George Winner's posts related to Agriculture

Disappearing Farms

Can we stop it?

I'm talking about the perfect storm that's settling over New York's dairy industry.  Low milk prices being paid to farmers plus high operating costs plus a declining worldwide economy and other factors are combining to spell disaster for many state dairy farmers.

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Senator Winner, Colleagues Hear Testimony from Dairy Farmers

Albany, N.Y., October 19–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) joined legislative colleagues from across the upstate region today at a public hearing in Albany to hear testimony from New York dairy farmers and industry leaders on ways to address the ongoing dairy crisis.

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Dairy Crisis

I joined several of my upstate colleagues at the Capitol to conduct a public hearing on what I believe is one of the most critical issues facing our state today: the dairy crisis.

It’s been a whirlwind of a political year at the Capitol -- and it continues to be with the state facing a deep-rooted and serious budget deficit heading into 2010 – but we cannot let the powers-that-be in New York government lose sight of the overriding importance of doing anything and everything to save New York dairy farmers on the brink of collapse.

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Winner Won't Toast Paterson Plan to Eliminate Wine Foundation

Albany, N.Y., January 20 –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), one of the  Legislature’s most vocal and long-standing wine industry advocates, rejected today Governor David Paterson’s plan to completely eliminate state support for the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.

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Winner Named to Rural Resources Commission

Albany, N.Y., March 16–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has been appointed as a member of the joint, bipartisan Legislative Commission on the Development of Rural Resources.

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Winner pays tribute to 2010 'Woman of Distinction'

Albany, N.Y.-- A prominent Finger Lakes farmer and agribusinesswoman, Mary-Howell Martens, was honored on Tuesday evening as a “Woman of Distinction” by New York State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate.

The Senate's "Women of Distinction" program, which began in March to coincide with Women's History Month in New York State, allows senators statewide to select one honoree from their respective legislative districts. 

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Where's Rural New York's Voice?

It’s been a long struggle to raise the state Legislature's awareness of traditionally upstate, small city, rural issues, but over the past two years the challenges for rural legislators have become more and more acute.  We’ve seen it time and again in the ongoing battles over the state’s tax policies, economic development priorities, infrastructure allocations and in so many other ways.

So it’s going to remain one of the constant demands of every upstate legislator to remind the downstate, New York City-based leaders who currently control New York government that our state is largely defined by rural regions and the future of these rural communities is fundamental to statewide strength and well-being. 

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New York's No. 1 Industry?

A quick quiz: New York State’s largest industry is:

a.) Tourism  b.) Manufacturing c.) Agriculture or d.) High-tech

We’re beginning this week by celebrating Columbus Day and recalling how that early voyage began opening the way to the settlement of America which, in turn, is remindful of the fact that throughout the centuries we have been a nation of agriculture and farming.

And that’s right, the answer to the above question is this: agriculture remains New York’s No. 1 industry.  In fact, today’s farm economy generates more than $4 billion worth of annual economic activity statewide and provides a livelihood for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.

We can’t afford to forget it.

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