Issues: Agriculture

June 1, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Senator Ball Visits Cabbage Hill Farm

MOUNT KISCO – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) visited Mount Kisco’s Cabbage Hill Farm to tour its hydroponics greenhouse.

Since first being elected to Albany as an Assemblyman in 2006, Senator Ball has fought for legislation to support small and mid-sized farms in New York, which give consumers the option to buy local. He has also been the prime sponsor of legislation to establish agricultural development zones.

From left to right: Patterson Town Councilman Joseph Capasso, Senator Greg Ball

May 24, 2011
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Senate Passes IDC Bill to Help Increase Distribution of NY-Grown Products

The State Senate today unanimously passed legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and featured in a report by the Independent Democratic Conference that will help further expand the sale of New York State -grown agricultural products. 

May 24, 2011
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Senate Passes IDC Bill to Help Increase Distribution of NY-Grown Products

The State Senate today unanimously passed legislation sponsored by the Independent Democratic Conference that will help further expand the sale of New York State -grown agricultural products. 

May 23, 2011
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Senator Valesky and IDC Unveil Package To Strengthen NY Farms

 

With his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference, State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today unveiled a legislative package designed to preserve, promote and grow farming in New York State. 

May 18, 2011
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Preserve, Promote, Grow: IDC Unveils Package To Strengthen NY Farms

The Independent Democratic Conference today unveiled a legislative package designed to preserve, promote and grow farming in New York State.

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Preserve Promote Grow

May 18, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE’S FROZEN WINE DESSERT BILL PASSES

Bill Allows Innovation, New Products, New Jobs In Food, Wine Industry

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill (S4054) to allow the sale of wine flavored frozen desserts in New York State passed the Senate.

“With record unemployment, New York State needs to encourage innovation in its wine industry and commercial food industries to make it easier for companies to create new products using what's already produced on New York’s farms,” Senator Ritchie said. “As the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, I felt it was vital to help encourage food manufacturers to use wine as an ingredient in more desserts like sorbets to help create new products, new businesses and new jobs both on farms, at wineries and in our manufacturing plants.”

May 16, 2011
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Senator Nozzolio Welcomes Port Byron High School Students to the State Capitol

Albany- Senator Nozzolio recently welcomed the students of Port Byron High School’s Street Law and Leadership class and their instructor, Dr. Linda Townsend to the State Capitol. The students visited Albany to participate firsthand in State government and advocate for legislation Senator Nozzolio is sponsoring that would make sweet corn the official New York State Vegetable.

May 12, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Room 816 LOB

May 11, 9:30 AM - 9:35 AM
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Greece Arbor Day Tree Planting

On Friday, April 29th, the Town of Greece held a tree-planting ceremony in honor of Arbor Day. This year, the town planted a tree in memory of a good friend of mine, Ed Marianetti. I was honored to speak at the ceremony and take part in the planting of the tree, which is located in front of Town Hall. Ed's son, Brian, and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks also provided remarks to a number of Ed's friends, who were in attendance. Pictured here, the family of Ed Marianetti plants the tree in his memory.

April 29, 2011
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Senator Seward Announces Vital Farm Safety Funding

RICHFIELD SPRINGS, 04/18/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 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 18, 2011
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RITCHIE, AUBERTINE WORK TOGETHER ON FIRST AG BILL

Measure helps streamline government, eases burden on small business

 State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the Senate Tuesday passed newly named Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine's “Departmental Bill Number One,” a measure that streamlines the agency’s operations and helps small businesses.

April 12, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Room 816 LOB

April 12, 10:00 AM - 10:08 AM
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Senator Kennedy: Make Sweet Corn Official State Vegetable

As debate rages over whether to make sweet corn or the onion New York’s official veggie, WNY Senator launches online petition in support of sweet corn

EDEN, N.Y. – In the debate over whether to make the onion or sweet corn the official vegetable of New York State, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is standing up for the hardworking farmers of Western New York and declaring the choice has got to be sweet corn.

April 7, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Room 124 CAP

April 5, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Off The Floor-Room 123 CAP

March 30, 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
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SENATE AND ASSEMBLY ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT ON AG FUNDING

Both houses restore funds for programs ‘key to the future of family farms’

State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie and Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair William Magee announced today a budget agreement that fully funds critical farm research, education and assistance programs aimed at helping family farmers and strengthening rural New York’s farm economy.

The Joint Budget Subcommittee, comprising negotiators from both the Senate and Assembly, agreed on a total of $17.329 million to support local farm programs, including restoring funds for important programs that help make farming more profitable and successful for hardworking farm families.

March 24, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Farmers’ Markets, Increase Access to New York Grown Products

The State Senate Tuesday passed legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that would expand local and regional green and farmers’ markets across New York State. 

March 22, 2011
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