Issues: Agriculture

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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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES FRESHCONNECT GRANTS TO HELP PROVIDE LOW-INCOME & UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES WITH NY FARM PRODUCTS

State of New York | Executive ChamberAndrew M. Cuomo | GovernorFor Immediate Release: May 3, 2012GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES FRESHCONNECT GRANTS TO HELP PROVIDE LOW-INCOME & UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES WITH NY FARM PRODUCTS34 Projects Feature Creative, Local Solutions to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy FoodGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced FreshConnect grants to 34 projects around the state that will increase access to New York farm products for residents in low-income and underserved areas.

May 3, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Room 816 LOB

June 5, 9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
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RITCHIE ASKS GOVERNOR’S HELP FOR FROST-BLASTED FARMERS

“One of the Worst” Disasters Ever Prompted by Early Spring Thaw

May 3, 2012
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Griffo Says Senate Hearing Will Focus on Rise of Animal Abuse

Griffo Announces Senate Hearing to Get Tough on Most Serious Animal Abuse Cases

April 30, 2012
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Gallivan Forms Agriculture Advisory Board

Senator Will Utilize Panel of 24 Local Agriculture Professionals to Help Direct Agriculture Policy

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced the formation of his Agriculture Advisory Board today, comprised of 24 local residents from across the four counties that makeup the 59th State Senate District.

April 26, 2012
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Senate Democratic Conference Holds Public Forum on Hydrofracking

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Conference today held a public forum on hydraulic fracturing also known as “hydrofracking.” The forum was attended by members of the Democratic Conference, as well as environmental activists, legislators, economists, healthcare professionals and residents from throughout New York State. Attendees at today’s forum discussed the issues and concerns about potential consequences and impacts of hydrofracking.

April 25, 2012
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RITCHIE: FARMLAND, HABITAT PROTECTION FUNDED

$150,000 In Grants Benefits Central, Northern New York Groups

April 24, 2012
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Vital Farm Safety Program Receives State Funding

CORTLAND, 04/23/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2012-2013 state budget includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to protect New York farmers through continuation of the highly successful New York Rollover Protection System (ROPS) Rebate Program. 

“Agriculture is our state’s number one industry.  It is vital to our economy and our way of life,” said Senator Seward.  “Ensuring our farmers have proper safety equipment is crucial and that is why I have strongly supported the ROPS rebate program since its inception.”

April 24, 2012
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NYS Senate Independent Democratic Conference News Conference - Buy Local - April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012 - NYS Senate Independent Democratic Conference News Conference - State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced legislation (S.6965) building upon "Buy Local" movements to increase awareness of restaurants that sell New York-grown products, thereby helping to strengthen the state's important agricultural industry.

April 19, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Unveils Proposal to Expand Pride of NY Program

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) and Senate colleagues today proposed an expansion of the Pride of New York Program that will increase awareness of restaurants and markets that sell New York-grown products and help strengthen this state’s agricultural economy.

The proposal will create two new designations, “Dine: Pride of New York” for restaurants and “Shop: Pride of New York” for retailers and wholesalers, that would serve as a beacon for New Yorkers who are increasingly looking to buy locally grown products.

April 19, 2012
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Senator Nozzolio Discusses Viticulture Center and Other Agricultural Initiatives with State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine

ALBANY- Senator Nozzolio met recently with State Department of Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine to discuss initiatives to promote our State’s farms and winemakers, including the new Viticulture Center project at the New York State Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva. Senator Nozzolio worked with Governor Cuomo to secure funding in the State Budget to help Finger Lakes Community College expand its groundbreaking Viticulture and Wine Technology program at the Ag-Tech Park.

April 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES RITCHIE BILL BANNING DOG-FIGHT TOOLS

Will Help Police Crack Down on Growing Cases of Abuse

April 19, 2012
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IDC Unveils Proposal to Expand Pride of NY Program; Expand Access to NY-Grown Products

 

The Independent Democratic Conference today proposed an expansion of the Pride of New York Program that will increase awareness of restaurants and markets that sell New York-grown products and help strengthen this state’s agricultural economy.

 

File: 
FINAL Shop Dine Pride NY Final Report .pdf

File: 
proposed logos.pdf

April 19, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Room 816 LOB

May 1, 9:00 AM - 9:06 AM
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RITCHIE, AG COMMISSIONER DISCUSS EEE FUNDING

State Budget Funds for Mosquito Control, Horse Vaccination to Help Stop Spread 

April 18, 2012
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