Issues: Agriculture

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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Giant Hogweed in New York State

 A monster plant with flowers the size of umbrellas and sap that causes blisters and blindness is spreading across New York.

 

   From the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

 

July 8, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE REACTS TO NEW CHEESE RULE: ‘IT STINKS’

State Senator Patty Ritchie today said that New York consumers who care about fresh, local food should be holding their noses at a move by state bureaucrats to require many farmers markets to sell only plastic-wrapped cheese.

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets is banning the age-old practice by cheese mongers of selling fresh sliced cheese, unless they take costly steps like installing specialized sinks with hot water at outdoor farmers markets.

July 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Elmont Farmer's Market

The Elmont Farmer's market opened this past Thursday at the Alva T. Stanforth Parking lot located next to the Elmont Public Library. Elmont residents streamed into the market to purchase fruits, vegetables, plants, juices, breads, fish and baked goods. State Senator Jack Martins attended the opening of the market and met with residents. "Today's opening of the Farmer's Market in Elmont was truly sensational. This would never have happened without the work and vision of Muzzio Tallini and the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Elmont community. The quality selection of food was terrific and won rave reviews. I bought some strawberries, vegetables and juice and will be back for more!

July 1, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE STATEMENT ON END OF LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Agreement on property tax relief ‘caps’ year when Albany started working again

The 2011 legislative session, my first as the State Senator representing Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, will be remembered as the year Albany started working again.

Partnering with our new Governor, Andrew Cuomo, we kept our promise to reduce taxes and spending, and took the first steps toward putting New York on a new path to better jobs and a stronger economy.

We passed an on-time budget and historic ethics reform to rebuild New Yorkers’ trust and confidence in their government and elected officials.

We “capped” it all off with a two-percent property tax cap that provides certainty and relief to homeowners and businesses, and will stop the flow of families, businesses and jobs out of New York.

June 27, 2011
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Seward Bill Protects Sportsmen's Rights

ALBANY, 06/21/11 – The New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S.2382-A) that for the first time in state history would protect the right to hunt, trap and fish in New York.  The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), calls for a state constitutional amendment protecting the long-standing outdoor traditions.

“New York’s outdoor sporting traditions have deep roots,” stated Senator Seward.  “Protecting the fundamental rights to hunt, trap and fish through a state constitutional amendment would ensure their continuation for generations to come.”

June 21, 2011
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AG ASSESSMENT BILL CUTS PAPERWORK

Proposal Relieves Burdens On Local Governments, Farms

State Senator Patty Ritchie says her bill (S5159) allowing the automatic renewal of agricultural assessments will help reduce paperwork for both New York’s 35,000 family farms and local governments. The bill passed the Senate Thursday night.

“Our hard working family farmers spend too much time filling out meaningless government forms,” Senator Ritchie said. “Our local governments have too many burdensome mandates from state government. This legislation reduces these meaningless bureaucratic requirements for both assessors and farmers.”

June 17, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL BOOSTS MAPLE FARMING

Seeks to treat ‘sugar bush’ as farms, not factories

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) today announced passage of another of her bills that cuts the red tape on farmers, and will help spur continued growth for New York’s maple syrup industry.

Senator Ritchie’s bill, S. 5499, exempts maple producers from strict industrial pollution rules that threaten to derail the growth of this important agricultural sector, which currently is valued at $13 million in 2010, with strong potential for explosive growth.

June 16, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE CONTINUES TO CUT RED TAPE

Senate OKs Package of Bills to Ease Regulations, Help Farms, Businesses

State Senator Patty Ritchie continued her assault on needless bureaucratic red tape, announcing that the Senate today has passed of package of bills she sponsored to reduce regulations on Central and Northern New York businesses.

The measures included a bill, drafted in conjunction with the state Agriculture Commissioner, that will ease some regulations that could impact Fort Drum.

“I ran for the Senate to bring common sense to Albany, and that includes cutting outdated and needless red tape that makes it tougher for businesses to create jobs, and communities to thrive,” Senator Ritchie said. “Taken together, these bills are yet another signal of the change in attitude in Albany that says ‘jobs first,’ and puts people ahead of the needs of government.“I will continue to work to find ways to ease the regulatory burden on businesses and help our economy and our communities grow stronger,” senator Ritchie said.

June 14, 2011
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