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NYS Has Two Newly Enacted Bills To Help Farmers

Oct 11, 2020
New York grown fruits and vegetables
Courtesy of NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed two bills to help farmers. The bills were sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers.


With planting season underway and guest workers arriving at New York farms, the New York Farm Bureau is encouraging farms to implement new COVID-19 guidance.

When people think business in New York, they may think Wall Street or corporations such as General Electric and IBM, but farming is a major economic engine in the state. New York’s Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball is in the Hudson Valley today, in Kingston at the Farm to Table Co-Packers, to promote a $20 million provision in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget to protect farmland in the Hudson Valley. Ball says the major threat to farms in the Hudson Valley is commercial and residential development.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

At the same time the Assembly treads water as majority Democrats decide the future of the speakership, the New York State Farm Bureau outlined its legislative priorities for the year during a conference call this morning.