Issues: Agriculture

WHAT IF THERE WERE NO FARMERS?

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column From the food we eat to the products we use, not a day goes by that we don’t have a farmer to thank for helping to provide life’s necessities.  But, what if there weren’t any farmers?  As recent research suggests, that’s a question we should be considering.  Farming is our state’s most important industry, it’s also a way of life handed down from generation to generation. But as the recent USDA Census of Agriculture depicted, the average New York farmer is changing. According to the report, the average age of New York farmers is 57.1 years, with two farmers aged 65 and older for each one under 35.  In addition, the survey also pointed to the fact that roughly 50,000 acres of farmland were lost in New York in each of the past five years.

March 10, 2014
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Senator Young Joins Senate Colleagues in Unveiling Plan to Support Young Farmers

For Release: Immediate, March 7, 2014

“Young Farmers NY” Will Support the Next Generation of Family Farmers

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ALBANY - Senator Young and her Senate colleagues unveiled the new “Young Farmers NY” program this week, which will help support and encourage the next generation of farmers.

“Agriculture is the backbone of our state’s economy, contributing more than $5.4 billion every year, and few work harder or face greater challenges than our dedicated farmers. We owe it to them and to the next generation of aspiring farmers and agricultural leaders to enact the Young Farmers NY program and support them in their enthusiastic desire to help strengthen the farms that power our state’s economy,” said Senator Young.

March 7, 2014
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RITCHIE GETS A “TASTE OF NY” AT AGRICULTURE EVENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended the New York Farm Bureau’s “Taste of New York Reception and Issues Forum.”

The event—which was held at the Capitol—featured locally produced food and drink. 

As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Ritchie has been working to support farmers and recently, unveiled her “Young Farmers NY” plan to encourage more young people to pursue careers agriculture.

March 7, 2014
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Senator Farley Discusses Farm Issues

Fulton County Representatives for the Farm Bureau met with State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) on March 4th in Albany to discuss legislation concerning agriculture. Included in the meeting (left to right) were Lee Hollenbeck, Clark Subik and Todd Rogers. Senator Farley is seated in the middle.

March 7, 2014
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Senator Farley Discusses Fair Issues with NYSAAF Representatives

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives of the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs (NYSAAF) on March 3rd in Albany to discuss the proposed State Budget and funding as well as other legislation pertaining to county fairs. Included in the meeting were (left to right) Will Schultz and Marie McMillen of the Altamont Fair, Frank Griffin and Jeff Townsend of the Saratoga County Fair, and Tom Della Rocco of Altamont Fair. Senator Farley is seated in the middle.

March 7, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture  Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair  9:00 AM, Tuesday, March 11, 2014  Room 411 LOB

March 11, 9:00 AM - 9:09 AM
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Senator Bonacic met with representatives from the Orange County 4-H Group.

Left to right: Sydney Parkin, Senator Bonacic, Community Educator Marika Rywak

March 6, 2014
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Senator Bonacic met with representatives from the Sullivan County 4-H Group in Albany

Left to right: Caroline Robinson; Alison Wells; Senator Bonacic; Marylin Jones, Community Educator; and Jessica Schips

March 6, 2014
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Senator John Bonacic met with representatives from the Delaware County 4-H Group in Albany

Left to right: Assemblyman Cliff Crouch; Abigail Dennis; Leigha LaTourette; Senator Bonacic; Brooke LaTourette; and Emily Rouch, 4-H Community Educator

March 6, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #10: Maple Weekend Is Coming

Mark your calendars for March 22-23 and March 29-30. Maple Weekend is almost upon us!

This is your chance to get a first-hand look at how maple products are made, from the tree tap to the table. New York is the nation's second largest maple producer, producing a whopping 18 percent of America's entire output.

March 6, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH ORANGE COUNTY FARMERS AT NY FARM BUREAU RECEPTION IN ALBANY

On Monday, March 3, 2014 Senator Bonacic met with Orange County farmers at the New York Farm Bureau reception in Albany.  They discussed issues of importance to the agricultural community in the Hudson Valley.

