Issues: Agriculture

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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RITCHIE: CRITICAL AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN JOINT BUDGET PLAN

Ag Chair: Senate Led Effort To Restore Funding, Treat Farm Programs Fairly  Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie announced that Senate and Assembly negotiators have  restored funding to New York’s critical agriculture programs in the joint budget to be presented to the governor.  “My top priority as the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee has been to make sure that farms and agricultural programs did not suffer bigger cuts than other state programs," Senator Ritchie said. "The original state budget proposal required our 36,000 farm families to suffer a disproportionate share of the budget cuts." "The budget proposal the Senate championed insures that farmers will face no new taxes or fees.

March 22, 2011
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BONACIC: BUDGET AGREEMENT MOVING FORWARD

 Budgets for Housing, Agriculture, and Environmental Conservation Largely Agreed Upon 

March 22, 2011
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Senate Passes Klein Bill to Strengthen Green Markets/ Increase Access to New York Grown Products

The State Senate Tuesday unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), that would expand local and regional green markets, like those in the greater Bronx area, and increase access to New York State grown fruits and vegetables.

March 22, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Room 816 LOB

March 23, 11:00 AM - 11:06 AM
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Senator Nozzolio Discusses His Support for New York Agriculture with Farm Bureau President and Cornell College of Agriculture Dean

Albany- Senator Nozzolio recently met with New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton and Cornell College of Agriculture Dean Kathryn Boor to discuss the importance of agriculture and agricultural research programs to the future of our State’s economy.

March 17, 2011
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RITCHIE: SENATE RESTORES FUNDING TO CRITICAL AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS

As Legislature Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of Farm Bureau's Birth In Upstate New YorkSenate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie announced that the Senate will vote today to restore funding to New York’s critical agriculture programs as the legislature celebrated the 100th anniversary of New York Farm Bureau, the state’s leading advocate for the agriculture industry.The Senate’s budget will serve as the basis for negotiations between the two houses of the legislature in crafting a final budget proposal“As the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, my top priority has been to insure that our farms and agribusinesses do not suffer a disproportionate share of the budget cuts as we wrestle with the state’s fiscal crisis,” Senator

March 15, 2011
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March 15, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Room 816 LOB

March 9, 11:00 AM - 11:25 AM
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Farm Bureau leaders visit Albany

Senator George Maziarz recently hosted a delegation from the Niagara and Monroe County Farm Bureaus at his office in Albany.  The group was in the capital to lobby on behalf of agricultural issues.

March 3, 2011
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Senator Farley Discusses New York State Agriculture Industry

On March 1st, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with Farm Bureau representatives in Albany to discuss how important agriculture is to New York State. Among the delegates were two Montgomery County Dairy Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are Danielle Bartlett of Broadalbin (immediate left of Senator in photo) and Erika Gogis of Pattersonville (immediate right of Senator in photo).

March 2, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE ATTENDS LOCAL AGRICULTURAL FORUMS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush's agricultural forums in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties.

Pictured in photo: Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, Future Farmers of America (FFA) Vice President Alisha Fregoe of South Jefferson Central School, FFA President Corinth Dalyrimple of South Jefferson Central School, and Senator Patty Ritchie.

March 2, 2011
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