Issues: Agriculture

ROOM TO GROW IN NY’S BIGGEST INDUSTRY

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly ColumnFrom sowing crops by hand and working the land with simple wooden plows to employing new and advanced technologies to grow better—and more—crops, agriculture has come a long way since it first took root in the United States.Illustrating these changes is the newly-released USDA 2012 “Census of Agriculture” (read the full report here).  The survey, which is taken every five years, not only indicates that agriculture continues to be a strong and major driver of our state and local economies, it also shows that there are tremendous opportunities for further growth in the industry. According to the report, the market values of livestock, crops and total products grown and produced by those in the industry are at an all time high, as farms in the United S

February 24, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

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

February 11, 9:00 AM - 9:24 AM
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A "FRIENDLY, BALL OF ENERGY": MEET BUBBA CHUBBA!

This week’s “Pet of the Week,” is Bubba Chubba, who has called the Potsdam Humane Society “home” since May of 2013. He’s described as courageous, loyal, friendly and a ball of energy.  If you’d like more information on Bubba Chubba, please call the Potsdam Humane Society at (315) 265-3199.  

February 5, 2014
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Federal Farm Bill Will Provide Greater Stability for New York Farmers

Senator Young strongly supports passage of Farm Bill

ALBANY— With farms serving as the foundation of our nation’s food supply, it is encouraging to see progress being made toward the passage of a long awaited federal Farm Bill.

“Agriculture has always been key to the success of our state,” said Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), chair of the New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. “As a state legislator, I am pleased to see our representatives at the federal level working to pass legislation that will improve the stability of our food system, mitigate risks for farmers, encourage economic development in rural areas, and benefit the health and safety of consumers.”

January 31, 2014
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MEET THE GOVERNOR'S NOMINEE FOR AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER

Richard Ball, the Governor's nominee for state Agriculture Commissioner, appeared today at the meeting of the State Senate's Agriculture Committee, which is chaired by Senator Patty Ritchie.Senator Ritchie invited the Commissioner to meet with members of the committee in advance of the official hearings on his confirmation to the post.Mr. Ball has made a living in agriculture his entire life, and modeled his career on his grandparents, who were lifelong dairy farmers.For the past 20 years, he has been the owner and operator of Schoharie Valley Farms, which consists of 200 acres and produces a wide range of vegetable crops, small fruits and greenhouse crops.

January 28, 2014
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Winter Rural Futures Newsletter 2013-14

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Winter 2013-14 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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Winter Rural Futures Newsletter 2013-14

January 28, 2014
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COOKIE: THIS WEEK'S "PET OF THE WEEK"

This week’s pet of the week comes to us from the Oswego County Humane Society. “Cookie” is described as a lovable pet that always likes to be by his owner’s side. To adopt Cookie, please call the Oswego County Humane Society at (315) 343-2959.

January 28, 2014
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Apples to Apple: Senator prodding farmers to markets

By LAUREN LEWIS

AMSTERDAM RECORDER

Eating local food is in, and that could be great news for local farmers looking to expand their selling market.

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, and members of the upstate farming community paid a visit to New York City's largest greenmarket at Union Square Park Jan. 17.

"We were amazed at the foot traffic in New York City, at the markets," Tkaczyk said.

The Union Square Market is open four days a week, all year round.

"It was fascinating to see so many people there for several hours, shopping and buying things and connecting with farmers," Tkaczyk said.

January 27, 2014
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RITCHIE GETS 'SCHOOLED' AT ANNUAL ST. LAWRENCE MAPLE EVENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie "got schooled" at the annual "Maple School" hosted by the St. Lawrence County Maple Producers Association and the local FFA.

The event, held Saturday at Gouverneur Central School, drew nearly 100 current and aspriring maple producers from across the North Country to learn from experts and fellow farmers about the age-old springtime tradition of sugaring, as well as new techniques to improve production and quality.

January 25, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Room 411 LOB

RICHARD A. BALL, ACTING COMMISSIONER OF THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS, TO ADDRESS THE COMMITTEE.

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January 28, 9:07 AM - 9:29 AM
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"FRED" THE FELINE: THIS WEEK'S PET OF THE WEEK

This week’s pet of the week is Fred, a short haired domestic male who is just over a year old. According to the Jefferson County SPCA, he’s a big cat with a big heart. For more information on Fred, visit the Jefferson County SPCA's website at www.jeffersoncountyspca.org or call (315) 782-3260.

January 22, 2014
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Tkaczyk Connecting Upstate Farms with NYC Markets

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk organized and participated in a meeting between members of the Upstate farming community and officials from Grow NYC, which manages the largest Greenmarket in the country.

Senator Tkaczyk said, “My goal is to connect small Upstate farmers with the New York City markets, forge new partnerships and collaborations and bring more produce from our local farms to the restaurants and consumers in New York City.”

Tkaczyk organized the meeting and was joined by farmers and agricultural experts to tour Grow NYC’s largest Greenmarket, their flagship in Union Square Park. Since its start in 1976, the Union Square Greenmarket has grown to include, during peak season, 140 regional farmers, fisherman and bakers.

January 18, 2014
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RITCHIE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO CREATE ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY WINE TRAIL

Measures Would Spotlight Black Lake, Lisbon and Winthrop Wineries 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has introduced legislation to establish a St. Lawrence County Wine Trail in an effort to help put local wineries and vineyards on the map, boost local businesses and create jobs in the North Country. 

“Over the past 27 years, more than 250 new wineries have opened across New York State—that includes many in the North Country.  Along with those new businesses come new opportunities to attract tourists to our region,” said Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Patty Ritchie. 

“This legislation will literally put our local wineries on the map, creating a county-wide tourist destination that can eventually be linked to the Thousand Islands Wine Trail in Jefferson County.  Moreover, the measure will help to spotlight these new wineries, boosting their businesses and also will provide for new business and employment opportunities in the North Country.”

There are currently 16 wine trails across New York, from the eastern end of Long Island to the Niagara escarpment, and including Jefferson County’s wine trail.  The St. Lawrence County Wine Trail would be the state’s 17th; a reflection of the industry’s growth and statewide presence. 

Under the proposed legislation (S.6321), the St. Lawrence County Wine Trail would begin near Black Lake’s Bella Brooke Winery in Morristown, extending to Lisbon’s River Myst Winery and then to High Peaks Winery in Winthrop.  The trail is designed also to attract visitors to St. Lawrence Brewing’s microbrewery in Canton, providing the four establishments additional opportunities to collaborate and market themselves. 

January 15, 2014
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MEET "FREDDY" -- SENATOR RITCHIE'S "PET OF THE WEEK"

This week’s “Pet of the Week” is Freddy, a male, orange tabby cat. For more information on Freddy please call the St. Lawrence Valley SPCA at (315) 393-5191.

January 14, 2014
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GIVE A PET A NEW “LEASH ON LIFE”

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

January 13, 2014
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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ISSUES REPORT ON REGULATORY REFORM

REPORT IDENTIFIES OVER 2,000 STATE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WARRANT REFORM OR REVIEW

ALBANY – The New York State Senate Majority Coalition issued a comprehensive report today that sheds light on New York State’s notoriously dense regulatory structure and identifies 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

January 13, 2014
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