March 5, 2014
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Senator Patty Ritchie Press Conference on 'Young Farmers' plan

Senator Patty Ritchie unveiled a comprehensive legislative proposal to strengthen family farming in New York and encourage more young people to pursue careers in agriculture.Speakers at the State Capitol press conference included young farmers Orion and Jessica Behling, of Mexico (Oswego County), NY, who are partners in their family's apple orchard, cidery and you-pick business.Read more about Senator Ritchie's plan by clicking here. 

March 5, 2014
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"Young Farmers NY" Will Fortify Our Farming Future

ALBANY, 03/04/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to unveil the “Young Farmers NY” plan to address issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and to preserve the future of family farming.  The initiative will support and encourage a new generation of farmers and help strengthen the state’s leading industry for decades to come.

March 4, 2014
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Senate Republicans Unveil Plan to Secure the Future of Family Farming

"YOUNG FARMERS NY" ENCOURAGE NEW GENERATION OF FARMERS, STRENGTHENS NY'S LEADING INDUSTRY 

Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled their “Young Farmers NY” plan to address issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and to preserve the future of family farming.

March 4, 2014
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RITCHIE UNVEILS PLAN TO SECURE THE FUTURE OF FAMILY FARMING

“Young Farmers NY” Encourages New Generation of Farmers, Strengthens NY’s Leading IndustrySenator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today unveiled her “Young Farmers NY” plan to address issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and to preserve the future of family farming.  The initiative will support and encourage a new generation of farmers and help strengthen the state’s leading industry for decades to come.CLICK HERE TO SEE DETAILS OF THE PLANWATCH VIDEO OF THE STATE CAPITOL PRESS CONFERENCE“Young Farmers NY,” which was announced today at a Capitol news conference, is a series of proposals to smooth the transfer of farmland to the next generation, preserve existing farmland, and help young farmers overcome obstacles to give them a grea

March 4, 2014
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Senate Republicans Unveil Plan to Secure the Future of Family Farming

Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled their “Young Farmers NY” plan to address issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and to preserve the future of family farming.  The initiative will support and encourage a new generation of farmers and help strengthen the state’s leading industry for decades to come. “Young Farmers NY,” which was announced today at a Capitol news conference, is a series of proposals to smooth the transfer of farmland to the next generation, preserve existing farmland, and help young farmers overcome obstacles to give them a greater opportunity for a successful career in agriculture.

March 4, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY AND REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES UNVEIL PLAN TO SECURE THE FUTURE OF FAMILY FARMING

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and fellow members of the Senate Republican Conference unveiled their “Young Farmers NY” plan on March 4th to address issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and to preserve the future of family farming. The initiative will support and encourage a new generation of farmers and help strengthen the state’s leading industry for decades to come.

“Young Farmers NY” is a series of proposals to smooth the transfer of farmland to the next generation, preserve existing farmland, and help young farmers overcome obstacles to give them a greater opportunity for a successful career in agriculture.

March 4, 2014
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Senator Maziarz introduces Young Farmers NY plan

Senator George Maziarz and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled their “Young Farmers NY” plan to address issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and to preserve the future of family farming.  The initiative will support and encourage a new generation of farmers and help strengthen the state’s leading industry for decades to come.

“Young Farmers NY,” which was announced today at a Capitol news conference, is a series of proposals to smooth the transfer of farmland to the next generation, preserve existing farmland, and help young farmers overcome obstacles to give them a greater opportunity for a successful career in agriculture.

March 4, 2014
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GALLIVAN INVITES ERIE COUNTY AREA BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS TO TAKE PART IN SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT IN SPRINGVILLE

ERIE COUNTY - New York State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Economic Development, announced today that he is partnering with the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce to host a Small Business Summit for business owners, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs in the southern Erie County area.

The seminar will take place on Friday, May 2nd from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM at Springville Country Club on Cascade Drive in Springville.

The program will feature an update on small business and economic growth initiatives being undertaken by Senator Gallivan in Albany and a presentation by professional business development consultant Frank Swiatek entitled “What Businesses Can Do For Themselves.”

March 2, 2014
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