Patty Ritchie's posts related to Agriculture

RITCHIE: STATE BUDGET INCLUDES WELCOME BOOST TO FARMERS

New Funding, Initiatives to Help NY’s Leading Industry Grow 

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the new state budget restores cuts to key agriculture programs, while adding new funding and a new marketing initiative to help farmers grow.

Senator Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, once again led efforts to stop funding cuts to key programs aimed at boosting productivity and strengthening the bottom lines of 36,000 family farmers who are at the center of New York’s leading industry.

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RITCHIE, AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COUNCIL EXPLORE WAYS TO CUT ENERGY COSTS FOR FARMERS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined with members of her Agricultural Advisory Council in Watertown this week to explore energy savings that would benefit the farming community.

Featured at the Thursday meeting was a presentation by National Grid, where a representative from the utility outlined ways farmers can save on energy bills.

“Electricity costs for farmers—especially dairy farmers—are very high,” said Senator Ritchie.

“That’s why it’s so important to find ways to cut energy bills so our hardworking farmers can boost their bottom lines, run successful operations, and create jobs.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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