Hugh T. Farley's posts related to Agriculture

Senator Farley Discusses New York State Agriculture Industry

On March 1st, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with Farm Bureau representatives in Albany to discuss how important agriculture is to New York State. Among the delegates were two Montgomery County Dairy Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are Danielle Bartlett of Broadalbin (immediate left of Senator in photo) and Erika Gogis of Pattersonville (immediate right of Senator in photo).

Senator Farley Announces Help for Area Farmers Affected by Flooding

As local counties continue to get hammered by Mother Nature, a new State Agricultural and Community Recovery Fund has been established to help rebuild the farming industry in this region, according to State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady).


NYS Legislators Led By Farley, Tedisco, Amedore, Lopez and Senate Agriculture Chair Ritchie Call for “Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act"

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady), Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga), Assemblyman George Amedore (R,C,I-Rotterdam) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie) today joined with Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie (R,C-Oswegatchie) and farmers to announce new legislation, the “*Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act*” to help apple growers and farmers who have lost a significant amount of their crops due to the extreme weather state area has experienced this year.

At the beginning of the 2012 growing season, New York farmers experienced widespread damage and loss to their crops as a result of an extremely rare and severe frost.


Senator Farley a "Friend" of NYS Farm Bureau

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was honored to be named part of the New York State Farm Bureau's Circle of Friends for the 2012 Legislative Session.

Senator Farley has been a friend of the Farm Bureau for numerous years and this year's honor reaffirms his continued support for the farm community.

"We must remember agriculture is one of New York's top industries and is vital to our economy," Senator Farley. "Farms create jobs, generate significant economic activity and contribute to the tax revenue. Agritourism is also a wonderful asset to this area. We need to support our farmers as they support our area's economy and growth."

Senator Farley will be given the award at the NYS Farm Bureau's 2013 State Lobby Day in Albany.


Senator Farley Unveils "Grown in New York" to Strengthen Agriculture and Family Farms

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his fellow Senate Republican colleagues have created a plan, "Grown in New York" that aims to help New York's family farms prosper.  The goal is to strengthen the State's $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.

The Senate's "Grown in New York" plan would:

Strengthening Family Farms by Reducing Taxes on Farmers 

> Two-percent property tax cap for farms; and



State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S2149) that would create a farm-to-senior program to promote the purchase of New York State farm products by senior centers and other institutions for the aging.

The program would replicate a similar effort, the farm-to-school program, which was established in 2002 to enable schools to purchase locally-grown farm produce for school children. The bill would give that same access to seniors.



State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed three bills to help farmers succeed by improving agricultural marketing efforts and better connecting farms to consumers across the state.

The “Buy From the Backyard Act” (S978) requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources. The bill expands upon an existing law that encourages state agencies to purchase local food products. Mental health facilities, prisons, universities, and state institutions that have food contracts would be required to purchase at least 20 percent that is grown, produced, harvested or processed in New York State.


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 It's a great way to support our local farmers


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.

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: