Issues: Agriculture

Senator Grisanti Named To “Circle Of Friends” For Third Straight Year By New York Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau announced today that Senator Grisanti (R,I) was named to the “Circle of Friends” for the third straight year by the New York Farm Bureau.

October 7, 2013
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October 7, 2013
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Senators on Regulatory Reform

Senator David J. Valesky appeared on Capital Tonight on YNN this week, along with Sens. Patrick Gallivan and Kathleen Marchione, to talk about the regulatory reform hearings they have been conducting around the state to find burdensome and unnecessary regulations. Watch the interview here.

October 4, 2013
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Senator Maziarz remains a member of Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends"

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) has been included on the list of the New York Farm Bureau’s annual “Circle of Friends.”  The award indicates Senator Maziarz support of agriculture and the Farm Bureau during the past year.

October 4, 2013
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FOR THIRD YEAR, RITCHIE IS NAMED 'FRIEND' OF N.Y. FARMERS

For the third year in a row, New York Farm Bureau has named State Senator Patty Ritchie to its “Circle of Friends,” a recognition given to legislators who are strong supporters of the agricultural industry in New York State.  “New York Farm Bureau is the voice of family farms across the Empire State. Being named one of their ‘Circle of Friends’ is a great honor for me,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I grew up on a farm. I know how important agriculture is to New York State’s economy. That’s why I have worked closely with Farm Bureau and farmers across Central and Northern New York to make Albany aware of what we need to do keep farms and agribusinesses growing.” 

October 2, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN HOSTING TWO SMALL BUSINESS SUMMITS IN WESTERN NEW YORK

Seminars in East Aurora And Geneseo Will Feature Guest Speaker, Networking Opportunities

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Deputy Republican Conference Leader For Economic Development, will host a pair of small business seminars later this month in cooperation with area chambers of commerce.

October 2, 2013
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Utica Observer Dispatch Reports Senator Farley Named Farm Bureau Friend

Click on the link to read the Utica Observer Dispatch article about Senator Farley being named a member of the New York Farm Bureau Circle of Friends: http://www.uticaod.com/latestnews/x452545923/8-local-state-Legislators-honored-in-Farm-Bureau-listing

October 2, 2013
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AMPLE APPLES, PLENTIFUL PUMPKINS AND ALL THE FLAVORS OF FALL

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 

To many people, fall is more than just a change in the weather.  It’s everything from apple picking and fresh cider to homemade pumpkin pie and taking a drive to see the change in colors.  Here in Upstate New York, we’re lucky to have an abundance of fall flavors and activities right in our backyard. 

This year, there’s no shortage of fall fun—and food—to be had.  A highlight this fall is one of the best apple crops in recent years.  Following last year’s warm spring and early frost that led to less than ideal conditions for apple growers, this year’s orchards are full of fruit that is crisp, flavorful and ready for picking.

New York State is home to more than 650 apple orchards—in fact, the Central and Northern New York regions boast more than a dozen places where you can pick your own.  For a full list of apple growers who sell directly to the public, click here.  There, you’ll find not only a listing of orchards in our area, but also information on apple varieties, recipes, a history of New York State apples and so much more.

October 1, 2013
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Niagara Wine Trail expansion signed into law

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation (S.1095-A) that expands and renames the Niagara Wine Trail system.  The new configuration, which takes effect immediately, extends the trail across all of Orleans County and into Western Monroe County, encompassing more wineries than ever before.

October 1, 2013
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Fall Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

Rural Resources is proud to have published our Fall 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!

 

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Fall Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

September 30, 2013
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RITCHIE UNVEILS PLANS FOR ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY WINE TRAIL

Legislation To Spotlight Lisbon, Black Lake And Winthrop Wineries

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced plans to introduce legislation in January to establish a St. Lawrence County Wine Trail to help put local winemakers and vineyards on the map, boost local businesses and create jobs in the North Country.

