair favorites since 2002.

Photo Credit: Rikki Cason/Lockport Retailer

August 8, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL TO BOOST RIDING STABLES WINS GOV’S OK

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that her bill that boosts riding stables and other “commercial equine operations,” which will also translate to more business for farmers and suppliers, was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo.

The new law allows operators to qualify for agricultural assessments and other benefits that are extended to more traditional farms and horse boarding facilities.

“This new law boosts the horse industry by recognizing its growing importance and popularity and, as a result, helps other farmers and small businesses that provide the feed, grain and other supplies to horse owners, riders and enthusiasts,” said Sen. Ritchie.

August 4, 2011
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Senator Martins Tours Great Neck Water Pollution Treatment Facility

Senator Jack M. Martins was in Great Neck to tour the Great Neck Water Pollution District. Senator Martins received an up-close look at the district’s new state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility. The facility is currently under construction as is undergoing an upgrade and expansion.

The upgrade and expansion of the District’s Wastewater Treatment Facility is expected to yield significant water quality and other environmental benefits to the waters and coastal areas of both Manhasset Bay and Long Island Sound.

The construction of the new facility, which started in 2010, will be fully completed December 14, 2013. The District’s facility will be meeting all required guidelines and regulations by the June 14, 2014 deadline.

July 25, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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