New York State Senate Passes Legislation in Support of NY Farmers

Farmers tend to greenhouse crop.

The New York State Senate today passed a package of legislation in support of farmers and food producers throughout New York State. The legislation establishes the office of urban agriculture, expands the definition of land use in agricultural production, establishes a farming hotline to connect farmers to resources, creates procurement goals for New York State products purchased by state agencies, expands regional farmers’ markets, and establishes carbon farming tax credits.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “Farmers have long been the backbone of America, consistently playing a vital role in New York State. I take pride in the work of my conference and their efforts to introduce and pass this legislation, which reaffirms our unwavering commitment to those who cultivate our food. Across every corner of New York State, agriculture significantly impacts our lives and economy, and it’s our duty to continuously safeguard and bolster it. My heartfelt appreciation goes to Senator Michelle Hinchey, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and the bill sponsors for their dedicated work on this crucial legislation.”

Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Michelle Hinchey said, “New York agriculture is a foundational aspect of our everyday lives and statewide economy. It’s also an industry that requires our continuous support and protection, and I’m proud to champion this legislative package, put forth by our Senate Majority, that reflects our commitment to meeting the real needs of our farmers. Agriculture is an industry with the most potential to do the most good – fight hunger, affect regional resilience in the face of the Climate Crisis, expand diversity and equity across an entire workforce sector and galvanize a new generation of farmers to take the helm. Ensuring the success of New York agriculture is my priority, and I thank Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and my legislative colleagues for their partnership in advancing this package and elevating agriculture as a state priority.”

Read the Senate Democratic Majority press release

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