Members of the New York Farm Bureau are in Washington, D.C. this week discussing the organization’s policy priorities with the state’s congressional representatives. They outlined their top concerns during a conference call Tuesday.
The New York State Farm Bureau outlined its 2019 national priority issues during a conference call Wednesday morning. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports the group has been advocating for a number of the initiatives for several years.
A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation to help stem suicides in rural areas, which have been increasing. Senator Jen Metzger wants to improve access to prevention tools and resources, and create a council that would come up with a plan to address the problem.
The longhorned tick has been found in Westchester County. County and state officials confirmed their findings this month. Officials say the threat is mainly to livestock. But there is concern about whether it will transmit disease to humans.
The New York Farm Bureau has announced its legislative priorities for the state legislative session that runs through June. During a conference call, the farm advocacy group explained its focus is on addressing issues surrounding economic and income losses.
Leaders of the New York Farm Bureau are in Washington this week for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Advocacy Conference and to meet with the state congressional delegation. New York’s largest agricultural lobbying organization has a number of priority issues, and it outlined the top three on a conference call with reporters this morning.
A New York state Assemblywoman has introduced legislation on carbon farming that she says is the first of its kind. The idea is to promote environmentally friendly farming practices while, at the same time, putting money back into the pockets of farmers.
The New York Farm Bureau has a new leader. During the organization’s annual meeting last week, delegates from across the state elected St. Lawrence County dairy farmer David Fisher president of the farmer-member lobbying and trade group. Fisher says he accepted the leadership role because he wants to help agriculture across the entire state.
New York Governor Cuomo spent the early part of this week in a marathon bill signing, and vetoing, session. The governor rejected an unusually high number of bills, and some supporters of the vetoed measures aren’t pleased.
In May, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed suit against New York state, seeking to allow farmworkers collective bargaining rights. Now, the New York Farm Bureau has filed for intervenor status in order to challenge the lawsuit.
A number of groups have been warning of dire consequences should New York’s minimum wage be raised to $15 per hour. The New York Farm Bureau held simultaneous press conferences across the state on Monday, contending the higher wage would negatively affect farms and the cost of food.
The New York Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors met with the Congressional delegation and other Farm Bureau leaders from across the country earlier this week. They outlined their national public policy priorities today.