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Cuomo vetoes farm to food bank bill

Nov 30, 2016
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have given farmers a tax credit for giving food to food banks. In the past few days, many healthy food advocates, farmers and lawmakers had been urging the governor to sign the bill into law. Under it, farmers would have gotten a tax credit worth 25 percent of the value of the food they donate to food banks.

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The battle lines are drawn over a lawsuit that could reshape agriculture in New York state. Civil rights advocates are suing to give farm workers the right to form unions and bargain collectively. The state’s largest farm lobby has signed on in opposition, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo would not. The case centers on an incident at a dairy farm in Lewis County.

Farm Bureau: Drought worst in generations

Sep 5, 2016
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New York farmers are experiencing the worst drought conditions in generations, and while the industry may suffer a setback, it will persevere. That's from Dean Norton, the president of the New York Farm Bureau, a lobbying group for agribusiness. Norton says one immediate concern is for dairy farmers. He says the dairy industry is going through a price downturn, and as they receive lower prices for their products, dairy farmers are also facing the prospect of a shortage of feed this fall. "We...

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Supporters and opponents of a $15 minimum wage in New York are blasting reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have reached a compromise that could stretch out the phase in period, and exempt farmers from the higher pay requirements. With the March 31 deadline looming, and the Easter holiday in between, Cuomo and the Senate and Assembly are trying to negotiate a compromise on the governor’s proposal to phase in a $15 minimum wage for New York state. Word spread of a possible deal...

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s working on a proposal to give New York farmers a break should the State Senate agree to a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Cuomo says he’s putting together a “special modification” for the agricultural industry to help offset potential costs of increasing the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“There are special conditions on farms, we understand that,” Cuomo said after an event in Niagara Falls. “And we’re putting...

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The New York State Farm Bureau is among the most vocal groups a proposed $15 dollar minimum wage in the state. They’re asking New Yorkers to put the pressure on state lawmakers who will decide whether to include the increase in the state budget.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 10,000 farms in New York state employ hired hands. Farms would be required to pay them $15 an hour if the proposal to raise the minimum wage is approved by the state legislature. And it would...

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At tables across the country, Americans will be gathering around to eat turkey and the demand for local, pasture-raised turkeys is growing. The more expensive, small farm birds and the conventional turkeys from large farms both have their benefits and disadvantages.

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Amid talks to raise the minimum wage in New York, farmers are calling on the lawmakers to keep it where it is. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to increase the minimum wage to $10.50 upstate and $11.50 downstate. The New York Farm Bureau says the state has some of the highest agricultural labor costs in the country. They say farm workers in New York are paid $12.15 an hour on average. Dean Norton, a farmer in western New York and president of the state Farm Bureau, says whenever there’s a minimum...

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The quality of roads and bridges in upstate New York is a concern for the state’s largest farming organization. If a bridge isn’t sturdy enough to support a heavy tractor or dairy tanker, say Farm Bureau policy director Jeff Williams, it creates a major hassle for farm hands, such as added time and detours onto more traveled routes "w hich isn’t particularly safe on the highway, and it leads to more diesel fuel costs and the like," he said. The Farm Bureau, a lobbying group for the state’s...

Young farmers head effort to feed those in need

Dec 22, 2014
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Farmers and agriculture industry leaders are coming in from all over the state for the New York Farm Bureau’s 58th State Annual Meeting. The Bureau kicked off its meeting by announcing they had broken their record for this year’s “Harvest for All,” a national farm donation program. In partnership with the Regional Food Bank Association and FoodLink, New York farmers have collectively donated 9.6 million pounds of produce. FoodLink's Co-Executive Director Jeanette Batiste-Harrison says this...

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Farmers across New York state converged in central New York for the State Farm Bureau’s annual meeting this week. According to those at the meeting, the biggest problem these farmers face is too much paperwork.

"Whether it’s coming from the EPA, or USDA, or FDA with the Food Modernization Act, or whether it’s coming from Albany, the DEC, not that I want to put them down, although they’ve been good friends to us," said Farm Bureau President Dean Norton. "It’s just more and more...

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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 Farm Bureau President Dean Norton said this is the third time in three years hes seen negotiations go down to the wire and beyond on farm legislation that regulates crop subsidies, milk prices, and nutrition programs.

Its like déjà vu all over again, Norton said in a statement.

Norton said the...

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A coalition of New York state environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the state’s environmental regulators in July. The groups claim that the Department of Environmental Conservation violated environmental law when it loosened the regulation of dairy farms. The result is that the state’s very public support of the yogurt industry may have hit a roadblock.

During a highly publicized Yogurt Summit last year in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised the spirit behind the industry in New...

NY Farm Bureau hopeful on immigration reform

Jan 31, 2013
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The New York Farm Bureau is optimistic following news that Congress is working to pass new immigration reforms. The bureau, a lobbying group, says it was very excited to hear the proposals made by a bipartisan group of senators and by President Barack Obama this week.

The first of two Assembly hearings on the New York State Thruway Authority’s proposed truck toll increase was held in Albany Wednesday.

Several Assembly Republicans, who are in the minority party in that house, held a hearing on the 45 percent toll increase for trucks proposed by the Cuomo administration’s Thruway Authority.