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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.

NYS Senator Sponsors Bill To Address Rural Suicides

Feb 13, 2019
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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.

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The New York Farm Bureau has issued its top state priorities for the ongoing legislative session.

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Farmers from across New York will be taking a few days off from their tractors and livestock to get ready for the legislative session that begins next month in Albany. 

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At a difficult time for the dairy industry, farmers are coming up with new products to milk an increased demand for dairy products.

New Tick Species Appears In New York

Jul 23, 2018
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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.

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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.

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New York has received an early holiday gift from its farmers: 9 million pounds of food donated to food banks around the state.

A new study finds highways and bridges in New York and Massachusetts rank among the most deteriorated in the nation.

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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.

NYS Lawmaker Introduces Carbon Farming Tax Credit Bill

Feb 15, 2017
Courtesy of Poughkeepsie Farm Project

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.

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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.

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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.

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A judge has allowed the New York Farm Bureau to intervene in a lawsuit that could dramatically affect farm wages in the state.

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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.

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In May, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed suit against New York state, seeking to allow farmworkers’ collective bargaining rights.  The New York Farm Bureau is now challenging the lawsuit.

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Albany Bishop Ed Scharfenberger joined farmworkers rallying Thursday at New York's Capitol for legislation to guarantee them overtime pay while removing the state's ban on their union organizing.

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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.

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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.

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The New York Farm Bureau says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to give farm trucks a break on Thruway tolls that could save farmers $5 million annually for three years is a "drop in the bucket."

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The New York Farm Bureau released its priorities for this year’s legislative session during a conference call Wednesday.

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While in Washington to meet with members of the state’s congressional delegation, the New York Farm Bureau released its national public policy priorities for the year.

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The White House Rural Council has released a report that outlines the need for Congressional passage of the Farm Bill.

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While the focus has been on the partial federal government shut down, another important piece of legislation, the federal Farm Bill, has also expired.  New York’s lead lobbyist for farmers is in Washington meeting with congressional representatives and their staffs trying to figure out what to do next.

Environmental Groups Sue NYS DEC Over Dairy Farm Rule

Jul 30, 2013
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A coalition of environmental groups is suing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation over dairy farm regulations intended to boost milk production. The New York Farm Bureau says the groups are going too far.

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The New York Farm Bureau has released its state priorities for this year. During a conference call,  officials outlined their agricultural policy goals.

Officials with New York’s farm advocacy organization said their focus this year is strengthening the economy and future of farms and growers. Farm Bureau President Dean Norton noted that the average age of a New York farmer is 56. According to a 2007 Ag census, about 19-hundred farm operators are under the age of 35, while over 33-hundred are over age 75.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed changing how they deal with navigable waters across the country under the Clean Water Act.  But the New York Farm Bureau is raising red flags saying the agency is attempting to expand their authority without appropriate public input.

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Farm workers and Religious Leaders joined with Community and Civil Rights Advocates to urge state lawmakers in Albany to enact the Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.