Issues: Agriculture

Summer Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer 2013 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!

July 2, 2013
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Senate Passes Virtual Learning Bill

Bill creates online learning advisory committee to explore online and blended learning 

ALBANY— A bill passed in the Senate (S.5509-A), and sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean),  would help rural school districts dramatically increase course offerings for students by taking steps toward the creation of a statewide online and blended learning program.

Online and blended learning initiatives, often referred to as virtual learning, provide schools with cost-effective opportunities to use technology to offer students access to courses otherwise not available.

June 24, 2013
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Summary of 2013 Senate Legislative Action

 

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.  It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

June 24, 2013
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STATEMENT ON THE 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

As State Senator, my top priority has been making Central and Northern New York a better place to live and work, and this year’s session continues our progress.

With the adoption of a Middle Class-friendly state budget, we once again held the line on state spending, and provided urgently needed tax relief for the Middle Class.

June 22, 2013
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on Bills to Allow Licenses for NY Cideries and Streamline Labeling Process for NY Producers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean Skelos, Senate Majority Leader Coalition Leader Jeffery Klein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced a three way agreement on two bills that follow through on the promises made after the NYS Wine Beer and Spirits Summit. The Farm Cideries Bill (Governor’s Program Bill #18) will establish a new license for farm cideries similar to the licenses already available to farm wineries, breweries and distilleries.

June 20, 2013
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State Legislature OKs key plank of 'Grown in New York' plan pushed by O'Mara, Senate colleagues: property tax relief

Albany, N.Y., June 20—The Legislature has unanimously approved 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. 

June 20, 2013
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RITCHIE TO FARMERS: PROPERTY TAX RELIEF IS ON THE WAY

2% Tax Cap for Land Assessments a Top Farm Bureau Priority

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced final passage of legislation that would provide New York State farmers with relief from rising property taxes. Under Senate Bill 1952, a 2 percent tax cap would be placed on annual agricultural land assessment increases.

"Land taxes are crushing farmers, threatening to drive many right out of business, and making it harder to keep generations-old farms in the family," said Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie. 

June 18, 2013
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Senators Young and Hannon Lead Effort to Help Rural Hospitals

ALBANY— Many of New York’s rural hospitals are in danger of closing unless policy changes are made to strengthen them, according to Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), who recently led a roundtable discussion with experts from across upstate to brainstorm solutions.

The session was a joint endeavor between Senator Young, Chair of the Commission on Rural Resources, and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I—Garden City), Chair of the Senate Health Committee.

June 18, 2013
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O'Mara. community help celebrate longest continuously owned family farm in New York State

 

On Saturday in the town of Howard, Steuben County, Senator O'Mara joined members of the community to help celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Howard Flats Farm -- the longest continuously owned family farm in New York State.

The dairy farm is currently operated by Phil and Juanita Bennett -- the fifth generation of the Bennett family to stay in farming, with the next generation ready to take over.

"This is a part of American history, a tradition that started 200 years ago with the Bennett family and now working on its sixth generation," O'Mara said at Saturday's community celebration.

June 17, 2013
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RITCHIE CELEBRATES AGRICULTURE AT JEFFERSON COUNTY DAIRY FESTIVAL

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie recently joined community members to celebrate the region’s agriculture industry at the Jefferson County Dairy Festival. 

The celebration, which is held each year during National Dairy Month, aims to raise awareness of the importance of agriculture in the North Country.

June 14, 2013
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Legislature approves Niagara Wine Trail expansion

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that today both chambers of the State Legislature approved legislation (S.1095-A) to expand and rename the Niagara Wine Trail system.  The new configuration will extend the trail across all of Orleans County and into Western Monroe County, encompassing more wineries than ever before.

June 14, 2013
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Senate Passes Legislation Sponsored by Senator Valesky Giving State Purchase Preference to Local Products

ALBANY, N.Y.—The State Senate passed legislation (S.5552) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will expand the amount of New York State local food products purchased by New York State agencies.

June 14, 2013
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ALLOW CROSSBOW HUNTING IN NEW YORK

Gallivan Says “It’s Time To Expand Opportunities For State’s Sportsmen”

ALBANY - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that the New York State Senate has again passed legislation (1699-B) to make the crossbow a legal hunting implement in New York State, and empower the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to promulgate rules and regulations to establish a crossbow hunting season and govern their use in New York.

June 14, 2013
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Serrano Bill to Encourage Agricultural Tourism Passes the Senate

(Albany, NY) - The New York State Senate passed a bill (S1030/A2425), sponsored by Senator José M. Serrano, designed to attract New York residents and tourists to the States' farms and farmers' markets.

June 13, 2013
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SENATE OK’S RITCHIE BILL TO BOOST LOCAL FOOD IN STATE FACILITIES

Plan Would Support Local Farmers, Improve Nutrition in Prisons, Hospitals

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie that seeks to boost the amount of locally produced food sold to state prisons, hospitals and other facilities.

FIND LOCAL FOOD AT AREA FARMERS MARKETS

The measure (S.4061) would give agencies easy access to farm fresh products by directing officials to create a list of competitively priced food products that are available for institutional sale.

June 12, 2013
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Senator Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy Urge Fundamental Fairness for Farmworkers in New York State

At the Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Growing Green urban farm, Senator Kennedy and Kerry Kennedy, daughter of RFK, push for Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. 

Farmworkers have endured decades of unfairness and substandard working conditions after being cut out of state and federal labor relations laws. 

Senator Kennedy: All Workers Deserve Fair Treatment and Fair Wages for a Fair Day’s Work – and Farmworkers Deserve the Same Fundamental Fairness.

June 10, 2013
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FARMERS MARKETS IN FULL SWING ACROSS NY STATE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 Many people think of Memorial Day as the “unofficial” start to summer.  But, for me, there’s something else that signals the start of the season: the opening of farmers markets across Central and Northern New York. 

From fresh corn and crisp apples, to delicious pies and salt potatoes the farmers markets that dot our region are not only an opportunity to eat tasty, local, nutritious food they’re a great way to support New York State’s hardworking farmers too.

June 4, 2013
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Senate Unanimously Passes Klein Bill Aimed at Fighting Childhood Obesity in High Risk Communities

ALBANY, NEW YORK – On Monday night, the New York State Senate passed legislation to combat childhood obesity by implementing a wide array of initiatives. These initiatives include: expanding community gardens where fresh produce is grown, kick-starting new obesity programs that encourage schoolchildren to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and launching new services through Cornell University that provide obesity and respiratory disease prevention programs in high risk areas. Additionally, New York State will establish direct marketing campaigns aimed at encouraging children in high-risk neighborhoods to consume healthy foods.

June 4, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN’S WEEKLY VOTING REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 27, 2013

In An Effort To Keep The Community And Citizens Better Informed About The Business Being Undertaken By Their Elected State Government, Senator Gallivan Will Publish Important Legislative Votes Following Each Week’s Legislative Session

June 3, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Room 411 LOB

June 4, 9:00 AM - 9:09 AM
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