Issues: Agriculture

RITCHIE RELEASES ANNUAL AGRICULTURE REPORT

Details Senate Ag Committee Activities for 2013

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State Senator Patty Ritchie has released the annual report of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture—which she chairs—detailing the activities of the Committee in 2013. 

“Agriculture is our state’s biggest industry, and as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, it’s a priority for me to help support our hardworking farmers in an effort to help the industry grow,” said Senator Ritchie

“This report details the hard work done by the Committee in 2013 and I would like to thank my colleagues, as well as the hardworking members of the agriculture industry whose input allowed us to take significant steps to foster further growth of this vital industry.”

December 9, 2013
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RITCHIE ATTENDS NY FARM BUREAU STATE ANNUAL MEETING

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined delegates, members and supporters of the New York Farm Bureau at the organization’s State Annual Meeting, held this week in Liverpool, NY.

Senator Ritchie—who chairs the New York State Senate Agriculture Committee—is a member of the Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends” list, comprised of legislators who show exemplary support for New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau.

December 6, 2013
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CALLING ALL FARMERS! FREE AGRICULTURAL GRANT OPPORTUNITY WORKSHOP TO BE HELD ON DECEMBER 12TH

Hosted by Senator Patty Ritchie and the  Jefferson County Agricultural Development Council

In an effort to help farmers and others in the agriculture industry grow their businesses, State Senator Patty Ritchie—in conjunction with the Jefferson County Agricultural Development Council—will host a free Agricultural Grant Opportunity Workshop on Thursday, December 12th. 

Featuring information on a variety of funding and loan programs, the event will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, located at 203 North Hamilton Street in Watertown.

“As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, it’s a top priority for me to find ways to help farmers meet the challenges they face and help them grow New York State’s already thriving agriculture economy,” said Senator Ritchie.

November 27, 2013
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Farm Bureau recognizes O'Mara as a 'friend' of New York agriculture, farmers

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has been named to the 2013 New York Farm Bureau "Circle of Friends" -- an honorary organization formed in 1990 by the state’s leading farm advocacy organization to recognize state legislators who strongly support agriculture.  

The Farm Bureau represents more than 35,000 member farm families statewide.

November 26, 2013
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH AG AND MARKETS ACTING COMMISSIONER

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with Department of Agriculture and Markets Acting Commissioner James Bays in Albany to discuss supporting New York’s hardworking farmers and expanding opportunities for those in the industry.

November 15, 2013
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NEARLY 1,000 PETS PROTECTED THROUGH RITCHIE RABIES CLINICS

6 No-Cost Events Held in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties 

Nearly 1,000 pets have been protected against rabies through State Senator Patty Ritchie’s no-cost vaccination clinics held recently in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

The clinics—which were made possible through funding Senator Ritchie secured in the state budget in response to an alarming increase in the number of wildlife rabies cases reported in the North Country—were hosted in conjunction with St. Lawrence County Public Health and Jefferson County Public Health.

“Rabies is a deadly disease, and I’m thrilled that through my clinics, we were able to vaccinate nearly 1,000 dogs and cats that may not have otherwise been protected,” said Senator Ritchie.

October 31, 2013
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Governor Signs Important Pro-Farmer Legislation Supported by Senator Young

For Release: Immediate, October 23, 2013

Legislation supporting farmers signed on the heels of Farm Bureau’s naming of Senator Young to its "Circle of Friends"

ALBANY - Following the recent naming of Senator Catharine Young to the New York Farm Bureau’s prestigious 2013 “Circle of Friends,” New York’s farmers scored a major victory in the fight to keep taxes down when Senator Young’s two percent cap on annual agricultural land assessments legislation was signed into law.

October 24, 2013
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NEARLY 225 ANIMALS VACCINATED AT RITCHIE’S NO-COST RABIES CLINIC

More than 225 animals were vaccinated at State Senator Patty Ritchie’s no-cost rabies clinic, which took place Wednesday evening in the Town of Le Ray.

The clinic was the second of three in Jefferson County being hosted in conjunction with Jefferson County Public Health.  The free clinics are made possible through a special state budget grant secured by Senator Ritchie. 

In addition to her Jefferson County events, Senator Ritchie also hosted three no-cost rabies clinics in St. Lawrence County.  So far more than 700 pets have been vaccinated as a result of her efforts. 

October 24, 2013
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New law bans invasive and destructive feral pigs

State Senator Betty Little announced legislation she sponsored banning the importation and possession of Eurasian boar, known as feral swine, was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday, October 22. 

Senator Little had worked closely with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and environmental organizations, including the Adirondack Council, to develop and build support for the measure. 

