Issues: Agriculture

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #29: The New York State Fair is Great Every Year

The state’s biggest music and entertainment festival, trade show and agriculture exhibit is happening right now and it’s all in one place – the Great New York State Fair.

The state fair is the capstone to what is always a great county fair season.  It is a celebration of all things New York. It is a showcase for one of the state’s most important industries, agriculture, which has a $5.7 billion annual economic impact. It serves as an introduction to many of our citizens’ diverse backgrounds and cultural traditions. And it’s a platform for our best and brightest young people to show off their talents, whether it’s on a stage or in a barn.

August 21, 2014

Griffo To Bring Upstate Flavors to Great New York State Fair

SYRACUSE -  State Senator Joseph A. Griffo will be cooking up some tasty treats Thursday at the New York State Fair – and featuring maple syrup, apples and corn from upstate New York.

Griffo is bringing three recipes to make in the Wegmans Taste New York demonstration kitchen: spicy maple nuts, apple nachos and oven roasted corn on the cob with flavored butter. The cooking will begin at 2 p.m. in the Art & Home Center at the fairgrounds.

August 19, 2014

What’s Your Opinion on Hydrofracking Waste in New York?

Earlier this year, I held a public forum in Albany on the issue of hydrofracking waste disposal, focusing on the health and environmental risks posed by the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.  Hydrofracking waste is being brought into New York from Pennsylvania, and we know that this waste contains toxins that can contaminate drinking water. Some of this waste is being disposed of in New York landfills – but  is not being regulated as hazardous waste. I will continue fighting to protect New Yorkers from the dangerous waste products of hydrofracking. 

I’d like to hear the views of my constituents on these important issues. Please take a moment to answer these opinion questions below. Thank you for your participation.

August 18, 2014

Senator Gallivan issues 2014 Agritourism Guide

Farms and businesses across Western New York are opening their doors, issuing a heartfelt invitation to sample the abundant bounty and natural beauty found in New York's growing venture - agritourism.  Agritourism is the intersection of agriculture and tourism, a heady mix of farms, markets, people, livestock and the culture of growing food, guaranteed to entertain people of all ages.  Whether you're looking for an authentic farm experience, a pastoral setting to pick strawberries or ride horses, or scary twists and turns in a Halloween corn maze, it can all be found right here in your own backyard.

August 14, 2014

Finger Lakes winery wins prestigious Governor's Cup

Congratulations to Chateau Lafayette Reneau of Hector, Schuyler County -- the winner of this year's prestigious Governor's Cup for the winery's 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling.

Read more in:

The Odessa File: News of Schuyler County, "Chateau Lafayette Reneau captures top award"

The Leader, "Seneca winery wins Governor's Cup"

August 14, 2014


Agricultural Highlights of the 2014 Legislative Session:


• Estate Tax reform - Expansion of the Estate Tax exemption to ease the transfer of farms and small businesses to next generations (estimated $14 million)

August 12, 2014
August 11, 2014

State ag commish to visit Fair in Pike

August 1, 2014

Farmers' Markets dot the landscape of the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier

The Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions are home to numerous farmers' markets.

Find out more and locate a market near you through any of the following websites:

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Tompkins County Cooperative Extension

July 30, 2014

Showcasing local agriculture at this weekend's 22nd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards ~ Other festivals also on tap this weekend in Watkins Glen, Hammondsport

One of the summer's most anticipated festivals, the 22nd Annual Glorious Garlic Festival at Fox Run Vineyards, takes place this weekend, August 2-3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Satuday and Sunday.

Find out more at

July 30, 2014

Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Bills include support for educational initiatives, watershed projects, and programs to combat invasive species

ALBANY – Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) throughout New York are on the front lines of protecting the State’s natural resources, helping landowners, preventing floods, fighting the spread of invasive species, and educating the public.

Three bills sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, provide SWCDs with additional tools they need to accomplish their ambitious mission. The first two of these bills also were passed by the Assembly and are awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

July 29, 2014

Legislature Passes Bill Promoting Broadband Expansion

ALBANY – Streamlining the process to access federal grant funding to expand broadband in rural areas will open the doors to more economic opportunities, healthcare innovation, and educational investment.

A bill sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, speeds up the process that certain broadband providers, called Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), go through to access federal loans designated for broadband expansion. This legislation also was passed by the Assembly and is awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

July 28, 2014


Legislation Will Boost Tourism, Create Jobs by Putting Local Wineries on the Map

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her legislation to put North Country wineries on the map, create jobs and boost the economy has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Ritchie’s bill (S.6321-A) creates the “St. Lawrence Wine Trail,” highlighting for tourists and residents the increasing number of wines being produced locally. 

“In recent years a significant number of new wineries have popped up across New York State—and that includes a number of new establishments that are right here in our backyard,” said Senator  Ritchie. 

“The creation of the St. Lawrence Wine Trail is a chance for the North Country to capitalize on the fast-growing wine industry.  By putting these local businesses on the map, we can boost tourism, create jobs, encourage more people to shop local as well as strengthen current wineries and encourage more new businesses to open.”

July 22, 2014

Daily Mail: Gillibrand, Tkaczyk host forum for women farmers

Monday, July 21, 2014

By Kyle Adams  ATHENS — Women farmers from all over New York came to Greene County on Sunday to talk about the unique challenges and obstacles they face in a forum hosted by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, and the New York State Beginning Women Farmers Program.

About 40 people attended the discussion, held at Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens, to not only voice their concerns, but to find out how the state and federal governments can help.

According to Sarah Williford, of NYS Beginning Women Farmers Program, about 25 percent of farmers in the northeast are women, the highest concentration anywhere in the country — but that does not necessarily translate to farm ownership, she said.

July 21, 2014

US Senator Gillibrand and NYS Senator Tkaczyk host roundtable discussion in Greene County on the issues facing local farmers

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and NYS Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk hosted a roundtable discussion in Athens, Greene County on the issue facing local farmers and how the federal and state governments can better support their efforts. 

July 21, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #27: Go To The County Fair

The mercury on the thermometer is hitting 80-plus degrees and the children are out of school. Summer vacation is officially underway, and you may be wondering what to do.

Well, there’s plenty of great ways to have fun without having to travel far or put a dent in your bank account. I’d like to talk about one of my favorite activities.

July 3, 2014

Senator Carlucci & Assemblywoman Galef Pass Legislation Creating New “Accessible” Sign

Senator David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef were joined by advocates for people with disabilities to urge Governor Cuomo to sign their legislation (A.8193/S.6846) which willmodernize the Universal Symbol of Access to be implemented throughout New York State. 

June 26, 2014

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014


New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced that he has successfully secured $3.4 million in State funding to begin a major expansion at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. This expansion will create local jobs and continue to put our region at the cutting edge of agricultural research and development.


June 24, 2014


Strengthens $1 Million Program to Attract Next Generation of Family Farmers

June 20, 2014
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