New York Farm Bureau's Public Policy Department advocates for farmers and provides support to Farm Bureau members on legislative and regulatory issues at the state and national level. The staff pursues the priorities set each year by the NYFB Board of Directors and uses the grassroots public policy developed by members at the State Annual Meeting as a guide.
NYFB has had many legislative successes in recent years. These include enacting a 2% cap on agricultural land assessments, increased support from the Environmental Protection Fund, reduced fees for agricultural trailer registrations, and training for law enforcement officials who investigate animal cruelty cases. This is in addition to increasing access to local farm products and beverages.
NYFB lobbyists carefully monitor bills that are introduced in the State Legislature and Congress, as well as regulations proposed by state and national agencies, and support proposals that benefit agriculture while opposing those that hurt farmers and the food supply.
If you have questions on NYFB's public policy role or how you can become more involved, please call us at 1-800-342-4143.