October 23, 2013
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Governor approves key plank of Senate's 'Grown in New York' plan for farmers: property tax relief

Albany, N.Y.—Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to place a two-percent cap on annual agricultural land assessment increases and deliver long-awaited and badly needed property tax relief to state farmers, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The signing was announced Tuesday at the Capitol.

October 23, 2013
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New law caps agriculture assessments, protecting farms from tax hikes

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is very pleased to announce that legislation (S.1952 of 2013) he co-sponsored to limit the annual increase in agricultural assessments to 2% has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

October 23, 2013
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Tkaczyk Commends Governor for Signing Bill to Limit Tax Increases for Farmland

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said she was very pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed into law a measure to cap assessment increases on farmland at two percent each year, and said the Governor has “once again demonstrated his support of and appreciation for the State’s farmers.”

The measure will “provide farmers in New York with a greater level of stability and predictability in budgeting and anticipating their expenses; And it will help small family farms to grow, invest in their farms and create new jobs,” Senator Tkaczyk said.

Previously, agricultural assessments could increase by as much as ten percent, which has led to a doubling of the base assessment for farm land in the last seven years. This has been disastrous for New York farmers.

October 22, 2013
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OVER 94,000 ELIGIBLE RICHMOND COUNTY HOMEOWNERS HAVE NOT REGISTERED FOR STAR

According to recent data from the New York State Tax Department, 66% of Richmond County homeowners have yet to re-register for their Basic STAR exemption. If you or someone you know is a homeowner that currently receives the Basic STAR exemption, please take the time to register or forward this important information. The registration deadline is December 31, 2013.

October 22, 2013
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RITCHIE BILL TO PROVIDE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR FARMERS SIGNED INTO LAW

Places Two Percent Cap on Annual Agricultural Land Assessment Increases

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that her bill to help provide New York State Farmers with relief from rising property taxes has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Under Senate Bill 1952, a two percent cap would be placed on annual agricultural land assessment increases.

“It goes without saying that farming is a land intensive business, with one of the main costs for farmers being taxes on the land they utilize,” said Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie.

“By enacting this two percent cap, we are providing our hardworking farmers—whether they’re just starting out or continuing a generations-old family tradition—with the relief they need to continue to grow not only their businesses, but also New York’s biggest industry as a whole.”

October 22, 2013
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST NO-COST RABIES CLINIC IN EVANS MILLS WEDNESDAY

Nearly 500 Pets Protected So Far Through Free Events 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding pet owners that she will host a no-cost rabies vaccination clinic in Evans Mills on Wednesday.

The free event—which is being hosted in conjunction with Jefferson County Public Health Service—will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Town of Le Ray Highway Barn, located at 8433 Willow St. in Evans Mills. 

The event is the fifth of six clinics Ritchie is hosting in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.  So far, nearly 500 pets have been protected from the deadly rabies disease through the free events—all made possible through a special state budget grant secured by Senator Ritchie.

“State health officials have found at least two dozen cases of rabies in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties in the past two years, which means our pets are at an increased risk of contracting this fatal disease,” said Senator Ritchie. 

October 22, 2013
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Farm Bureau Recognizes Legislators

All of Oneida County’s state representatives are among the 101 senators and Assembly members recognized by the New York Farm Bureau for their support of the state’s agriculture industry.

October 21, 2013
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Cuomo Signs Farm Cideries Bill

Friday, October 18, 2013

October 21, 2013
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SEN. GALLIVAN NAMED TO "CIRCLE OF FRIENDS" BY NY FARM BUREAU

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan has again been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends, reflecting his record of advocacy and accomplishment on behalf of New York State’s farmers, farms and farming communities.

“Agriculture is the lifeblood of the upstate and western New York economy and an integral part of our regional identity,” Gallivan said. “Since my first day in the Senate I have worked to advance policy and legislative initiatives that recognize the enormous potential for agriculture based economic development in western New York. I thank the Farm Bureau for this honor and look forward to continued progress.”

October 18, 2013
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O'Mara applauds signing of new law to encourage growth of farm cideries

Albany, N.Y.—Legislation co-sponsored this year by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to take steps to encourage the expansion of New York’s growing hard cider industry has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  

O'Mara applauded the signing, which was announced earlier today at the Capitol.

October 18, 2013
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Farm Cideries License Bill Signed by Governor Cuomo

Bill Delivers on Promise Made at the NYS Wine, Beer, and Spirits Summit Signing Kicks off Cider Week NY, Sponsored by Taste NY

 

October 17, 2013
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