Issues: Agriculture

Sen. Ortt Requests More Equate Testing

Senator Ortt, along with Senator Gallivan and Assemblywoman Corwin, aired concerns about the use of equate in the Town of Wheatfield and other parts of Niagara County. They sent a joint letter asking the state DEC to do additional studies on determining the impact of the use equate in municipalities.  Read the full story by The Niagara Gazette.  

April 15, 2015
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Event at 5 Spoke Creamery in Goshen

On Monday April 13, a representative from Senator Bonacic's office attended an event hosted by the Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC) of New York. The EIC administers the Energize NY Program, which supports conservation, and renewable energy projects for commercial enterprises. The event was held at 5 Spoke Creamery, a dairy farm in Goshen, NY. With the help of the Energize NY program, 5 Spoke Creamery was able to install almost 200 solar panels on the property to help reduce the cost of operating the farm.

April 14, 2015
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April 20, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR NEW YORK STATE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

April 6, 2015
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2015-16 State Budget Supports Important Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says the $142-billion 2015-16 state budget provides critical funding to important state programs while controlling the size and cost of government.  The state’s fifth consecutive on-time budget keeps spending within a two-percent cap, increases aid to education, rejects tax increases and provides property tax relief for homeowners.  The spending plan also includes funding for regional assets such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the NFTA and Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

April 1, 2015
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Agriculture Industry Gets Big Boost In The State Budget

Strengthens connections between local farmers and consumers 

ALBANY – Agriculture, a cornerstone industry in New York State and economic driver in the region, will receive strong support in this year’s state budget, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean). 

April 1, 2015
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Ortt: State Budget Delivers for Western New York

Senator Points to Education, Economy and Veterans’ Services

 Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced passage of the 2015-16 New York State Budget, which includes several of Ortt’s Western New York priorities. Ortt pointed to key measures to strengthen education, economic development, and veterans’ services.

April 1, 2015
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O'Mara: New budget includes support for Tier farmers, continues Senate's 'Grown in NY' strategy

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said that the new 2015-2016 state budget will include important support for farmers and the agricultural industry across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

March 31, 2015
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STATE BUDGET INCLUDES RECORD FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURE

Restores Spending Cuts and New Funding  to Help Boost Products “Grown in NY”

March 30, 2015
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VACCINATE YOUR PETS TO STAY SAFE FROM RABIES

It's not too soon to think about vaccinating your pets against rabies.

Rabies is an incurable disease that is nearly always fatal. It's spread through contact with an infected mammal, such as a racoon, bat, fox or skunk. It's also been known to infect cattle and other livestock. That's why it's especially important to make sure your pets are properly vaccinated to help keep rabies out of your family's home.

Unfortunately, cases of wildlife rabies have been on the rise. From 2010 through 2013, there were 109 confirmed cases of wildlife rabies in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties, according to the state Health Department's Wadsworth laboratories. That's nearly 7 percent of the total number of wildlife rabies cases discovered statewide!

March 25, 2015
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Sen. Ortt's Week-in-Review

Sen. Ortt talks about the state budget, meeting with local farmers and advocating for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

March 20, 2015
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Arnot Teaching and Resource Forest hosts a New York Maple Weekend event this weekend, March 21 and 22 ~ Find out more

The Arnot Teaching and Resource Forest in the town of Cayuta will host a New York Maple Weekend event this Saturday and Sunday, March 21st and 22nd.

Read more HERE.

And in the Star-Gazette, "Sap ready to run at Arnot Forest"

For additional information on upcoming New York Maple Weekend events, visit www.nysmaple.com.

 

March 20, 2015
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March 19, 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
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Ortt: Senate Budget Boosts New York Agriculture

Senator Fights For Small Farms, Rural Communities and Market Expansion

New York State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I–North Tonawanda) understands the needs of farmers and the importance of increasing access to locally-grown products as a way to grow the region’s agriculture industry. Sen. Ortt recently voted in favor of the Senate’s “Brighter Future” budget plan, which addresses the priorities of Western New York families and farmers.

There’s been a demand among consumers for locally-grown food, and as a way to meet that demand, the Senate has put forth a multi-faceted “Grown in New York” agriculture plan. The farm plan supports local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food while strengthening rural communities.

March 16, 2015
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Senate Republican Budget Plan Creates Property Tax Rebate & Eliminates GEA

The New York State Senate Republican Majority approved a budget plan Thursday that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, increases aid to education and eliminates the Gap Elimination Adjustment.  It also makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure.

March 16, 2015
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March 16, 5:00 PM - 5:33 PM
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MAKE IT A MAPLE WEEKEND

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

Feeling like you need a cure for cabin fever?  On March 21st-22nd and 28th-29th,  more than 160 maple producers across New York State will open their sugar houses for “Maple Weekend.” Maple Weekends are chock full of events—everything from tours, pancake breakfasts, free samples and more—aimed at showing people just how maple syrup and maple products make their way from “tree to table.”

As Maple Weekend demonstrates, maple is more than just a tasty part of many of our favorite foods—it’s a major sector of our state’s agricultural economy.  When it comes to maple syrup production, New York is second only to Vermont. In 2014, 2.2 million taps across the state produced 546,000 gallons of syrup, which accounted for 17 percent of the total syrup produced in the entire United States. 

March 16, 2015
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GST BOCES STUDENTS VISIT ALBANY

Albany, N.Y.--In the photo above, Senator O'Mara meets in Albany with Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES students Derrick Griffith, left, and Zack Parker. 

The students, who are also members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA), accompanied Southern Tier soil and water conservation leaders to the Capitol on March 3rd to discuss priority issues.

"I think it's especially encouraging to have students like Derrick and Zack looking to carry on and lead this important and valuable work for the next generation," said Senator O'Mara, who chairs the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

March 13, 2015
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Senate Passes the "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

March 12, 2015
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Grown in NY Plan

The Grown in New York plan will help to meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities. Click here for more information. 

March 11, 2015
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