ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Thursday, the Senate Democratic Majority superior laws supporting farmers and the agriculture trade throughout New York State.
“New York’s household farms and agriculture trade are essential to the economic system and communities throughout the state,” Senate Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins stated. “All through the pandemic, we now have seen how native farms might help New Yorkers who’re residing in meals deserts entry wholesome meals. These payments will assist enhance entry to domestically grown meals and help struggling farms. I thank the invoice sponsors for his or her sturdy help of New York’s agriculture trade and farmers.”
“New York is an Ag state, so strengthening our agricultural sector advantages all of us,” Invoice Sponsor and Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Michelle Hinchey stated.
The laws handed by the Senate Majority embody:
- New York State Council on Food Policy: This invoice, sponsored by Senator James Sanders Jr., creates the New York State Council on Meals Coverage. The Council will develop and monitor tips and packages that promote domestically grown meals merchandise and set objectives for procurement of domestically grown meals by state companies.
- Agricultural Custom Operators: This invoice, sponsored by Senator Michelle Hinchey, extends statutory protections for farmers to contractors employed by farmers to work on farmlands with an agricultural district.
- Expansion of Regional Farmers Markets: This invoice, sponsored by Senator Tim Kennedy, directs the Division of Agriculture and Markets to facilitate the institution of regional farmers’ markets with a view to immediately market NY grown merchandise. It will profit these with low entry to prime quality and fairly priced contemporary meals and farm merchandise, particularly in areas which are “meals deserts.”
- New York State Animal and Plant Fiber Program: This invoice, sponsored by Senator Rachel Could, establishes the New York State Animal and Plant Fiber Program, which incorporates animal and plant fiber merchandise grown in New York within the New York State Grown and Licensed program.
- One-Stop Farming Hotline: This invoice, sponsored by Michelle Hinchey, establishes a one-stop farmer hotline operated by the Cornell Cooperative Extension for farmers, agricultural professionals, and others to entry data and referral companies concerning packages that help in establishing and increasing farm and agricultural associated companies.
- Establishes a Carbon Farming Tax Credit: This invoice, sponsored by Senator Kevin Parker, establishes a tax credit score for farmers that undertake practices to restrict carbon emissions and promote carbon sequestration. This invoice will assist fight local weather change.
- Nourish New York Program: This invoice, sponsored by Senator Michelle Hinchey, makes the Nourish New York program everlasting and ensures that sure surplus agricultural merchandise are offered to meals aid organizations at aggressive wholesale costs. This helps each farmers and people experiencing meals insecurity.