Issues: Agriculture

O'Mara says new state budget includes beginnings of Senate's 'Young Farmers NY' strategy

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said today that the 2014-15 state budget will include key provisions of a comprehensive “Young Farmers NY” program he and his Senate colleagues unveiled earlier this year.

The “Young Farmers NY” strategy, which O’Mara co-sponsors, combines financial and educational initiatives and incentives aimed at keeping New York State’s leading industry competitive for the next generation.

March 31, 2014
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BUILDING A FUTURE FOR FARMING IN THE NEW STATE BUDGET

Snow and cold aside, March is a “sweet” month.  That’s because of “Maple Weekend,” an annual celebration held to promote New York’s maple industry. With 2.2 million taps, our state is the nation’s second largest maple producer with plenty of room for growth.During this year’s Maple Weekend, I had the chance to visit with our region’s newest young farmer, Josh Parker.  A16 year-old, Josh has set up his own maple sugar operation in St.

March 31, 2014
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Griffo, Brindisi: New State Budget Includes Boost to Agriculture

ALBANY – As Maple Weekend comes to a close, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi are pleased to announce more than $8.5 million in funding to sustain future agriculture programs.

The 2014-15 state budget includes $2.4 million for vital agricultural programs restored through negotiations, as well as a $6.3 million increase in funding for important ongoing research – the largest commitment in at least six years, the legislators said.

“New York farmers need our support to make their operations more efficient and more profitable,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “That’s why I was pleased to advocate for rejecting the governor’s proposed cuts to these essential programs and increasing funding to several others.”

March 31, 2014
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RITCHIE ‘YOUNG FARMERS’ PLAN INCLUDED IN FINAL STATE BUDGET

Budget Also Reaffirms NY’s Commitment to Agriculture with Record New Funding for Farm Programs State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that key elements of her “Young Farmers NY” plan to support and encourage careers in agriculture will be included in the final state budget, which also adds record levels of new funding for priority agriculture programs that can help farmers succeed. The $1 million Young Farmers NY initiative includes Sen. Ritchie’s proposal for new farmer innovation grants—now called the “NY Beginning Farmer Fund”—of up to $50,000 each to help start or expand an agriculture business.

March 30, 2014
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Senator Young Applauds Announcement of Federal Assistance for New York’s Wine and Grape Farmers

For Release: Immediate, March 28, 2014

            ALBANY - Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) official disaster declaration in response to the damages suffered by grape vineyards during this winter's freezing cold temperatures. Many farmers are fearing vineyards have sustained the worst damages in 20 years and federal assistance will be necessary to cover the losses.

            This winter grape growers worst fears were realized when the persistent freezing cold temperatures struck, threatening the life of grape vines and buds. The extended sub-zero temperatures caused severe damage to the plants that are the bedrock of New York's $4.8 billion wine and grape industry. Hundred of farmers stand to lose up to 90 percent of their crops, according to an estimate from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

March 28, 2014
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Senator Valesky’s Grow: Pride of New York legislation passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.—The State Senate unanimously passed legislation (S.5064) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will help consumers find garden centers, nurseries, Christmas tree farms and other horticulture dealers that sell New York state products. The Grow: Pride of New York program creates a designation for such businesses and allows them to use marketing materials that promote their locally sourced products.

March 27, 2014
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March 26, 7:30 PM - 7:35 PM
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Your Voice with Senator Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses the Senate's budget resolution, and his priorities for tax relief, mandate relief, education, agriculture, health care and infrastructure. Hosted by Julia Lilkendey.

March 25, 2014
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ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY WINE TRAIL INCLUDED IN SENATE BUDGET

Plan Would Put Local Wineries and Vineyards on the Map, Boost Local Business, Create Jobs

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the recently approved Senate budget proposal includes a measure to establish a St. Lawrence County Wine Trail; a plan that would help put local vineyards and winemakers on the map, attract more tourists to the area and boost local business, create jobs in the region.

“The North Country has a perfect opportunity to capitalize on the fast-growing wine and grape industries by creating a St. Lawrence Wine Trail that links our area’s vineyards and winemakers,” said Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Patty Ritchie.   

