Photo: Sen. Aubertine at the John Knight Dairy Farm, discussing the impact of current low milk prices on this family farm.
JAMESTOWN (September 24, 2009)—State Senate Agriculture Chair Darrel J. Aubertine today visited several farms in Western New York to hear from farmers and stress the importance of agriculture in our state. The meetings are part of a statewide agriculture tour in anticipation of a set of public roundtables with farmers and in conjunction with Senate Energy Committee hearings and roundtables.
“Maintaining and improving our state’s infrastructure is vital to the economic growth we need to emerge from this downturn a stronger New York. As signs of improvement in our economy are beginning to emerge, now is not the time for the governor to walk away from a commitment we secured last May to fund road and bridge projects in Upstate New York.
Matthew Critz (far left) of Critz Farms (www.critzfarms.com) discusses with Sen. Aubertine (far right), Assemblyman Magee (center right), and Sen. Valesky (center ) how the Farm Labor Fair Practices Act would hurt his farm, put farm workers out of work, and force many of the workers themselves to move elsewhere.