“St. Lawrence County can now proudly say that it has three outstanding local wine producers in Lisbon, Black Lake and Winthrop,” said Senator Ritchie. “Unfortunately, a lot of people have yet to discover River Myst, Bella Brooke and High Peaks wineries. My legislation will literally put these three local businesses on the map. Just as importantly, it will create a new county-wide tourist destination that will provide new business and employment opportunities for neighboring restaurants, stores and attractions.”

September 30, 2013
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Senator Farley Chats with Saratoga County Agricultural Society

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with members of the Saratoga Agricultural Society on September 26th in his Ballston Spa District Office to discuss future projects. Pictures, left t right, are Frank Griffio, vice president of Saratoga County Fair; Dan Lewza, Town of Milton Supervisor; Senator Farley; Jeff Townsend, General Manager of the Saratoga County Fair; and William Schwed, President of Saratoga County Agricultural Society and Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County.

September 30, 2013
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Have a Healthy Fall -- Support Your Local Apple Grower!

With 2013 shaping up to be one of the best years yet for New York State’s apple growers, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectay) encourages all New Yorkers (and tourists!) to visit a local apple orchard this autumn.

There are 654 apple orchards around the state offering a variety of apple products, including cider, doughnuts, wine and apples. To find the nearest u-pick orchard, visit www.nyapplecountry.com/pick.php. It's a great way to support our local farmers

September 26, 2013
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GALLIVAN’S REGULATORY REFORM PUSH CONTINUES ACROSS THE STATE

Two Wyoming County Farmers Travel to Watertown to Testify Before Senate Panel at Agriculture Forum

September 26, 2013
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NYS Senate Forum on Regulatory Relief--Agriculture

Video of the 9/18 bipartisan public hearing on regulatory reform, with a special emphasis on agriculture, that was hosted by Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie, at the State Office Building in Watertown.

September 23, 2013
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RITCHIE HOSTS AG LEADERS AT REGULATORY REFORM FORUM

Second of 10 Events Aimed at Eliminating 1,000 Regulations Hurting Businesses Statewide

Agriculture leaders from across New York State shared their thoughts on how to cut red tape and expand their industry at a forum hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie and her Senate colleagues Thursday in Watertown. 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF THE HEARING (02 HRS, 40 MINS)

The event—which also included Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator David Valesky and Senator Kathleen Marchione—was the second in a series of industry-specific public forums on regulatory reform organized as part of the Senate Majority Coalition’s bipartisan effort to identify and eliminate at least 1,000 of the most costly government regulations that strangle business and job growth and drive up local taxes. 

September 19, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HOST AG INDUSTRY LEADERS AT PUBLIC FORUM THURSDAY

Agriculture leaders from throughout New York State will share insights on regulations and mandates affecting their industry at a public forum being held Thursday in Watertown. 

The event is one of a series of industry-specific public forums on regulatory reform, being held in a bipartisan effort to identify and eliminate costly government regulations. 

Those in attendance will share their opinions with Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator David Valesky and Senator Kathleen Marchione.

September 18, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Agriculture Regulatory Reform – To learn from businesses and industry experts which regulations are the least useful, least cost effective and therefore should be eliminated

Senate Majority CoalitionSponsors: Senators Patrick M. Gallivan, David J. Valesky, Kathleen A. Marchione, and David CarlucciCo-Sponsor: Senator Patty RitchiePublic Meeting: Agriculture Regulatory Reform – To learn from businesses and industry experts which regulations are the least useful, least cost effective and therefore should be eliminatedPlace: Conference Room 3, Dulles State Office Building, 11th Floor,317 Washington Street, Watertown, New YorkTime: 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact: Keith Bryan (716) 656-8544Media Contact: Greg Biryla (716) 310-2062ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 19, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Scaling Back Obesity: Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Reduce Obesity in High-Risk Areas Across New York State

Scaling Back Obesity: Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Reduce Obesity in High-Risk Areas Across New York State

Lawmakers urge Governor to sign legislation into law that will help reduce obesity, particularly amongst children and adolescents

September 13, 2013
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