“The inclusion of the St. Lawrence Wine Trail in the Senate’s spending plan represents a major step for this legislation.  I’m looking forward to working to make sure the proposal—which would create new business, employment and tourism opportunities—is included in the final enacted budget.”

March 20, 2014
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March 20, 10:00 AM - 10:03 AM
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Senator Young Discusses Agriculture on “Your Voice”

Senator Young recently appeared on the Senate TV program “Your Voice” to discuss the huge importance of agriculture to our region and state.

Our farms and agriculture industry are the backbone of our economy, contributing more than $5.4 billion to our state every year, and few work harder or face greater challenges than our dedicated farmers.

Since her election to the State Assembly in 1998, and the State Senate in 2005, supporting and promoting agriculture has always been among Senator Young’s highest priorities. The dairy and crop industries, including maple, apple, and wine and grapes, among others, are all crucial to the economy and health of our state.

March 18, 2014
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Hamilton FFA Members Attend Agriculture Awareness Days in the Capitol

By Lindsey Palmer

(Hamilton, NY – March 2014) On Feb. 10 and 11, two members from the Hamilton FFA, Greg and Lindsey Palmer, attended the FFA Government Awareness Days in Albany. The members traveled with other local FFA chapters to meet 100 FFA members and advisors from across New York state  in the capitol.

On Monday, Feb. 10, members attended five sessions hosted by the NYS Farm Bureau, which taught the students about variety of agriculture issues such as GMO labeling, farm labor, animal welfare and agriculture teacher shortages.

March 18, 2014
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Albany proposal means to help young NY farmers with tax breaks, student loan forgiveness

By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

on March 04, 2014 at 1:50 PM, updated March 04, 2014 at 2:10 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, today introduced legislation that would put $30 million in state taxpayer money toward helping young New Yorkers replace an aging generation of farmers.

The "Young Farmers NY" legislative package includes a college loan forgiveness program, new tax breaks and an easing of property transfers -- all measures designed to encourage young people to choose agriculture as a career, according to Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, also supports the proposal.

March 18, 2014
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AGRICULTURE, FAMILY FARMING WILL GROW WITH SENATE BUDGET PLAN

Ritchie ‘Young Farmer’ Plan, Record Ag Funding Wins Bipartisan Support   Senator Ritchie’s “Young Farmers NY” plan to secure the future of family farming and encourage more young people to pursue careers in agriculture won bipartisan approval today as part of the Senate’s state budget plan that also included nearly $9 million in new investments in programs to help farmers grow. That amount is the largest increase in support for agricultural research, marketing and education programs in at least six years. Senator Ritchie’s Young Farmers NY plan was modeled on successful programs in other states that are bringing young people back to agriculture.

March 16, 2014
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Senate Budget Resolution Meets Real Needs

ALBANY, 03/14/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on passage of the senate’s budget resolution for fiscal year 2014-15:

“The senate budget plan fulfills many of the priorities expressed to me by families, employers, and community groups that make up my senate district.  Approval of the plan also means we are on track to pass an on-time state budget for a fourth straight year. 

“Among the highlights - property tax relief to combat the greatest expense families and business in New York face; education aid that will support our neediest schools; and job creation incentives which will help boost economic development.

March 14, 2014
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH MEMBERS OF THE NYS CORN AND SOYBEAN GROWERS ASSOCIATION

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with members of the New York State Corn and Soybean Growers Association in Albany. 

March 14, 2014
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March 17, 2:00 PM - 2:12 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Updates You on Budget Talks on Your Voice in Albany

On this week’s program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an update on some significant issues being debated as budget talks intensify in Albany.  These budget items include tax reform, education reform, funding for charter schools, the Senate’s “Young Farmers NY” plan, and the “NY Dream Act.”

March 11, 2014
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES “YOUNG FARMERS PLAN” TO SECURE THE FUTURE OF FAMILY FARMING

SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES “YOUNG FARMERS PLAN” TO SECURE THE FUTURE OF FAMILY FARMING

March 10, 2014
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