Lawmakers agree on NY's tastiest crop--it's the berries!

June 02, 2015

Senator Ritchie welcomes Dale Ila Riggs, President, New York State Berry Growers Association, to the June 2nd meeting of the State Senate Agriculture Committee.New York is a national leader in research on diseases, pests and development of new types of berries to help promote and grow the state's $15 million, using over $800,000 in state budget funding secured by Senator Ritchie over the past three years.Current research is helping to successfully stop a new invasive insect that threatens crops, and find new and tastier varieties that can extend the berry growing season until the first frost.