Issues: Agriculture

CELEBRATE DAIRY: JUNE IS DAIRY MONTH

Senator Patty Ritchie, chair of the State Senate's Agriculture Committee, is pictured with New York's 51st Dairy Princess, Casey Porter, of Adams Center, during the annual Dairy Parade, held June 6 in downtown Watertown . The 17-year-old, who grew up on a dairy farm and plans to study agriculture this fall at Cornell, was chosen over 24 other contestants at the Coronation event held in Liverpool in February.

Dairy is the centerpiece of New York's $5.7 billion agriculture industry, and New York currently ranks third in the US in dairy production, with 5427 dairy farms--and young farmers, like Casey, will help lead the indutry's growth into the future, Senator Ritchie said.

June 9, 2014
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Governor Cuomo Announces $350,000 in Awards Under the FreshConnect Farmers' Market Program; Program Increases Access to Farm Fresh Products; SNAP Recipients Get 40% More in Benefits by Shopping at Participating Farmers' Markets

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced more than $350,000 under the FreshConnect Farmers’ Market program to fund 17 farmers’ markets across the state and provide valuable incentives for SNAP participants and veterans. Currently in its fourth year, the FreshConnect Farmers’ Market program has increased capacity for farmers to directly market their products to consumers while providing New Yorkers in underserved communities with new opportunities to purchase farm fresh products.

May 16, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Room 411 LOB

May 20, 9:00 AM - 9:04 AM
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St. Johnsville Springfest Parade

Had a great time at the St. Johnsville Springfest Parade. I was in charge of the tractor!

May 12, 2014
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THIS SUMMER, EAT FARMERS MARKET FRESH

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

More vitamins and minerals, protection against diseases such as heart disease and cancer, a lower number on the scale and freshness that is second to none—these are just some of the benefits of eating fruits, vegetables and other foods found at your local farmers market. 

May 12, 2014
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Schoharie County Farmer Takes Helm As State Ag Commissioner

ALBANY, 05/06/14-- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today congratulated Richard A. Ball following his unanimous confirmation by the New York Senate as commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

“Today is a proud day for Schoharie County and a great day for New York agriculture,” said Senator Seward.  “As a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, it was my pleasure to move the nomination of Richard Ball as commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and help usher the nomination through full senate confirmation.”

May 6, 2014
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With Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and Senator Terry Gipson

My friend Richard Ball, nominated last year by Governor Cuomo to serve as Commissioner of Agriculture, stopped by today's meeting of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Commissioner Ball is is 20-year owner and operator of Schoharie Valley Farms and has long been involved in the effort to connect small Upstate farmers with consumers in New York City and other parts of the State.

May 6, 2014
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SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE APPROVES NEW COMMISSIONER

The State Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday approved Richard Ball—a native New Yorker and longtime farmer—as the new Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CONFIRMATION PROCEEDINGS (TRT 01:04)

“I first had opportunity to meet Richard during the recovery efforts following Hurricane Irene, when he was gracious enough to let me survey the damage sustained at his farm and offered suggestions for how to best help farmers rebound from their losses,” said Senator Patty Ritchie, who chairs the Agriculture Committee. 

“I learned then agriculture and helping his fellow farmers succeed are Richard’s passions.  I’d like to thank the Governor for making such an excellent appointment to this post and I’m looking forward to working alongside the new Commissioner to help our state’s largest industry continue to grow.”

May 6, 2014
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May 6, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Room 124 CAP

May 6, 9:14 AM - 9:53 AM
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO FIGHT RABIES

First North Country Case of 2014 Reported

In light of the first rabies case for 2014 being confirmed last week in St. Lawrence County, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $25,000 in State Budget funding to help fight the disease in the North Country. 

April 28, 2014
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Spring Rural Futures Newsletter 2014

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Spring 2014 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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Spring Rural Futures Newsletter 2014

April 24, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #17: Celebrating Earth Day & Arbor Day

Earth Day and Arbor Day are wonderful reminders of our ongoing obligation to protect our natural resources, which provide us shelter, food, fuel and beauty.

April 24, 2014
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"Civil Right to Know" GMO movement

Calling for the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods in New York State.

 

 

April 16, 2014
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The Daily Gazette: Betting on the farm

State budget funding, estate-tax changes could help industry

Sunday, April 13, 2014

By Haley Viccaro  Gazette Reporter  

Photos by Marc Schultz

 State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk grew up on a dairy farm in New Jersey and over the past 25 years has managed her own sheep farm in Duanesburg.

Since becoming senator of the state’s 46th district, which includes parts of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster counties and all of Greene and Montgomery, Tkaczyk has been juggling her two demanding roles.

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April 15, 2014
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Ritchie Young Farmers Plan Preserves the Future of Family Farming

Senator Patty Ritchie's Young Farmer's Plan, a $1 million initiative that boosts family family and addresses the increasing age of New York farmers, was featured in this news story on TWC News.

April 3, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle: State Budget Assists Agriculture and Family Farming

April 3, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle revealed that there is good news for agriculture and family farming in the NY State Budget.  Senator LaValle said, “I am proud to represent one of the largest agricultural districts in New York. The local farming community faces many difficult challenges to continue the tradition of the industry on Long Island. The budget measures we approved will provide the next generation with the necessary tools to continue to ensure the farming remains viable.”

April 3, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Senator Young Secures $5 Million in Funding for New York State Critical Access Hospitals

Critical Access Hospitals provide vital healthcare for rural communities

ALBANY – For the second year in a row, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, announced that she successfully secured funding crucial to the continued operation of New York’s Critical Access Hospitals.

“These facilities serve as a healthcare lifeline for many rural communities. The people they serve are reliant on the healthcare services they provide,” said Senator Young.

April 1, 2014
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2014-15 State Budget Includes Funding to Promote and Sustain Agriculture and Family Farming in New York State

The New York State Senate today passed a state budget that provides millions to support and strengthen New York State’s leading industry – agriculture. The 2014-2015 state budget includes $8 million in new budget funding, the highest level in six years. Funding will go to farming programs and initiatives, as well as towards research, education, and agriculture promotion throughout New York State. 

March 31, 2014
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