Issues: Agriculture

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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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH ULSTER COUNTY DELEGATES

On March 1, 2011 delegates from Ulster County 4-H Kristin Nerone and Tim Bruck visited Senator Bonacic in Albany.  Senator Bonacic is pictured with them after presenting the delegates with a Resolution in support of 4-H.

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March 1, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH SULLIVAN COUNTY 4-H DELEGATES


On March 1, 2011 delegates from Sullivan County 4-H visited Senator Bonacic in Albany.  Senator Bonacic is pictured with them after presenting the delegates with a Resolution in support of 4-H.  From left to right: Community Educator Marylin Russell, Senator Bonacic, Erica Olsen and Elizabeth Bracken.

March 1, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH DELAWARE COUNTY 4-H DELEGATES

On March 1, 2011 delegates from Delaware County 4-H visited Senator Bonacic in Albany.  Senator Bonacic is pictured with them after presenting the delegates with a Resolution in support of 4-H.  From left to right: Senator Bonacic, Justin Merrill, Brandi Kilmer, Community Educator Emily Roach and Assemblyman Cliff Crouch..

March 1, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH ORANGE COUNTY 4-H DELEGATES

 On March 1, 2011 delegates from Orange County 4-H visited Senator Bonacic in Albany.  Senator Bonacic is pictured with them after discussing their achievements in 4-H.  From left to right: Senator Bonacic, Andy Frey, Grace Roeder, Casandra Stap and Jerrome Christie.

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March 1, 2011
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STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE: Staten Island pol's bill would seek independent vendor for Off-Track Betting

Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 5:58 PM     Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:26 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Looking to recover jobs and health care benefits for laid-off workers -- and bring new revenue to state coffers -- state Sen. Andrew Lanza said he will introduce a bill tomorrow seeking an independent vendor to resume operations of a reconstituted city Off-Track Betting Corporation.

He said he thinks there would be "three or four potential suitors" including, perhaps, one of the state's existing track entities.

"The potential for revenues is tremendous," said Lanza (R-Staten Island). "We are talking about something real here."

February 17, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia A. Ritchie, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, February 14, 2011 Room 123 CAP

February 14, 12:30 PM - 12:54 PM
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Senator Montgomery Gets A Taste of New York Agriculture

Senator Montgomery meets and greets Future Farmers of America (FFA) from Syracuse during their presentation on New York agriculture at the State Capitol.

February 9, 2011
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